Review: The Truth about Goodbye by Russell Ricard

The Truth about Goodbye was a hard book for me to read. I was hoping for a heartfelt, romantic about love and loss and finding love again. While it certainly has all that, I never got the connection with the characters and couldn’t get into the style of writing.

Sebastian, our main character, is no stranger to love or loss and with the loss of his partner and husband Frank a little over a year ago. It’s made him insecure and uncertain. He’s also unsure of where he stands with his dream of becoming a Broadway choreographer.

The story is told from Sebastian’s pov and there are large sections of internalized conflict that soon becomes weary. That is too bad, because the story could have been so much more.

The writing is not bad, but it’s not flowing either. Some of the dialogue felt stilted and slow. I sometimes also had trouble seeing Sebastian and Chloe as grown-ups. Especially Chloe sometimes sounds like a teenage drama queen.

Sebastian is an easy character to like and throughout the story we see him work through his grief and trying to move on, but the story could have used a little more oomph!

The Truth about Goodbye Book Cover The Truth about Goodbye
Russell Ricard
Contemporary, drama
Wise Ink Creative Publishing
April 4, 2017
248
A copy was provided through Netgalley

Sebastian Hart has dealt with a lifetime of goodbyes. And now, a year after his husband Frank’s death, the forty-year-old Broadway chorus boy still blames himself. After all, Sebastian started the argument that night over one of Frank’s former date items, someone younger than Sebastian who still wanted Frank.

Challenged by his best friend, the quirky ex-Rockettes dancer Chloe, Sebastian struggles toward his dream of becoming a choreographer and grapples with romantic feelings for Reid, a new student in his tap class.

Ultimately, Sebastian begins to wonder whether it’s his imagination, or not, that Frank’s ghost is here, warning him that he daren’t move on with another love. He questions the truth: Is death really the final goodbye?

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