Three Words for Goodbye, by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, is absolutely terrific. It's about 2 sisters, their grandmother, and a long-distance trip, all of it taking place in 1937. I couldn't put it down. Here's what I liked about it:
1. The writing is very visual. Some examples:
"A uniformed guard threw open the compartment doors, sending travel-weary passengers spilling out onto the platform and scattering like marbles from a dropped bag."
"...couples holding hands, families and friends flitting around like butterflies, pollinating each other with love and good humor."
"...the way the watercolors blended and softened, running into each other like old friends."
2. There is a lot of tension throughout the book regarding a particular mode of transportation that we all know about. I won't say anything more about that, but you will know what I'm referring to soon enough.
3. Violet, the grandmother, is a great character. The chapters in her voice stand out.
4. The relationship between the sisters is something many people can relate to. Alas, I cannot. I have 1brother who is 7 years older than me and who I haven't had any contact with for 40 years. I certainly was engrossed in watching these 2 sisters work on their relationship.
5. I am a big fan of books that alternate among 2 or more central characters. The authors do a great job of making the reader anxious to know what all 3 of their protagonists are saying and doing.
6. I had plenty of emotional moments, including...I can't tell you! It's too much information!
7. I just flat-out liked every page. That is a rare occurrence.
Is that enough to convince you how I felt about Three Words for Goodbye? I sure hope so. You'll have to wait until July 27 for it to hit your bookstores. But make a note. You're going to want this in your TBR pile right away!
Heather Webb/Hazel Gaynor (l-r)