1. The Year of Goodbyes and Hellos
    Kelly Irvin
    Thomas Nelson / 2023 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Dwina Willis
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heart Wrenching
    December 6, 2023
    Dwina Willis
    Kelly Irvin's new book, The Year of Goodbyes and Hellos, has just been released. I was able to read an ARC. This is a book you'll want to read!

    Sherri and Kristen's mother passed away from breast cancer when the girls were teens. Sherri, the oldest, tried to spare Kristen from the worst of the cancer, so she was not prepared for her mom's death. Sherri grew up to become a divorced mother of three and a kindergarten teacher. She was a woman of faith. Kristen grew up to be an oncologist. While she was married with two daughters, her work was her highest priority. She was on a mission to save people from cancer, from experiencing what she did. The relationships with her family took a back seat. Her compulsion became even worse when Sherri was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer.

    During Sherri's journey, the sisters are forced to reexamine their priorities, address childhood scars, and discover what it means to live each day to the fullest.

    The author, Kelly Irvin, was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in 2016. What she has learned through her scans, surgeries, treatments, and clinical trials have been the foundation for this book. It is her wish that her readers realize it is "still possible to live well, dream, have hope, and hang on to faith during the cancer journey." We all have a limited amount of time. May we all learn to make the most of each day the Lord gives us and help others do the same.
  2. ConnieR
    ME
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartrending and heartwarming
    December 4, 2023
    ConnieR
    ME
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I expected this book to be tough to get through because of its' subject, and it was. But I was invested in the story from the first page to the last. I believe every single person knows someone who has dealt with cancer. This book gives perspectives from so many facets of the experience...the patient, the family, the physicians....and it does so with the benefit of Kelly Irvin's own experiences.

    But it's not just about cancer. It's about family relationships, the tension between important work and important people, bitterness over failed relationships and reconciliation, and so much more. I am grateful to Kelly Irvin for laying out her life experiences through this work of fiction, and I appreciate being given the opportunity to read it from the publisher with no promise of any review.
  3. Polly
    missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heart rending but well worth the read
    February 4, 2024
    Polly
    missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a heartrending story encompassing the hard subjects of a cancer diagnosis, divorce, estrangement, and spiritual questioning.

    The characters and situations came across as very realistic. I applaud the author for using her own cancer experience to enlighten her audience. She truly has made lemonade out of lemons.

    Forgiveness is a big theme as was getting your priorities straight, living in the moment and actively loving your family. It was told in several voices. Kristen was an oncologist who wholeheartedly gave to her patients. But she learned that she could not do enough when the patient was her sister, Sherri. The story showed how cancer affects the whole extended family, not just the person with the diagnosis.

    Recommended for fans of womens fiction.

    *i received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
  4. Mel A
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heart Wrenching
    January 22, 2024
    Mel A
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Year of Goodbyes and Hellos is an emotional story of two sisters navigating the horrific world of cancer. One sister, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the other sister an oncologist who has dedicated her life to trying to save patience from this horrible disease. This story is incredibly well written and well researched. Kelly Irvin is living this story herself, so she can write from a very unique perspective. As a mom who's 16 year old has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, there are parts of this story that are extremely emotional and difficult to read, but I also found it therapeutic and helpful. Almost like a friend that can relate in a unique way to what you are experiencing. I highly recommend this story! It's well thought out and executed!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Cheri S
    Battle Creek, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing book - maybe her best ever!
    January 9, 2024
    Cheri S
    Battle Creek, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a powerful story! I was so proud of myself for not focusing on the cancer diagnosis throughout the majority of the book, concentrating instead on the other storylines so I was not crying constantly. Cancer is a hard topic for me to read about but it was written in such a tender, sweet, sometimes funny way. However, toward the end of the book, I was so invested in all the characters that I could not stop crying. yet before turning the last page, the tears stopped and I was almost smiling again. Ms. Irvin knows how to write! When I read about why she wrote this book, I was heartbroken again but yet have even more respect and admiration for her for writing about such a hard topic in such a tender way.

    I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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