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Released: February 2015
ISBN: 9781310948978
Author: Julie MacLennan
Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Price: $4.99

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Four strangers are brought together on a train journey just before Christmas.

They come from very different backgrounds but they all share one thing in common – they have reached a pivotal moment in their lives and after this journey nothing will ever be the same again.

From the sorrow which follows joy, the love which turns to betrayal and the rejection which finally finds the door to acceptance, each will discover that the only journey which really matters is the one which leads to survival.

‘I’m leaving you!’

The young woman at the end of the phone screamed in fury as Damien Hunt calmly rose from his desk and walked towards the window.

The late afternoon sun was slipping silently below the horizon in a last brilliant blaze of crimson defiance. The irony was not lost on him as he witnessed the magnificent rays disappearing from sight at exactly the same moment as Stella Milner was doing her best to elicit a response – any response – from him.

‘Do you hear me? Are you even listening? What’s the matter with you?’

She was almost hysterical now, and he could tell that his continued refusal to answer her was only inflaming an already volatile situation. But not for the first time, he recognised it as his escape route and said nothing.

‘Damien? Damien! Will you answer me?’

The silence on the line was deafening and Damien could hear her start to cry.

He closed his eyes. There was a part of him which felt guilty, responsible for the situation in which they now found themselves. But only a part of him.

Mostly what he felt was a dreadful and overwhelming weariness.

It was a feeling which was unfamiliar and yet it had crept up on him lately, invading his thoughts during random moments and making him doubt everything. Including himself.

And now it was telling him that there was no point in prolonging this conversation.

He let the phone fall to his side as Stella continued to rage against him.

They both knew that she was right. She wanted only what she deserved. There was only one problem.

He couldn’t give it to her.

Couldn’t give her the commitment and the stability that she hadn’t cared about in the beginning but now seemed to crave. He couldn’t give it, and more importantly he didn’t want to give it. Not to her. Not to anyone. Not ever.

Her voice became louder and he reluctantly raised the phone to his ear again.

‘Can’t you even speak to me now, Damien? What do you think I am? Some little tramp? A one night stand? You really think that you’re better than me, don’t you, Damien?’

Still he remained silent.

When she spoke again, her voice was lower and she sounded more in control.

‘Okay, if you won’t speak to me on the phone, you leave me no choice. We’ll just have to have this conversation in front of everyone in your office. I’m coming round.’

Top Reviews
I liked the character development . . . MacLennan made me care about the characters. I enjoyed reading Before We Say Goodbye. ~ Elise Ramsey, San Francisco Book Review

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Relatable and inspiring
I thoroughly enjoyed not only the storyline to this book but the characters as well. They are very relatable and normal; each with their own lives, struggles and difficulties. When they meet, their lives are forever changed. Each character helps shape the others and help discover what makes them truly happy. This would be a perfect book to read over the winter holidays if you're looking for something to read, but of course it can definitely be enjoyed year round. Overall, a really great read! ~ Courtney, Amazon

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The author did such an amazing job in making you connect with each characters
The characters, their lives, their story.... The emotions, the sadness, the lost of their spirits for Christmas... I can't really put into words how each person made me feel. Each one of their lives affected me differently. The author did such an amazing job in making you connect with each characters as they live their journey. When reading the book it's really as if you are them, you are living their life and feeling each and every thing they feel. This book will draw you in deep enough that you don't sense the reality around you. A great job by this author! A fantastic book that I would recommend to everyone! ~ Peggy Salkill, Amazon

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I enjoyed this book
I enjoyed this book, I was completely glued to the pages, it was so compelling that I could not put it down. The plot is well constructed, the author introduces us to little by little the various characters and their problems, their stories, their tragedies . . . I loved all the characters in this novel are so realistic, true, tender, vulnerable . . . It 's a novel deep, touching, poignant, melancholic, to be read from cover to cover. Highly recommend! ~ Veronica Marzini, Amazon

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Must read
Easy to read, thought provoking book, with lots of twists and turns. I was hooked from the first chapter with intriguing characters all facing a major turning point in their lives. Will be recommending to my friends and family. Looking forward to the next one.... ~ Ali, Amazon

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A great read. I am looking forward to the next. ~ Lorna Mackinnon, Amazon

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Well worth a read
For a new author, this is a well developed story . . . There is certainly room for a second book to tell us how the main characters get on. ~ Johna, Amazon

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A very good story!
A very good story, well done Julie, keep up the good work! ~ happygran, Amazon

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Wow...what a read!
Great book...the story took a wee while to get into but packed a punch when it did.....lots of characters intermingling....nicely written, easy to read style! Would have preferred to read on paper....as not an ebooks fan..yet! Great though! Well done Julie! ~ S.E. Rowan, Amazon

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A great read, I loved it from cover to cover looking for this author next book. ~ David F Beare, Amazon

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Recommend this as a cracking good read...excellent characters and storyline that keeps you gripped throughout. I couldn't put it down. The author is obviously a natural story teller and writer. Looking forward to her next book. ~ Amazon reader

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Brilliant. Couldn't wait to find out what was revealed next. Picked it up every spare waking moment. Can't wait to get my hands on next one. ~ Amazon reader

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Page Turner
Thoroughly enjoyable read, a real page turner. Very quickly became absorbed by the characters and their stories. Great holiday reading. ~ Trish Bangor-Jones, Amazon

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