Book Review

Since You’ve Been Gone

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One moment, Olivia Kavanaugh is preparing to walk down the aisle and embrace her own happily ever after. The next, she learns that her fiancé, Wyatt Hammond, has been in a fatal car accident. Then comes a startling discovery: Wyatt’s car wasn’t heading toward the church. He was fifty miles away…with a baby gift in the backseat.

Her faith shaken, Olivia pores over the clues left behind, desperate to know where Wyatt was going that day and why. As she begins uncovering secrets, she also navigates a tense relationship with her judgmental mother and tries to ignore the attentions of a former boyfriend who’s moved back home. But when she starts receiving letters written by Wyatt before his death, she must confront a disturbing question: Can we ever know anyone fully, even someone we love?

When an unexpected path forward—though nothing like the life she once envisioned—offers the promise of a new beginning, will she be strong enough to let go of the past and move toward it?


**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

 

4 Stars

Early on in this story, I was hooked. There is something about a jilted bride that I just can’t help but want to know more about her story. Olivia was such a well-developed character in this story with a clear voice of her own. I enjoyed reading her story.

The beginning and the ending of this book were wonderful. The beginning is filled with so many questions… ones that don’t seem to have any answers. And with each turn of the page, Olivia’s life seems to become a bit more dismal. Unfortunately, the middle part of this book drags. Many of those questions that are raised in the beginning just feel like that are constantly being asked over and over. There is nothing about the mystery of where Olivia’s fiance is going on their wedding day that is any closer to being solved, nor is there anything to further deepen the mystery. We are just simply experiencing Olivia’s new norm over and over for awhile.

And then there is the end. There are some fascinating facts that come to light, a few questions are answered, but we see the change in Olivia that we’ve been waiting for. In many ways, the ending redeemed this as a good book worth working through that middle portion. It was a decent book overall.

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