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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
It’s said that the purpose of marriage is to help each other grow and evolve, but in some cases people lose themselves within the marriage. This statement is true for Linda; she lost herself while being married to Martin. In Goodbye, Hello by Allyson R. Abbott, Linda began to discover this truth about herself once her husband died. When he died Linda began to allow Martin’s ashes to dominate her. She reacted and interacted with the ashes as if Martin was still alive. Linda allowed Martin’s ashes to hold her hostage for over a year because she could not bring herself to get rid of them. As she began to evolve into her former self, she realized a few things about her marriage. Her husband had changed the essence of who she was. He had snatched her freedom from her. He had changed her into his mother. As Linda embarks on the journey of self-worth with the help of her friend Fiona and a wonderful man she met in Fiji, she re-discovers herself and what she had been missing all along.
I loved Goodbye, Hello by Allyson R. Abbott. Allyson took the element of human nature and interpersonal relationships and gave a face to it. There are many people who feel trapped in their marriages and feel that there is no way out. I loved how Allyson developed and told the story because she also indirectly provided a solution. In the story it says that you can live again - just take a chance and give it a try. This is not an isolated incident; both men and women suffer in this area and can relate to this story. I encourage both men and women to embrace their truth and pick up a copy of Goodbye, Hello by Allyson R. Abbott today!