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Eight Goodbyes

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  119 reviews
“One universe, nine planets, 204 countries, 809 islands and 7 seas. And I had the privilege of meeting you.” - Unknown

When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded—while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As
Published September 5th 2018 by Vesuvian Books (first published September 4th 2018)
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Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loves, 2018, netgalley
See review at: Ashes Books & Bobs.

After discovering Christine Brae's writing in 2016, I have been a huge fan of her work, blog posts, and simply her as a person. I've eagerly been awaiting the release of Eight Goodbyes for more than two years and I'm positively pleased to say it was well worth every moment of waiting. Christine's writing continues to get better with each release, making me always eager to see what she'll come up with next. 

I wish I could bottle up the feelings this novel ga
Debbie Oliphant
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks Ashley for this book recommendation. I really enjoyed this story and discovering a new author.

This book had an immediate pace that was steady throughout. I read this in one sitting.

This is a story of two people whose busy lives intersect on a flight. Simon and Tessa are moving upwards with their careers and can't decide if their attraction is meant for long term. But, the more they are together, the more they don't want to stay apart and begin to make plans for their future. The story has
Olga therebelreader
Eight Goodbyes is a gripping wild ride from page one to the end.
The author has written a sweet and emotional story which revolves around Simon and Tessa who fall in love while traveling. Although love wasn’t their plan, they didn’t seem to mind. Even though, their minds told them it couldn’t be anything serious, it felt right so they just did it and enjoyed it for whatever it was.
Both characters are easy to like and love. This book will wrap you up into their world. How they meet and separate,
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**


"One hour. That's all the time he'd spent with her. One hour, and yet he knew that his life had been forever changed."

Eight Goodbyes is a contemporary romance about two characters who are the complete opposite. Tessa is a free spirited romance writer. Simon is a scientist, who is organized and very focused. Normally, the chances that these two would come in contact would be pretty slim. However, I loved how they met and how dedicated Simon was fro
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They say opposites attract and with Eight Goodbyes' Tessa and Simon that is definitely the case. He's a smart, sensitive scientist and businessman, while she's best described as having her heads in the clouds. As an author Tessa is afforded the ability to travel the world, giving in to the words in her head whenever she wants and keeping everyone at arm's length. Simon, though, is persistent in winning her over and as they meet up in various locati
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do I even begin with this book?? Honestly. Do you ever start a book and just KNOW it’s going to be a good one? That’s how I felt with this book. From the very first paragraph, there was something different about 8 Goodbyes. The tone that the author writes in, the way that the characters are REAL people with real flaws, the humor that is dispersed all is wrapped up with a great big red bow. (Haha, I amuse myself. Read the book, you’ll understand)

I have so many spots highligh
Diz Reads 4TLOReading
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eight Goodbyes is an unpredictable and beautifully written story. It is as heart wrenching as it is heart warming.

The way the characters navigate their feelings, their losses, their vulnerabilities, as they travel across the globe. It captivated me and with each turn of the page I was more emotionally attuned to the words that passed by me.

My emotions flowed freely as I read this beautiful and descriptive tale. From tears free falling to my heart soaring, I was taken on a journey of two souls
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

5+++ Stars ~ Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KindleFriendsForever

To say Eight Goodbyes is a gem of a read would be putting it mildly. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and even after finishing it, I had an unappeasable urge to reread which I might add, I did. Narrated in third person, the book’s structural framework is an unusual one as it’s split into eight goodbyes, chapters included and in three parts. What really caught my attention was the female protagonist’s growth througho
Korrie’s Korner
What a writer! What a love story!

Requirements for reading Eight Goodbyes are lots of wine and tissues. Somebody couldn’t warned me, but it wouldn’t have mattered, I still would’ve taken the plunge. This book cut through the deepest part of me! Two people meet on a plane, and their lives literally change forever. I loved Simon so much! A Scientist on his way to a convention, meets Tessa, an author, and his life gets altered forever. He was in seat 7A, and she was in 7C. It was literally love at f
Lisa Aiello
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I spent 75% of this book absolutely despising Tessa and thinking Simon deserved so much more. She was selfish and self-serving, with little regard for how that affected Simon. So let me back it up a bit. Tessa is a suddenly famous writer and has had to immerse herself in the life of book tours, book signings, and a rather nomadic life with no ties. And that serves her well, as she is extremely commitment-phobic, in both life and relationships. Enter Simon, who has the misfortune (IMHO) of settin ...more
Rating: 3.5 stars rounded down to 3 stars.

In Eight Goodbyes, Christine Brae has written an entertaining contemporary romance. Was it the best book I’ve read this year? No. However, it was perfectly fine for the niche that I think that the author was trying to fill. This a romance between Tessa Talman, and Simon Fremont. Much to her surprise, Tessa is a newly minted best-selling author. She’s on a publicity trip to New York City when she stands on Simon’s airplane seat, 7A, to put her bag in the
Anna Green
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(ARC kindly provided by NetGalley)

I have read this author’s books and I loved them all but so far this is my new favourite. A standalone romance written in third person, Simon and Tessa’s tale gave me my first book hangover of the year.

Simon Fremont is a scientist and on his way to a convention when he met Tessa on the aeroplane, he was in seat 7A she was in 7C. He is career driven, a really hot bloke with that British sense of humour the perfect hero in any book. His pursuit of Tessa was total
I have read earlier works from the same author, The Light in the Wound series and Insipid, it was absolutely an amazing experience for me. It has that touch that I look for every time I read her books. So, far hasn’t failed to break and warm my heart. And excitingly seeing Eight Goodbyes, her new novel, with nothing but a great experience from before, it simply sealed the deal.

Eight Goodbyes was completely different touch from the earlier works (obviously), I admit I had difficulty connecting wi
Connie Greenwood
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel in love with Christine Brae writing with In This Life. So much so that I had to go back and read all her books.
I have been looking forward to reading Eight Goodbyes for about 2 years. I was fortunate to get a ARC on Friday.
Once I started reading I could not put the book down it was so good.
The characters are so real and the writing so real and relatable that I felt like I was there through out the story I could visualize the places like I was visiting with them.
I laughed and cried and
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
When you open up a Christine Brae book, you do so with a box of tissues sitting nearby. You know, going in, that she is going to wring every feeling you have from you, and you know that when you turn the last page, you will doff your wig to her in admiration.

Tessa doesn't make it easy, that's for sure. If you don't believe me, ask Simon because she puts him through all manner of love, lightness, and abject misery. I spent at least two-thirds of this book not liking her at ALL. I understood her,
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really cannot describes my feelings right now. Christine’s words throw me on the edge and with that I cried my heart out!!! I loved every word and every sentence in this book. How can someone write so beautifully, is beyond my imagination!!! Your talent, vision and your creativity is so vivid that I couldn’t find myself to put the book down. With each book you wrote, you showed the world that there is so much more to this life than you believe in, you just have to search for it. I can’t wait t ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have so much love for this book. It is simple, yet exciting and exquisite. I thought nothing could overtake my love for In This Life, but Eight Goodbyes has done it. Tess and Simon are wonderfully rounded characters who have been brought to life through Christine’s words. If you want to travel this summer without going anywhere; if you want to get lost in Hong Kong, Las Vegas, or Paris from your couch; then this is a must read!
Jesey ~ Schmexy GIrl~
Ok, so I am not really sure how to write this review. I have really mixed feelings about this book, which is why I am stuck in the middle at 3 stars. Tessa and Simon’s story was different, I couldn’t wait to see where they would meet next and where things would take them. The jet setting and the unknown was romantic and refreshing. What I got hung up on was the clear differences between the two of them and the plot points that were either unnecessary or not elaborated on enough.

I had a difficult
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
It took me over two months to finish this book, and that is about 30 times as long as it takes me to finish most books. I just couldn't stop putting the book down and avoiding it at all costs. Here's why:

The book's blurb gave me the impression that the two main characters, Tessa and Simon, were meant to be together but life kept getting in the way. What I got was a selfish heroine with intimacy issues that consciously made poor decisions and a hero that went gaga stupid over a woman that simply
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An emotional and power story about finding yourself and the love around you.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: drama, romantic, steamy, arc
“One universe, nine planets, 204 countries, 809 islands and 7 seas. And I had the privilege of meeting you.” – Unknown

3 stars!

I was really intrigued by the concept of this book – two people from different parts of the world who meet, are attracted, and keep meeting up in different places around the world as they act on that attraction and get to know each other. It’s an interesting idea and a really fun set up, but this book took me by surprise in many ways. I have really mixed feelings about it
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae was nice contemporary romance. Tessa is a successful romance author and she meets Simon on a plane. He is a scientist and the two start to keep in touch via Twitter and What’sApp for a few months. Simon flies out to visit Tessa on one of her book singing tours to spend some time with her. One thing leads to another and these two have great chemistry and begin a long distance fling, but each is trying to not get too attached.

I liked both these characters. I enjoy
This is my first time reading this author. I really liked Tessa and Simon. It was cool that Tessa is an author and she’s traveling all over for her book tour. They meet on a plane and there’s an instant connection. The bulk of the book is them meeting in different places all over the world so they could try and be together with the limited amount of time that they had. I did think there were some parts that dragged on a bit. It wasn’t until around the 68% mark where things got shook up and got r ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is what romance and true love is all about. From the first page to the last page, I was in for the long haul. Tessa and Simon oozed passion, romance, heartache, and true love. With each passing goodbye; my heart broke a little bit more as well.

I loved that Simon would meet Tessa across the world to be with her. Even if it was just for a few days. I could feel the love grow deeper and deeper with each goodbye. Tessa found her love interest and hero from her romance books in Simon. Both
Born To Read
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Simon and Tessa meet on a plane, while they are flying to New York. She is a writer. And Simon is a scientist attending a convention.
They don't even speak but they are attracted to each other. Especially Simon.
They meet again by chance. And they decide to keep in touch. So they start planning some different meetings in different countries, since they are travelling due to their jobs.
At the beginning it was difficult for me t
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Working on my review! Will post a detailed review soon. So ready for the world to read about Simon and Tessa.
Paula  Phillips
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Before I start the review, I have to comment on the cover model was chosen - which I rarely ever do but for this book, there's just something about the cover model and his emotions, facial expressions that made me want to read the book and also made me worry that it was going to be one heck of an emotional ride. I loved this book, for those who don't know me, when it comes to true love and soulmates and fate and destiny - I soak it all up. The book starts off with a chance meeting on an airplane ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**Big thanks to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book!

4.5 stars

Wow. That was.... something else. It’s not often anymore that a story line surprises the heck out of me, leaving my jaw hanging slack and pure despair knotted up in my tummy. Everything was going so swimmingly for the first half of the book- normal man/woman issues, but nothing out of the norm. Then SMACK. The universe shifts and throws you for a twist you never saw coming. That, and so much more is contained in this consuming a
Lady Elizabeth
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 5 Stars

Eight Goodbyes is a spectacular contemporary love story. I would dare say, one of the best that I've read in 2018.

Here we have a hero that is not only intelligent and good-looking, he's also flawed. He's not used to living life without a plan. He also has some health issues that affect his decision every single day, but no matter those and other details, he goes after who he wants as soon as he sees her.

The heroine is a strong, independent woman. An author that was touring the wor
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this into the early hours and I’ve now found myself a little in awe of Christine Brae.
I wish I had the ability to articulate just how much I loved this book but I don’t want to give anything away!
It’s not often a book can make me ugly cry but this was most definitely one of them, this has such a punch, it hit me in all the feels. Front, row and centre.
I found myself invested and thought I knew exactly where this story was going. I had all these theories as I began reading, and
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Christine Brae, is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Christine is the author of six (6) books and the recipient of literary awards.

Christine Brae also publishes under her real name, Anna Gomez. Her latest proj

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