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Preview — Proper Goodbye by Connie Chappell
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Beebe Walker’s life changes when she learns about a secret buried in her father’s cemetery. The secret revolves around the burial of a homeless woman and, eventually, draws her home to Larkspur, Michigan, to renew a relationship with her father, Cliff.
Months earlier, Cliff stood back from that sparsely attended funeral, unaware the woman’s passing made him a widower. Clif...more
This is a sequel to Wild Raspberries, though it is a standalone as well. If you read Wild Raspberries, you may remember the grief counselor, Beebe Walker. This book, Pr ...more
This is an interesting novel, a fast read, and one that provokes mind games. Is Beebe's withdrawal from the church family a loss of faith, just a hiatus, or a necessary time out while she learns to handle the problems associated with her mother's long disappearance? Will she, like her father, win ...more
What I enjoyed the most about this book was the realism. The characters and plot were realistic and I found myself sensing the emotions as I travelled through the pages. As Bebee lost her position in the church and went though her own religious trials, I could feel her grief and the questioning of her choice of employment in the first instance. Then she found out about the loss of her mother, whom had many issue ...more
When Beebe Walker returns home, it is to confront the ghosts of the past. It is also to help her Father to move on, but she didn’t know this when she returns to live with her Father in his little care-taker cottage on the edge of the town’s cemetery.
This story is about facing your emotions and finding a way to work through them. It’s about human nature and real emotion. It holds a mirror up to ourselves and dares us to look ...more
Very original story, happiness and heartbreak included. This book is a "everyone comes into your life for a reason" and makes you truly ache for these characters that are all bound by one woman. One person can touch so many lives in such profoundly different ways.
I loved this book about living and dying, about families and communities, about how we take care of our own. This was an in-depth and very human look at grief without being maudlin, and how the memories we keep give meaning to our living.
Death, no matter how it happens, takes a toll on the living. It can bring people together or tear them apart. In the case of Abigail (also known as Terri), it helped reunite a father and daughter. Two people who were harboring a lot of anger and hurt, all centering around the abandonment of a wife and mother.
Abigail/Terri, like most of us, made some bad decisions in her life. In her case, she lost her family, job, respect, and her b ...more
This book is just okay.
It didn’t strike me as endearing or deeply moving. I got a little bored with it early on and it seemed to be a job just to get through the rest of the book. It really didn’t grab my attention. Just not for me, I guess.
Thanking Netgalley and Black Rose Writing for allowing me the opportunity to read this novel.
It's been awhile since I was grabbed by a story line right from the first page, but that did in deed occur with Proper Goodbye. The story and plot will appeal to both male and female readers. They will recognize the different ...more
Abigail Walker is mother to a nine-year old daughter, Beebe. Her husband works in a cemetery. Abigail becomes injured in an accident and becomes addicted to painkillers. Working as a nurse in the nearby hospital, she becomes the subject of a scandal when she is caught stealing drugs. She leaves town, never ...more
Wrenn Grayson is a historian-for-hir ...more