The First Time I Said Goodbye by Claire Allan

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In 1959, factory girl Stella Hegarty finds herself falling unexpectedly for the charms of a handsome US marine based in Derry.

Caught up in a whirlwind of romance which rivals the great love stories in the movies she so loves, Stella finds herself planning a new life in America with her beloved Ray.

But when tragedy steps in, both their lives are thrown into turmoil and they come to realise they may have said their first, and last goodbye.

In 2010, Annabel Jackson, reeling from the loss of her beloved father, agrees to accompany her mother Stella back to Ireland to meet her family for the first time.

As the pair arrive in Derry - they both start to realise that some times you have to say goodbye to what you thought you always wanted in order to find what you have needed all along.

Title : The First Time I Said Goodbye
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ISBN : 1842235591
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 303 pages


Kathy rated it ★★★☆☆

August 27, 2015

In all I enjoyed this book. The plot and pacing were good, the characters were well fleshed-out. It was predictable, but predictability can be comforting. My only complaint was that the main character and one of the secondary characters were supposed to be American-born and raised. The only probl...

Jim rated it ★★★★☆

December 13, 2015

Set in Ireland and written by an Irish authoress; I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This book and writer is another uncovered gem in the Kindle library.

Deb rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 26, 2017

The book starts out slow, picks up a bit in the middle and then drags it for all it's worth to the end. Less would have been better. No challenge you've got if figured out way to early.

Mary rated it ★★★★☆

July 25, 2017

A fine romance. An absorbing and believable story of love and family and their inherent complications. The setting in Derry is also an important and satisfying aspect of the novel. I found the deepening understanding between Annabelle and her mother especially satisfying.

Lynette rated it ★★★★☆

September 23, 2017

Good story I enjoyed the plot but not the two main characters. They seemed week to me. The book is not complex just a simple love story but was a fun read.

Terric853 rated it ★★★★☆

January 19, 2018

Really good book! Annabel's father has recently died and her Irish-born mother, Stella, asks her to go on a trip to her hometown in Ireland. They leave a few weeks after the funeral and Annabel meets relatives she had only heard about from her mother's stories. But, her mother has hidden a secret...

Jen rated it ★★★☆☆

August 05, 2017

I loved the plot and the characters. I also loved the current and past perspectives and the use of the old letters. The one thing that kept me from rating this higher was the ending. I needed more! I needed to know what happened with Stella and Ray. I needed to know what happened with Annabel. I...

Donna D rated it ★★★★☆

July 11, 2016

Loved this book This book was so hard for me to read at times since the main character lost her father in the same way I did. The parts that dealt with his death were hard. When I first started reading the book it was hard to get into, mostly because I wasn't sure I wanted to relive my father's de...

Shirley rated it ★★★☆☆

November 26, 2017

I enjoyed the storyline following the young couple in Derry back in war times to the present day story of Annabelle. A comforting wholesome read with predictable twists and turns. Would have given it 3 and a half stars, not quite a 4. My only criticism is the ending happened so suddenly. Would ha...

Madeline rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 12, 2017

I just can't read anymore of this drivel. 50% it's all I can take. The book should be over by now but keeps going on and on. The descriptions of"my daddy" and "my mammy" were terribly repetitious. Hearing about"mammy's soft hands" one more time after she scrubs the entire house and washed the clo...

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