All she wants from Dylan is something casual, and perhaps some mind-blowing sex, but things don’t work out as planned. Dylan wants a lot more from her than a hook-up. Before Sam realizes what’s happening, their relationship has become serious, something she never intended. And then she discovers Dylan is hiding a dark secret that makes breaking up with him nearly impossible.
Sam is running out of time. She has to leave soon. She has no choice. But leaving Dylan could mean more than just the end of their relationship. It could also mean destroying him completely.
When Samantha Barnes starts her semester abroad in Japan, she brings along a heavy load of emotional baggage. With her ex-boyfriend in the midst of a mental health crisis back home, she’d been forced to make some difficult choices, choices that now fill her with guilt and remorse. She also made promises to him she isn’t sure she can keep, especially when she meets Thomas MacGregor, an irresistibly charming Scottish rugby player. Thomas is studying at the same university as Samantha, and, although she tries to fight it, she begins to fall for him. Hard.
Life in Kyoto is everything Samantha could imagine, but, when tragedy strikes, it sends her on a downward spiral into darkness. Will she be able to come to terms with what happened, and have a future with Thomas, or will she forever be plagued by regret?
Forgiveness is a tricky thing, especially when the person you need to forgive most is yourself.
Saying Goodbye was my first Abigail Drake book and I was pleasantly surprised by her unique writing style and fresh story lines. In a genre where books often have very similar structure and themes, this book stood out as something uncommon.
Saying Goodbye, particularly part one, was full of very heavy subject matter. The book was rife with taboo subjects and how people react to those situations with which they aren’t comfortable. I was quite impressed by how tastefully it was done. Each scene and every moment was carefully constructed to demonstrate how every single thing that happens affects a person. They also served to show how a person’s temperament can make those experiences have completely different outcomes.
Abigail Drake incorporated several cultures and languages into Saying Goodbye in a way that felt very natural. I am in no way educated in any of the cultured or languages she used, but it seemed very true to what they were. I loved that each part was set in a different place, it made it much easier to keep the storylines separate while I was reading. I fell in love with the glimpses into worlds I’ll likely never experience, that she included in the story. The way she used the cultural references to help the characters grow and used languages to bring them closer together were so fresh and unique, it was something I relished experiencing.
Abigail Drake has spent her life traveling the world and collecting stories wherever she visited. She majored in Japanese and International Economics in college and worked in import/export and as an ESL teacher before she committed herself full time to writing. She writes in several romance genres, and her books are quirky, light, fun, and sexy. Abigail is a trekkie, a book hoarder, the master of the Nespresso machine, a red wine addict, and the mother of three boys (probably the main reason for her red wine addiction). A puppy named Capone is the most recent addition to her family, and she blogs about him as a way of maintaining what little sanity she has left.