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Title: The Goodbyes
Author: Leslie Welch
Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers, Blue Moon Voices
Date of Publication: July 12th, 2016
What an emotive read this proved to be, heart-breaking, simply superb and unique!
The story is told from the perspective of the now rockstar, Webb Turner, relating events from the present and memories from his past. Most of these events are concerned with Bree, who he met when she moved into the house across the road from his when they were both thirteen years old. He has had a call from his Mum warning that Bree is in hospital, dying so he abandons the concert he should have been performing in to drive home to say goodbye to her. As he travels through blizzard conditions, he recalls events from the past, the tumultuous times when he struggled to define their ever changing relationship and interactions. As he explores these memories, he also revises some of his opinions and re-evaluates other relationships.
Exploring traumatic events from the past, the story explores the impact of dysfunctional homes and abuse in many forms, including drugs, neglect, physical, sexual and emotional. Despite the realistic portrayal of somewhat harrowing scenarios, the story is an enthralling, emotional yet easy read. It seems likely to only have a depressing outcome but keep reading, there is hope in there, too – for me the unexpected ending was superb, truly the icing on the cake!
Many thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for gifting me an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Since he was thirteen years old, rockstar Webb Turner pined for Bree, the enigmatic girl across the street. He captured her in his songs, but never in his orbit. His lyrics about her propelled Webb’s band to superstardom, but his fame came with the price of finding real love.
When he discovers that Bree is dying, Webb leaves a stadium full of adoring fans to be at her side. As a blizzard batters the east coast, will Webb succeed in his fight against the storm and the mistakes of his past for a chance to say one last goodbye?
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