When We Say Goodbye
Ellie Perkins life was right on track until her boyfriend Sam suffers a near-fatal car accident, leaving him in a coma and all their future plans in limbo.
Desperately in need of something to fix, Ellie has to find a project and when her grandparents old house is put up for sale, she jumps at the chance. Because, like Ellie, the house is ...more
An accident and Sam was on the ventilator, probably brain dead. Ellie was devastated, her entire life was destroyed in a second. While Sam was in ICU, she took up a project of renovating her newly bought house. As her home took shape, her heart healed too slowly... Very very slowly. It was family and friendship which put her back again.
My first book by author Michelle Vernal, I read a few scenes with tears in my eyes. But though ...more
I've enjoyed reading a Michelle Vernal novel before, The Promise, so was happy to spot her newest work, When We Say Goodbye, on NetGalley. I enjoyed this story even more! It's a tearjerker and also a thoughtful study of grief, illustrating how Ellie struggles to put her own life back together after her boyfriend's terrible car crash. Don't let me mislead you into thinking When We Say Goodbye is a depressing read though. It isn't! Quite the ...more
Once I hit 25% I flew through the pages keen to get to know Ellie and the love she shared with Sam and how she is starting to piece her life back together the best she can.
This book packs an emotional punch throughout as is revolves around the love and loss that Ellie has experienced throughout her life. I felt all of the emotions as I read this ...more
Ellie has just bought herself a house. Years ago it was her grandparents house and she has happy memories there. It’s been a tough time of late as her partner Sam was involved in a serious road traffic accident and is now laying in a coma with machines doing most things for him. She needs a project to occupy her free time and take her mind off things. The house had earthquake damage and with the help of her aunt and uncle she has been able to buy it. A book about life and the traumas many of us ...more
To say that ...more
Ellie is a girl who has a lot going for her, until her boyfriend Sam ends up in a nasty accident and slips into a coma. Naturally enough, this is enough to derail her for a while but then she decides to buy her grandparents old house. It is full of memories but ...more
It’s a story with emotional punch: a terrific mixture of pathos and humour, with a cast of beautifully realised characters who wormed their way into my affections. As the story ...more
Set in Christchurch, New Zealand, in the years after the earthquake of 2011, Ellie has to find a project, and when her grandparents old house is put up for sale, she jumps at the chance. Because, like Ellie, the house is broken.
This is a story about love and loss, ...more
Set in New Zealand after the devastating earthquakes Ellie's story focuses on doing up her grandparents old house for her and Sam to live on once he is better. Through the plaster dust and paint splatters we are treated to glimpses of Ellie's family and friends and to glimpses of what her future might be.
Michelle Vernon’s book “When We Say Goodbye “ is another must read”.
True to the times when pitches an unexpected curve and one suffers the personal loss of a loved one.
Learning how to survive faced with life without their loved one.
She takes you through life’s many challenges and stages of acceptance.
Also faced with her own life long questions regarding the identity of her birth father not to mention a very difficult history with her birth mother.
How does one face these ...more
Michelle Vernal tells a sweet tale. There is a strong sensitivity in the way she writes and with her ability to describe scenes and people we can envisage all aspects of Ellie's life throughout the book.
I generally prefer a faster paced novel however due to the subject matter I felt this book was perfectly balanced.
I loved the characters, they are brilliantly likeable!
A really sad but beautiful story. The author has done a wonderful job in taking the characters, and the reader on a journey of discovery.
I just loved it. Thank you for a fantastic read which I devoured in less than 48 hours.
An absolute tear jerker of a novel, honestly I cannot convay in words just how well written and emotive this book is. Michelle has taken a hearbreaking situation and shown throughout the book that love and friendship really is priceless!
A lovely read that brought several tears to my eyes- thank you
Ellie and her boyfriend Sam seemed to have their future all figured out. But all their plans are thrown out of the window when Sam has an accident putting him in a coma. .
Despite this, Ellie keeps hoping that one day Sam will wake up and together they will continue to build their future together.To keep herself from going crazy, she starts a project: buying her grandparents’ house and renovate it.She wants to rebuild the house, making it ready for when Sam wakes up. Because when ...more
Michelle Vernal is an Amazon bestselling author of ten novels. She's both traditionally published with Harper Collins and Orion Books UK as well as indie. She writes women's fiction with warmth and humor. To hear about Michelle's latest releases and book news subscribe to her newsletterhttp://tiny.cc/0r27az. As a thank you receive an exclusive O'Mara women, Character Profile!...more