Title: To Say Goodbye
Author: Lindsay Detwiler
Publication: September 24, 2016
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
Feisty Sophia never shies away from life. Playful, romantic, connected—her marriage was the thing of fairy tales. But when tragedy strikes, Sophia is left to pick up the pieces of her life.
After leaving the army, Jackson is ready to start afresh. But when he returns home, his life spirals out of control.As Sophia and Jackson find themselves in each other, they start to see redemption is possible.
Trying to piece together a new life, they must answer the question: Should they forge a life together and say goodbye to their pasts completely, or should they loyally go their separate ways to avoid heartache?
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
When your significant other dies, you can grieve and move on or you can drown in your sorrow and never ever recover. Thankfully, I haven’t had my significant other pass on. I can only imagine how I would handle it. I hope that I handle it as well as the character in the book. I am fairly certain that I squealed with delight when my editor asked me if I wanted to read another book by Lindsay Detwiler. I adore her writing.
The story begins with Sophia standing over her husband’s casket on a rainy day in the middle of the cemetery. She is beside herself with grief. He was too young to be taken from her. Their life had only just begun together. They had finally decided to adopt since she had the miscarriage. They had more fights to have. Across the cemetery, she sees his childhood friend Jackson standing there and on a rainy and gloomy day he is wearing sunglasses. She knows he must be grieving as much as her even though they hadn’t spoken in years. She takes a few months off of running her beauty salon “Pink Lemonade” that she runs with her best friend, Stella. She comes back to work eventually but feels like she is still drowning, not knowing how she will go on. Slowly she gets back into a routine. Working helps. She can manage her days better when she is able to get her mind on other things besides her husband dying. Then one day she goes to the cemetery to visit her husband. While she is there sobbing Jackson shows up with the same idea. They end up crying in each other’s arms. I will let you read the books yourself to find out the rest of the story.
I adore this author. Her romance writing is clean. Enough so that I would feel comfortable recommending her books to my mother. Not that my mom is a prude, but I am sure you get what I mean. The only thing that was annoying about this book, and it wasn’t even enough to lower my star rating, is the random jumps into a memory that sometimes deal with that part of the story and sometimes it doesn’t. She does delineate it by making it italics which helps. I am hoping that the next book she writes I will get to review as well.
You can pick up your own copy of To Say Goodbye now on Amazon. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are done. Also check out all of author Lindsay Detwiler’s other work on her site here! We have also reviewed a few of Detwiler’s other works “Then Comes Love“, “Voice of Innocence”, and “Without You” so check them out to see which you want to read next.