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The Best Goodbye: A Rosemary Beach Novel (The Rosemary Beach Series) by [Glines, Abbi]
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About the Author

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.

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The Best Goodbye

Rose


Being short sucks. There was never a time in my life when I thought, Gee, being short is awesome. Not once. I could never reach things in high-up places. Which was what was happening now. I’d been sent by Elle to unpack the glasses and line them up on the shelves behind the bar, but I was struggling more than I cared to admit.

I wasn’t a fan of the head server. She was gorgeous and mean, not to mention tall. She had no idea how hard it was for someone who was only five foot four to balance on a bar stool on her tiptoes with her hands full of glasses. Or maybe she did know, and she was doing this just to be cruel.

Leaning forward, I slipped another glass safely into one of the slots built into the wall for just this purpose. The stool wobbled, and I stilled, holding my breath. Easing back slowly, I managed to keep my balance. Only two more boxes to unpack, I thought, wishing that each box didn’t hold ten glasses.

“You break those glasses, and the cost comes out of your paycheck. I don’t have room in the budget for broken inventory,” a deep voice drawled behind me. I knew that voice. I didn’t hear it often, but when I did, it was usually annoyed with me.

Once, it hadn’t been that way. Once, that voice had eased my fears, protected me, and given me a safe place to go. Now all I got were cold, detached words from him. I kept thinking the pain would ease up eventually. But it never did.

Time had changed both of us. Instead of loving him until I was breathless, I just wanted to slap his handsome face and leave town.

“Get down, Rose,” River ordered harshly. “Go do something useful. I’ll get someone who can manage this.”

At least he remembered my name this time. Last week, he had referred to me as Rachel, Daisy, and Rhonda on three separate occasions. My constant corrections must have stuck. I got that the man had a restaurant full of new employees, and the stress of the grand opening in just two weeks’ time was weighing on him. But still. The boy I once knew had been kind, thoughtful, and a hero. My hero.

At some point over the past ten years, River had changed his name to Captain and had become hard. Untouchable. Even his girlfriend, the oh-so-nice Elle, didn’t seem to have access to a softer side of River. The side I’d once known best. No one had that. I didn’t believe it existed anymore.

“Elle told me to put the glasses away,” I said, jumping down from the stool and standing up as straight as I could. River was well over six foot two now, and he’d always towered over me. Even when we were sixteen.

He didn’t comment on that. Instead, he nodded toward the kitchen. “Brad needs help with the cooking supplies that just came in. Go help him. I’ll find someone who isn’t vertically challenged to finish this.”

My face flushed hot from embarrassment. It wasn’t like I’d messed up or broken anything. I had done just fine. I was doing the job slowly, but I was getting it done.

“I’m fine. My height isn’t affecting my ability to do this job, if that’s what you mean,” I snapped at him.

He didn’t even glance back at me as he sauntered toward the door. “We open in two weeks. I’d like the glasses to be up by then.” He walked out.

“Jerk,” I muttered. I had a good mind to finish putting those glasses up myself anyway. But with my luck, I’d end up breaking an entire box of them. I couldn’t afford to lose this job. I had packed up my life and come down to Rosemary Beach, Florida, once I found out that this was where I could find River. I hadn’t thought past that. I had searched for him for years with no luck.

This lead had been the first real one I’d had. So I’d taken it. Getting this job had been easier than I thought, and I needed it. This town wasn’t big, and it was hard to find employment. The house I’d found for rent was just outside the town limits—and it was tiny—but it was safe and affordable. That was all we needed.

We were living in the guest house of one of the massive beach homes that lined the shore. The only resident in the main house was an elderly lady, Diana Baylor, who seemed thrilled to have us right outside her back door. It was a good fit for all of us.

Without this job, I would have no reason to get close to River. And I had a mission. One I was no longer so sure of. I had to remind myself that I wasn’t doing this for me. My needs and desires had taken a backseat nine years ago when Ann Frances had entered the world and become my reason for living.

The day Franny had turned five, she’d asked for one thing: to meet her father. Every year since then, that was all she ever asked for, on her birthday and on Christmas Day, without fail. She wanted to know her dad like her friends knew theirs. I’d made excuses and tried to compensate for the fact that she only had me. But then I had begun looking for the boy I had loved so much, then one I’d sacrificed everything for to keep him safe.

Looking back, I wondered if my sacrifice was a mistake. Franny’s plea to meet her father made me feel I’d failed her while trying to save River. But I’d been a kid myself then, with choices to make that affected the only people in the world I loved.

“Are you going to finish the job I gave you or stand there and do nothing?” Elle’s voice snapped me out of my thoughts. Her long dark hair was draped over her shoulders, and those catlike green eyes of hers glared at me. I wasn’t sure why she had decided to hate me, but she had.

“Captain told me to stop and help Brad in the kitchen,” I replied, trying not to let my dislike for her lace through my tone. If she complained to River, I was sure he’d fire me.

Elle was one of the biggest obstacles to my plan. I didn’t want anyone so vicious in Franny’s world. As much as my daughter wanted to know her father, I had to decide if that man was worthy of Franny. Sadly, I’d found after two weeks of working for him that he wasn’t exactly measuring up. I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to fulfill my daughter’s one request.

“Fine. Then go. You’re wasting time. We have things to do,” she ordered, pointing toward the kitchen as if I didn’t know where it was.

With a sharp nod, I headed that way. No reason to stay in her presence any longer than necessary.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3443 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (December 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UDCI0NO
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Spoilers are likely. You’ve been warned.

"The Best Goodbye" was a quick read, but the book as a whole suffered from far too many inconsistencies. At least Ms. Glines managed to wrap up this story in just one book, short though it was. There’s that, at least. Unfortunately, Glines has made a habit of writing too-short books that have very little content. She likes to drag them along, turning them into either a duology or trilogy, regardless of whether or not there’s enough substance to warrant a sequel. Money talks, I suppose.

With that said, I’m just going to jump right in.

First line, first paragraph: "Being short sucks."

And...here we go with the whining. Life is so terrible.

"There was never a time in my life when I thought, 'Gee, being short is awesome.' Not once. I could never reach things in high-up-places."

This was met with an instant eye roll on my part, as I thought, "This ought to be good. How short is she?"

One paragraph later: "[…] five foot four […]"

Um, okay. Right.

The average height for a woman in the US is five foot four. Just saying. But please, don’t let me interrupt your tales of woe, Addy:

"I’d been sent by Elle to unpack the glasses and line them up on the shelves behind the bar, but I was struggling more than I cared to admit. […] She had no idea how hard it was for someone who was only five foot four to balance on a bar stool on her tiptoes with her hands full of glasses. Or maybe she did know, and she was doing this just to be cruel.
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Abbi Glines needs to stop writing if she doesn't change up her characters or research her own books to prevent her million inconsistencies. There's no reason why the Rosemary Beach Series should be this long. There's no reason for the all the tragic backgrounds these people have. I'm over the man whores that every male character is. I'm sick of females who can't function without a man. They're pathetic and ridiculous. Something about her writing needs to change. The only reason she has such a strong following is because of her excessive sex scenes. This will be my last Abbi Glines book. I don't torture myself by trying to get through another one of her books. The material isn't worth the outrageous cost.
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River and addy's story was nice and sweet but most of the story line was the back and forth of river not knowing who addy was and how much he missed her but she was right in front of him the whole time. Once river did realize who addy was he then did the whole back and forth on should he be with her or not. I skimmed through a lot of this book because some of it just seemed liked it was just being repeated in the next chapter. Hopefully the next one will be longer and better developed, especially for the price.
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I am not sure, I'm still trying to process things with this story, it just seemed so out there, out of the blue & I think why is because we have heard nothing about Captain except for a very small tidbit in Blair & Rushes last book and then all the sudden we get this book.
I had to keep stopping and then picking the book up again, I didn't feel the enthrallment or Chemistry like with Blair & Rush or Even Grant and Harlow...

It was a cute story but truthfully I think the little girl Franny is what kept me reading the story, she was so bright, funny and compassionate. Did not care for Addy character at all.
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Another great book by Abbi Glines. Captain is Blaire's half brother and he's in Rosemary Beach for a little while. He's committed to help launch a new restaurant and then he wants to just buy a dive bar somewhere and just be at peace. Rose is a new server in his restaurant but she makes him remember things from his past that destroyed him. She's a single mother and she works hard and takes care of her daughter. The book was enjoyable but I thought Abe not being mentioned or in the story was a bit strange considering they are family and the book would have been better if it was longer.

River "Captain" Kipling is Abe Wynn's son and he was conceived when his parents were pretty young. They weren't really together anymore and he grew up thinking another man was his father. His mother was pretty crazy and she was really messed up in the head especially when it came to the man he thought was his father. Addison or Addy was a foster child who was moved from home to home. Her own mother left her in a grocery store shopping cart. River's mother is cruel and abusive toward Addy and he does everything he can to protect her. His crazy mother made him believe that she killed Addy and he's been just surviving ever since. He turned into a paid killer but he would only kill people that hurt and abused children. He retired from that life and now he just wants some peace. He's been a player and hooked up with many women but he's never let anyone else in his heart because only Addy belonged there.

Rose and her daughter has only been in town for about a month. She's been searching for River for years and just finally found him. She wants to see what he is like now and if he's worth introducing to their daughter Franny.
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