(Ambassador International 2015)
"...I was beginning to feel as though this call to adventure was more or less a quest to awaken from within." (Good-Bye, Lover, p.140)
Layered within this book are themes of awakening of spirit and love, following God's path, and trusting in Him. From a deep loss, Nora arrives at the cusp of womanhood where she finds some dreams are just that and some dreams are promises.
I enjoyed the way the lyrical prose brought to life the deep richness of the Irish brogue and its emerald beauty. Emotion and logic danced a waltz through each page. As Nora faced each day learning what it meant to be who she was called to be I felt as though I was walking that path along with her. I even cheered for her when her Irish temper allowed her to make a stand for what was right no matter the cost.
The title added another layer of symbolism. Giving up a dream doesn't mean giving up a life.
As Jack said, who I found to be the perfect allegory to Christ, "know this, even though you may not see me, I am always with you."
Nora learned that He would always be with her and new dreams would unfold.
Highly recommended for anyone. A perfect and sweet romantic tale written as from the days of old.