Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Sassy Savvy Fabulous PR in exchange for an honest review.
Ah, the feels this book gave me! Garden of Goodbyes should have come with a free pack of tissues because this was a truly emotional read, one that wasn't always easy to get through, but once you reach the end, you'll be glad you saw the story through. I wouldn't necessarily classify this new Faith Andrews standalone as a romance. It's the journey taken by the three main characters: sisters Eden and Violet and the boy they both loved, Lennox. Their story is told from all three points of view and in both the present and in flashbacks so we don't miss out on a thing.
I'm going to keep this review short and as spoiler-free as possible, so details will be limited. Based on the tidbit I mentioned about Eden and Violet being sisters and about them loving the same guy, it's clear that there's the falling in love and a fair amount of betrayal involved. And we're there to see how it all happens and how they confront each other's sins afterwards. This book made me step back and ask myself what I would do in each of their shoes, and I'm more than sure that it's way easy to judge until we're in similar enough circumstances to get it.
I chose sides, as one is wont to do in situations like Eden's, Violet's, and Lennox's. None of the journeys they were on were easy ones, and I confess that I wasn't a fan of Violet's at any point in the story. I do, however, empathize with the struggles one faces when addiction gets a stranglehold on them, and this is what I meant when I said this was more than a romance. This was a story about love and family and how some battles are lost--even those worth fighting for. Faith Andrews has yet to disappoint me, and Garden of Goodbyes is the latest proof of that. Five stars. ♥
Release Date: 13 March 2017
Date Read: 12 March 2017
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