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The Truth About Goodbye

When searching for a title to read, The Truth About Goodbye, stood out to me. This novel follows the story of Sebastian whose learning how to live life without his husband Frank, who had passed away almost a year prior when the story begins. Thankfully he has Frank’s cat Arthur who keeps him company along with his best friend Chole. 

Sebastian struggles with anxiety, self-esteem and trusting people. He lost his parents years ago, so Sebastian feels even more adrift after loosing Frank. He misses Frank and at times is positive Frank’s ghost has been visiting him. One night Chloe introduces Sebastian to her new apartment friend Reid. Sebastian hasn’t thought of dating because he’s still mourning his husband’s loss. Reid is patient putting up with Sebastian’s mixed signals because of course Chloe makes friends with an attractive man.

This novel covers the important topic of grieving and what that can look like for different people. It also, discusses how difficult it can be to move into a new relationship when the previous one might not have had the closer it needed or was cut off prematurely.  I think the biggest topic this novel handles is learning to allow others to love and care for you when it’s hard to be motivated to love yourself when you are emmersed in grief.

If you are looking for a sweet, thoughtful read I recommend this book. I appreciate NetGalley for allowing me to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Mr. Ricard for writing such a sweet novel about relationships, family and how to get through surviving the death of a loved one.

Death Awakening To Life

The title Death Awakening To Life describes the author’s experience that dying doesn’t mean you don’t exist any longer, but that you aren’t housed any longer in your body. Her life changed the day she had a forbidding sense something big was going to happen. Her husband at the time had been researching the warning signs of a heart attack. She expressed her sense of unease. Even in his research her husband didn’t realize Christine was starting to have one. This book is the author’s experience of what it was like having her heart attack and what happened afterwards. Christine’s journey after dying and then coming back to life is unique. This experience helped shape what her life’s mission has become today.
I received an ARC of Death Awakening To Life by Christine Contini free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This book covered a lot of topics that were over my head. Some of them have to do with how the author helps people who are either passed on or in the processing of crossing over. Quantum physics was mentioned, as well as the author being able to hear people’s thoughts of those who have passed on. 

This book is definitely out of my spiritual comfort zone, though last year I read a book by a famous medium. If you are interested in reading more about paranormal topics this book might interest you. Christine writes in a very down to earth manner, so even if the topics might be a bit heavy she writes in a way you don’t feel talked down to. Thank you for sharing your journey Christine.

The Unbelievable Happiness Of What Is

The title stood out to me. What does the happiness of what is mean? This book by John Bernie is not for the faint of heart or someone detoured by a long book. 

This book talks about learning to be fully present in the moment. To be fully listening, hearing and feeling; to not be thinking of the past or the future. He talks about letting go of having to be in control of our future, since we don’t know what the future holds we only know what is happening at this very exact moment. Mr. Bernie also, discusses how when we get outside ourselves and take it into account others, that we are all the same. When one person is hurting or sad we all are.

The concepts in this book were a tad heavy and yet simple all rolled into one. I think the idea of us all being one and being made up of energy is outside our Western comfort zone. In the US we are drilled to be individuals and separate. Mr. Bernie’s point is that we are all connected and when we can go outside our individualism we can truly love unconditionally because we aren’t trying to control our identity.

If you are up for a heavy, yet refreshing read I do recommend this book. I was given it for free from NetGalley in exchange  for my honest review.  If you enjoy reading, have a blog and want great titles to choose from to read I’d go sign up at NetGalley.

Ten Birthdays 

What would you do if you lost your mom at age 15 and had a letter from her for every birthday till age 25? Would you read the letters all at once, or would you wait each birthday to read the next one? Poppy chooses the latter.

This novel goes through each year and how her mom’s letter to her corresponds with her life and what is currently happening.  Poppy has two best friends Mark and Freya. They’ve dated each other for years and Poppy doesn’t know if she’ll ever find love. Poppy’s father is a tad distant going through his own grief and life struggles. She stays best friends with Mark and Freya through their relationship ups and downs.

This story was sweet. It was filled with different British terms since it takes place in the U.K. This book shows the importance of a relationship between a mother and daughter. I highly recommend this book. It was given to me for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.