by Sarra Cannon
Publisher: Dead River Books
★★★★☆ (4 / 5 stars)
The Trouble With Goodbye is book 1 of Sarra Cannon’s Fairhope series. The heroine, Leigh Anne Davis, returns home to Fairhope, Georgia from Boston, where a traumatic experience happened while she was away at college there. In Fairhope, she meets Knox Warner, who is new in town, having moved there from Chicago to escape the demons of his past. Their relationship grows rather quickly, and soon Leigh’s demons come to the forefront and she is faced with a life-changing choice.
This was an enjoyable read, and stayed very true to the classic New Adult style. Leigh is struggling to find herself, because all her life, she’s been taught to do what she was told without question. Having grown up in a wealthy lifestyle, she’s had all sorts of expectations from her family and friends. The relationship with her parents, especially her mother, was a definite driving point in seeing Leigh’s character develop as the story progressed. In the end, Leigh is faced with a choice of whether to remain in the unhappy mold that everyone’s made her out to be, or forge a new life of her own and be happy.
I enjoyed Leigh’s character. She was very strong when she had to be, and her flaws were real and understandable.
There were a lot of characters mentioned throughout the book, and it got me confused as to who was who, since these characters had very minor/brief roles in the book.
The sex scenes were mainly vanilla/closed-door/fade-to-black. Though, there was one scene in the bar, which bothered me because there was no mention of protection being used. I thought there’d be some consequence to follow from that, but it was never mentioned. It’s a small detail, but I think one that’s big enough for romance readers to pick up on and tends to be sort of ‘taboo’ in the genre.
This was a very quick read. There are fifty-one chapters, but they are extremely short (like 1-3 pages), so you will find yourself breezing through with ease.
This story shares a similar feel and theme as Easy by Tammara Webber. If you’re looking for a classic-style New Adult read, then definitely check out The Trouble With Goodbye.