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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Feisty Sophia never shies away from life. Playful, romantic, connected--her marriage was the thing of fairy tales. But when tragedy strikes, Sophia is left to pick up the pieces of her life.

After leaving the army, Jackson is ready to start afresh. But when he returns home, his life spirals out of control.As Sophia and Jackson find themselves in each other, they start to s
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Published September 24th 2016 by Hot Tree Publishing
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Author: Lindsay Detwiler
Title: To Say Goodbye
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2016
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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Feisty Sophia never shies away from life. Playful, romantic, connected—her marriage was the thing of fairy tales. But when tragedy strikes, Sophia is left to pick up the pieces of her life.

After leaving the army, Jackson is ready to start afresh. But when he returns home, his life spirals out of control.

As Sophia a
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, netgalley

I love Lindsay Detwiler's books. I can't get enough of them and To Say Goodbye for me is her best work until now.

This is not an easy read,it's indeed a touching and emotional story about grief,love and hope.
The clever writing made the story so real that the reader cannot not to feel invested into Sophia and Jackson's journey.

Sophia and Jackson are two broken persons,they have lost their loved ones (view spoiler)

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Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
The emotions were so real throughout this whole story. Both Sophia and Jackson were dealing with difficult and real situations that hurt and touched the deepest parts of their souls. I love that finding hope, finding a way to move forward when you think all is lost, and learning to do what is right for you regardless of the thoughts and biases of others are all central themes in this story. My heart broke for both Sophia and Jackson more than once as they showcased the fact that grief, depressio ...more
Grant Leishman
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Reviewed For Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

To Say Goodbye, by Lindsay Detwiler is a romance that asks and answers some of the big questions of life; how to grieve, how to move forward and how to learn to love again. Sophia, a woman in early thirties, has the life she always dreamed of having, married to her soul mate, Tim, running her own hair salon in partnership with her best friend and contemplating adoption as a way to solve their inability to conceive, when tragedy strikes. Her lawyer
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

He sighed. When he talked to his mom, he always felt like he was fifteen again. Perhaps that was her goal.

We just had a beautiful moment, I talk about myself being hunky, and all you’re worried about is if I like your Crocs?

The only words that came to her were ones she would later regret. It was a comment Tim would mercilessly tease her for, would always bring up. Later, when they were in a heated argument or she was pissed at him about his socks lying on the bedroom floor, he wo
Skye McNeil
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story has all the feels. It's one of those 'thinker' type of books. You get to slow down from a fast-paced life and put yourself in the shoes of two people struggling with their grief. Throughout the book, I kept wondering if I would have the same thoughts and actions as Sophia. It was a tad martyr-ish for me, but I've never been a widow, so maybe it's premature in my thought there. Overall, a great story of two friends who become lovers despite a tragedy.
Viktória Tóth
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review thanks to NetGalley.

This was my first read from the author and I’m beyond floored how exceptionally good it was. I don’t cry easily but this emotional, heart wrenching but lovely story prompted a couple of tears from my eyes. To say goodbye is not an easy read, nowhere near and it took quite a lot out of me but at the same time presented such a beautiful story of grief, hope and love that it worth every moment.

I found the wr
Heather Jasinski
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To Say Goodbye is a story about a woman named Sophia who misses her husband Tim. Tim was her rock and she didn’t know how she’s going to live without him. At least she has her best friend, Stella to count on and be there for her. Stella and her have their own salon called Pink Lemonade. Then there is Jackson who is also going through some stuff. Jackson was Tim’s friend. Sophia and Jackson hang out and they easily can have a conversation without being judged. They understand each other. Both of ...more
Elise Larson
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A touching story of grief and the healing power of love. FIVE APPLAUDING STARS!

The subtitle calls this story "A Sweet Romantic Tearjerker," and it is. I got through it without shedding a tear, but I came darn close. If you enjoy emotionally gripping novels about grief and the healing power of love, don't miss this one!

Here's a glimpse of the plot (but no big spoilers--I promise). When Tim, Sophia's young husband, dies of sudden heart failure, she's plunged into grief so intense that she yearns t
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 Stars ... what an emotional read!

Sophia has just lost her husband (Tim) and along with him went her hopes and dreams of love, family and living happily ever after. She just wanted to crawl in that hole with him because as far as she was concerned, her life was over too. Jackson left the army to be with his wife and young son, only to find out that she had replaced him. He went down a dark hole with alcohol and the only thing that kept him above ground was his son. Jackson, being an old fri
Claudia Blanton
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
To Say Goodbye is a heartwarming story, that is emotional and raw, which is exactly what I hope for in a romance novel. Well developed characters whose emotional journey is believable and have depth is what makes this novel special.

This is not a book for someone who is looking for a surface romance, but for the reader expecting to feel emotional turmoil - such as grief, and how to move on, despite it all. It is a story that does give hope, but not until those serious issues are addressed, and n
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked it, not loved it. Sophia got on my nerves more than I like in a character, so it was sometimes a bit tiring to read. I liked Jackson, though, and I can't help but to sympathize with him as his problem as a father and how b*tchy his ex was.
It's not exactly a light read because of the topic it deals with (the loss of a loved one, and no, this isn't a spoiler), but some things could have been fast forwarded a bit while others should have been a bit slower.
Either way, is a good story.
Reanna Hanley
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To Say Goodbye

I love Sophia and Jackson but Stella is definitely my favorite character. This book made me feel a rainbow of emotions, and although it was definitely a long roller coaster ride I enjoyed it so much.

I only gave this 4 stars because of the waffling, I can't understand the grief and feelings Sophia experienced but at some point I just wanted to strangle her myself. I'm all for making the characters work for love but this was almost torture!
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodbyes are hard

How do you say goodbye to your love, your life?
Another sweet, fun read from Lindsay! It starts with heartache and keeps you interested till the end.
Elizabeth Cole
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Original post of this review can be found at:

**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

When your significant other dies, you can grieve and move on or you can drown in your sorrow and never ever recover. Thankfully, I haven’t had my significant other pass on. I can only imagine how I would handle it. I hope that I handle it as well as the character in the book. I am fairly certain that I squealed with delight w
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A journey into the light for both Sophia and Jackson. Jackson is trying to get his life back on track after his wife left him and he lost custody of his son. Sophia has lost the love of her life suddenly and unexpectedly. The grief overwhelms and consumes her. Sophia and Jackson have common ground in Tim (Sophia's husband and Jackson's best friend). Through this link they bond and support each other through their grief.

One thing is clear from this beautifully poignant read: grief is personal and
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
I was given a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

What a wonderful story of tragedy and the love that can be found afterwards. I loved the style of writing from this author. It was captivating and kept me intrigued the whole time. I was kept on my toes, I just couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. I loved all the emotions I was able to feel while reading. I love any book that can captivate me and make me feel. I would definitely recommend this one.

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Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The realistic feelings and thoughts come through in the writing style of this book. Sophia has to deal with tragic loss of Tim, her love of her life and the guilt with her new involvement with Jackson. Jackson also has many concerns about their new relationship due to Sophia being his best friend’s wife. Stella, Sophia’s best friend helps her through many rough times keeping her amused by many humorous times at “Pink Lemonade”, their hair salon. I just love the Reese Witherspoon reference at the ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Wasn't my type of book.
I like to focus more on the new budding romance rather than see the heroine wallow in grief. It get a little too martyr-ish for me at times. I'd rather time gaps to fill me in on the grief rather than read about it for 60% of the book.
I skimmed a lot with this one. I didn't care for the flashback scenes from either character.

I'm sure a lot of people will love this and be emotional with a lot of this but it take a lot for me to cry for a MC, I have to be totally into them
Melissa Miller-Mattern
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for A Wanton Book Lover Blog

Grab some will need them to read Lindsay Detwilder’s To Say Goodbye but it is so worth it. This story is about loss, forgiveness, and the future. The book sucked me right in and I couldn’t wait to continue reading it. The story is well-written, realistic, and just all-around amazing! Detwilder does a superb job writing easy to relate-to, realistic characters. This was an amazing story where the characters heal enough to finally find their happi
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