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Farewell Trip
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2013
Farewell Trip is a thoroughly enjoyable journey. I really rattled through the book. I should have been doing other things, but had to keep going and find out what happened next, and what would happen in the end. Ruth is reliving memories from her long and happy marriage to Trip by travelling around the world, going to places that meant a lot to them both, and scattering his ashes. The locations have been selected by Trip, and each destination has an accompanying letter as Trip puts down his feelings to the love of his life. The story blends the present, Ruth's journey, with the past, their time together in each of those places, while Trip's letters give us an insight to his own reflections on their lives together, and Ruth's voyage of discovery also reveals some secrets from the past and presents some signposts towards her future. We learn about their relationships with each other, and also with their friends and families over the years.
The format seems to lend itself perfectly to collaborative writing by a male and female author, giving an authenticity to their characters. The story spans five decades as well as several locations, appealing a little to the nostalgist in me as well as the traveller.
I was captivated, uplifted, at times a little teary, and thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I'd wholeheartedly recommend it, and look forward to reading more from the authors.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2013
This is a moving story about grief, loss, and the discovery of who you are when you are no longer part of a whole. I loved reading this sad, funny, intensely human book. A must-read for men and women alike, a wonderful debut novel
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2013
What a cracking read! I found myself unable to put this down, always wanting to know what happens next (or in some chapters, what happened in the past). The dual author device really works - you can literally hear two distinct voices. Great plot and characters - more please!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's a cracking read - funny, wise, sad, quirky, sexy, endearing and poignant (the new seven dwarves?). It's beautifully written, and also intriguing at many levels. READ THIS BOOK.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2013
It is not often that I take time out to write reviews (in fact this is only my second time) but this book has moved me to do just that. It is a superb read from beginning to end. I was totally enthralled. It made my daily commute more enjoyable - it was just a pity that the book had to end
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2013
Recommended by a friend and purchased despite some concerns about the 'smiling through your tears' description. This might be described as Chick Lit, but it is really well written, conveying a sense of gender and the passing of time, changing places and emotions. A proper intelligent read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2013
This wonderful journey through time, expressed via the lives and minds of Ruth and Trip is incredibly addictive. I simply could not put it down and completed it in a day!

The characters are heartbreakingly honest, intriguing and the story is open, realistic and sometimes brutally emotive.

I laughed out loud, I blubbered like a baby and I don't regret a minute of it!

Do yourself a favor and buy this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2014
I bought this simply because it was pointed out as a bargain on a kindle forum.Its not my usual type of book.. I tend to go for travel books so this was a new genre for me.

Well what can I add to the rave reviews that has not been already written ?? The book is a great idea.. Ruth , the main character is following her husbands wishes and travelling the world to leave some of his ashes at each of the special places along the way. The book is not morbid.. It grabbed me straightaway.. I wanted to know if she went to all the places and how she felt when she read the letters he had written to her to be opened in each special place she visited.

She learns a lot along the way.. not all of it good and theres a few confessions thrown in for good measure.

I really think this gem of a book would make good film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2014
For some time now, I've been longing to find a book I couldn't bear to put down and then I started reading Farewell Trip. I read it in one sitting as I was so hooked on the characters and the clever structure of the interwoven stories. Moving, clever, warm and extremely well-written, I can't recommend it highly enough. One of the best novels I've read for quite some time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2014
Trip - the man every woman wished she'd married - the man every woman hopes her daughter will marry.
In the end, our time on this earth is all about the people we love and have loved and this wonderful book gives us an enlightening insight into what it really means to completely, properly love a person to the end of your days. Delightful.
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