Book 1, Hello Goodbye
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Most people called it a cult. But for twenty years, Josh and Caleb called it home.
In Paradise, there is no television. No fast food. Just long hours of farm work and prayer on a dusty Wyoming ranch, and nights in a crowded bunkhouse. The boys of the Compound are kept far from the sinners’ world.
But Joshua doesn’t need temptation to sin. His whole life, he’s wanted his best friend, Caleb. By day they work side by side. Only when Josh closes his eyes at night can they be together the way he craves.
It can never be. And his survival depends on keeping his terrible desires secret.
Caleb has always protected Josh against the worst of the bullying at the Compound. But he has secrets of his own, and a plan to get away — until it all backfires.
Josh finds himself homeless in a world that doesn’t want him. Can Caleb find him in time? And will they find a place of safety, where he can admit to Josh how he really feels?
Warning: Contains a hot male/male romance, copious instances of taking the Lord's name in vain, and love against the kitchen counter. Previously published as: In Front of God & Everyone.
“Full of heart, ‘Goodbye Paradise’ is built on hope and the promise of new beginnings." - Santino Hassell, author of the award-winning Five Boroughs series
‘“Goodbye Paradise’ is calibrated, controlled storytelling done with much panache and aplomb.” - Unstuck Pages
“From the very first page I was hooked. I loved the story so much!!” - Happily Ever After
Joshua & Caleb grew up together in a bit of a cult commune. Feelings are not allowed. Especially for a best friend who has never looked at you.
Caleb has many surprises in store for Joshua, if only they can get away safely. There is danger everywhere. Can the get to help in time?
Heartwarming and gentle, while being full of surprises! I was rooting for the leads to get together from the get go. It is hard not to when this author makes them so lovable. I wonder what the next book in this Hello Goodbye series will hold?
***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
Sweet wonderfully written
Sarina does it again. This book contained two wonderfully well written characters that you will enjoy going with on their journey with a sweet supporting cast of characters. I could not put it down. It was sweet felt emotional journey.
Another winner from Sarina Bowen
This latest book from one of my favorite authors does not disappoint. Bowen does a great job tracing the journey of the two protagonists from an isolated religious cult to freedom in Massachusetts. Caleb is anxious to shake off the remnants of the cult's influence but Josh has a harder time unlearning all the things he was taught, especially those that made him feel unloved, unworthy and unable to be himself.
The reader will enjoy watching these two find their way in this new world as well as finding their own worth, something that is much harder for Josh. Several scenes are heartbreaking and the precipitating event is crushing. I felt like I was there experiencing the torment, that's how great a job the author does in writing it.
Highly recommend this book...as well as all the others of Bowen's various series.