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Since You've Been Gone, by Christa Allan
On her wedding day, Olivia is left alone at the altar. Her fiance, Wyatt Hammond, is discovered dead in his car 50 miles away and headed in the opposite direction. Olivia wonders whether God is punishing her for losing faith---until a series of letters and their mysterious replies teach her about forgiveness, friendship, and trust
Number of Pages: 340
Vendor: Waterfall Press
|Publication Date: 2016|
A Selah Award winner.
One moment, Olivia Kavanaugh is preparing to walk down the aisle and embrace her own happily ever after. The next, she learns that her fiancé, Wyatt Hammond, has been in a fatal car accident. Then comes a startling discovery: Wyatt’s car wasn’t heading toward the church. He was fifty miles away…with a baby gift in the backseat.
Her faith shaken, Olivia pores over the clues left behind, desperate to know where Wyatt was going that day and why. As she begins uncovering secrets, she also navigates a tense relationship with her judgmental mother and tries to ignore the attentions of a former boyfriend who’s moved back home. But when she starts receiving letters written by Wyatt before his death, she must confront a disturbing question: Can we ever know anyone fully, even someone we love?
When an unexpected path forward—though nothing like the life she once envisioned—offers the promise of a new beginning, will she be strong enough to let go of the past and move toward it?
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Since You've Been GoneFebruary 19, 2017MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE is told entirely in first person by the main character, Olivia. She was to be married to Wyatt, but he doesn't show up at the wedding. His body is found later that day with his truck, having missed a curve and crashed into trees, headed in the opposite direction of the church. No one knows where he was going. After Olivia recovers enough to retrace his drive, she gets the police report and discovers there was a package in his vehicle, wrapped as for a young child. For even more to deal with, Olivia is pregnant with Wyatt's baby, which does not go over well with her mother. The relationships in this book are complicated, especially between Olivia and her mother. Sometimes it was difficult to like Olivia, but I had to remind myself that she was going through an awfully rough time, and dealing with it from the point of view of a person who has abandoned her relationship with God, so she thinks God is punishing her. My favorite character was her grandmother, Ruthie, who provided the wisdom and unconditional love Olivia needed. As Olivia discovers more about where Wyatt was headed the day of their wedding, and why, deals with another tragedy, and has to decide what to do with her life, she also has to decide if she will listen to Ruthie's advice to "choose joy" or continue to wallow in self-pity.
I received a copy of the book from Goodreads but was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5GOD is thereOctober 24, 2016joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Grief stricken is one word I would use to describe this book. There are many others but that is the one that stood out the most. Olivia lost her fianc the day of there wedding - there is a secret that you find out later about said fianc - wow do you find out - the book is about the loss of a loved one - and if you have lost a loved one and is still grieving and cannot handle talking or dealing with your grief this is not the book for you because this is a frank book regarding grief and all the stages regarding grief. I lost my father and it was hard to read, so I know where of I speak She (Olivia) tries to lean on her mom but this women doesn't have a warm bone in her body but her grandmother is the complete opposite. GOD is the one person she can truly count on, and thank goodness for that - so can we all......I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
KatrinaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Since You've Been GoneOctober 11, 2016KatrinaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I enjoyed reading Since You've Been Gone! It was an emotional read. The description and cover caught my attention. I was curious about the answers to my questions that formed while I was reading. I felt like some places in this story had a little too much drama but I still enjoyed this story. When I had to set the book down, I kept thinking about this story and wanted to jump back into it. I will look for more books by Christa Allan. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Picking Up The PiecesOctober 11, 2016MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4When you read about this book it is almost a gasp, what, bride left at the altar, groom dead, accident heading away from the wedding.
Poor Olivia, how could so much happen to one person, and then there is more, and parents with good intentions, hiding things from her. How do you go on, living in the home that you choose together, and yet know he was heading in the wrong direction on your wedding day? You can cry a few tears reading this one, and I found some sweet chuckles when we are with Mia and her little one.
How does one get over such tragedy, only one way and that is through God, and yet I was never sure where Livvys faith is, and yet I could see his hand on her. What surprised me is the character Laura, and really I am not sure of her thinking, and yet it worked into the story.
The book quickly became a page-turner, and wanting to know why and where and who, and wanting to give Scarlet and shake, Livvys mom, and then we find reasons.
I enjoyed this book, and it kept my attention, but that being said it is a very emotional and at times painful read.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Waterfall, and was not required to give a positive review.
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Heartwarming storySeptember 28, 2016MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Olivia's wedding day is completely different from what she expected and planned. Wyatt is supposed to meet her at the church. But, where is he? What has happened to him? From the first page of this story, Olivia and Wyatt captured my heart. This is a story of true love and devotion, along with heartache and happiness. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading about love and forgiveness. I received a copy of this book for review and this is my honest opinion.