A Selah Award winner.One moment, Olivia Kavanaugh is preparing to walk down the aisle and embrace her own happily ever after. The next, she learns that her fianc, Wyatt Hammond, has been in a fatal car accident. Then comes a startling discovery: Wyatts car wasnt heading toward the church. He was fifty miles awaywith a baby gift in the backseat.Her faith shaken, Olivia pores ...
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Since You've Been Gone Reviews
This novel was well written and the story line engaging. I was pulled into Olivia's story right away. While the novel was primarily about how Olivia recovered from the shock of losing her intended on their wedding day, it was also about the strained relationship between a mother and daughter. In addition, there was a bit of a mystery regarding Olivia's fiancee Wyatt.
This was my first novel by Christa Allan and I look forward to reading others.
This was my first ARC. I got it from Netgalley in ebook format.
The story itself is really intriguing. Here we have a jilted bride who discovers her fiancé has not only driven away from the wedding, but was killed in a car accident, offering no explanation as to why he has disappeared. Interesting, right?
Well...the problem was the approach. I understand that Olivia would be incredibly upset and bit catty, but this character was almost juvenile. She was in her late twenties and was flat-out awful ...more
It's interesting to me how some people who've gone through a difficult death in their life can read books about characters who are going through similar feelings, while others cannot. I can see where both ways would be very natural. Right after my mother passed away, I don't think I could have read a story such as this, I would have been way too emotional. But now? Now I completely connected with Olivia and so much of what she deals with emotionally in this story! I'm not sure I would have even ...more
How to start my review? I guess the best way is to say that the story was riveting, emotional and so powerful that I never put the book down until I finished it. I have not read a book from this author before, but wow does she have a way to make a story come to life. Her characters were so real, I felt like I was sitting beside Olivia as each painful journey she took was mixed with tears and disappointment.
On the day you are to be married, you realize your groom is not going to show up, so what ...more
SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE is told entirely in first person by the main character, Olivia. She was to be married to Wyatt, but he doesn't show up at the wedding. His body is found later that day with his truck, having missed a curve and crashed into trees, headed in the opposite direction of the church. No one knows where he was going. After Olivia recovers enough to retrace his drive, she gets the police report and discovers there was a package in his vehicle, wrapped as for a young child. For even ...more
I picked up this book reading the blurb, thinking this is about a strong woman, Olivia who, after being jilted at the alter when her fiancé dies in an accident on a road 50 miles away from the church with a baby gift in the back seat, and going through various hardships, discovers life again. The premise of the story sounded so interesting that I started the book in the middle of the night.
The author, Christa Allen, had a great plot in mind when she started writing this book. The entire book is ...more
It’s every bride’s worst nightmare: jilted at the altar. And then things get worse. No, Olivia wasn’t jilted—her husband-to-be died in a car accident just hours before the wedding. While driving away from the church. With a gift for a small boy in the car—except neither Olivia nor Wyatt know any small boys. And then Olivia finds out she’s pregnant. Which wouldn’t have mattered if she were married, but she’s not and now her mother is barely speaking to her because what will Scarlett’s church frie ...more
Since You've Been Gone is the first book that I have read by Allan. And as is the case with any new to you Author, you are not sure what to expect. From the beginning, Allan hooked me in. The mystery with all the circumstances of Wyatt's death will pull you all the way through the novel.
To be honest, this novel left me with mixed emotions. I would say that the first half of the book had me completely glued but then things slowed down and I got a little frustrated. I won't pretend tha ...more