Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Goodbye Year - Pub Day Review & Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel
I’ve always found the word goodbye to be an oxymoron.  Seldom is a goodbye an actual good thing.  In The Goodbye Year, Kaira Rouda chronicles the lives of five families.  She explores the relationship between husband and wife, parent and child and between friends.  The struggles we face when our children are about to leave home, when someone we love has been unfaithful and when substance abuse takes over one’s life.  The situations in this book are so relatable and things that happen to people on a daily basis, it makes you realize that no one is immune to personal angst.  Behind closed doors, we all deal with our own goodbyes.

For me, personally, I was afraid of my “goodbye year.”  My boys’ high school graduations were fast approaching and the thought of being an empty nester was terrifying.  Not wanting to be without children in the house when I was only in my late 30s, we made the decision to adopt a baby girl.  That bought me 18 more years before I had to worry about it again!

Written with such emotion and honesty, The Goodbye Year is destined to be a bestseller!
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About the Author:
Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction that sparkles with humor and heart including HERE, HOME, HOPE and IN THE MIROR. Her latest novel, THE GOODBYE YEAR, will be released in May of 2016. Her modern romance novels are set on beaches, including the Laguna Beach series, the Indigo Island series and coming soon, the Malibu series.

She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel. After living in Columbus, Ohio, for most of her life, she now enjoys the beach whenever possible.

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  1. Marlene! Thank you so much for your review of THE GOODBYE YEAR! And you're right, goodbyes aren't all that good!!

  2. I liked the review. Sounds like a good read.

  3. Great review. I look forward to reading this book.

  4. Kaira is a new Autho for me but I've seen so many wonderful reads on her site. And I look forward to reading quite a few. Thanks for the review and the giveaway.
    Carol L
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