Book Review: Say Goodbye To Yesterday by Shirley Kiger Connolly

Posted 19 November, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title:Say Goodbye To Yesterday
Series:Decisions, #1
Author:Shirley Kiger Connolly
Published:August 14,2011
Publisher:Desert Breeze Publishing
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Rating:4 Star

About The Book:
Scorned with disgrace, Annabelle Jordan and her daughters are no longer welcome in her reverend uncle’s community. In need of a fresh touch of grace, Annabelle’s in no mood to seek mercy yet. Not after carrying on a youthful affair with that scoundrel of a boyfriend long enough to produce two daughters before she finally sent him away.

Now without a home, Annabelle’s convinced her answer is to find the man again and force that marriage he pledged but never kept. Annabelle knows he can provide her daughters the name, home, security, and future they need. Who else would show interest in a soiled, aging woman over thirty with two growing children?

Clearly, that was before Major Carlton Radcliffe entered her life. How was Annabelle to know she’d fall for someone beyond her reach, loyal to the faith she’s been fleeing and nobly pledged to a wife and family of his own?

About the Author:
A graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, Shirley Kiger Connolly loves to wear different hats and use both sides of her brain. With her creative mind she pens historical fiction romances laced with nuggets of inspiration, and when wearing her thinking cap, she writes nonfiction devotional books. With a third trusty hat she hopes contains a bit of wisdom, Shirley teaches Koinonia women’s bible studies and often speaks at retreats or luncheons. Outside her writing and speaking time, Shirley is an active mom and grandma who loves searches for different way she can rearrange her furniture, if she’s not cross-stitching or doing needlework or watching old movies with her husband. As a part-time farm woman, Shirley spends some of her moments with her chickens, her dogs, and her cats. She stays active in American Christian Fiction Writers; Hearts through History Chapter of Romance Writers of America; and last but not least Faith-Hope-Love, RWA.

My Review:
Shirley Kiger Connolly is definitely talented! I am so happy I had the chance to review her first book, Say Goodbye To Yesterday, in her new fiction series, Decisions.I loved her her writing style, the characters she created and the emotion she pulls from her readers as they read this novel.

This is not an easy read. It’s filled with heart ache, shunning, pasts better left forgotten, and lives that are forever changed when God becomes involved. As a single mom of 2 boys, I’m often looked upon as “different”, so I could feel a lot of Annabelle’s inner turmoil and pain. But, I loved the way Ms. Connolly portrayed Annabelle’s mistakes and wrong doings. It really helped the reader to get a wonderful picture of the young mother.

Major Radcliffe’s character was an absolute fantabulous addition to the story. The way Ms. Connolly portrayed his closeness with God was stunning. I absolutely adored his character!

I definitely suggest you check out this story. From heartache to love to forgiveness and redemption, this is a 4 Book worthy novel that will leave the reader breathless. The best part of this story is that it’s the first in a series so there’s more to come! I am excited to see what Ms. Connolly has in store for her new (and old!) fans with the second book. Take a trip into time, learn to accept your actions and move on with new friends and a fantastic story line!

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