Hey ya’ll and welcome to my stop on The Trouble with Goodbye tour hosted by AToMR Tours. There is no hiding how much I loved this book and to go along with my gushy review, which I make no apologies for, I also have a link to the tour-wide giveaway. This is a huge tour with tons of awesome blogs participating. IF you would like to see what everyone else has to offer, just click here. Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic Wednesday 🙂
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.
Oh, Sarra Cannon, you had me at “My stomach twists as the sign for Harrison’s Pecan Farm comes into view.” For those of you who don’t know, that’s the first sentence in this highly charged and emotional read that begins with a bang and goes out with an even bigger bang.
Trouble opens with Leigh Anne making a dramatic late night entrance into her hometown of Fairhope and Knox Warner coming to the rescue. Leigh Anne, in an effort to avoid hitting a deer has landed herself and her very torn up car in a ditch and Knox is her knight in shining armor. After a half hour of tears and a very uncomfortable meeting with Leigh Anne’s mother Knox walks away not entirely sure what he just let into his life. For Leigh Anne, the very fact that she had to come home at all is humiliating and her stunning meltdown in front of Knox is just the cherry on top of the crap sundae that is her life.
Fairhope is a small town and all that matters is how the family is perceived. Leigh Anne’s homecoming, according to her mother, is due to her daughter’s homesickness and desire to be back among her family and friends. As far as Leigh Anne’s mother is concerned, her daughter is to simply step back into her old life and all with be right with the world. Leigh Anne’s reasons for coming home have nothing whatsoever to do with homesickness and everything to do with a dirty little secret she is desperately trying to keep hidden from the world. The question is, can Leigh Anne ever really go back to her old life after everything she has endured?
Knox Warner is a cat of a different color. When a delicious piece of man candy like Knox Warner moves to town, the locals notice and Leigh Anne’s friends from high school have not only noticed but gathered intel. According to the girls (who still rather disgustingly live in the past) Knox is no-go: he has a nasty criminal history, he lives in a room above his uncle’s bar and, he never, ever mingles with the locals. According to her friends, Leigh Anne will be far, far better off if she never crosses paths with the likes of Knox Warner. Oh good, yet another secret to keep.
The unfolding of Trouble is tumultuous, heart-breaking, frustrating and, triumphant. For every twist and turn in the plot, Leigh Anne and Knox take the same tumultuous, heart-breaking, frustrating, and triumphant twists and turns. And I was with those two every single step of the way! Leigh Anne is a broken young woman who simply needs someone to show her that her secret, her terrible burden is not something she should be ashamed of but something she should wield like a weapon in order to reclaim her life. Knox, though broken in his own way, is just the encouragement and support Leigh Anne needs. Knox sees beyond the pieces to the whole of Leigh Anne and helps her to understand she is not only capable of courage, strength and bravery but is also worthy of the love and independence she craves. Yeah, he is that kind of dreamy, amazing, and awesome!
As for those others who occupy Trouble, it is a mixed bag of love and hate. Initially, I was pretty disgusted with Leigh Anne’s old friends but one or two, namely Penny and Preston really came through for Leigh Anne in the end. Jenna, the rambunctious and totally delightful new friend from the steak house is one of Trouble’s highlights and proves immediately to be a true and loyal friend to both Leigh Anne and Knox. Hear me now Sarra Cannon, I want more of Jenna!!
On the flip side the awesome is the awful and I can absolutely go the rest of my life without ever reading another word about Leigh Anne’s mother. I consider it a true testament to an author’s ability to write if he or she can make me hate a character. Consider yourself testament-ed Sarra Cannon; Leigh Anne’s mother is wretched human whose very existence would not be missed. If there was a way to whack a fictional character, I would be all over it where Leigh Anne’s mother is concerned. Makes you want to read Trouble now, doesn’t it?
The Bottom Line: I read The Trouble with Goodbye in a marathon sitting and found I experienced every moment of Leigh Anne and Knox’s journey right along with them. Cannon has crafted a novel that revolves around solid characters embroiled in a nasty and incredibly interesting plot. I have never made a secret of my love of strong characters and strong plot lines and I got everything I love about reading in Sarra Cannon’s offering. I also got a well-written book that was thoroughly satisfying even given the grave nature of some of the events. Overall, The Trouble with Goodbye is the total package and appropriate for all NA+ audiences.
Sarra Cannon grew up in a small town in Georgia where she learned that being popular always comes at a price. She is the author of the young adult paranormal Peachville High Demons series, which she first began self-publishing in October of 2010. Since the series began, Sarra has sold over 120,000 copies and recently signed a contract with Sea Lion Books to create a graphic novel adaptation of Beautiful Demons, the first book in the series.
Sarra lives in North Carolina with her amazing husband, her new baby boy, and her teeny tiny Pomeranian, Snickerdoodle.
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