The First Time I Said Goodbye by Claire Allan
Would you hold on tighter if you knew you were saying goodbye forever?
In 1959, factory girl Stella Hegarty finds herself falling unexpectedly for the charms of a handsome US marine based in Derry.Caught up in a whirlwind of romance, Stella finds herself planning a new life in America with her beloved Ray.But when tragedy steps in, both their lives are thrown into turmoil and they come to realise they may have said their first, and last goodbye.
In 2010, Annabel Jackson, reeling from the loss of her father, agrees to accompany her mother Stella back to Ireland to meet her family for the first time. In Derry they both start to realise that sometimes you have to say goodbye to what you thought you always wanted, in order to find what you have needed all along.
“One of the most scrumptious books i think I’ve ever read” All Things Books
“Like a hug in a book! … ideal book for those who doubts there’s such a thing as having it all” – Woman’s Way
“An amazing story of first love and how, even years later, the feelings can still exist. Based on a true story, this was my favourite tale of true love in recent years. Sweet, warm and endearing, it stayed with me for weeks after I had finished it. For all of us that believe there is a soulmate out there for everyone.” Bleach House Library
Quite simply, this is one of the nicest, warmest and moving love stories I have read in years and I found myself very emotional while reading it. It had some personal meaning to me, as it was a similar tale to a relative of mine, and I had to stop reading a few times in order to pull myself together. I didn’t want it to end and the lump in my throat remains with me, even as I write this review. Margaret Madden
I LOVED this book. I was completely absorbed in it …I really couldn’t put it down – At Home with Mrs M
“A feel-good, touching and amusing tale which readers will find hard to put down” – Irish Independent