Review: Garden of Goodbyes

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Cover Design: Marisa-rose Shor / Cover Me Darling

Release Date: March 13, 2017

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“To anyone who has ever wanted to rock the boat or color outside the lines. Do what’s in your heart, listen to your gut, and own it because the reward is always worth the risk.” ~ Faith Andrews, Dedication of Garden of Goodbyes

I will not lie: Garden of Goodbyes brought me down to the ground emotionally and had me thinking long and hard about family, the power of love and the extent at which I could and would sacrifice…and I am going to leave it at that.

Believe me when I say that I was insanely angry and immensely saddened by some of the events that occurred in this novel. Fluff and giddy romance are not the focal point here.

At ALL.

100% honesty: If you are looking for a typical, predictable, ultra-romantic read that will have you walking on sunshine throughout the duration of the book then move on, because you will not find that here. Instead, what you will discover is something thought-provoking, deeply profound and emotionally evocative.  Garden of Goodbyes is a love story like no other…and it is up to you how you will interpret that statement.

Violet, Eden and Lennox will forever remain with me but it is the themes in this story that will haunt me. My emotions were all over the place as I experienced these characters thoughts, feelings and dreams about what could be regardless of their unfortunate state of affairs.

There is bitterness that stems from loss and betrayal and pain that originates from neediness, selfishness and regret. There is also resentment that comes from the knowledge that a different set of circumstances and actions could have avoided a shit storm that eventually changed the scope of these characters’ lives forever.

In spite of all of that, one of the messages that is so powerful  in Garden of Goodbyes is that love can, and will survive anything.  This is one of those stories that required me to consume copious amounts of vodka while I was reading. I hated multiple characters at several points throughout this novel because I was wrecked by their actions and how they affected other characters in the story.

I shook my head from left to right at the same time that I wanted to slap some characters down to the ground and leave blatant redness on their cheeks since their callous decisions left me infuriated, vengeful, confused and downright disgusted.

No joke: I thought about this book long after I finished it.  There is true ugliness, but there is also an inherent beauty to how the author tackled the subject matter at hand. Nevertheless, it left me with a heavy heart and had me contemplating my thoughts on addiction, heart-break, lost-love, failing relationships and the power of forgiveness.

However, you can not deny this type of genius, because at the same time that I shed tears and cursed Faith Andrews I also applauded her for her bravery and story-telling ability.  She took risks and walked the road less traveled and for that alone she deserves a standing ovation for Garden of Goodbyes!

I am going to keep it real here: You will love it, but at different parts of this story you may hate some of the events that occur too.  When it comes to this novel you may be able to stand the heat, but make damn sure that you are ready for the coldness that comes along with it along the way .

Should you read this story about a love affair that starts a chain of events that no one could see coming?  YES!

By all means DIVE IN but #PrepareYoSelf!!!!  I mean what I say!!

That is this Naughty Girl’s final word.

Overall:  4.5/5 stars

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Loss, betrayal, addiction . . . on their own, each of these heartaches can break you, but mix them all together and the concoction will ruin you.

When I closed the door on my past I didn’t expect it to come back and haunt me. But when you’re the sole person who can save the only man you’ve ever loved, you rush through that door, face your fears, and pray for the best.

Only, anything good has been long forgotten. In its place is destruction, devastation and enough regret to last a lifetime. I was appalled when she called for my help. I went willingly in hopes to make things right. But I never expected this. A broken man, a hopeless future, the beginning of the end.

She’s to blame for the mess of a man in front of me and I’m to blame for walking away.

Can things ever go back to the normal the three of us once knew? Or am I too late to fix the damage we’ve caused together?

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Faith Andrews is living out her dream right outside the greatest city in the world, New York City. Happily married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two beautiful and wild daughters, and a furry Yorkie son named Rocco Giovanni. When she’s not tapping her toes to a Mumford & Sons tune or busy being a dance mom, her nose is stuck in a book or she’s sitting behind the laptop, creating her next swoon worthy book boyfriend. Coffee addict, lover of wine and cheese, and sucker for concerts and Netflix, Faith believes in love at first sight and happily ever after.

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