Linda realizes that over the years she has changed to be like the woman her deceased husband, Martin, wanted. Her wardrobe and hair style were not the way she use to dress or look and instead he’d changed her into a mini me version of his mother. A woman who treated her badly. And she tells her husband’s ashes that’s she’s going to make some changes. In an attempt to rediscover the real Linda, the first thing on her to do list is a trip to Fiji.
Five Star Review on Amazon By Alex
I’ll be honest; I was pleasantly surprised by Goodbye, Hello. It’s a great new coming of age novella that just about anyone can relate to.
I think the themes and plot of this story are the reason I liked it so much. Even though I’m not the same age as Linda, her story is just so relatable. She realizes that she is unhappy with her life and has been for a while. Her deceased husband is still controlling her life, which depresses her and enforces just how unhappy she is. Realizing it’s not too late, she vows to make and follow through with her own plans for her future. Through her journey, she learns who is she actually is, what she stands for, and what she wants her life to be. She doesn’t just wake up a new woman, which shows the struggle that many people go through. Wanting a new life is different from actually creating a new one. Changing takes time for everyone, just as it does for Linda. She’s bitter and grieving, and it takes her some time to let go of her past. The realistic portrayal of human emotions as life goes by really grabbed my attention.
I also really liked this story because the writing was engaging, easy to follow, and filled with humor. I really wanted to see Linda succeed on her journey to self-actualization, and I felt myself empathizing with her because I know what it’s like to question who you are and feel that there must be a greater meaning to everything. The honesty in this novella is very touching and heartfelt and made me feel like I was a part of something greater than myself.
I highly suggest this novella for anyone who wants a little inspiration. Following Linda on her journey made me feel like I’m capable of doing it myself if I ever need to. I laughed with her, I cried with her, and I felt like I should reflect on my own life with her. It was a very touching read, and it isn’t long at all. It’ll fly by, but it’s worth every second.
About the Author
I ‘m very lucky to have the indulgence of time and space to enable me to write. I took a sabbatical from work to accompany my partner on his bucket list travels and adventures, and never went back. I really thought I would struggle with all the free time, so decided to write to keep myself occupied. Now writing has consumed my time and I am never sure where we will be or when, hence my novels could be classed ‘international’ as they may have been written across a few countries. We are still travelling, although we do pop back to the UK for a few months every now and again.
I love the fact that no matter what our age we can use new technology to connect to the rest of the world and enhance our lives. Back in the UK I have my friends and family and with emails, phones, Skype or face-time, we are never out of touch for long. Even my mother at eighty-six uses face-time to catch up with me. I have the world at my fingertips and only twenty-four hours away from anywhere.
Being a ‘mature aging gracefully’ woman, I feel akin to the problems of aging and relationships. I spent many years on my own before finding my truly remarkable and very patient partner who I happily gave up my whole world for. My stories are about mature relationships with mature people. People who have character and humour, who have a history; people just like us.
I like to call it Hen Lit, Not Chick Lit, but it is not just about falling in love. They are about real relationships.
I hope you enjoy my stories. Please check my web page or social media pages if you would like to contact me. I love emails and try to answer every one as soon as possible.