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The Trouble With Goodbye (Fairhope Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sarra Cannon
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**Due to sexual content and mature themes, this novel is intended for audiences ages 17+**

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.

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Praise for The Trouble With Goodbye:

"The Trouble With Goodbye conveys hope, instills courage and shows that some risks are worth taking." ~Tami, Into The Night Reviews

"A completely addictive read." ~Laura, Blame It On The Rain Reviews

"A highly charged and emotional read that opens with a bang and ends with an even bigger bang." ~Leisha, RoloPoloBookBlog

"I'm shedding a few tears right now remembering how emotionally moved I was by this story." ~Momma Says Read

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  • File Size: 1746 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dead River Books (May 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,521 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read May 21, 2013
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The Trouble with Goodbye, gives hope. But not the unrealistic kind of hope that's usually spouted off.
I won't say much, because spoilers suck. But as usual, her character development is spot on and makes you keep reading. I'm happy to know I love her writing even without the paranormal elements which is usually the genre I stick to.

The only reason I almost gave this four stars is that it's a little on the short side. That being said, it was so good I read it in one sitting. And honestly, the story didn't need to be longer to engage the reader and be told.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Look at this pretty cover. It gives us hints of a cute story and that's exactly what The Trouble with Goodbye was - a cute, short, lovable romance novel. With a sweet, honorable and sexy guy as a lead and an opinionated girl as the MC, this will appeal to people who are in need of sugar in little doses in addition to some darker subjects.

After all my begging to feel something, anything, I'm afraid when it finally happens. But this fear is a different kind of fear. It isn't filled with panic and terror or with a desire to run away. (pg 65 of the arc.)

The story. The MC is a young college student and she moved away from home before the time we first meet her. Now she's back for the summer and haunted by some horrible memories that she's trying to suppress. We also have the former best friends, the golden boy aka the former boyfriend and also a new love interest who was really, really swoon-worthy and also a with secrets of his own.

My emotions. I knew from the very beginning what secret Leigh Anne carried with her so it wasn't a surprise for me. It was, however, a surprise how it all came public. I didn't expect that scene. I was very in love with the love interest Knox (I don't know why, but the name Knox reminds me of Johnny Knoxville who is a very, very decent-looking man anddd this is so not the topic here, ha.) since he was incredibly sweet, well-behaved and thoughtful. I liked how he was a good sport in getting to know Leigh Anne as well as asking her out. For me their love wasn't insta love, but the 'in love' part growed a little too quickly into the 'love' part.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trouble With Goodbye May 21, 2013
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Not my usual genre, but this is a compelling, deep story about how the past can catch up with you even when you try to run from it with everything you have. I found the whole book spellbinding and hard to put down. We know from the very first chapter that the main character, Leigh Anne, is hiding something when she comes back to her hometown after a prolonged absence, but what she's keeping back is really a powerful story in and of itself. When you combine that with the romance she begins with the new man in town, Knox, it creates a kind of perfect storm for the secrets that are coming back to haunt her.

I don't want to get into spoilers because I think they'd truly spoil what is a beautiful, gripping and moving book, but suffice to say that the Trouble With Goodbye is a really powerful tale that's definitely worth a read.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Main Character was a MARSHMELLOW!!! September 21, 2013
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I have to say this story or, more the main character, Leigh Anne really made me mad. What a marshmallow! She has an rich ex-boyfriend that continuously cheated on her and she continually took him back, until she found him with her best friend. She is manipulated by her mother until she makes a break and goes away to college. She gets raped and agrees to keep it hushed up, not caring that another girl will get to experience the same drama. Even after another girl bravely comes forward, she remains silent. Finally her name is broadcasted on the media as potentially having been raped by this movie star, but she agrees to continue to keep silent and be manipulated back together with her cheating ex who "never stopped loving her". Please.

Her time away at college has changed her snooty high class attitude to include being more accepting of all classes and she finds herself in love with a bar-tender, Knox, against her mother's wishes. He is the only one who she feels she can really let herself talk to about the event and he is the only one who encourages her to do the right thing and not hide behind money and fearful reputations. He also has a criminal past and falls in love with her super-fast.

Leigh Anne has a choice between the truth, the whole truth and the lies her family and friends tell her to say. She has the choice between new love or protection from a wealthy family Preston, her cheating ex, belongs to.

Will she pick Preston, Knox, her own independence or a combination of the three? While I realize rape is a serious issue and it takes real bravery to come forward, it was her actions towards her cheating ex that really had me angry.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannon Nails New Adult Genre! July 9, 2013
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"The Trouble With Goodbye" is a well written and engrossing story which will have endless meaning for the real young people living in a real world. So many of my generation have suffered from and had to live with abuse. Sarra Cannon courageously and open-heartedly deals with these themes while writing a ripping-good story. I loved it and I couldn't put it down. It is also full of little tid-bits of wisdom, but no preachy-ness and none of those writing flaws that are so common in books by independent authors. One of the things I loved most about this book is the way we get an eyes-open look at difficult, if well meaning parents. She shows how parents can sometimes crush their new-adult children, without making those parents seem evil in any way, and without encouraging anything but strength and compassion from her readers. Another high point of the story for me was that it is not all about the actual abuse. The characters never go on and on and on about it. It is about being heard and recovering from abuse, and validating one another as adults with a right to our own truth. It is about unconditional love and humanity. Well done, Sarra Cannon. This is exactly the kind of story our world needs. Thank you for having the courage to share yourself through your characters and creating an opportunity for your readers to find validation and start to heal.
Note: definitely not suitable for anyone under seventeen. Better for the twenty years and over group. While this book is certainly not bloody or unpleasant, I feel I should warn anyone who is sensitive that there are sex scenes (but nice ones!), realist descriptions of abuse, and no punches pulled. I think that those struggling to understand friends, siblings or lovers who are recovering from abuse would find this a gentle and enjoyable way to peep into their world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars great message
I enjoyed the overall theme of standing up for yourself and fighting for justice, even when it's the hardest thing in the world to do. Read more
Published 2 days ago by jenmcdan13
5.0 out of 5 stars ... always had the trouble of saying goodbye so this beautiful book...
i've always had the trouble of saying goodbye so this beautiful book just made me rethink those days, i felt for the characters because sometimes you do have to choose and when you... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sheila M. Jaworski Fashion and Beauty Blogger under the pen name Ladydarksky
5.0 out of 5 stars It was awesome!
It was fiction. It's deceptive at first because you think it's another rich girl meets poor boy story, but it's so much more. It give you romance and reality. Read more
Published 8 days ago by LV
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it...
Published 11 days ago by Peggy Killam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading the next in the series. I will recommend this to everyone.
Published 14 days ago by Debra Halperin
1.0 out of 5 stars Their is no trouble with saying goodbye to this book
This book was so stupid it was nothing but a big pity party for a girl who does not no how to say no and can't stand up for herself
Published 18 days ago by clay
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but too much foul language
this is a great story about true character and overcoming heart breaking injustice. I found the excessive use of the F bomb to be more of a distraction than a benefit to the... Read more
Published 22 days ago by K Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trouble With Goodbye
This book kept my attention from page one! when I had todo something else I was always thinking about what our main character was facing. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Kat Brechbuhler
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book - I loved the writing style and ...
I loved this book - I loved the writing style and the way the book flowed. I really enjoyed the main character Leigh Anne's relationships with her main love, her old love, and... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Kathy St. Hilaire
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great book about becoming who you want to be I recommend it!
Published 1 month ago by Kati
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An Amazon Top 100 Best Selling Author!

Sarra Cannon writes contemporary and paranormal fiction with both teen and college age characters. Her novels often stem from her own experiences growing up in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, where she learned that being popular always comes at a price and relationships are rarely as simple as they seem.

Her best selling Young Adult paranormal series, Peachville High Demons, has sold over 140,000 copies and been featured on Amazon's Top 100 eBooks for Children & Teens. The first book in the series, Beautiful Demons, will be adapted into a graphic novel by Sea Lion Books later this year, and a spin-off series will begin in 2014.

She is a devoted (obsessed) fan of Hello Kitty and has an extensive collection that decorates her desk as she writes. She currently lives in South Carolina with her amazingly supportive husband and her adorable son.

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