The Trouble with Goodbye (Fairhope #1) by Sarra Cannon – Review

19021419Publication Date:

May 18th, 2013


Dead River Books

Goodreads Synopsis:

One night can change everything…

Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.

Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.

With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.

That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.

Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late.


I went to this book without knowing a lot about it and not expecting a lot but I ended up reading it in one sitting and loving it. This book starts two years after Leigh Anne left her hometown after her high-school graduation leaving her family, friends and boyfriend behind. While we don’t learn right in the beginning why she came back it’s pretty easy to understand that something happened with her that left her broken. In her hometown no one sees any difference in her and she keeps faking in front of everyone that everything is fine, even her parents that actually know what happened to her. She ends up meeting Knox the night she comes back after having a car accident where he ends up saving her and Knox is the only person who can actually see how broken she is.

I really liked these characters and their connection. I loved how Knox was able to help Leigh Anne without even knowing what happened to her and how Leigh Anne didn’t judge him when she learned about his past. Their relationship was perfect and while it seemed it was a little bit too fast I really like that their relationship was not only physical but they also helped each other with their problems. I also really liked the character development in this book and how Leigh Anne went from a girl who does not let anyone see her really self to someone who becomes strong and able to conquer her fears. I really didn’t like was Leigh Anne’s mom. Her mom is one of that women who cares a lot about what people will say about her and is very judgemental so it really got to my nerves that she tried so hard to keep what happened to Leigh Anne in secret when what Leigh Anne needed was a to talk about it and support.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. This is the first time I read anything written by Sarra Cannon but I know I’ll want to read more of her books. If you want to read a new adult book that not only has romance but also talks about some dark subjects you should give this one a try.


4 stars

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?

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