Book Review: To Say Goodbye by Lindsay Detwiler 3

To Say Goodbye

by Lindsay Detwiler


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Feisty Sophia never shies away from life. Playful, romantic, connected—her marriage was the thing of fairy tales. But when tragedy strikes, Sophia is left to pick up the pieces of her life.

After leaving the army, Jackson is ready to start afresh. But when he returns home, his life spirals out of control.As Sophia and Jackson find themselves in each other, they start to see redemption is possible.

Trying to piece together a new life, they must answer the question: Should they forge a life together and say goodbye to their pasts completely, or should they loyally go their separate ways to avoid heartache?


My Rating:



Favorite Quotes:


He sighed. When he talked to his mom, he always felt like he was fifteen again. Perhaps that was her goal.


We just had a beautiful moment, I talk about myself being hunky, and all you’re worried about is if I like your Crocs?


The only words that came to her were ones she would later regret. It was a comment Tim would mercilessly tease her for, would always bring up. Later, when they were in a heated argument or she was pissed at him about his socks lying on the bedroom floor, he would turn to her and say the words symbolic of their relationship. As Tim, Stella, and Ricky waited for Sophia to say something romantic, intellectual, or just plain normal, all she managed to say was, ‘Hot damn!’


I’m with you out of love. And maybe a touch of carnal obligation.


‘I’ll sit here on this bench for eternity with you.’   ‘Really?’  ‘Can I get to at least second base while on this bench?’  ‘No.’  ‘Then I retract my statement.’


With a backdrop of noisy, splashing dolphins, Larry and Stella said their own vows. Stella promised to be faithful to Larry despite his love of pleated pants and kale. Larry agreed to love Stella despite her hatred for organization and her love of the Pittsburgh Penguins.



My Review:


Lindsay Detwiler has quickly become one of my favorite authors; her books are like found treasure. I have delighted in reading several of her engaging and refreshingly entertaining stories and have adored her quirky and endearing characters. Her writing is generally well-balanced in emotion – heart squeezing, touching, sweet, and humorous. Her style is easy to follow, highly relatable and relevant, while also thoughtfully insightful and stealthily observant. Her clever descriptions involve all senses, pull at the heartstrings, and conjure strong visuals; I smirk, flinch, wince, snicker, and sigh contentedly many times by the time I reach the always satisfying HEA. While I have not yet read all her books, To Say Goodbye was considerably more angsty than the other works of hers that I have read, but as the storyline featured a young widow struggling with grief and consumed with despair, buckets of angst were to be expected. However, there are also heaping helpings of wit, banter, sweetness, and levity to counterbalance. As a bonus, I learned of a treat I aspire to track down and sample – I actually needed to Google Swedish Fish as it sounded like my type of guilty pleasure.


About the Author

An English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she loves cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.

She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.

Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.

Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: To Say Goodbye by Lindsay Detwiler

  1. Reply Lindsay Jun 20,2017 8:23 am

    Thank you so much 🙂

  2. Reply Caroline Jun 20,2017 4:53 pm

    HOLD UP! You’ve never had Swedish Fish??? They were, literally, the one snack EVERY girl in my high school was obsessed with. Personally, I didn’t care for them. But I was never a fruit snack kinda gal and that’s what they remind me of.

    But, Swedish Fish aside, nice review. This sounds like a good one. I like the quotes you selected.

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