Thursday, September 9, 2010

More Than Goodbye

More Than Good-bye
Author: S. Carol Crovo
ISBN: 978-1-61566-981-3
Publisher: Tate Publishing

What would you do if given the chance to re-live your life again after death with no changes? Jane Bell is given this chance when she wakes up in an unfamiliar train station. Confused as to how she arrived, Jane discovers she has died. Her guider gives her a choice of two trains to take. Train A will continue her journey into the next phase of life, the life not lived on earth. Train B will take her back to re-live her life again, as it was, with no changes. She is given the chance to say goodbye and find closure to her death in her own way. Jane chooses to live her life again and starts her journey that is filled with moments of reflection and understanding. It is a journey sure to hold more than goodbye.

Every once in a while I come across a book that shocks and amazes me. This was one of those wonderfully enjoyable books. From the moment I started reading More Than Goodbye I knew it was something special. I immensely enjoyed this novel. Ms. Crovo writes with beauty and ease. The book flows from one page to the next revealing Jane’s live to the reader. She lives through the joy, the struggles, surprises and expected moments with new meaning. The author does a wonderful job with the reality of this novel. Jane, although re-living her life, is not aware of her death or the future until her guider visits her. Each appearance of the guider helps shed light and understanding of life and death to Jane as well as to the reader. The novel is beautifully written and full of emotion. The reader is left feeling just as much a part of Jane’s life as Jane was.

The author writes of life and death in the most peaceful and comforting way. The story started with a sad event and unfolded into a lifetime of memories to cherish and understand. Jane was given the chance to live again and see her life in all of its splendor as well as its darkest moments and arrive at the end with closure and contentment along with some enlightenment. I did not want to put this novel down. It is most certainly an unique read. The only confusing moment in the book happens when the author uses the same name for two different characters in the book. The first use is for a childhood friend who is a key character in the 1st part of the novel. The second use is for Jane’s husband. The confusion arrives in the short amount of time where these two are closely written about. I was amazed at how easy the rest of the book was to understand and follow considering the subject matter. Ms. Crovo definitely has a talent for writing.

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  1. Fantastic review Tiffany!!
    You spoke about the book beautifully, and it is definitely a book that I will now search out.
    Thanks so much:)

  2. Thank you! I really hope that you enjoy the book also! It was worth every minute I spent reading it.

  3. Wow! Sounds like a great read. I will be adding this my list - thanks to your review. Also, it sounds like a very heart felt book with moments that take your break away...?

  4. That's a really interesting premise and makes me wonder which train I'd choose.


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