I have just finished reading A Long Goodbye by Kelly Mooney. I stumbled upon this book while doing my usually iTunes rounds. Once again, this is another romance novel but I actually did quite like this one. This book is written from both the Female and Male protagonists point of view.
This book focuses on a young woman named Ashton, who is controlled by her politician father. He loves her but appears to love his profession more as he makes life decisions for her that will benefit him and his campaign in the long run. After Ashton’s mother passes away, her father becomes even more controlling and protective. As she is now an adult, she wants to have the freedom to make her own choices and to make her own mistakes. The tension between Ashton and her father begins when her dad encourages her to marry a man that she knows is bad for her. In light of this, she and her best friend Lu decide that it would be a good opportunity to go on a road trip so that she can experience what may be her last opportunity for freedom and happiness in her life. Her father agrees to let her go on this trip but hires someone to follow her, which she does not know.
Dane is a former Soilder. He has returned home due to trauma and injuries incurred while trying to save his friend in combat. He is unsure about whether or not he wants to return to the army when his brother provides him with a job that will benefit his company. He has been assigned to follow Ashton on her one week of travelling and to be discreet about it. He agrees and sets off on this new journey.
The long and the short is that Dane does not stay discreet and a romance begins between Woody and Grace (their alter egos). When they return back home, they will go through trails that will test their love for one another.
This was actually quite a good read. I enjoyed the fact that there was an element of mystery to this story. I also enjoyed the fact that there was so much at stake in this relationship and that class discrimination exists in this novel. The only thing I did not like about this book had to be the ending. Yes they do end up together and get married, and live happily ever after, I would have preferred if everything didn’t work out. There was so much against them throughout the novel that it kind of seemed strange that everything fell so perfectly into place, even with her friend Lu. For that, I would rate this book a 3.5/5.