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From Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, the bestselling authors of Meet Me in Monaco, comes a coming-of-age novel set in pre-WWII Europe, perfect for fans of Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Kate Quinn.   Three cities, two sisters, one chance to correct the past . . . New York, 1937: When estranged sisters Clara and Madeleine Sommers learn their grandmother is dying, they From Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, the bestselling authors of Meet Me in Monaco, comes a coming-of-age novel set in pre-WWII Europe, perfect for fans of Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Kate Quinn.   Three cities, two sisters, one chance to correct the past . . . New York, 1937: When estranged sisters Clara and Madeleine Sommers learn their grandmother is dying, they agree to fulfill her last wish: to travel across Europe—together. They are to deliver three letters, in which Violet will say goodbye to those she hasn’t seen since traveling to Europe forty years earlier; a journey inspired by famed reporter, Nellie Bly. Clara, ever-dutiful, sees the trip as an inconvenient detour before her wedding to millionaire Charles Hancock, but it’s also a chance to embrace her love of art. Budding journalist Madeleine relishes the opportunity to develop her ambitions to report on the growing threat of Hitler’s Nazi party and Mussolini’s control in Italy. Constantly at odds with each other as they explore the luxurious Queen Mary, the Orient Express, and the sights of Paris and  Venice,, Clara and Madeleine wonder if they can fulfil Violet’s wish, until a shocking truth about their family brings them closer together. But as they reach Vienna to deliver the final letter, old grudges threaten their reconciliation again. As political tensions rise, and Europe feels increasingly volatile, the pair are glad to head home on the Hindenburg, where fate will play its hand in the final stage of their journey.


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From Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, the bestselling authors of Meet Me in Monaco, comes a coming-of-age novel set in pre-WWII Europe, perfect for fans of Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Kate Quinn.   Three cities, two sisters, one chance to correct the past . . . New York, 1937: When estranged sisters Clara and Madeleine Sommers learn their grandmother is dying, they From Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, the bestselling authors of Meet Me in Monaco, comes a coming-of-age novel set in pre-WWII Europe, perfect for fans of Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Kate Quinn.   Three cities, two sisters, one chance to correct the past . . . New York, 1937: When estranged sisters Clara and Madeleine Sommers learn their grandmother is dying, they agree to fulfill her last wish: to travel across Europe—together. They are to deliver three letters, in which Violet will say goodbye to those she hasn’t seen since traveling to Europe forty years earlier; a journey inspired by famed reporter, Nellie Bly. Clara, ever-dutiful, sees the trip as an inconvenient detour before her wedding to millionaire Charles Hancock, but it’s also a chance to embrace her love of art. Budding journalist Madeleine relishes the opportunity to develop her ambitions to report on the growing threat of Hitler’s Nazi party and Mussolini’s control in Italy. Constantly at odds with each other as they explore the luxurious Queen Mary, the Orient Express, and the sights of Paris and  Venice,, Clara and Madeleine wonder if they can fulfil Violet’s wish, until a shocking truth about their family brings them closer together. But as they reach Vienna to deliver the final letter, old grudges threaten their reconciliation again. As political tensions rise, and Europe feels increasingly volatile, the pair are glad to head home on the Hindenburg, where fate will play its hand in the final stage of their journey.

30 review for Three Words for Goodbye

  1. 5 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    I loved THREE WORDS FOR GOODBYE by the dynamic duo Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. The story is set in 1937, a volatile time in history as Hitler consolidated power. Against this backdrop, two sisters in New York are asked by their dying grandmother to deliver three letters across Europe as her final farewell. They’re tasked with traveling to Paris, Venice and Vienna via the Queen Mary and the Orient Express — a “hardship” I’d take on gladly! But the Sommers sisters — Clara, an artist, and Madelei I loved THREE WORDS FOR GOODBYE by the dynamic duo Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. The story is set in 1937, a volatile time in history as Hitler consolidated power. Against this backdrop, two sisters in New York are asked by their dying grandmother to deliver three letters across Europe as her final farewell. They’re tasked with traveling to Paris, Venice and Vienna via the Queen Mary and the Orient Express — a “hardship” I’d take on gladly! But the Sommers sisters — Clara, an artist, and Madeleine, a journalist — have been estranged, and discover explosive family secrets along the way. What’s more, they’re slated to take the ill-fated Hindenburg home. I will not spoil this gripping story, except to say that if you love historical fiction, if you remain riveted by Europe before the war, you MUST read THREE WORDS FOR GOODBYE. Out July 27. 5 of 5 Stars #ThreeWordsforGoodbye #NetGalley Thanks to the authors, William Morrow and Custom House, and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine.

  2. 5 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    It’s 1937 and Violet Bell brings granddaughters Clara and Maddie Sommers to the family estate in East Hampton, N.Y. As the matriarch is succumbing to cancer, her dying wish is for the two sisters, who are very different and don’t care much for one another, to travel to Europe together and deliver three letters of farewell. Adventurous Maddie, is ready to go but Clara is planning her wedding and has no desire to leave her fiancée Charles Hancock. She ultimately gives in and the two sisters board It’s 1937 and Violet Bell brings granddaughters Clara and Maddie Sommers to the family estate in East Hampton, N.Y. As the matriarch is succumbing to cancer, her dying wish is for the two sisters, who are very different and don’t care much for one another, to travel to Europe together and deliver three letters of farewell. Adventurous Maddie, is ready to go but Clara is planning her wedding and has no desire to leave her fiancée Charles Hancock. She ultimately gives in and the two sisters board the Queen Mary for a trip not only designed to bring closure for Violet but also to bring the two sisters together. The trip takes them to Paris, Venice and Vienna. It is the golden age of travel with the sisters experiencing the most luxurious modes of transportation of the period. In addition to the ocean liner, they travel on the Orient Express with a return trip home on the Hindenburg. While there is growing tension and concern throughout Europe over the rise of the Nazis, world events are a small part of Three Words for Goodbye, with the focus on the sisters. Maddie wants to become a journalist, emulating her idol Nellie Bly, who was a friend of the family. Clara starts to wonder if her seemingly perfect future with Charles is what she truly wants. The journey give the sisters a chance to reconcile as the letters they deliver will reveal family secrets long kept hidden. Writers Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb have written their own engaging novels and also write historical fiction together (Meet Me in Monaco was their second novel.) Their latest book is centered on family, love and forgiveness. It’s an appealing escape filled with engaging characters, a touch of romance, picturesque settings and interesting modes of travel. Review posted on MicheleReader.com.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    A trip to Europe with my sister to deliver letters to people Grandmother knew? How could Grandmother Violet do this to us? Why couldn't she just mail the letters? Madeleine and Clara have not gotten along for most of their lives and most definitely not for the past year. Going on this trip will be more work than fun trying to get along with each other, but they boarded the Queen Mary, headed to Paris, Amiens, Venice, and Vienna to deliver letters to people from their grandmother's past. THREE WORDS A trip to Europe with my sister to deliver letters to people Grandmother knew? How could Grandmother Violet do this to us? Why couldn't she just mail the letters? Madeleine and Clara have not gotten along for most of their lives and most definitely not for the past year. Going on this trip will be more work than fun trying to get along with each other, but they boarded the Queen Mary, headed to Paris, Amiens, Venice, and Vienna to deliver letters to people from their grandmother's past. THREE WORDS FOR GOODBYE is such a delightful read. It will sweep you away to Pre-WWII Europe with all its charm and danger as we follow the two sisters from one city to the next re-living where their grandmother visited and connecting with people she met. You will melt into the book with Ms. Gaynor’s and Ms. Webb’s writing and fall in love with the characters. This one is NOT to be missed if you are a fan of these authors and historical fiction. This book is a beautiful, heartwarming tale of secrets kept, forgiveness, regrets, and making choices. And that gorgeous cover has you diving right in. 5/5 This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tammy(PeaceLoveBooks)

    A new book by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb? Yes, please!! These ladies have dazzled me yet again! Three Words for Goodbye is a fabulous story set against the backdrop of pre-WWII Europe. Don't miss it! A new book by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb? Yes, please!! These ladies have dazzled me yet again! Three Words for Goodbye is a fabulous story set against the backdrop of pre-WWII Europe. Don't miss it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Lester

    Utterly delightful and the perfect escape. I loved being swept away to 1930s Paris, Venice and Vienna alongside sisters Maddie and Clara who, despite their differences, have come together to fulfill their dying grandmother’s final wish. Unshackled by family and the expectations of society, they learn a lot about themselves and each other as they uncover long-kept family secrets and discover their own talents and desires. A heartwarming and wonderful story about the power of forgiveness and the u Utterly delightful and the perfect escape. I loved being swept away to 1930s Paris, Venice and Vienna alongside sisters Maddie and Clara who, despite their differences, have come together to fulfill their dying grandmother’s final wish. Unshackled by family and the expectations of society, they learn a lot about themselves and each other as they uncover long-kept family secrets and discover their own talents and desires. A heartwarming and wonderful story about the power of forgiveness and the unbreakable bond of sisters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I was interested to learn Three Words For Goodbye is the third collaboration by authors Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. I have only read one of Hazel’s books, The Bird in the Bamboo Cage (also published as When We Were Young & Brave) which I loved. I’ve yet to read any of Heather’s books but, after reading Three Words For Goodbye, I shall certainly be seeking some out. Violet’s reason for asking her granddaughters, Clara and Madeleine, to embark on the trip she is unable to make herself is touchin I was interested to learn Three Words For Goodbye is the third collaboration by authors Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. I have only read one of Hazel’s books, The Bird in the Bamboo Cage (also published as When We Were Young & Brave) which I loved. I’ve yet to read any of Heather’s books but, after reading Three Words For Goodbye, I shall certainly be seeking some out. Violet’s reason for asking her granddaughters, Clara and Madeleine, to embark on the trip she is unable to make herself is touching, as is her wish for the two sisters to restore their relationship to the happy one they enjoyed as children.  I loved the way Violet organised every detail of their trip. Forget charter flights and AirBnB, this is the golden age of travel – for those with money, of course. The sisters experience the grandeur and opulence of the Queen Mary, the sophistication and luxury of the Orient Express and stay in lavish suites in the best hotels with every whim catered for. Chocolate croissants and cafe au lait, yes please. It’s not all glamour though. The threat of war is a constant backdrop to the sisters’ journey, whether that’s in newspaper headlines, the sight of Mussolini’s soldiers on the streets of Venice or the realities of Nazi persecution in Vienna.  This added tension to the story and a sense that nothing may be quite the same again. I felt the authors really conjured up the spirit of the cities Clara and Madeleine travelled to and I liked how they were each attracted to different aspects of the cities.  Clara sees the places they visit through the eyes of an artist, describing Paris as ‘like an impressionist painting, all gentle colour and romantic detail’. Meanwhile Madeleine seeks out parts of the cities off the tourist trail, mingling with the inhabitants and seeking inspiration for stories. Their different approach is summed up by Clara’s observation that she paints with colour while her sister paints with words.  To begin with the reader witnesses how different Clara and Madeleine have become in outlook and attitude. Madeleine is impulsive, independent-minded and ambitious whereas Clara craves order and routine.  It was fascinating to see how the two sisters change as initial irritation is replaced by mutual affection and a return to something like the close relationship of their childhood. Clara comes to envy Madeleine’s refusal to conform, her insistence of going her own way and her ambition. Indeed it’s Clara who seems to undergo the most change in the course of the book and I for one gave a cheer when she channels her new found confidence. For Madeleine the journey is more a confirmation that her approach to life is justified and that she can achieve her journalistic ambitions. The two sisters’ experiences on their travels encapsulate the wisdom of Violet – ‘The more interesting path always lies ahead’ – and the spirited approach to life of Violet’s friend, the intrepid journalist Nellie Bly – ‘Never turn back’.  There were parts of the book I found particularly moving, such as Clara and Madeleine’s trip to Amiens to deliver Violet’s first letter. But that was as nothing compared to the final chapters of the book; if they don’t leave you a little bit tearful I don’t know what will.  Put two accomplished authors together and what do you get? I’ll tell you what you get: an emotional story that simply sweeps you along. It’s a novel you’ll be sad to say goodbye to – whether in French, Italian or German.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lloyd Russell

    Three Words for Goodbye, by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, is absolutely terrific. It's about 2 sisters, their grandmother, and a long-distance trip, all of it taking place in 1937. I couldn't put it down. Here's what I liked about it: 1. The writing is very visual. Some examples: "A uniformed guard threw open the compartment doors, sending travel-weary passengers spilling out onto the platform and scattering like marbles from a dropped bag." "...couples holding hands, families and friends flittin Three Words for Goodbye, by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, is absolutely terrific. It's about 2 sisters, their grandmother, and a long-distance trip, all of it taking place in 1937. I couldn't put it down. Here's what I liked about it: 1. The writing is very visual. Some examples: "A uniformed guard threw open the compartment doors, sending travel-weary passengers spilling out onto the platform and scattering like marbles from a dropped bag." "...couples holding hands, families and friends flitting around like butterflies, pollinating each other with love and good humor." "...the way the watercolors blended and softened, running into each other like old friends." 2. There is a lot of tension throughout the book regarding a particular mode of transportation that we all know about. I won't say anything more about that, but you will know what I'm referring to soon enough. 3. Violet, the grandmother, is a great character. The chapters in her voice stand out. 4. The relationship between the sisters is something many people can relate to. Alas, I cannot. I have 1brother who is 7 years older than me and who I haven't had any contact with for 40 years. I certainly was engrossed in watching these 2 sisters work on their relationship. 5. I am a big fan of books that alternate among 2 or more central characters. The authors do a great job of making the reader anxious to know what all 3 of their protagonists are saying and doing. 6. I had plenty of emotional moments, including...I can't tell you! It's too much information! 7. I just flat-out liked every page. That is a rare occurrence. Is that enough to convince you how I felt about Three Words for Goodbye? I sure hope so. You'll have to wait until July 27 for it to hit your bookstores. But make a note. You're going to want this in your TBR pile right away!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dianna Rostad

    Desperate for travel and adventure? Come aboard!! I adored this vintage travelogue complete with champagne, red lipstick, silky dresses, and elegant travel accommodations for two. Your companions are two snappy, independent sisters who rediscover their devotion on their quest to fulfill their grandmother’s dying wish. Just the story for right now. The message of tolerance rings through with crystal clarity. A must read!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    Veteran authors, Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, really are a winning team if you ask me! I have loved many of their novels and when I saw this one was coming out I just knew I had to get my hands on it! Each author has their own unique voice and style but at the end of the day, they blend together so well that their books never feel disjointed or confusing. Sometimes with multiple authors, it can be hard to marry the two different voices to create a well written story, but I have never felt like Veteran authors, Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, really are a winning team if you ask me! I have loved many of their novels and when I saw this one was coming out I just knew I had to get my hands on it! Each author has their own unique voice and style but at the end of the day, they blend together so well that their books never feel disjointed or confusing. Sometimes with multiple authors, it can be hard to marry the two different voices to create a well written story, but I have never felt like that with Gaynor and Webb. I have read their own independent novels as well as their collaborative works and I always finish their books feeling like I read a well written book with interesting characters and voices! The other things that drew me into this book was that it featured the RMS Queen Mary. The Queen Mary is like the more modern version of the Titanic…a luxurious boat tailored to the upper crust of society. I didn’t know too much about the Queen Mary prior to reading this book but I did know that it was a fancy-schmancy ship for it’s time so I was eager to learn more! This was just the book for my summer! Since I couldn’t go on any big trips this year (thanks COVID), I got to venture all over Europe on an elegant cruise ship thanks to this book! It was a wonderful read for adventure and escapism. If you are stuck home this summer (or fall!) then this is the book you want to get loaded on your device or pick up in the store! It was super fun to ‘visit’ all the locations with Clara and Madeleine. I also loved that it was a sister-sister journey. My sister and I are not that close so it was fun to explore this sibling relationship. I always dreamed of traveling the world with my sister but we have a big age gap and different lives so reading a book like this was a nice way to live that dream vicariously! I liked how Clara and Madeleine’s relationship was the central focus of this book, it is very much a story about sisters and forgiveness. While not overly emotional, it was a great portrayal of the challenges and complexities of women and sisters. It struck a good balance between emotion and keeping it light. When I picked this one up I wasn’t really in the mood for something gut-wrenching and heavy but I also didn’t just want to read mindless fluff either. So this book found that delicate balance for me that I was craving! For me personally, I saw myself more in Madeleine but in reality I am probably more like Clara. I think the only part that I wanted more of was more history of the ship. The book did a great job capturing the pre WWII political climate, but I felt like we only scratched the surface of the Queen Mary and its history. It would have been nice to have a little more history too just because I like history and that as one of the reasons I picked this one up—for more on the ship. But then again I wasn’t looking for a book ON the Queen Mary, but I would have liked to have seen it take a more active role in the story. Overall this was a wonderful option for summer reading and I loved my time with the characters!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I absolutely loved this - which was no surprise because I think these authors work magic together (Hazel Gaynor is also one of my favourite authors in her own right). This has the perfect blend of history, romance and friendship as two sisters, who have drifted apart, travel together across pre-war Europe from NYC to deliver three letters to important people in the life of their beloved and dying grandmother, Violet. I was riveted. The fact that the sisters are due to return home on the Hindenbu I absolutely loved this - which was no surprise because I think these authors work magic together (Hazel Gaynor is also one of my favourite authors in her own right). This has the perfect blend of history, romance and friendship as two sisters, who have drifted apart, travel together across pre-war Europe from NYC to deliver three letters to important people in the life of their beloved and dying grandmother, Violet. I was riveted. The fact that the sisters are due to return home on the Hindenburg adds a little extra tension. What a wonderful novel, full of life, the shadow of fascism and the eternity of love. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Crystal King

    I absolutely adored this book. What a seriously fun read to start out my summer! Clara and Madeleine Sommers are on a quest that their dying grandmother sent them on to reconnect with a variety of people from her past, all scattered about Europe on the cusp of WWII. It's a novel about sisters, about love, about travel, with a wonderful dash of history thrown in on the side. I loved all the characters so much, and I devoured this book in just two nights. Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor are truly th I absolutely adored this book. What a seriously fun read to start out my summer! Clara and Madeleine Sommers are on a quest that their dying grandmother sent them on to reconnect with a variety of people from her past, all scattered about Europe on the cusp of WWII. It's a novel about sisters, about love, about travel, with a wonderful dash of history thrown in on the side. I loved all the characters so much, and I devoured this book in just two nights. Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor are truly the best author team, and this book is a testament to their power of telling a great story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb have become a dynamic duo of Historical Fiction! Three Words for Goodbye is their latest collaboration, and I was completely engrossed from beginning to end. Set in 1937, Clara and Madeleine are sisters who are a bit estranged, and as different as two sisters could possibly be! But they must set aside their issues with each other when their grandmother asks them to go to Europe on her behalf, to make peace with her past, and hopefully to help them become close again Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb have become a dynamic duo of Historical Fiction! Three Words for Goodbye is their latest collaboration, and I was completely engrossed from beginning to end. Set in 1937, Clara and Madeleine are sisters who are a bit estranged, and as different as two sisters could possibly be! But they must set aside their issues with each other when their grandmother asks them to go to Europe on her behalf, to make peace with her past, and hopefully to help them become close again. Clara and Madeleine were each extraordinary characters, individuals trying to discover who they are, and what they truly want, at a time when everything around them is changing. Each leg of their journey leads to another adventure, another discovery, another chance for them to accept each other for who they are. Their trip to Europe also highlights the dichotomy of the elegance and beauty of Paris, Venice, and Vienna amidst the undercurrents of a world on the brink of war. I came to care for both sisters so much that my heart was racing, my emotions on a wild roller coaster of hope and worry! I'm not sure what these two wonderful authors will join forces on next, but you can bet I will be first in line to read it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

    Three Words for Goodbye follows two sisters on an opulent trip to Europe at their grandmother's request, delivering letters to three people from her past. This is the type of book I thought I'd love. I love books about family relationship, and the prologue sucked me in. Especially the line about how "the more interesting path always lies ahead." The book touches on so many different things, too, from the Orient Express to the Hindenburg to the Nazi regime. Unfortunately, it just fell a little flat Three Words for Goodbye follows two sisters on an opulent trip to Europe at their grandmother's request, delivering letters to three people from her past. This is the type of book I thought I'd love. I love books about family relationship, and the prologue sucked me in. Especially the line about how "the more interesting path always lies ahead." The book touches on so many different things, too, from the Orient Express to the Hindenburg to the Nazi regime. Unfortunately, it just fell a little flat for me. Maybe the sisters seemed a little too one-note. Maybe things just worked out a little too well for them every time. (view spoiler)[Madeleine calls a group of Nazi soldiers hateful, and all they do is push her and she almost falls? None of the three characters we know on the Hindenburg die or are even permanently injured? (hide spoiler)] Sometimes it can be hard for me describe why a book was good but not great, and this is one of those times. Thank you TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for a copy of this book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Davida Chazan

    4.75/5 rounded up to 5/5! This is Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb's best collaboration yet! Set between the world wars (whew) and with only ONE timeline (what a relief), this journey of discovery is both about the past and the future of these two sisters. My full review is available on my blog here https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2021/07/2... 4.75/5 rounded up to 5/5! This is Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb's best collaboration yet! Set between the world wars (whew) and with only ONE timeline (what a relief), this journey of discovery is both about the past and the future of these two sisters. My full review is available on my blog here https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2021/07/2...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shirley McAllister

    The Trip Sisters Clara and Madeline do not get along with each other, but they both lover their grandmother Violet. When she tells them she is dying and has a last wish for them, they agree to try and get along with each other and deliver three letters for their grandmother. They must travel to Paris and deliver one letter, the Venice to deliver the second letter and to Austria to deliver the third letter. Along the trip they must try to get along with each other with is a monumental task. They t The Trip Sisters Clara and Madeline do not get along with each other, but they both lover their grandmother Violet. When she tells them she is dying and has a last wish for them, they agree to try and get along with each other and deliver three letters for their grandmother. They must travel to Paris and deliver one letter, the Venice to deliver the second letter and to Austria to deliver the third letter. Along the trip they must try to get along with each other with is a monumental task. They travel to these places to deliver the letters learning much about their grandmother, but in the process much about themselves. Clara is conflicted with her feelings toward her fiancee Charles and the art curator Edward. Madeline finds romance along the way in a most unexpected way in a beautiful city. Madeline also finds herself as a reporter with a story that could tear her newfound friendship with her sister apart. Will they be able to put their differences aside and become friends, or will they become silent sisters like Violet and Maggie? I love the beautiful descriptions of the cities visited and the transport to go there. The Queen Mary, The Orient Express, The Hindenburg all great in their own way. It was like visiting the cities and countries for myself. After reading the book I felt like I had been on a trip to Europe. I did enjoy reading this book very much and I would recommend it. Thanks to Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb, William Morrow and Custom House, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy of the book for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    It was 1937 when two sisters were asked by their dying aging grandmother to travel Europe and deliver personal messages to a couple of friends she met 40 years ago and another that was her sister. It was a dying wish to friends of long ago that are now aging and perhaps dying too. The grandmother sent the sisters on their way - all expenses paid to travel on the Queen Mary, the Orient Express, and the Hindenburg and all other travel expenses. It was a journey, to say the least. The sisters were It was 1937 when two sisters were asked by their dying aging grandmother to travel Europe and deliver personal messages to a couple of friends she met 40 years ago and another that was her sister. It was a dying wish to friends of long ago that are now aging and perhaps dying too. The grandmother sent the sisters on their way - all expenses paid to travel on the Queen Mary, the Orient Express, and the Hindenburg and all other travel expenses. It was a journey, to say the least. The sisters were not the best of friends the past several years and had their own different views on many life situations. Were they successful in their grandmothers' final wish? Three Words for Goodbye is a great read, it has it all, romance, mystery, and challenges.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Ruff

    A grandmother who sent two sisters that don’t get along on an adventure! What’s not to like! This story captured my attention from the very first page! I received an arc from Harper Collins. This book will be coming out in July! Make sure you don’t miss it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristin (Always With a Book)

    Thank you William Morrow Books / Netgalley for the gifted copy. This is the latest collaboration by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb and one of my most anticipated reads for the month. I have read everything these two authors have written together and am so happy to say that this latest one might be my favorite one yet! There is just something so engaging and appealing about the writing when these two come together. I was immediately taken in by this story and that never wavered. Two sisters who do n Thank you William Morrow Books / Netgalley for the gifted copy. This is the latest collaboration by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb and one of my most anticipated reads for the month. I have read everything these two authors have written together and am so happy to say that this latest one might be my favorite one yet! There is just something so engaging and appealing about the writing when these two come together. I was immediately taken in by this story and that never wavered. Two sisters who do not get along are tasked by their ailing grandmother to deliver three letters in three cities across Europe. Of course, this is in 1937 just as Hitler’s Nazi party is starting to come to power, so tensions in Europe are beginning to mount. And what adds another layer of tension is that right from the beginning we know how the girls are supposed to return home…if you know history, you know what I’m talking about. I loved the dynamics between the two sisters. Having two myself, I love when authors choose to explore this relationship and the fact that we have here two sisters who don’t get along put in a situation where they will be traveling together, at times in close quarters, was fantastic! I loved the banter between them, the snide comments, but I also loved how they stood up for each other when needed. As always, historical fiction is rooted in truth and the inspiration for this book is Nellie Bly and her trip around the world. I know a little about Nellie, primarily the investigative work she did on asylums, so this was a different avenue of her life I didn’t know about and I loved that. I loved all the quotes and tidbits about her journey that were peppered throughout the book and definitely want to dive deeper into her life – it certainly seems as if she lived an interesting one! This book really captured my heart and mind and I loved that…that’s why I read historical fiction. It was engaging and entertaining, filled with secrets and self-growth, forgiveness and love. I highly recommend this book to all historical fiction readers! You can see all my reviews at: https://www.alwayswithabook.com/

  19. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Again I marvel that two authors can deliver a cohesive book. Well done. New York 1937 – an ailing Violet has planned a trip for her two granddaughters to embark upon together. The sisters, Clara and Madeleine, as different as day and night, have had a falling out and not spoken in a long time. As you get into the novel you will find that this is a kind of history repeating itself for Violet who is hoping for a better outcome for her granddaughters. The sisters are to deliver three letters written Again I marvel that two authors can deliver a cohesive book. Well done. New York 1937 – an ailing Violet has planned a trip for her two granddaughters to embark upon together. The sisters, Clara and Madeleine, as different as day and night, have had a falling out and not spoken in a long time. As you get into the novel you will find that this is a kind of history repeating itself for Violet who is hoping for a better outcome for her granddaughters. The sisters are to deliver three letters written by Violet in the hope of reconciling with her own past. The sisters will travel on The Queen Mary and the Orient Express and then the Hindenburg for their journey home. If you know anything about the Hindenburg you will have an idea of how that journey will end. The sisters will visit Paris, Venice and Vienna to deliver the letters whereupon, thrown into close quarters, discovering family secrets together, they will find themselves along the way. It is a story about family relationships, especially sisters and as I soon discovered an homage to Nellie Bly. Although not much depth to it this was an easy, pleasant, enjoyable read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Belk

    Whenever I start a collaboration authored by Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor I know I am in for a treat. They always deliver a memorable book with unforgettable characters. Their settings for this one include Paris,Venice and Austria. Two sisters who are total opposites with conflicting personalites have accepted a plea from their dying grandmother to travel to Europe to deliver three letters to special people that she wants to say goodbye to. As they set foot aboard the Queen Mary, they cannot kn Whenever I start a collaboration authored by Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor I know I am in for a treat. They always deliver a memorable book with unforgettable characters. Their settings for this one include Paris,Venice and Austria. Two sisters who are total opposites with conflicting personalites have accepted a plea from their dying grandmother to travel to Europe to deliver three letters to special people that she wants to say goodbye to. As they set foot aboard the Queen Mary, they cannot know the things they will learn about their grandmother and her past. What they will learn about their family and about themselves will change their lives in unexpected ways. This book is a delicious romp with surprises at every turn. With delightful imagery of famous locations, impeccable research, and an endearing story, this one proves once again that these authors know what I like. Well done ladies. I highly recommend this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Demelda Penkitty

    New York, 1937: When estranged sisters Clara and Madeleine Sommers learn their grandmother is dying, they agree to fulfill her last wish: to travel across Europe--together. They are to deliver three letters, in which Violet will say goodbye to those she hasn't seen since traveling to Europe forty years earlier; a journey inspired by famed reporter, Nellie Bly. Clara, ever-dutiful, sees the trip as an inconvenient detour before her wedding to millionaire Charles Hancock, but it's also a chance to New York, 1937: When estranged sisters Clara and Madeleine Sommers learn their grandmother is dying, they agree to fulfill her last wish: to travel across Europe--together. They are to deliver three letters, in which Violet will say goodbye to those she hasn't seen since traveling to Europe forty years earlier; a journey inspired by famed reporter, Nellie Bly. Clara, ever-dutiful, sees the trip as an inconvenient detour before her wedding to millionaire Charles Hancock, but it's also a chance to embrace her love of art. Budding journalist Madeleine relishes the opportunity to develop her ambitions to report on the growing threat of Hitler's Nazi party and Mussolini's control in Italy. Constantly at odds with each other as they explore the luxurious Queen Mary, the Orient Express, and the sights of Paris and Venice, Clara and Madeleine wonder if they can fulfil Violet's wish, until a shocking truth about their family brings them closer together. But as they reach Vienna to deliver the final letter, old grudges threaten their reconciliation again. As political tensions rise, and Europe feels increasingly volatile, the pair are glad to head home on the Hindenburg, where fate will play its hand in the final stage of their journey. Three Words For Goodbye is told mainly from two alternating perspectives in one chronological timeline. We do hear occasionally from Grandma Violet, and we are treated to flashbacks as the backstory is developed. The writing flows smoothly and it’s impossible to tell which author wrote which parts.The characterisation is brilliant and I adore both Clara and Madeleine and appreciate their strengths. Their differences create an engaging story. The authors did a wonderful job in giving each sister a unique voice. Clara is careful and dutiful and is engaged to marry millionaire, Charles Hancock. Madeleine is more independent and free spirited and is on the hunt for a great story and strives to be an investigative journalist like her hero, Nellie Bly. The novel is effectively divided into three as the sisters progress across Europe and deliver each of the three letters, discovering more and more about their grandmother’s life when she was a young woman, while also learning about each other and what they both want from life. Clara, in particular, has some significant decisions to make. Three Words for Goodbye has romance but not sentimentality and tells a wonderful story about families, growing up, finding and losing love, being an independent woman at a time when this was not easy. It also has a fascinating historical setting and the descriptions of 1930s’ Paris, Venice and Vienna, as well as the voyage aboard the Queen Mary, are fabulous. My entire reading experience of this book was enjoyable. I loved the characters, the premise and the mission. I even loved the inclusion of Nellie Bly, oddly, I recently read 10 days In A Mad House. I’m highly recommending Three Words For Goodbye for readers who love WW2 era historical reads with no war atrocities and for those who love a poignant siblings story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany www.instagram.com/tiffs_bookshelf

    An amazing story of two sisters trying to fulfill their grandmother's wishes and repair their own relationship.  I love this duo author pair together!!!!!!!!!!!!! The way they incorporate each other's writing style together to create an amazing story filled with heart, courage, and so many emotions you immediately fall in love with their books. These two have a unique way of pulling you into their books and making it an intriguing,  comforting, moving story. I highly recommend this book to all h An amazing story of two sisters trying to fulfill their grandmother's wishes and repair their own relationship.  I love this duo author pair together!!!!!!!!!!!!! The way they incorporate each other's writing style together to create an amazing story filled with heart, courage, and so many emotions you immediately fall in love with their books. These two have a unique way of pulling you into their books and making it an intriguing,  comforting, moving story. I highly recommend this book to all historical fiction fans.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    “The more interesting path always lies ahead.” Welcome to New York in 1937. Two estranged sisters Clara and Madeleine agree to travel to Europe to honor their dying grandmother’s letters to three people she needs closure with. Traveling to Europe on the Queen Anne, Orient Express and back on the Hindenburg sounds like a dream trip. However, Clara and Madeleine have a strained relationship. The girls are very different. Clara is planning her wedding to a wealthy man named Charles and Madeleine is “The more interesting path always lies ahead.” Welcome to New York in 1937. Two estranged sisters Clara and Madeleine agree to travel to Europe to honor their dying grandmother’s letters to three people she needs closure with. Traveling to Europe on the Queen Anne, Orient Express and back on the Hindenburg sounds like a dream trip. However, Clara and Madeleine have a strained relationship. The girls are very different. Clara is planning her wedding to a wealthy man named Charles and Madeleine is trying to break through the world of journalism with hard hitting stories. Along their travels the girls see first hand the political unrest the country is facing. Hitler and the Nazi party is generating a lot of buzz. They meet strangers that become family. They bicker and forgive. They uncover family secrets. Their relationship goes deeper than either envisioned. I love a good historical story, even better when it’s well written. This definitely maintained my interest throughout the book. The descriptions of the time and events were solid.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Thank you to Goodreads for this ARC. What a fantastic and exciting story. I loved reading about Nellie Bly and her adventures with Violet and Margaret. Clara and Madeleine seemed so real. The descriptions of Paris made me feel as if I were there. The details of the decorations on the Orient Express made it come alive for me. This story made me hungry with all the talk of pastries. A lovely and entertaining story!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is a beautifully written novel; rich in its scenic descriptions and its in depth revelations about its characters. I was hoping it would not be sappy or sentimental, and it was not. It was a truly enjoyable read. Even though most of the plot was obvious from the beginning, I enjoyed reading it all evolve.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Freeman

    I have to say I really enjoyed this book, once I became engaged I was so glad I had a few long chunks of time in the last few days to dive into Maddie and Clara’s world and soak in the locations they travel to and the modes of transportation on their journey. I also loved the use of letters throughout the book, to me the use just adds to the story. I really hope there is another collaborative book in the works for these 2 authors.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Houseknecht

    loved this book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    3.5 stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Sisters Clara and Madeleine Sommers couldn’t be more different in personality. They are also estranged. Clara is the more restrained of the two, aware not only of her family background but also of her position as the fiancee of a wealthy businessman whilst aspiring journalist Maddie has a more impulsive and casual approach to life and is a risk taker, being inspired by family friend and famous reporter Nellie Bly. Their grandmother, in the last few months of her life, dearly wants the two young Sisters Clara and Madeleine Sommers couldn’t be more different in personality. They are also estranged. Clara is the more restrained of the two, aware not only of her family background but also of her position as the fiancee of a wealthy businessman whilst aspiring journalist Maddie has a more impulsive and casual approach to life and is a risk taker, being inspired by family friend and famous reporter Nellie Bly. Their grandmother, in the last few months of her life, dearly wants the two young women to be reunited and wants them to undertake a task journeying across Europe to deliver 3 letters – her last words to people from her past when she herself took a similar journey with her sister 40 years earlier. It was always going to be difficult, expecting two very different personalties to get along, especially on a trip that would last a few months. As expected, they clashed repeatedly however they were both united in trying to fulfil their grandmother’s last wishes and this led to some very poignant and also dangerous moments, as parts of Europe at that time were under threat by the Nazi’s. Told in alternate chapters by Maddie and Clara with the occasional interruption from Violet, Three Words for Goodbye explores how families can be torn apart, there are also secrets, all combined some with luxury travel on the Queen Mary cruise ship as it sails from the US to France and then on the Orient Express to Venice and finally across country to Austria before returning home on the ill-fated Hindenburg. Along the way the two sisters learn some unexpected truths both about their family but also about themselves and what they really want from their lives. Clara, a talented artist captures memories of their journey with pictures whilst Maddie uses words by keeping a journal. I thoroughly enjoyed this and it ticked so many boxes for me – a superbly written story with engaging characters, travel and a plot that has light and shade. Even though the sisters had a sad task to carry out for Violet, they had time for sightseeing and there was a little armchair travelling as they took in the sights of Paris and Venice. I have always wanted to travel on the Orient Express and I loved reading about their journey on this iconic train. The uncertainty with the political background gave the story some bite and there were some shocking events witnessed. When it was time for them to return home, it was clear they each had grown in character and confidence but despite their differences, their sisterly bond would never be broken. Definitely recommended for fans of historical fiction.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Strawser

    Review to come in BookTrib.

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