Sunday, June 26, 2022

REVIEW: Between Hello and Goodbye by Emma Scott



Snatching up a new Emma Scott novel is an absolute no brainer for us. We know that we're going to have an absorbing, emotional read that we won't want to put down until we get to the last page and Between Hello and Goodbye was exactly that. 

You may remember Faith from Someday, Someday, though she was more in the background. This novel is all about her and proving to all parties involved (her boss, herself, Asher, us) that she's more than what she's always appeared to be. From the time we meet her and then when Asher meets her, she's putting off the party girl, shallow vibe but it's very clear that she's so much more than that, if for no other reason than that she willingly took time off to figure some things out for herself. As her time in Hawaii and with Asher ticks by, we see her begin to see herself as the person she is underneath the party girl façade; her confidence and sense of self grows, in part because of the work she's doing but also because of the way Asher sees her. Speaking of Asher, this dude has some issues. Considering his history, it's all understandable but yeeesh, he's got some serious anxieties about letting go of some of the control and adult responsibilities he took on and never seemed to be able to shake off. In many ways those things work for him but sometimes the very things that seemed to save him, hurt him. I couldn't help but like him and his broodiness, though, because underneath his reluctance to letting yet one more person in, he was a true sweetie.

Faith and Asher hooked me from the beginning--their stories of grief and hurt, insecurities and responsibilities and their combined evolution into the characters we are left with at the end are what kept me glued to my kindle all day. At times emotional, other times snarky and fun, Between Hello and Goodbye was a great summer read. 

From USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author comes a brand-new contemporary romance—an angsty, emotional love story between a grumpy firefighter who thinks he has his life figured out and a beautiful ad exec whose life is anything but.

Between Hello and Goodbye by Emma Scott is now live!

She's a city girl in Seattle. He's a firefighter in a rainforest. This is never going to work...

Faith Benson isn't your emergency contact, she's the party-girl friend you call for a good time. The gal-pal who loves mimosas at brunch and martinis at Happy Hour. But her carefree lifestyle threatens her job at a top Seattle ad agency. There's no one better at landing big accounts (when she shows up) but her boss demands she take a leave of absence to get her head on straight.

Faith heads to the remote Hawaiian island of Kauai, far away from the vices that get her in trouble. A twisted ankle on Day One requires rescuing by a man who is vice personified--a gorgeous firefighter who awakens feelings in her heart she never knew existed.

Asher Mackey doesn't get involved with beautiful tourists beyond taking them to bed and then watching them leave his tiny island. He's devoted his life to the safety and care of everyone around him...except himself. Until he meets Faith Benson, the city girl whose vibrant, inner beauty shines a light on the dark corners of his life, showing him how safe—but empty—it truly is.

Despite their best efforts to keep their distance, Faith and Asher fall hard and fast, but there's an ocean between them. Both are building their lives on opposite sides of the Pacific while their feelings for each other grow more profound and undeniable by the day.

Something has to give.

When Asher receives devastating news, he and Faith have to decide once and for all to entrust their hearts fully to the other or return to their safe—but separate—worlds. Because neither can endure much longer, living somewhere between hello and goodbye.

Between Hello and Goodbye is a contemporary romance about love, loss, and experiencing life in all its facets. It deals with sensitive topics that may be triggering for some readers.

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Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author whose books have been translated in six languages and featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today's Happy Ever After. She writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels. Visit

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