Wednesday, October 29, 2014

{Review} ALOHA ALSO MEANS GOODBYE by Jessica Rosenberg

ISBN #: 978-1937818203
Page Count: 308
Copyright: October 31, 2013
Publisher: Sand Hill Review Press; 1st Edition

(Taken from back cover)

Jo and Jordan tied the knot five years ago in a mud hut in the middle of Zambia far from all their friends and family. Now they’re in Hawaii for a big wedding vow renewal ceremony elaborately planned by Jo’s mother. There’s just one small issue, something’s wrong with the wedding license issued in Africa and only Jo knows that she wasn’t legally married in Zambia. Enter her old flame, the man she was running from when she met Jordan. He’s on the island and with his two kids, both of whom are named after her.

Coming face to face with her past, just as she’s trying to brave her future, forces Jo to make some big decisions. It might even force her to grow up. Luckily she doesn’t have to do any of it on her own; her two best friends are there to hold her hand and help her down the right path. But what path will she choose?

Despite all the upheaval and complications, Jo will eventually walk down the aisle to say "I do" to the man who completes her. But will the wedding be the one Jo’s mother planned? Or will it be something much, much better?

Charlene's Review:

What Jo thinks will be a simple vow renewal at a tropical location turns into a nightmare when she finds out her marriage license isn’t valid and her ex, who she has unresolved feelings for, is staying at the same hotel, along with his two small children. Add a detail-oriented mother and a missing wedding planner, and things start going awry.

Aloha Also Means Goodbye is a charming story that most of us, at one time or another can relate to. You think you have your whole life figured out and, bam, the past comes knocking. Written in a simple, endearing style, I knew from the first chapter it was going to be an enjoyable read. The characters become friends, and there is just enough action to keep up the pace.

Multiple storylines run under the radar, as we see the relationship between Jo and her friends, Jo and her soon-to-be-husband, and Jo and her mother. There is also the additional romances going on around her, and a very big secret that Jo’s mother has been hiding. All of these elements combine to make a memorable story. I felt like I knew everyone involved, intimately. I would love to see a sequel.

*A physical copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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