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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae

Book details:

Eight Goodbyes
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.

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3 out of 5 (good)

 Eight Goodbyes is pretty much self-explanatory from the title, however, what that doesn't give you is the emotions that are in this book from start to finish. We learn about the sheer amount of time that is given to go 'on tour', and how that time is very precious to ride the wave before the next big thing comes along. How an author is supposed to spend a year touring, and also write to get the next installment out to the fans, is beyond me.

That side of things, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about. The main female though rubbed me up the wrong way. I struggled to find anything about her that was likeable. She was self-obsessed, arrogant in her status, and expected everyone to jump to her bidding. This was done at the time as pulling on the heartstrings about how tired she was, how busy she was. It just didn't work that well for me. The main male character, Simon. Now him, I loved, although I did want him to grow a bit more of a backbone with Tessa. For some reason, I am more prepared to overlook his foibles than I am Tessa's.

This story felt like a long one, with plenty of detail given in each situation. The ending I enjoyed, even if it did bring a tear to my eye. I found the ending to be different to other stories, but I won't mention why. Suffice it to say, I wanted a different ending, but this one fits perfectly for the story.

A thoroughly enjoyable story, even with the distracting main female. Still recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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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.

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  1. Thanks for hosing today, Merissa! :)

  2. The cover is beautiful & the story is intriguing! I'll have to check this one out!