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"That was the first time in my life I was happy...the happiest I ever would be. And I never told you." There's always one moment in life that passes without you saying what you really wanted - needed - to. For Ruth that day came after the death of her beloved husband Trip. She and Trip had fitted together perfectly, right from the very start, and their marriage was filled"That was the first time in my life I was happy...the happiest I ever would be. And I never told you." There's always one moment in life that passes without you saying what you really wanted - needed - to. For Ruth that day came after the death of her beloved husband Trip. She and Trip had fitted together perfectly, right from the very start, and their marriage was filled with love, happiness and travel. Determined to leave nothing unspoken, Trip has left ten letters, taking Ruth on one last adventure - scattering his ashes in ten locations that have meaning for them both. The letters take her on a journey across the world, but also back through her marriage, and the life she thought they had shared. They had been so happy. Hadn't they? At once heart-breaking and uplifting ...prepare to smile through your tears. Farewell Trip is a must read....

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ISBN : 9781472074256
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Farewell Trip Reviews

  • Margaret Madden
    2019-04-24 21:19

    From BleachHouseLibrary.Blogspot.ieI was sent a copy of this book for review purposes via NetGalley.After her husband's death, Ruth discovers some letters written for her to read after his passing. He wants her to revisit their special places and scatter some of his ashes in each location. Each letter has a different story and destination and they all piece together so the reader gets to know both Ruth and Trip ( his nickname since college days ) and their lives together. We are also brought along Ruth's journey through grief, anger, and doubts as she struggles to adjust to widowhood. Each chapter contains a letter from Trip and the outcome of Ruth's response to the said letter. She is only allowed open one at a time, on completion of the ash scattering. There are also insights into the marriage of Trip and Ruth, sometimes corny, sometimes sad, but very real and heartfelt.Similar in style to "One Day" by David Nicholls and with a nod to "PS I love You" by Celia Ahern, this is a lovely, warm and affectionate read that I devoured in one sitting. I'm not sure how co-writing works, does each author take the voice of a different character or do they bounce ideas off each other and combine them? It doesn't really matter, as this pair have worked well together and produced a great book that should appeal to readers of all ages from teens to pensioners.

  • Gary Haynes
    2019-04-08 21:01

    A heart-warming and heart-wrenching story of a love lost and a memory realized. My usual genre is a fast-paced thriller, but this was a wonderful detour. A very well- crafted book, and the collaboration between two authors was seamless. The unravelling of Ruth’s realization of her husband’s love for her was both a shattering and an uplifting experience. I loved this book. I loved Trip. I loved Ruth. 5 well-deserved stars.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-18 17:12

    Farewell Trip was a beautifully written, emotional story about letting go and moving forward. It had my heart tightly held in a balled up fist and it moved me in so many ways it's unreal.Firstly, the title. Ambiguous and I LOVE it. I adored how Farewell Trip was written. It jumped backwards and forwards but not in a way that had you confused or wondering where you were in the story. There are letters, a present and a past, and it definitely turned out to be a love story that had me captivated. It also reminded me of P.S I Love You, which is probably one of the most romantic films that I have ever watched, so Farewell Trip was a sure fire winner for me.Besides the story itself being emotional and nostalgic, there are twists and turns too, some that had me sitting there with my mouth hanging open because I just did NOT see them coming. At first I thought, "Well, I kinda' know how this is going to turn out. It's going to be heartbreaking, it's going to be sad, and then it's going to end." But no. There was lots of sadness going on in here, but within the letters that are left for the main character, Ruth, secrets and lies are also revealed and uncovered, making it not just emotional but shocking too. There's drama, anger, tears, hurt and regret - and a whole lot of travelling included in here too. In Trip's letters, he leaves a list of places where he would like his ashes to be scattered, so Ruth goes on the journey of letting go of her beloved husband. I have to say, there's just something about letters that really tugs at my heart, and with some of the things that Trip writes to Ruth, I was blubbering beneath my duvet. It was so beautiful, so emotionally charged and damn hard to carry on at some points.I have rated Farewell Trip by Karen Dixon and Gary Twynam with 5/5 stars on Goodreads, and 10/10 on Becca's Books. It is a beautifully written love story which will stay with me for a very long time. I loved every aspect about it, from the characters to the places that Ruth travels too, and it was such a fantastic adventure, I'd definitely go on again someday.

  • Leah
    2019-04-06 19:25

    Farewell Trip came onto my radar when the publisher Carina posted the cover on their twitter feed. I loved the cover – it’s super pretty, and I was thrilled when Karin, one of the authors of Farewell Trip offered it to me to review. I eagerly downloaded it onto my kindle and knew I wanted to read it as soon as I could because I loved the sound of it so much. So, I started reading it and I knew right from the first chapter that this was my kind of book.First, let’s get the comparisons out of the way. Yes, the novel is very similar to PS I Love You, and more so than that, the novel does actually acknowledge that, which almost made my head explode as I love when books do that. But it’s only similar to PS I Love You in the whole dead-man-writes-letters way. That’s it. They’re actually quite separate stories, that utilise the same feature. In this case, Ruth’s husband Trip has passed away and he’s left very strict instructions for what he wants done with his ashes: he wants to be spread around the world, to places that meant something to him and Ruth. Paris, New York, and places closer to home like Bristol and Reigate. And he’s also left letters to be read at each location, but as Ruth reads those letters, she finds out more than she bargained for.When I initially started Farewell Trip, I thought Ruth and Trip had this amazing, fairy tale marriage, the type of marriage I myself aspire to. But actually as the novel wore on and we learnt more about both Trip and Ruth, we learn that that simply wasn’t true at all, and I have to admit, that did hurt me as each new revelation came out because I felt like I knew these people and I felt like I’d been told a big lie. It was disappointing, but I suppose that in the end what they had was a real marriage, with ups and downs like any normal couple…The novel is very well written, each chapter shows us 3 different stories. There’s Trip’s letters, Ruth in the present day, and then a memory of what made that particular area memorable to Ruth and Trip. It’s all well titled, too, so you always know what you’re reading and I enjoyed that approach. I also liked the use of first and third person narrative, it mixed it up a bit and made it quite unique. I very much enjoyed Farewell Trip, I enjoyed getting to know Ruth and Trip, I enjoyed reading about their lives together and of their memories in some wonderful places. In the end, I even appreciated the fact that they’d come through so much and managed to survive together, until Trip’s death. It was really very good, and was very satisfied with how it all panned out, and I hope the authors Karin and Gary are busy writing a new book as I would love to read more from them, as they are very real writers.

  • Beth
    2019-04-07 18:16

    Interesting book told from the point of view of the widow. When her husband dies, she is instructed to scatter his ashes in a variety of places. He has included a letter for each location. This is her journey that explores her grief and reflections on her years of marriage. I will admit that at some point I really got pissed off at Trip for what he put into the letters. I wanted to tell him what a chicken sh*t he was for waiting until after he was dead. It was a book that I had trouble putting down at made me want to read the next letter, find the next location and see how she would handle any of the news.Yes, if you have no recent loss of a loved this book....if you have any lingering grief....wait please...but pick it up later.

  • Meike Jensen
    2019-04-05 16:58

    I loved it - an easy and heart-warming read, great, round characters and a love story that isn't only about the rosy perfect times but takes the reader also to the dark places and makes them see the struggles and heartaches of a lifelong romance. Trip and Ruth are amazing, just like the book.

  • Jill
    2019-04-02 20:59

    Anyone who is, ever has been, or ever imagines being in love will probably share a common thought of being totally petrified of losing the one they love, particularly too young, and to a disease such as cancer. This is exactly what has happened to Ruth in this book. Her husband Trip has been taken from her too soon after losing his fight with cancer.What Ruth didn't know was, that whilst ill, Trip had written letters to Ruth, each containing details of a journey he wanted Ruth to go on, and scatter his ashes at each of the places. The book has a number of viewpoints which allow the reader to get to know and understand both Ruth and Trip and their relationship. We see Ruth in the here and now, living day to day as well as going on the trips. We see her reminiscing over the past where we get to know more about her earlier life, and her relationship with Trip, and others. The letters from Trip allow us to see how the relationship was from his aspect. We also meet a number of secondary characters who really help in showing the reader a third dimension, their relationship through the eyes of others.The book takes us on a journey through grief, mainly from Ruth's perspective, but also I felt, to a certain degree, from Trip's, anticipating his death and what he was losing.This book has a really sad feel to it when you start out. I felt a real sense of unjustness that someone could lose the person who was their world. I myself love the idea of leaving letters to someone for after you are gone. I am a real letter writer so this resonated strongly with me. However, because it resonated so strongly I almost resisted reading the book. I am so glad now that I persevered. If anything, it has reinforced my view.Each chapter focuses on a particular letter and involves Ruth visiting a place that meant something to both Trip and Ruth when he was alive. Yes, there is a lot of sadness in each chapter, but there are also many times to smile, and some really gritty content that made me question was their seemingly perfect relationship quite as perfect as I first thought it was.The further I got into the book the more compelling I found it. I felt a full range of emotions on behalf of Ruth including anger, rage, jealousy, sadness and happiness. I really liked the fact that the book was so gritty and didn't sugar coat their relationship and marriage as being perfect. This for me made it feel more real. It felt like a typical relationship with the ups and downs and hard times, but through it all the strength of their love for one another.I felt in a way like I was accompanying Ruth on her journey of grief and wanted to see if she came through it ok. The book takes the reader through the first year, when is much changes. I did feel at ease by the end and felt strangely at peace by the end.The book is written by 2 authors but I wouldn't have guessed. It is very well written, heartfelt and a beautiful book.Thank you to Harlequin (UK) Ltd who supplied me with a copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

  • Gary Twynam
    2019-04-03 00:04

    I hope Goodreads will let me leave a review on my own book – I've only given it three stars in case that helps. I say “my own book” but of course I co-wrote it with Karin, who I am very sad to say died last month, July 2015. She had been diagnosed with terminal cancer roughly two years earlier. You can find more details with a quick internet search. Obviously, I will miss her terribly.Some people like to know a little about the author whose work they are reading, and ponder how the author's life informs their work. In our case Karin's life overtook the storyline in a way that seems, if only perversely, to add to the book. I'm writing this in case it might add something to the reading experience for any would-be readers, or at least to clarify the timeline in case anyone thinks the book is in any way a documentary. The bits about breast cancer in the book are vaguely autobiographical on Karin's part, but the rest is imagined. Indeed, when we were writing Farewell Trip we used to tease each other about the utter hubris of writing about terminal cancer. We completed the book ahead of Karin's diagnosis, which still seems the cruellest of tricks, and the book was accepted by Carina soon afterwards. During her illness I couldn't help but ask her how we had done with our imaginings. Sometimes she said 'we nailed it', sometimes she said 'we didn't have a clue', and once she said 'what's for dessert?'. So there you have it.It was an honour to write Farewell Trip with Karin and a whole lot of fun. It's true the book was my baby but in the end she wrote 80% of the words, most of the jokes and all the sex. She was very proud of the book and it should have been the first of many. Thank you for your time.

  • Bill Macfarlane
    2019-04-16 19:05

    I enjoyed making this unusual journey, undertaken as prescribed in a series of letters written by a ‘dear departed’, to organise the disposal of his ashes. The letters and the journey are written by the two authors and there are sections coming from a narrator. The story of a loving relationship is told focusing on key moments in Lampeter, Sienna, Cornwall, Paris, Sydney, New York, Shropshire, Bristol and Reigate. It is these moments that are explored not the places. Perhaps more might have been made of the impact of place, but it is the dawning insights at the various places, and the revelations in the letters that allow exploration of a relationship which is no less loving for the fact that it has had flaws.The structure is particularly interesting. Co-authorship cannot be easy to organise, but the story flows well and the narrator keeps the continuity going. It is interesting to speculate whether the differences in style are a simple outcome of two authors/ two styles, or of the ‘needs’ of the story. Are the letters more philosophical? Well, he is dying. Is Ruthie more down to earth? Well, she is still earth-bound.A thought-provoking read that brings us face-to-face with imperfection and impermanence.

  • Marian Iseard
    2019-03-31 20:58

    This story had me gripped from the start. It is in turn funny, painful and moving. A very well written book, with an easy style that draws you in and makes you want to find out more about the characters. The collaboration between the authors works well, so that narrative and dialogue both flow smoothly. The themes of death and dying are not glossed over but examined honestly, as is the notion of living a good life and what that means. I found it very perceptive at times, as well as fun to read, and I look forward to reading the next book from these authors.

  • Sandy
    2019-03-29 17:14

    This was a really good book. I loved the characters and the story.

  • Ruth
    2019-04-21 20:25

    I thought the title was great. The book is about the letters that a man had written to his wife to read after he died a la PS I Love You. Out of the two books, I would say that I did prefer PS I Love You. The couple has been married for many years and this is about letting go and moving on but despite having been together for such a long time period there were surprising things disclosed as the letters were read. The technique of changing time periods from when the couple had visited an area to when Ruth went back to scatter his ashes was clever. It was interesting to read a book whose main character was named Ruth since it is not a common name but it made me smile when Ruth met a person whose name was Gordon since my grandmother's name was Ruth Gordon and my brother's name is Gordon. I am sorry that I couldn't rate the book higher but it just didn't connect with me emotionally they way I thought it would.

  • Bev Walkling
    2019-04-15 22:26

    I wanted to love this book. The idea enchanted me - Trip left nine letters for his wife Ruth to read after his death as she scattered his ashes in places that were special to both of them. There were moments of brilliance in this book and moments where I cried (though not as many as I might have expected.) I read it in one night when sleep was eluding me. Sometimes I felt as if the authors were going off on tangents that didn't really capture me.The book is very British and there is nothing wrong with that but some of the terminology just didn't appeal to me. (I find nothing romantic in the idea of a "snog" for example). The book was good, just not as good as I had hoped.

  • Patsy
    2019-03-31 23:17

    Last request for loved one ashes.Last request for loved one ashes.I found the idea of this story interesting. However I found myself losing interest as I read. I respect the subject as being sad as the ashes are taken to places requested.

  • Cyndy
    2019-04-24 21:08

    Not what I expected.

  • Carol M. Clark
    2019-04-10 18:11

    I enjoyed reading this book very much! I liked the idea of a farewell trip planned by someone who had passed away. Thought provoking!

  • Kristi
    2019-04-20 19:03

    I just could not get into this book.