Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: August 28th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance
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 their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world, while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe.
Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon.
Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined.
To move forward, she must let go of the past, and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye.
Tera’s 4.5 Blush Review
There are so many books out there where it is so hard to like the heroine. I don’t know if it’s because women often struggle with liking themselves, thus, female authors have an easier time writing women this way, or if this is how women really do see many of their fellow female counterparts.
Christine Brae’s Eight Goodbyes depicts Tessa Talman, successful author, in that same light. What is different with this book is just how much Tessa changes throughout the story. Where Tessa seemed so selfish, superficial and does everything without a plan, Simon Fremont, a scientist, is the complete opposite. He is smart, focused and caring. He knows what he wants and is irrevocably patient.
Simon is truly what held this book together. I struggled with Tessa at the beginning, but slowly, I warmed up to her. I think I could see what Simon was hoping to see in her. I think I fell for Tessa right along with Simon.
“I only exist when we’re together.”
One of the best parts of the story is getting to travel the world. I felt Christine did a great job including just the right amount of descriptions of each location to make each scene beautiful. As the title tells, with each new location comes another goodbye. Each goodbye slowly gets harder and harder for both Simon and Tessa.
“You must know, more and more, I die with every goodbye. It used to be okay. It used to be easy to separate you, keep you in a different section from the rest of my life. Now, all I want is for you to be in it.”
Christine Brae illustrated one of the most devastating plot twists. She ripped my heart out along with the hearts of every other character in the book. I was convinced at this point, the story was going to fall apart, but it did, in fact, come together in a way I did not expect. With a Tessa I never thought I would get to see. Seeing Tessa come out as the person she did at the end is honestly a joy. It was a nice change of pace, and honestly, a heroine to be proud of.
“Of all the places you’ve taken me to around the world, the only place I want is with you. This is the best place.”
“Here. With you.”
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. Her second book, His Wounded Light was released in December, 2013.
Christine’s third book, Insipid, is a standalone that was released in June, 2014, and her fourth book, In This Life, released in January 2016.
When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.
Christine is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin Literary Management.
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