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11 February 2016

Blog Tour: 'Time to Say Goodbye' by S.D. Robertson (2016)

HOW DO YOU LEAVE THE PERSON YOU LOVE THE MOST?

Will Curtis's six-year-old daughter, Ella, knows her father will never leave her. After all, he promised her so when her mother died. And he's going to do everything he can to keep his word.

What Will doesn't know is that the promise he made to his little girl might be harder to keep than he imagined. When he's faced with an impossible decision, Will finds that the most obvious choice might not be the right one.

But the future is full of unexpected surprises. And father and daughter are about to embark on an unforgettable journey together…

I am really excited to be part of the wonderful blog tour for Avon's latest release, 'Time to Say Goodbye' written by S.D. Robertson, today! I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of the novel and after all the buzz created around this release, I was really curious to see whether the novel would manage to live up to expectations. There was one thing I knew for sure: I'd probably need some tissues while reading because the title, cover and blurb alone already almost made me shed a few tears! If you want to know more about this great new release, be sure to also visit some of the other stops on the blog tour in the upcoming days, starting with Laura's Little Book Blog tomorrow!

*The blurb of the book does not give too much away about the story inside. If you want to read the book without knowing much more about the story, it might be better to not read further, because my review already includes some more info on what happens in the book!*

'Time to Say Goodbye' tells the story of single father Will who would do anything to keep his six-year-old daughter Ella safe. After the death of his wife shortly after she gave birth to Ella, Will has tried to do everything on his own, promising Ella he will always be there for her, no matter what. But this soon turns out to be a promise Will can't possibly keep as he is hit by a car while on his way to pick up Ella from school; an accident Will doesn't survive. Will soon discovers he is now a spirit; he can't be seen by Ella or any other family members and the spirit realm expects him to pass over as soon as possible. But Will can't break his promise to be there for Ella that easily, so he's not quite ready yet to end his time on earth.

This was definitely an emotional read that made me tear up more than once! The plotline of the book reminded me at first of Hannah Beckermann's 'The Dead Wife's Handbook', which I read some time ago, but author S.D. Robertson certainly managed to give the storyline its own touch with twists I did not see coming. It was interesting to, for a change, read a book that's told from a male perspective; I immediately liked Will and his love for his daughter Ella was just heart-warming. I do not want to give too much away about the story, but it was fascinating, held my attention throughout, and quite surprising at times as well. 

The author's writing style was well-paced and really easy to fall into. There was something going on at all times and I didn't get bored by the story. There aren't too many characters in the novel, but the ones that are there, mainly Will and his family (particularly his cute daughter Ella, Will's parents and his sister), formed an interesting bunch. The relationship between a father and daughter is at the heart of this novel and it is quite simply a beautiful story. 'Time to Say Goodbye' is an engaging, heartfelt and stunning read; a book that deals with quite a heavy and emotional topic, but in a heart-warming and captivating way.
Rating:8,5/10
 
For more information about this book: Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Goodreads

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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