Series: Fairhope #1
Publisher: Self Published on May 21, 2013
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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.
“’I’ll never judge you, Leigh Ann. You don’t ever have to worry about what I think of you or how I feel about you, because right now and for the rest of my life, I am going to love you with all that I am.’”
“My stomach twists as the sign for Harrison’s Pecan Farm comes into view.”
My Musings: I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary novels lately; I’ve actually been on a contemporary reading binge. So when I saw the tour invitation for this novel, which I had been eyeing since the cover reveal, I just had to join! This novel addresses some heavy stuff, common to other New Adult contemporary novels. Something happened to Leigh Ann when she went off to college in Boston. This was, of course, after she left her small town and perfect, rich boyfriend, to go away to college. So when Leigh Ann gets back to her small hometown, she’s not sure where she fits in. She is harboring this massive secret, and it seems as if the things that she had in common with her friends before she left were now gone. This novel details Leigh Ann’s coming to terms with what happened to her, and learning to let go and to live life
Leigh Ann’s character was real. She faced real problems, real nightmares, and had real feelings. She’s one of the most relatable and realistic characters that I’ve read. Leigh Ann was a follower for most of her life. She did what she was told and did it with a smile. But eventually, that wasn’t enough. It was heartwarming to see her grow a backbone and to learn to do what she thought was right for her. Although it was a long and heartbreaking journey, it worked out in the end.
Knox was another character that I adored. He was the boy from the ‘wrong side of the tracks’. With Leigh Ann’s family’s wealth, of course her mother was not happy with Leigh Ann making Knox’s acquaintance, even though her saved her from a ditch in the side of the road. Although Knox wasn’t the perfect guy that Leigh Ann’s mother had in mind, I personally couldn’t help but fall in love with him. He was sweet and a great listener. He helped Leigh Ann to gain the confidence to do what she had to do in the end. He was supportive and really loved her, and that’s fantastic in itself.
The romance in this novel was sweet. Usually New Adult romances focus on the ‘sexy’ that writers don’t often put in Young Adult novels. However, I found this romance to be more on the side of sweet than sexy. Although there was sex in this novel, the book focused more on the development of their relationship rather than the physical side of it. It was cute to read and it was a great break for the steaminess of the novels that I’ve been reading in the NA genre lately. And what I also loved about their romance was the ‘forbidden factor’. Although it wasn’t Romeo and Juliet-esque, it was a little thrilling to see the social ‘unaccepted-ness’ that was present in the novel.
I liked the way that Cannon addressed the problem that Leigh Ann faced. Although you can probably guess, I’m not going to say. But the way that she wrote about handling it was very interesting and realistic. The fact that Leigh Ann kept it in for so long is so relatable that it’s no even funny, because it happens just like this in real life. This novel and the way the Leigh Ann grew over the course of the book was very inspiring to me, and I can’t help but hope it has the same effect on others.
The Trouble With Goodbye was a fantastic novel that I would recommend to those who don’t mind reading about heavy subjects. The Trouble with Goodbye was a heartbreaking and heartwarming novel about the experiences of a troubled girl as she learns to let go and to do what’s right.