Garden of Goodbyes by Faith Andrews – Release, Review, & Giveaway

Cover Design: Marisa-rose Shor / Cover Me Darling

Release Date: March 13, 2017



Loss, betrayal, addiction . . . on their own, each of these heartaches can break you, but mix them all together and the concoction will ruin you.

When I closed the door on my past I didn’t expect it to come back and haunt me. But when you’re the sole person who can save the only man you’ve ever loved, you rush through that door, face your fears, and pray for the best.

Only, anything good has been long forgotten. In its place is destruction, devastation and enough regret to last a lifetime. I was appalled when she called for my help. I went willingly in hopes to make things right. But I never expected this. A broken man, a hopeless future, the beginning of the end.

She’s to blame for the mess of a man in front of me and I’m to blame for walking away.

Can things ever go back to the normal the three of us once knew? Or am I too late to fix the damage we’ve caused together?

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My Review

This book will leave you utterly broken, wishing you had the strength to pick up the pieces of your shattered heart and begging for it to be made whole again. It takes a special and talented writer to invoke so much emotion through her words that you physically feel the pain, devastation, and loss as her characters experience them. I’m looking forward to delving into this author’s other books. I’ve bawled so hard in the past that I found it difficult to continue reading and mourned the loss of loves in books before, but I’ve never had a book have such a physical effect on me. I woke up the next day with a nervous stomach thinking about this story. Maybe it was the lack of sleep from reading so late into the night, but I found myself dwelling on the pain Eden, Violet, and Lennox endured and crying throughout the day. Hearing Better Man by Little Big Down really did me in.

I had no clue what to expect from this story going in and was quite shocked in the end. My emotions were all over the place! I wanted to scream and yell at Violet to wake up and see the love that was right there in front of her. I wanted to shake some sense into Eden. How could she not see the destructive path her world was spinning towards? And then I wanted to comfort them both. At times I wanted to vomit (it’s what I do when emotionally stressed, nervous, or upset). However, I couldn’t put it down for the sole purpose of reaching the conclusion. Knowing the outcome of the lives of these three individuals was a physical need. I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep without closure. But at the same time, I wish I would have given myself a break, because my emotions were too high to sleep once I was done. Only an avid book reader with an empathetic heart can understand how much I struggled letting it all go. I kept thinking about the moment Violet gave in to her desires and how sick it made me feel and poor Eden’s devastation when her world came crashing down at her feet.

I absolutely loved getting Eden’s and Violet’s points of view. Without it, there’s no way I could have fully understood the love, depravity, and betrayal. The author did a fabulous job of weaving the past and present together in order to give us a full picture of these characters lives. And without giving us Lennox’s point of view, she was able to convey his pain, loss, and struggle through the eyes of Eden and Violet. I’m also thankful to her for opening up the book with the knowledge that something beautiful was destroyed. I don’t think I could’ve made it through their story without having some sort of understanding as to where they would end up. It would’ve been too much of a roller coaster for me to stay on otherwise. Not having experienced a life like Violet’s, it was difficult for me to wrap my head around her actions and understand how she could live the way she did and destroy all of what was good in her life. I guess misery loves company and all that. Eden has a more loving and forgiving heart than I could ever hope to have. I understand that it will take way more time than the author gave us, but she’s opened Eden’s heart to the possibilities of what can be.




About the Author

Faith Andrews is living out her dream right outside the greatest city in the world, New York City. Happily married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two beautiful and wild daughters, and a furry Yorkie son named Rocco Giovanni. When she’s not tapping her toes to a Mumford & Sons tune or busy being a dance mom, her nose is stuck in a book or she’s sitting behind the laptop, creating her next swoon worthy book boyfriend. Coffee addict, lover of wine and cheese, and sucker for concerts and Netflix, Faith believes in love at first sight and happily ever after.


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