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Surviving Goodbye

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  414 ratings  ·  87 reviews
In the final hours of her life, Elliot Fitch’s wife confesses that he is not the biological father to their 16-year old daughter.

Surviving Goodbye follows Elliot’s collision course with Fate as he embarks on a journey to locate his daughter’s real father. When Elena, now seventeen years old, announces her unplanned pregnancy and the father’s unwillingness to play a role i
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Published (first published August 16th 2014)
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Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
"You're everything that's perfect."

Another great book from Morgan Parker! This story stirred up a mix of emotions and really left me guessing until the end.

Elliot is a loving husband and doting father that has his world shattered. His wife is dying in hospice when she breaks it to him. Their picture perfect marriage has been a lie. His 16-year old, "Baby Bear" isn't his daughter. It's a devastating blow.

He spends a year after his wife dies, wallowing in his grief and barely functioning. Leavin
Kelsey's Korner Blog
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Morgan has made another loveable character in the name of Elliot Fitch. His name alone makes me smile but he couldn't be further detached from Abercrombie. He's an average Joe but I just know he will become a household name like the infamous Morgan Barker from Non~Friction, another one of my favourites from Morgan Parker and a must read!!

Once again his unique writing makes you beg for more. This story piqued my curiosity a lot. It's very mysterious and keeps you on your toes. The suspenseful ele
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read A LOT of books. Most of them are really good. Most of them I spend a lot of time talking about and putting them into people’s hands because they deserve to be read. Every so often, however, I get a truly special book. I end up savoring it. Wanting it to last because the story is so good, I want to live there forever. The characters are so alive, so three dimensional, that I want to invite them over for dinner. Everything about it just thoroughly leaves me smitten, exhilarated and begging ...more
Laveda  Kasch
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
"I don't believe in love. Love is a delusion."
"Love is a word, and words are weapons."
I've never heard truer words... My favorite quote from the book!!

It's hard to say goodbye to someone you love, it's also hard to let go of hate and anger. Imagine trying to deal with all of those at once. Elliot Finch loved his wife with all he had until the day she died. The day she died is the day he started to hate her. Karen, his wife, dropped a bomb on him just moments before she passed on. “Lena… She’s n
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
review coming. I always love when an author can take something insignificant to a story and mess with my head.
A Risque' Affair Book Blog
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Surviving Goodbye by Morgan Parker
Reviewed by: Yolanda M.

I was giving this ARC in exchange of an honest review

Elliot Fitch has always loved his beautiful, loving wife Karen. She confesses, in the final hours of her life, that he is not the biological father of their beautiful sixteen year old daughter Elena. Elliot is angry, heartbroken and confused. Elliot is Elena's father no matter what.

Let fast- forward...

Elena is now seventeen and announces her unplanned pregnancy. The father wants nothing
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given an arc of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Elliot loved his wife with all that he had. That is, until he finds out (on her death bed) that their daughter, Elena... his daughter... isn't his biological child. This isn't a piece of information that you recover from. Everything that he knew is seen through different eyes and felt through a changed heart. If that wasn't enough, Elena finds out she's pregnant and the baby's father wants no part in his new role as 'father'. Elli
Rebecca from Cover to Cover Book Blog
Elliott lost his wife Karen way to early in life. He found out a secret about his daughter that she kept from him all her life. Her brother Jamie held the letter to the truth. When elliott read the letter he was heartbroken. He vowed that day that he was gonna find out the truth. There is a delivery lady named Veronica that has shown up everywhere. He goes to dinner with her and unloads his secret and she wants to help. He trust her with the information and gives her a ride to her car. The next ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I read the synopsis I thought that this was an interesting read. However this book is so much more than the synopsis.

Her last words before she died was she's not your daughter. Elliot's life fell apart that moment. He was numb with grief not just for his deceased wife who he loved so much but at the thought of losing his daughter. We go on a journey with Elliot as he struggles with so many emotions and trying to move on.

I found this to be a very interesting read. There were a few times my
☮ Syrina ☮ RWBR
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review will follow after I dry the crying spell...
Cyndi Becker
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 #PapaBear Stars

Admittedly, I am a Morgan Parker stalker. After reading Non Fric●tion, Hope and Sick Day, I was thoroughly convinced he could do no wrong. Thank you Mr. Parker for not proving me wrong. I hate to be wrong about these things.

In his latest book, Surviving Goodbye, Mr. Parker throws us for another literary loop. He’s very clever that man. What appears to be a tragic love story becomes a mystery read. What appears to be the mystery read becomes the story of romance. Regardless of th
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Unforgettable Stars

*ARC review for Crazy Daisy Book Whore*

Have you ever finished reading a book and knew it would stay with you forever? This was that book for me.

I had a really difficult time writing a review that was worthy of this book, because it impacted me in such a profound way. I hope I can give this book the review it deserves.

We meet Elliot Fitch and his teenage daughter, Elena, who are trying to make it through the last few days of Karen's, wife and mom, life. Elliot is losing the
Discrete Divas
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Morgan Parker has created a tale that is both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.

The story opens with Elliott and his teenage daughter, Lena, having to say goodbye to cancer stricken wife and mother, Karen. In her last moments of life, Karen confides in Elliott that the daughter he has raised is not his.

The next year becomes a struggle for Elliott and Lena . . . Elliott becomes emotionally distant and wrapped up in not only the loss of the love of his life, but her betrayal. So wrappe
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, love-it
I knew from the minute I picked this book up that I was going to love it. It had everything . I had never read a Morgan parker book before and it definitely wont be my last.
Elliot Fitch for once is not a 20 something billionaire but an average guy a forty something dad who is not only coping with the loss of the love of his life but also the fact that she lied to him for 17 years.
You meet his smart mouth 17 year old who ends up pregnant by her hopeless boyfriend and you meet the delivery girl
Deb Smith
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an emotional roller coaster and brilliant love story.

I read in 2 days and am simply blown away. Sometimes in the course of reading LOTS of books, I find one that touches me, emotionally, physically and mentally. This book does it all. It is a story of love, love lost, love found, love of spouse, child, lover. And of new love. And it is thought provoking. What would I do? Faced with my own death, would I have the strength to make an unselfish decision? What if I were faced with the knowledge
Connie Davis
Okay, I really didn't like the main character in this book. His wife died, she told him on her deathbed that his daughter wasn't his biological daughter. So he spent the next year having a giant pity party. He neglected his daughter, lost his job, and then finally decided to find the biological father. He hooked up with a delivery woman and then let her do the searching while he decided to get it together with his daughter. Okay, that part was nice. Then something happened where he went back int ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Shining Stars for Elliott !!!!!

I can't even begin to express or properly articulate how wonderful and heartwarming this book is! It's the story of a man ( Elliott ) who's wife is dying of cancer. They have, what he considers a perfect love. He has no intention of ever loving again. But right before she passes away she tells him that their 17 year old daughter is not his. He is destroyed not only did he lose his wife but his daughter. Was his entire life a lie?
This book is Elliott's journey. El
J.C. Hannigan
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had a little bit of trouble getting into this book but once I did, I couldn't put it down! I recommend it to anyone. Elliot was an extremely likeable character, sweet and loving. Karen's logic seemed flawed to me, but I get why she did it.

I don't want to give away any spoilers so good read it yourself!
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
Review to follow closer to release date. Morgan Parker has once again written a brilliant book.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to know how it would end.

Still don't understand why someone would do what the wife did. I see her actions as heartbreakingly cruel and unnecessary.
Yolanda March
I cant wait for this one
Amy Clark
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing

5.0 out of 5 stars It will always be Morgan Parker! <3, October 2, 2014
By Amy Clark - See all my reviews

This review is from: Surviving Goodbye (Kindle Edition)
I often wonder if that type of love exists and if it does what are the lengths you would go to for that one person to help them Survive a life without you?
Morgan Parker captured the meaning of unconditional love, devotion & my heart in this book.

If you have read any of Morgan's books which include Non Friction, Hope, Sick Day, th
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

You think when your loved one dies… that when the time comes you hope they go peacefully.
That they would have accomplish what they had wanted to accomplish in life. Left somewhat of a mark to the people that they loved.
And that they found that one true soulmate.
Elliott had thought his wife had found an accomplished all that.

Never in Elliott’s wildest dreams did he think his wife Karen was holding a big Secret that would rock his world. Causing him such hatred towards the one person he n
We like it big book blog
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

You think when your loved one dies… that when the time comes you hope they go peacefully.
That they would have accomplish what they had wanted to accomplish in life. Left somewhat of a mark to the people that they loved.
And that they found that one true soulmate.
Elliott had thought his wife had found an accomplished all that.

Never in Elliott’s wildest dreams did he think his wife Karen was holding a big Secret that would rock his world. Causing him such hatred towards the one person he n
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gen-fic, arc, mystery
Original Blog Post: eARC Review + #Free ebook #Giveaway: Surviving Goodbye by Morgan Parker

We would like to thank author Morgan Parker for donating an ebook copy of Surviving Goodbye, to one lucky commentator who gets chosen. Make sure to leave a comment below to get a free ebook copy of Surviving Goodbye.

When I got through reading Surviving Goodbye, my first thought was: if my husband would ever try to do something like this to me, I would first get him revived, and then kill him! Morgan Parker
Daina Lazzarotto
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Don't miss reading this book, I would hate for it to be the "biggest what-if of your life”
What do you do when the love of your life delivers devastating news that your daughter wasn't yours right before she dies? How do you move on from that? Well for Elliot Finch it was with a lot of hatred and could you blame him? I would be angry with that news too! Although that would be odd for a female, but for a man I can only imagine what that would do to a person.
This story is about being the father a d
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Morgan Parker’s Surviving Goodbye is a deviation in style and topic from his prior novels. I was very pleasantly surprised by his latest book. I am biased in that I generally gravitate to female authors, and there were several times while reading Surviving Goodbye that I thought, “only a guy would write that” or “that’s rather coarsely put”. For example, each time the main character, Elliot Finch, referr
Ann Marie
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Goodbyes are like true love, they last forever"

This is such a beautiful story of love and letting go.
Sometimes you need a little push to let go and live again. What if the love of your life died? Would you be able to move on? Live again? Love again?

This is what Elliott is faced with. He is losing the love of his life and he doesn't know how life will go on without her. Whether it's the love of your life, a brother, a sister or a parent or even worse than any of those a child. Death is a final
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Surviving Goodbye was my first read by Morgan Parker and I was pleasantly surprised. The fact that emotions hit me like a ton of bricks at 5% was a nod that this was going to be a good book. It drew me in completely and made me question everything I thought I knew about love… true love.

Elliot last moments with his terminally ill wife on her death bed ripped my heart out. Her confession that he wasn’t their daughter, Elena’s, biological father turned his life upside down and sent him spiraling in
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Morgan Parker's talent is beyond words. His ability to create a world that not only pulls you in and keeps you there but touches you in a way that leaves you staring at the last page in awe is just astonishing. Every single book that I've read of his has left me with a plethora of feelings and he never, ever disappoints.

Surviving Goodbye is a story of immense love, hatred, healing, and the power of love. This book shows us the power that love has over us, it's strong, real, and has the ability t
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Morgan Parker is the pen name for a shy and introverted former banker. Given the nature of his former career and his unique childhood upbringing in a trendy, white-collar town West of Toronto, Mr. Parker made up plenty of stories to stay employed and to avoid the responsibilities of adulthood. His novels are a product of those stories.

Mr. Parker believes that all great novels involve realistic cha