The Goodbye Ride by Lily Malone

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Reviews 20th April 2016
The Goodbye Ride by Lily MaloneThe Goodbye Ride by Lily Malone
Published by Harlequin Enterpises AU on May 5th 2016
Pages: 102
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four-stars

A fresh, funny and poignant romance set in the beautiful Adelaide Hills.

Olivia Murphy is a woman on a mission. The Ducati motorbike that once belonged to her brother has come up for re-sale. Liv wants to buy the precious bike, and she needs the ink dry on the paperwork before the approaching long weekend, when tourists with fat wallets will descend on her hometown of Hahndorf.

Only one person stands in her way; and she’s just tripped and fallen at his feet...

Owen Carson likes rare and beautiful things and he has the Ducati in his sights. Then Liv literally falls into his path, and he finds his heart captured by beauty of a very different kind.

How far will Liv go to make the motorbike hers? Can a viticulturalist fall for a man who prefers beer? And will a long weekend among the grape vines be long enough for Owen to convince Liv he's interested in more than just a holiday fling?

Anything by Lily Malone is a treat and ‘The Goodbye Ride’ isn’t what I’d expected but intriguing nonetheless: a dizzying immersion in the rich, Australian environment, the careful cataloguing of emotion and inner thoughts – prioritised over a great amount of action that I’ve probably grown used to. The novella’s premise is simple but poignantly evocative, sensitively delving into issues such as homophobia, bittersweet memories and the (in)ability to move ahead in life after a tragedy.

I don’t feel as though I know very much about Olivia, Owen and Ben apart from these very short few days that Lily Malone writes about, yet I don’t somehow feel cheated as I would have with other books. The light at the end of a long tunnel simply emerges by the time the last page is turned and all we’re left with are pathways of possibilities – which appear to be a more fitting (and perfect) ending than a HEA.

four-stars

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