By Christine Brae
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: August 28th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance
One universe, nine planets, 204 countries, 809 islands and 7 seas, and I had the privilege of meeting you.” –Unknown
When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded—while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world, while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe.
Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon.
Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined.
To move forward, she must let go of the past, and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye.
Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Her second book, His Wounded Light was released in December, 2013.
Christine’s third book, Insipid, is a standalone that was released in June, 2014, and her fourth book, In This Life, released in January 2016.
When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.
Christine is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin Literary Management.
Review & Wrap-Up:
Eight Goodbyes is a lovely story about serendipity - a fortunate mishap. Simon and Tessa's meeting was a complete act of chance. It feels like magic and turns out to be destiny.
When I first picked up Eight Goodbyes, I (for some unknown reason) thought it was going to be a period piece or maybe even a time travel novel, but it's not. It is about two people who meet on a plane and end up following each other around the world meeting in different locations (so in a way, it kind of is a time travel novel 🤭), having to say goodbye each time. As their love for one another grows, those goodbyes become harder and harder to say.
I enjoyed Eight Goodbyes all the way until the end. It was raw and emotional and so relatable that I think most people would be able to read it and connect with the characters in someway. But like I said, I liked it until the end. Not to give anything away, but I felt there was so much that happened within the last couple of chapters that the ending felt very rushed, and mostly unfinished. Maybe this is so a follow-up book can follow? But I doubt that due to the nature of the story to begin with. I like the last sentence, and I agree that the book should end with it, but I felt it was just too rushed, and would have liked to seen it a little more fleshed out.
Overall, I would recommend Eight Goodbyes to anyone looking for a romance novel with a little more depth and that deals with everyday troubles. One that is realistic, relatable, raw and emotional. One that will have you believing in magic, a magic called destiny.
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Dani's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚📚
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