After reading When the Clouds Roll By, the first book in this series, I have become to truly enjoy Myra Johnsons writing styleshe has an amazing way with words and knows how to beautifully describe emotions, thoughts and feelings. Whisper Goodbye is another story full of drama and emotion that swept me away into the world of Gilbert and Marytwo young people who are meant for each other but it seems impossible to get together as both are dealing with wounds from the past. A elegantly written tale that made me laugh and cry but also sigh in satisfaction as I read about the romance that is so delightfully present in this book. This will be a satisfying read for lovers of romantic and historical fiction. Highly recommended!
Author Myra Johnson has written another delightful historical romance that I highly recommend. This author has a talent for weaving a story that keeps me hooked, and she creates characters that seem very real.
Since I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the "Till We Meet Again" series, I was eager to read the second book. WHISPER GOODBYE did not disappoint! This story of hope, patience, and redemption that is set following the Great War gives us a true glimpse of how life was during that time---especially for those so affected by the war.
Thank you, Myra Johnson for crafting another wonderful story. FIVE STARS!!
After being introduced to both Gilbert and Mary in When the Clouds Roll By, the first book in Myra Johnson's Till We Meet Again series, I couldn't wait to get my greedy hands on the second book, Whisper Goodbye. Wounded war veteran First Lt. Gilbert Ballard was a character I couldn't forget after finishing When the Clouds Roll By. He'd treated his former fiancee and best friend dreadfully, but it was so hard to be upset with him. He was a casualty of war, broken and bitter, floundering without purpose, minus a leg, and nursing a morphine addiction for constant pain. See what I mean?
If he could drive far enough, fast enough, he might outpace the unrelenting emptiness that had haunted him since the war. ~Gilbert
Without the morphine, sweet Mary's soothing touch was the only way to relieve the blinding phantom pain cursing his missing leg, but Mary soon tires of Gilbert's obsession with his ex-fiancee and refuses to be second choice. Toss in Gilbert's mother, Mrs. Ballard, who reinforces Mary's sense of unworthiness, and you have one unhappy heroine. When it seems like Mary and Gilbert will never find their happy place, Gilbert finally acknowledges that he can't mend his broken spirit on his own and determines to win Mary's affections with a job and hard work, but even that came at a cost. I appreciate how each of the characters had to find their own way, to their faith and to each other.
With a sweet secondary romance to savor, characters you can't help but cheer for, and nuggets of historical tidbits tucked inside, Whisper Goodbye is sure to please historical and contemporary readers alike. Another 5-star worthy book by Myra Johnson!
I'm looking forward to reading the third book in the series, Every Tear A Memory, starring Gilbert's brother, Thomas. If you missed my review of When the Clouds Roll By, you can read it here, but trust me when I say you'll definitely want to read these books in order. :)
Disclaimer: Sending a big thanks to Myra Johnson and Abingdon Press for sending me an advance review copy of this book in exchange for my fair and unbiased opinion. This review is my opinion, and I received no compensation.
Gilbert Ballard lost his beau, Annemarie Kendall, because of his attitude when he returned home from the trenches of World War I France, and now he seems to be driving away another woman he loves, nurse Mary McClarney. For her part, Mary loves Gilbert but can't trust him to not retreat into his vicesÃ¢â¬âdrugs, alcohol and gamblingÃ¢â¬âin times of stress.
Whisper Goodbye is the sequel to When the Clouds Go By, the story of Annemarie and Army chaplain Samuel Vickeray. While the two can each be read as stand-alone
novels, there are mentions of certain incidents from the first book in Whisper Goodbye, so it would be better not to read them out of order.
I enjoyed Whisper Goodbye as it continued to show Gilbert's personal and spiritual growth, but without being preachy (if anything, I would have liked a little more emphasis on that, particularly as Mary and her mother were plainly Catholic, while Gilbert and the other characters weren't).
The plot was good, and I especially liked the way it brought a natural conclusion to the central romance while introducing more minor characters, perhaps to set them up for the sequel. The characters were strong, in that they each had distinct personalities, and each had their own issues to overcome.
Overall, Whisper Goodbye is a solid historical romance, set in a time period I enjoy reading about, and with some deeper themes to get me thinking.
Thanks to Abingdon and NetGalley for providing a free book for review.
Having read the first book in this series - When Clouds Roll By - I was very curious about how Myra Johnson would redeem Gilbert Ballard, the WWI amputee who succumbed to drug addiction, alcohol, and self-destructive behavior. I shouldn't have been concerned as through lots of twists and turns, Myra skillfully weaves a story of patience, hope, and redemption. The setting of Hot Springs Arkansas circa the beginning of Prohibition gave the historical realism that I look for in period pieces. Although romance is not the genre I normally pick up, I was happy to see that Myra took each of her characters through a period of personal growth and realization that made the romantic scenes more poignant. Lovely story. Highly recommended for lovers of historical romance.
I received the book from the publisher for my honest review.