GOODBYE, ORCHID is one of the most anticipated 2020 fall reads: Buzzfeed l Parade l Travel+Leisure and featured in Popsugar, Bookstr, Frolic, LA Times, Chicago Tribune and more.
Rising from ashes is hard. Leaving the one you love is harder.
I was kindly sent a copy of this book to review by the author but all opinions remain my own.
This was an interesting read, especially for me.
About two years before we met, my now husband had an accident and broke his spinal column, leaving him a paraplegic, reliant on a wheelchair to get around. He doesn’t like people feeling sorry for him and his injury hasn’t stopped him living his life at all. He plays a full contact sport, works, drives, travels and got his Masters degree.
So seeing how much Phoenix struggles to come to terms with his injuries in Goodbye, Orchid, was different. Through my husband I’ve met lots of disabled people, mostly his teammates, and none of them are still wrestling with their disabilities, most of them have moved on from that point.
I can understand Phoenix’s reticence to involve Orchid in his life after the accident, it can be a lot and some people don’t handle it well. Your whole life shifts and not everyone can adjust to the new reality. But Phoenix was wrong – Orchid proves to be a stronger person than he gave her credit for. Yes she still carries the trauma of her parents’ death in a car crash, but she also has strong feelings for him and wants to be in his life.
We can’t read each others’ minds and Phoenix isn’t a great communicator – preferring to shut down. Once he realises he needs to be open, then he and Orchid can fall in love again.
A moving and engaging story about love, thinking you’re protecting someone and getting it wrong.