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Blog Tour: The Trouble with Goodbye by Sarra Cannon {Review+Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on The Trouble with Goodbye blog tour hosted by AToMR tours!
To see other stops on the tour for reviews, guest posts, and excerpt click here.
     by: Sarra Cannon
Publication Date: May 2013
Publisher: Dead River Books (self-pub)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: received a copy from AToMR and author for blog tour and in exchange for a fair and honest review
Page Count: 123 pages
Order Links: Amazon| B&N
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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.

My Review:
I have been so fortunate lately to have read nothing but really good NA contemporaries. Some of them have been similar to each other, but each one has brought new, fresh things to the NA table and this one is no exception.

We first meet our protagonist Leigh Anne returning home from college and because she wants to avoid the small town drama, she takes the long way around to get to her house. Unfortunately, she ends up missing a set of deer and ends up crashing her car into a tree. Thankfully, she is helped out by Knox Warner, who moved to the town of Fairhope not too long after Leigh Anne left for school.

One of the things we realize right away about Leigh Anne is that something happened in Boston and now she has come home to seek sanctuary from it all. She wants to sink back into her old life, connect with her old friends, and live her life the way she used to before she went away. Unfortunately, all of that is easier said than done. Being twenty years old, her parents are overprotective and constantly judging her actions. Her mother is worried more about keeping up appearances than what actually is going on with her daughter. She is an avoider and would rather sweep issues under the rug than face them head-on.

However, as much as Leigh Anne wants to reconnect with her old life- she just can't. Things are too different after her experience at school in Boston. She realizes she isn't connecting with her friends like she should be and after seeing her ex, Preston, again the butterflies just aren't there. And then there's Knox Warner, the guy who helped her the night of her wreck. He shows interest in her, but
she hesitates in giving him a chance, because she's afraid that her experience has left her broken and that she will drag him down in her mess. However, he recognizes she has some things she's holding in, but still wants to get to know her anyway.

I loved Knox. He was patient with Leigh Anne and willing to wait for her. He's your typical down to earth, man of few words, but what he does say, matters. He has some emotional baggage of his own, but trusts her enough to confide in her, knowing she won't judge him for his past. She knows her parents would never approve of him, but lately Leigh Anne has been growing a backbone and not catering to her parents' every demand. There is one scene in particular where Leigh Anne's mom sees the two of them together out and about and you have to hand it to Knox. As much as he likes Leigh Anne, he stands up for himself and won't let anyone treat him as less than what he should be.

However, a relationship cannot be built without trust. Leigh Anne knows this and having had Knox open up to her, she realizes she cannot hold everything in anymore. She finally tells him the truth about what happened to her and he listens patiently and after it's over becomes the comfort she so desperately needs. He believes in her and lends her his strength when she has none left of her own. He inspires her to do the right things and watching her come to terms with what occurred and finally step up and out of her parents protective bubble is what really made this book great for me.

About the Author:
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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  1. Sounds like another must-have NA for my list! I love my emotional rollercoasters! With a bit of luck I'll win one :-)
    BookishTrish @ Between the Lines

    1. :D Wooo! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! It's a cute one!


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