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Since You've Been Gone

Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
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One moment, Olivia Kavanaugh is preparing to walk down the aisle and embrace her own happily ever after. The next, she learns that her fiancé, Wyatt Hammond, has been in a fatal car accident. Then comes a startling discovery: Wyatt's car wasn't heading toward the church. He was fifty miles away...with a baby gift in the backseat.

Her faith shaken, Olivia pores over the clues left behind, desperate to know where Wyatt was going that day and why. As she begins uncovering secrets, she also navigates a tense relationship with her judgmental mother and tries to ignore the attentions of a former boyfriend who's moved back home. But when she starts receiving letters written by Wyatt before his death, she must confront a disturbing question: Can we ever know anyone fully, even someone we love?

When an unexpected path forward - though nothing like the life she once envisioned - offers the promise of a new beginning, will she be strong enough to let go of the past and move toward it?

©2016 Christa Allan. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Not my usual genre but GREAT READ

Christian fiction isn't my usual genre but the blurb was interesting!!! A great read/listen with fab twists and turns!!! It kept me drawn and captivated which is a must in any book... And as most Reviews have said.... you have to love Grandma Ruthie!!! It a book about ones faith and family which I can totally agree with and relate to more that I anticipated...

NB this book has some triggers in it which could be upsetting to some!!! It certainly made me weep!!!!

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  • J. Segaloff
  • 31-01-19

just start reading at chapter 37

I probably would have skipped about half this book If I were reading it in print. I listen to it to and from work for an hour each day and I didn't really get that feeling of wanting to get back to it until I reached somewhere around chapter 37. Basically, I am pretty sure you'd get the same reaction at the end if you didn't read the very very very slow beginning. The end of the book was very good.

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  • Donna Smith McG
  • 06-09-17

Emotional, stressful

When I started listening to this book "Since you've been gone", I felt as if this story has been told before..until half way through it was not the same story.

As I don't give any book review away, just so that nobody will not purchase or will purchase due to what I have to say, I can say this story could have hit home if it wasn't fiction.

A bride waiting at the alter, husband doesn't show up but is in a car crash just before he says, "I do". Why in Gods name did he do what he did? Why couldn't Olivia just accept his death? These were actually questions I had in my mind listening to it, but when it turned into something I didn't see coming, I couldn't put it down! I stayed up all night just to get by each chapter. I will say one thing, her mother was a bitch, but in the end you'll see why she acted the way she did...I truly did enjoy this book, but I also felt the emotion coming from the character, she broke my heart.

I highly recommend this book, and please listen and pay attention because it's not what you will think it is when you start. ❤️

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  • MsGonzo
  • 15-06-19

Liked the destination but didn’t really enjoy the journey

I wasn’t sure where this story was going to go but could not turn away from the description. And with the disclaimer that Olivia’s experience was devastation on top of heartbreak was something that would drive most people off the edge, I found that ultimately I didn’t care for Olivia for the majority of the book and things didn’t turn around until the last hour (and even then she still displayed a level of immaturity towards her parents re the picnic that I felt was completely unjustified). I thought her attack on her parents re: the gift was way out of bounds in light of all they had done and the extraordinary circumstances they all found themselves in. I found Scarlett’s behavior re the pregnancy was SO bizarre and the explanation offered at the end didn’t make any sense and couldn’t be reconciled with how she had behaved the entire pregnancy (so that to me was a missed connection on the author’s part because what we got the entire time was righteous judgment only to be told it was motivated by fear of miscarriage/demons of the past, huh???) I found Olivia’s behavior towards Evan at times reminiscent of her mother’s bitchiness towards her and on several occasions just wanted him to stop engaging with her (the constant obsessing of date vs non-date became SO tiresome!) I didn’t find Laura’s explanation re: the notes convincing at all and thought it was unbelievably high handed for her to choose the handle that the way she did. There were numerous substantive things that bothered me about this book but i ask felt like the pacing could’ve been better and we had several scenes where I felt insignificant things were belabored which made the story drag while the reader continued to dangle off the edge of the cliff wondering where Wyatt was going, why and for whom the gift was for. And then when we got that from the PI, it felt like the reveal was a non-event - at that point Olivia was too wrapped up in her fresh grief to care.
All in all I was just waiting for the end and while I liked what I got, felt like it became a true slog to get there.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-07-18

Love this story

Love it !! Couldn't put it down the reader did an excellent job This is a author I would read other books from

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  • Happy Life
  • 22-12-17

Discuses real life trials

Very good book. It touched on some very real life situations. It is nice to find an author that doesn't use vulgar language.

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  • Angela Huntley
  • 21-08-17

I like it but....

The base of the story of forgiveness is good. Forgiving those who have hurt you and forgiving yourself so you can have a better life was very good. The explanation of her mother's ugliness was confusing to me. Having miscarriages made you treat your daughter like someone with leprosy.

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  • Ester David
  • 23-07-17

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Love, love this book. This story brought tears to my eyes. Highly recommended this book.

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  • Amazon Customer Gail
  • 04-07-17

Wonderful character development

I truly enjoyed this audio book. The story was good, the character development was great and the narrator was fantastic.

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  • Stephanie E. O'Neill
  • 17-07-19

A Bit Lackluster

A nice story, but a bit slow and not enough action for me. It is well written and the narrator is good. The ending delivers, which is always a plus.

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  • Aaron W.C.
  • 28-04-19

Reader Comments

This is a great story about moving on past tragedy, finding new love, and a new life. I recommend this book to everyone that loves romance novels.