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Farewell, my Loves (Farewell #1)

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Inspired by a true story.

Love.
Passion.
Obsession.

There was no way to distinguish one from the other in my life.
Nothing in this world could destroy a bond as fierce as ours.

Or so I believed…

Because life interfered.
Impulsive decisions, reaped unyielding consequences.
Fate had a way of making you question your sanity.
Loyalties were blurred.
Priorities, poisoned.
And destiny… de
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Published December 12th 2016 by Port Royal Press
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Alissa
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel just came through and hit me like a tornado, leaving my mind and my heart battered and broken, and I'm still trying to pick up the pieces the destruction it left in it's wake. Farewell, my Loves just hurled itself way above almost every other book I've read this year and is no doubt one of my favorites of 2016. It also earned itself a spot high up on my list of all-time favorites as well. I am utterly wrecked and I loved every second of this book!!!

What is Farewell, my Loves abo
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Liz
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I couldn't quite give this book a 5 star, because it was tough for me to get into it from the beginning. I understand having to build a foundation or a back story, but the pace of it didn't grab me right away. For a debut novel, the authoress' writing was pretty on point. Though it is based on a true story (with fiction entwined), it was a bit predictable in the sense of the plotline - - The commonality of being THE Italian Family verses another Italian Family-- pitted against each other for rea ...more
Butthisbook
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Farewell, my Loves is a story that was inspire by an actual true story. One that isn't very pretty. I think that's what I love about it so much. That even though the real story is very heartbreaking, FML gives you hope for what could have happened, how certain situations could have played out, but I must warn you, it's still very heartbreaking. I was able to see the early stages of this book, of how hard Tirone worked to see it flourish into the masterpiece
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Luna Sol
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing debut novel. Congratulations to Jen Tirone on this story that encompasses so much love, nostalgia, loss, tragedy and hope. I want to say so many things but I just really can't because I just finished reading the book and I don't want my emotions to spoil one single thing for others. This is a book to go in blind to experience everything as you read. Looking forward to the next book.
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***** 5 "G&G Sempre" Stars *****

I have no idea how to put into words how much I loved this book. My heart is still battered and torn from this one. I am still half speechless with the heartbreak from this one. WOW Miss Tirone...JUST WOW!!!

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From the day Gianna was born she has always been the bambina of two best friend families the Vitales and the Morettis. From day one, at the young age of 4, Giorgio Moretti claimed Gianna as his own. They were destined to be together forever. No one would
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Daisy Gonzalez
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book destroyed me! I’ve read it twice and I already can’t wait to read it again. Thank the stars I was lucky enough to be a beta reader, so I have seen this book grow from a little baby to a full grown adult. They grow up so fast. Thanks Jen for trusting me with your book!
I will not give too much away because I believe you should read this book without knowing the story. I will warn you, your emotions will be all over the place. You will feel the butterflies that come with a first love, the
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Soulla Georgiou
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
HOLY COWBELLS! THIS BOOK!!!!!

It's not very often that a book comes along that leaves me speechless, breathless and totally hungover.

Farewell, My Loves left me feeling all of that and so much more.

Jen Tirone's debut novel is absolutely unique, captivating and totally unputdownable.

This is an EPIC love story spanning two decades. Beginning in Salerno, Italy in 1941 and moving to the bright lights of The Big Apple, this story will take you on an unforgettable journey that will leave you stunned.

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L.c. Acosta
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was EVERYTHING. I give it 100 shining stars. What a beautiful and emotional journey with true life events in which Jen Tirone wrote her heart & soul in it and was brilliant.
I was in love with Gia, Gio and Michael the entire time. I was torn between the two men because they loved Gia so much.
I yelled, screamed and cried. My heart still hurts but loved every single chapter of this book. I still can't believe it happened this way.
It's a must read.
Briana
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh this book. I honestly do not know if I can accurately put into words the feels that I have felt in this book. Jen did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. She brings the reader in and makes them feel everything at varying times and degrees. The heart and soul of this book are visible in every page and chapter and I for one cannot wait to read any and everything Jen Tirone puts out into the world. While I cannot give spoilers (you should know better people) I will say that you shoul ...more
Tiffany Johnson
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars.

Tragic. That pretty much sums up this story, very tragic.

The blurb is a little vague (on purpose?) and the story dishes out a lot of heavy topics to the reader.

Gianna and Gio seemed destined to be together the day Gia was born. Gio claimed her. Gio adored Gianna but the Gio she loved was only part of the man she grew to know. The book spans the two lovers lifetimes, starting in Italy and then moving to America. Secrets, infidelity, abuse, illegal acts, violence, this book has it al
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Michelle Trzecinski
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book a little over two weeks ago and my mind is still coming to terms with it… This book is inspired by a true story; a real love story. This type of love, passion, and obsession is very real and all-consuming.

My love for this book was all-consuming. There were so many aspects to it that I found interesting, unique in their own way, and fascinating. Gia was an immigrant in a foreign country and forced to learn her way with limited resources. The mannerisms and characteristics th
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Jennifer Diaz
Have you ever come across a book that just blows you away?? That just knocks you off your butt and leaves you in awe of the author and how they were able to transport you into a book? This book for me was Farewell, my Loves. OH MY LORD! This book. It's everything. It's why I read! It's why I love the escape from reality that I get while I read. The words just jumped off the pages and I could so vividly see the story come to life! I could so see this up on the big screen. There are several scenes ...more
EscapeNBooks
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Farewell, My Loves is the debut novel by Author Jen Tirone. It is romantic suspense, ugly cry novel.

“The adoration in your eyes crowns me king, and no one else could ever bestow me with so much in just a look, than my queen.”

Gia and Gio. Their closeness in life was comparable to the minute change in spelling of their nicknames. Just one letter off and the two would be exactly one. Being only four years apart, these two were inseparable, finding kinship, infatuation, and a promise for a future.
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Michelle
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars. While the title is slightly ominous and this is labelled as a "romantic suspense," the cover and the blurb definitely give very little away, so it was quite a surprise to discover the real story revealed inside. It starts out innocent enough, but is far from light-hearted and sweet. I don't want to spoil anything since that is likely the author's intent, but if you are a reader that likes to know what you are getting into as far as serious content goes, I suggest skimming the review ...more
Wit & Wonder Books
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***ARC PROVIDED BY AUTHOR FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Writing: Great
Violence: Graphic
Sex: Explicit
Narration: 1st Person, same narrator throughout story

Farewell, My Loves by Jen Tirone is a heartbreaking story of fated love based on a true story. Gianna, born in the early 1940’s into a traditional Italian family, is adored from the minute she enters this world. Her family’s closest friends, the Moretti’s, adore her just as if she were their own, especially their four year old son, Giorgio. Cementing a
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Veronica Juliao-Guzman
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Michelle
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the story line of this novel, it was a romance drama based on a true story. As soon as you start reading the epilogue you get sucked in, you get a taste of what is to come but want to know why, how did they get there?!

Gia- she was my favorite throughout she was a strong woman who you could relate to. I could never bring myself to hate or judge her because throughout the book she always reasoned with herself to try and do the right thing and who of us has not came to cross road
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Annie Walsh
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel by Jen Tirone is one of those books that will be appearing on everyone's top reads lists for sure! What begins as a idyllic story of two children in Italy, who seem destined to be together, ends up being a heart wrenching story about the tragedy of loathing the life you have and knowing there's no way out of it with your heart and life intact. The author weaves throughout the story the cruelty of the mafia life as it affects those entrenched in it. Jen Tirone poetically shatters ...more
Phyllis Smith
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story has ingrained itself into my soul! Every fiber of my being was invested in this book. Farewell, my Loves is the debut book by Jen Tirone and OH. MY. GOD, what a debut! This is based on a true story. There are so many feelings that you will go through while reading this. There is love, passion, lies, deceit, joy and heartbreak. Jen made me feel like I was right there with Gio and Gia and going on their rollercoaster ride of a relationship. Gio and Gia were destined to be together from ...more
Kimberly
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a bookworm it's just a fact of my life. I will try different authors all the time I don't think a reader should be stuck in one genre. The love of reading comes from the ability to explore different worlds . The novel Farewell My Loves by Jen Tirone is exceptional. Not only am I blown away by this being a doubt novel. I am blown away at the complexities it explores in human life. This novel is the perfect demonstration of the fact that the world we live in is not just black or white or even ...more
Evonne Greer
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 love it when I stumble across a book and it ends up being a really really good one. I normally have to be in the mood for a book that involves mafia but it wasn't too in your face. Poor Michael looking forward to reading his story
Tammy Cole
wow, I can't even put my review into words yet! What a remarkable story! Review to come soon!
Danna Kleisner
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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5 Emotional Stars - Wow what a fantastic debut novel! I could have read this book in one sitting it was so good but life gets in the way. The story starts in Italy in 1941 when Gianna and Giorgio are children and takes you through to adult hood in New York City. My emotions were all over the place reading this book. Just a warning, there are a number of heavy topics this book touches on. Farewell My Loves is an epic love story which gave me a book hangover for days after I finished it. This will ...more
Missy Bates
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no words this book this story has left me speechless feeling every single feeling Jen Tirone great job giving us and amazing story that captured my heart ❤The writing is something of great !! You are absolutely awesome as well as the book 📚 ...more
Dawn Nicole Costiera
4.5 Heart Stopping Stars!
What a fantastic debut. Ms. Tirone is now on my radar. I can not wait to see what she writes next. I am totally impressed!

I loved Farewell, my loves. I had heard all wonderful things about it. So I was excited to finally be able to read it. I went into it completely blind without even reading the synopsis. DAMN. I had no idea what I was in store for.... My poor heart was brought on one emotionally charged ride! It started off a bit slow and extremely sweet. While I was
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DrivenbyBooks
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't think you would ever be able to tell this was a book written by a debut author unless you knew. I really loved reading this book. It was a sad heartbreaking story and to know it's based on a true story just makes it feel even more real.

Gio and Gia have known each other since birth and live in Italy. Gio never wanted to be apart from Gia and vowed to be with her one day when they would be all grown up. But something comes up and Gio is forced to move away to the States which leaves Gia dev
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Leah
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Let me just start out by saying you are going to need a big box of tissues with this book! I’m not a crier but I cried at the ending of this story. And when you factor in that this is based on a true story it makes it that much sadder.
The story starts out in a small town in Italy where Gio and Gia’s families have been friends for centuries so when Gia is born Gio is immediately fascinated with this beautiful baby girl and the families begin thinking how wonderful it would be if they grew up to
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Wendy LeGrand
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Farewell, my Loves is a book that will stretch your emotions more than you can imagine. Stretch them to the point of breaking more than once or twice while reading. Jen Tirone simply took my breath away with this story. And to know this story was inspired by true events made it all that much more emotional.

I could picture Gio and Gia as plain as day as I was reading. How they've known each other since the day Gia was born, how they grew up together glued at the hip. I imagined the Amalfi coast
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Jacquellyn
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is devastatingly beautiful. The fact that it's inspired by a real story made it so much more compelling. I feel utterly speechless. Ok...breathe...

I've read other reviews and everyone is vague. As well as the blurb. For good reason. This book needs to be read and savored without spoilers. It's worth it. And it will blow you away.

This is a guts wrenching, heart twisting, tale of love's ups and downs and how real life can change you.

I will admit I had a hard time with the first couple
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Ann  Goubert (Driven by Books)
Don't think you would ever be able to tell this was a book written by a debut author unless you knew. I really loved reading this book. It was a sad heartbreaking story and to know it's based on a true story just makes it feel even more real.

Gio and Gia have known each other since birth and live in Italy. Gio never wanted to be apart from Gia and vowed to be with her one day when they would be all grown up. But something comes up and Gio is forced to move away to the States which leaves Gia dev
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This Colombian- Italian descendant loves her pasta, espresso, wine and empanadas, and there isn't a dessert she can say no to.
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“He has a way of creeping into the marrow of my bones; making his presence pull at the elements of himself that he's embedded inside me...and I'm helpless.” 1 likes
“Deep down inside we knew this would have to stave us off for the rest of our lives. So we didn't stop. We didn't talk. We didn't think beyond this moment. Our bodies communicated in a language our minds were forbidden to. We've forced ourselves to accept the hand we were dealt; which was that this small glimpse in time, this fractional moment in all the universe would be the only chance we had at this abandoned bliss. This was our one moment to forget everything else, but each other.” 0 likes
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