Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Whisper Goodbye

GIVEAWAY

JOHNSON, MYRA
WHISPER GOODBEYE

Crippled both physically and emotionally by his war injuries, First Lt. Gilbert Ballard struggles to find himself again in civilian life. After breaking his engagement to Annemarie Kendall, he has found solace in the arms of Mary McClarney, a spunky Irish immigrant nurse he met at the Army and Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Yet Mary’s love for Gilbert goes unreturned.

If it’s not Gilbert’s insane jealousy over his former fiancée’s new marriage, it’s his addiction to pain killers and gambling that thwarts Gil’s own happiness. Worse, Gilbert’s mother, Evelyn, continually reminds him of what he lost when he pushed Annemarie away. Under Evelyn’s critical eye, Mary fights to believe in her worth, wondering if she will ever be enough.

My Review:

Stunning tale of the complexities of post World War I America and the difficulties wounded soldiers had to overcome in order to pick up their civilian lives again. We met Gilbert in the first book of the series, When Clouds Roll By and frankly, he was a difficult character to love. I knew the second book would be his story and I've been anxious to see how Johnson would handle this difficult hero. She did a brilliant job! I felt his struggles, frustrations, temptations and I agonized with him over each hurdle, cheered over his triumphs and was pretty much an emotional wreck by the end of the book!

And God bless Mary McClarney -- the Irish nurse who plays both angel and devil's advocate in their rocky romance. Mary has a wounded past she barely remembers and it colours her reactions to some of Gilbert's struggles but she loves him so completely. My heart just hurt for her.

Whisper Goodbye is an incredible, tumultuous love story that kept me turning pages well into the night. And exquisite read.

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Whisper Goodbye please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you email me, please be sure to put the title in the subject line so it is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 12 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck.

My thanks to the author and publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book.

30 comments:

  1. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. Good luck!

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  2. I still need to read the first book in this series but this one sounds really good too! Thanks for the chance to win!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You don't need to have read the first book in order to enjoy this one but if you do you'll really enjoy the immense character growth. Good luck!

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  3. What a fabulous review! I am eager to read this series and appreciate the opportunity to win!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  4. Great review - I'd love to read about a nurse...I haven't seen them that often. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)Com

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  5. It's a great angle -- and a job so suited to Mary. she's definitely a nurturer. Good luck Eliza.

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  6. What a great review, Kav. I would certainly love to read more. Thank you for the giveaway.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  7. I identify with the spunky Irish, lol. I am liking seeing Whisper Goodbye reviewed and have not read the first book. Thank you for mentioning a previous one. Great review, Kav! I would like to have an entry in the drawing to win Whisper Goodbye. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Thanks Kathleen -- aren't spunky Irish lasses great fodder for romance novels? Good luck!

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  8. Would love to read this!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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  9. I love this cover. Might have to add this one to my always growing to be read pile.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, you definitely should, Amy. And it's a lovely cover...they captured Mary perfectly. Good luck!

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  10. I love nurse stories! I am so glad Gilbert has his own story. :) Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    cherryames96{at}gmail{dot}com

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    1. I'd say you love nurse stories just based on your email address. :-) Good luck!

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  11. Would love read this so count me in .... never know. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're right Becky -- you never know. Good luck!

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  12. Thanks Kav for another chance to win a good book. Always enjoy your reviews. I love the war stories. But, I hate what the things that happen does to some of the men. Please put my name in.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Maxie. And yes, the aftermath of war is dreadful. Johnson does a great job of delving into that aspect. Good luck!

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  13. Haven't read the first book, but I'm sure that can be fixed!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're right about that, Patty. Good luck!

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been looking forward to this book! :)

    crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  15. The cover of this book is just beautiful
    The designer did an awesome job on it.

    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. The cover is fantastic, isn't it? I love that they got Mary right! Good luck!

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  16. I read the first book and loved it. I can't wait to read the second.
    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com
    Thanks,
    Deborah

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    1. It's a great series. Good luck Deborah!

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