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Published by: Dead River Books
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
Source: AToMR tours + Cannon eARC*
Rating: 5/5 stars
Get it: Amazon / B&N
One night can change everything…
Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.
Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.
With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.
That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.
Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late
In three words, The Trouble with Goodbye by Sarra Cannon was empowering, inspirational and so heartfelt. This book definitely leaves an impression. I found this book to be well put together with an excellent balance of character growth and independence, overbearing dysfunctional family, and a romance more exquisite than the finest wine.
It was quite obvious from the start what trauma Leigh Anne was going through, but I didn’t know how things happened and that was the drive of this book. I wanted to know what happened to bring such a strong, down to earth, carefree young woman to come back to her hometown damaged and in pain. I loved this sweet girl because she had drive. She wanted to make something of herself. I hated how what happened to her crumbled her resolve, her confidence and her ability to stand up and speak the truth. I really admire Leigh Anne for enduring, for being a survivor, and for finally opening up her heart and soul to someone. Leigh Anne was so brave and like Knox, I was hella proud of her and how far she had come. She really grows into her own and takes the independence and truth she deserved. Leigh Anne was just incredible.
The romance with Leigh Anne and Knox has to be one of my favorites. You can call their meeting by chance, a coincidence or even fate, but these two were just making my heart swell with love. Their romance was real, touching and never felt force. It made me sigh and squeal every time they were together. Knox was just the sweetest, kindest boyfriend ever. He believed in Leigh Anne and never judged her. Like Leigh Anne, he was a troubled past, but continued to live a better life for himself. I believed that he loved Leigh Anne and supported her even when the circumstances could’ve put their relationship on hold.
Cannon really hit me hard with this book and I never really expected it. The writing was excellent. She completely conveyed the emotions of the character and the difficult situation. She really created a powerful story of overcoming fears and breaking silence. She moved me in a way I could never really explain and she made me utterly proud to be a strong woman. I loved everything put into this book and Cannon definitely delivered a well thought out book that many will relate to.
*Thanks to Sarra and AToMR book tours for sending a copy for review purposes
About the Author
Sarra lives in North Carolina with her amazing husband, her new baby boy, and her teeny tiny Pomeranian, Snickerdoodle.
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