Thursday, 27 October 2016

Book Review:   
Since You've Been Gone - Christa Allan 

Olivia Kavanaugh is meant to be walking down the aisle to the love of her life, Wyatt Hammond.
Instead, on the morning of their wedding day, she discovers that Wyatt has been involved in a fatal car crash, heading fifty miles away from the church.
In the backseat, is a gift that appears to be for a baby boy.
Olivia is shocked that her fiance may have been living a double life, and she frantically tries to piece together the mystery that surrounds his actions before his death.
Without any real answers, she decides that a change of scenery may do her good, and goes to stay a while with her best friend, but returns after her mother undergoes an operation.
The relationship between Olivia and her mother is rather strained. Her mother is unsupportive, judgemental, and quite often, harsh, so I was a bit surprised that Olivia would return home to help.Her father is quite often the peacemaker when they have a falling out. Towards the end of the story, we find out why her mother has this personality, but I don't think it fully justifies her behaviour. 
Olivia's grandmother Ruthie, on the other hand, is adorable, and her great sense of humour and wit shine through the novel.
Olivia relentlessly tries to get back on her feet, and I really admired her courage and her determination, even when she is faced with yet more heartache. 
I enjoyed the first part of the story more than the latter part, as it felt a little bit rushed towards the ending. 
But is a story of hope, and the power of positivity and love. 
It has been released this month. 

Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Thanks for the review! This book sounds like one I would enjoy! :-)

  2. It sounds like an interesting read Michelle but it is a bit frustrating if the ending's rushed.... it can a bad taste after you turn that last page!

  3. Oh wow. You reeled me in over the "car crash heading in the opposite direction".
    Thanks for joining the Lovn' Life Linky

  4. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Have popped it on my list!

  5. Appreciate your review, Michelle. I loved Ruthie, and I actually miss her now that the novel's written!

    1. Hi Christa, thank you so much for taking the time to get in touch. Ruthie definitely was a great character!! Well done on Since You've Been Gone xx

  6. sounds like a great read, I've added it to my never-ending list

  7. Sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Adding it to my bedside table reading list :) #teamlovinlife

  8. Thanks to all of you who are reading (or plan to!) my novel!


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