THE GOODBYE YEAR by Kaira Rouda & Giveaway

Crystal Beach, California is the fictional location for author, Kaira Rouda’s, novel THE GOODBYE YEAR (SparkPress). Crystal Beach, much like Laguna Beach where Kaira resides is a glamorous, upper-middle class, gated-community located near the beach in southern California. If you happen to watch BRAVO’S, The Real Housewives of Orange County, it’s very similar to where Vicki Gunvalson and the cast of characters have lived for the past ten seasons. I’ve watched TRHOC since the beginning and I’m looking forward to the upcoming eleventh season. While reading THE GOODBYE YEAR, I felt as if I’d been beamed into a script reading. TRHOC live large, have plastic surgery, work out, shop, drink, dine out at fancy restaurants and oh, deal with their spouses, boyfriends and kids, when necessary.

In THE GOODBYE YEAR, its senior year and the moms and dads of Crystal Beach are looking ahead to when their kids fly the nest and head off to college. For Melanie, she has only one more year to live vicariously through her senior son, Dane. Gorgeous mom Sarah, who has had nearly everything nipped and tucked, realizes the departure of her daughter, Ashley, will leave her alone and crack the façade of Sarah’s life, because hubby is always on the road. Will and his wife, Carol are tied to their family calendar; can’t imagine the two of them spending time alone together, unless it’s a school function. Now Will has to consider how he’s going to handle an affair he’s having with another woman, whose daughter is in the senior class.

Kaira provides a list of characters and a table of contents at the beginning of the novel, but even with that, I found myself getting lost and confused, perhaps I just needed to pay more attention. Parents of kids beginning their senior year of high-school might connect to this book. The chapters are told from the alternating points of view of the parents and kids. I suggest an editor takes a peek for typos before anymore printings.

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Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction. She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel. After living in Columbus, Ohio for most of her life, she now enjoys the beach whenever possible.

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Thanks to TLC Book Tours and @SparkPress we have one copy of THE GOODBYE YEAR to giveaway. Just tell us what you’re looking forward to this fall, now that school is starting. Personally, I don’t miss any of the drama from high-school. We’ll announce a winner next Tuesday, the 13th. Good luck!

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25 thoughts on “THE GOODBYE YEAR by Kaira Rouda & Giveaway

  1. I look most forward to the cooler days (windows open and a/c off), and getting some projects finished, and with the kids back in school, more time to read.

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  2. I’m looking forward to the excitement in my children’s eyes when they can’t wait to share something new they learned at school.

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  3. Fall is my favorite season! I’m looking forward to college football, cooler weather, fairs, and my daughter’s 17th birthday. I love going to the Smokey Mountains and seeing the change in the leaves.

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  4. I’m looking forward to October with the cooler weather, fall tv,and especially Halloween my favorite holiday!


  5. I am looking forward to cooler Temps and the beautiful scenery here in Pennsylvania! I don’t miss school either. I have 3 teens in school and the drama is ridiculous at times..sadly it’s usually the parents who make it so bad!


  6. I’m looking forward to the fall foliage. I am also looking forward to cool evenings and camping.


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