Since You’ve Been Gone (Christa Allan)

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 wanted to try this book prior to experiencing a loss in my life. Maybe, maybe not. But either way, I’m so glad I tried it now.

It was really the emotions that Olivia goes through, from anger and frustration to grief and heartache to all the myriad of feelings that are almost indescribable even to the one feeling them, that captivated me throughout this novel. Emotions are so very personal and we never know how we’re going to react to certain situations. Olivia’s emotional upheaval felt very real to me, they fluctuate and come and go, they don’t even make sense sometimes, which is very true to life.

As for Olivia herself? She’s not very likable in the beginning. Yet that’s part of her journey, realizing the parts of herself that need changing, and by the end I was solidly on her side. She has a lot of growth to go through and begins to realize how lost she is, how much she cannot do on her own. Her relationship with her parents, especially, is quite turbulent. I have to admit that I didn’t really like Olivia’s mother. I think that was the point, but she reacted so judgmentally. I really wanted her to see that how she was acting was not coming across as loving at all, hence why Olivia reacted so strongly in retaliation. But Ruthy, Olivia’s grandmother, on the other hand? I loved her! She was a breath of fresh air every time she entered the scene, imparting wisdom and truth into her granddaughter’s life. Working through her family relationships is not easy and requires much patience as each step forward seems to come with a half step back. But little by little, Olivia’s chaos begins to settle and I was happy to see it!

Ms. Allan’s writing flows easily, although I did think some of the flashback scenes, especially in the beginning, got a little confusing since we jumped back and forth between them and present day with not much explanation. As the story went on, things smoothed out a little better, which I appreciated. The romance is quiet and in the background, with just enough sweetness to keep me grinning. I liked Evan quite a bit! All in all, it’s a simple story with lots of layers. As they peel back one by one, there is a lot of heart to be found and enjoyed! 🙂

  

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Wrap Up

  • 8.5/10
    Beautiful ending
  • 9/10
    Easy story
  • 9/10
    Light romance
  • 8/10
    Characters
  • 7/10
    Fiction

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Helga Johnso

Bride waits at her wedding for the groom until she gets a call that he has died in an accident 50 miles away going in the opposite direction. In the backseat of his car is a baby gift. The book is well-written, but you suspect the ending almost from the beginning yet keep reading for a twist. The author lets us in on how one woman deals with uncovering the pain in a relationship she thought was perfect.

tharindu
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Yeah it is.And also this is a fantastic story told by an author that know how to tell a story. There are many themes in the book, lost faith, lost love, death, family relationships especially mother/daughter. The author is great at intertwining them as she tells the story of Wyatt and Olivia. The author has a sense of humor which comes out in Olivia and her grandmother Ruth.

Thomas McCall
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Thomas McCall

Relationship is quite a mess sometimes but this book is really a twist. It is a beautiful love story i really wish someday i find the person that really loves me.

Helen Starnes
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Helen Starnes

I agree this book is great. It has a beautiful setting and atmosphere.

Paul M. Hague
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Paul M. Hague

What a book this is!!I like it very much.

Helen Starnes
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Helen Starnes

I loved reading this book. Olivia went through
many storms in her life but still came out from them.
This book is the inspiration for every person who is in fail
life right now.No matter what there is the cloud
will shine one day. Overall I really loved this book
and recommended to all.

Michael Simmons
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Michael Simmons

Reading this book i remember my old friend who have gone through similar situations like this. It is sad to see them going through like that but that is called life. Later she found someone who really care for her that is amazing.