Since You've Been Gone by Christa Allan

Since You've Been Gone

A Selah Award winner.One moment, Olivia Kavanaugh is preparing to walk down the aisle and embrace her own happily ever after. The next, she learns that her fiancé, Wyatt Hammond, has been in a fatal car accident. Then comes a startling discovery: Wyatt’s car wasn’t heading toward the church. He was fifty miles away…with a baby gift in the backseat.Her faith shaken, Olivia pores over the clues left behind, desperate to know where Wyatt was ...


Details Since You've Been Gone

TitleSince You've Been Gone
ISBN9781531837419
Author
Release DateOct 11th, 2016
PublisherBrilliance Audio
GenreChristian Fiction, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Christian
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Reviews Since You've Been Gone

  • Shalini
    1970-01-01
    I picked up this book reading the blurb, thinking this is about a strong woman, Olivia who, after being jilted at the alter when her fiancé dies in an accident on a road 50 miles away from the church with a baby gift in the back seat, and going through various hardships, discovers life again. The premise of the story sounded so interesting that I started the book in the middle of the night. The author, Christa Allen, had a great plot in mind whe...
  • Staci
    1970-01-01
    This novel was well written and the story line engaging. I was pulled into Olivia's story right away. While the novel was primarily about how Olivia recovered from the shock of losing her intended on their wedding day, it was also about the strained relationship between a mother and daughter. In addition, there was a bit of a mystery regarding Olivia's fiancee Wyatt.This was my first novel by Christa Allan and I look forward to reading others.
  • Kara
    1970-01-01
    It's interesting to me how some people who've gone through a difficult death in their life can read books about characters who are going through similar feelings, while others cannot. I can see where both ways would be very natural. Right after my mother passed away, I don't think I could have read a story such as this, I would have been way too emotional. But now? Now I completely connected with Olivia and so much of what she deals with emotiona...
  • Betty
    1970-01-01
    With a blurb like that, how could I resist this book?!Olivia’s life has been turned upside down with Wyatt’s death, and the mystery surrounding where he was going—and why—on the morning of their wedding. She’s still in the raw, early stages of grief when she’s dealt more shocking news. Needing her family more than ever, she’s deeply hurt by her mother’s rigid attitude and lack of support at a time when she needs her mother more th...
  • April
    1970-01-01
    3.5 Stars Since You've Been Gone is the first book that I have read by Allan. And as is the case with any new to you Author, you are not sure what to expect. From the beginning, Allan hooked me in. The mystery with all the circumstances of Wyatt's death will pull you all the way through the novel. To be honest, this novel left me with mixed emotions. I would say that the first half of the book had me completely glued but then things slowed down ...
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    1970-01-01
    Since You’ve Been Gone by Christa Allan is one of those books that you ugly cry through and then shove at everyone you know, saying “Read this! You’ll love it!”Right from the prologue, readers are drawn not only to Olivia but also the mystery of where her fiance was going the morning of their wedding and why he had a baby gift in the back seat. Olivia’s pain is raw and honest, her questions about God authentic and natural. And this isn...
  • krystal
    1970-01-01
    This was my first ARC. I got it from Netgalley in ebook format.The story itself is really intriguing. Here we have a jilted bride who discovers her fiancé has not only driven away from the wedding, but was killed in a car accident, offering no explanation as to why he has disappeared. Interesting, right? Well...the problem was the approach. I understand that Olivia would be incredibly upset and bit catty, but this character was almost juvenile. ...
  • Marisa Enriquez
    1970-01-01
    First time reader of this author. I don't normally read spiritual books, but this one captivated me. At points in the story my heart broke for Olivia to the point where I considered not finishing the story, but I was so intrigued that I had to finish reading it. This book will bring you to tears (and at times frustrate you with the mother character) but you will be glad to read it to the end. Highly recommend this book!** downloaded for free from...
  • Kim (_booksarelove)
    1970-01-01
    This was the first ARC that I have read, I got it from Netgalley in ebook format.We follow Olivia who loses her fiance on the day of their wedding. After that it feels as though her whole life is falling apart. She, along with the help of her best friend Mia, her Grandmother and her parents (even if her mother is painful at times), rebuilds her life.I really enjoyed this book, it had a good message. Even if life seems to be awful and knocking you...
  • Nenette
    1970-01-01
    A tear jerker supposedly... The groom dying while the bride waited at the altar; secrets coming out, but with no groom to answer all the questions. This is the kind of story that I'd bet would have me engrossed, pouting and crying while my family looked on with amusement.I was either too busy that I was reading on and off and wasn't really able to get into the story; or it just didn't pull me all the way. It still is not beckoning me to read it a...
  • AngryGreyCat
    1970-01-01
    Since You’ve Been Gone is about a young woman whose fiancé is killed on her wedding day, on a road leading away from the church with a “baby” gift in his car. Olivia deals with her grief by investigating where Wyatt was going on their wedding day.The entire investigation piece did not make much sense to me at all. I don’t want to discuss details and have spoilers, just let’s say that Olivia and others were much more of a hinderance in ...
  • Katrina
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed reading Since You've Been Gone! It was an emotional read. The description and cover caught my attention. I was curious about the answers to my questions that formed while I was reading. I felt like some places in this story had a little too much drama but I still enjoyed this story. When I had to set the book down, I kept thinking about this story and wanted to jump back into it. I will look for more books by this author. I received a f...
  • Melissa Henderson
    1970-01-01
    Olivia's wedding day is completely different from what she expected and planned. Wyatt is supposed to meet her at the church. But, where is he? What has happened to him? From the first page of this story, Olivia and Wyatt captured my heart. This is a story of true love and devotion, along with heartache and happiness. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading about love and forgiveness. I received a copy of this book for review and thi...
  • Ann E Abfalter
    1970-01-01
    Ok The story executed well enough to hold the reader's interest, but the mystery was weak and with the way to sweet sentimentality of a pecan praline.
  • Deana Dick
    1970-01-01
    How to start my review? I guess the best way is to say that the story was riveting, emotional and so powerful that I never put the book down until I finished it. I have not read a book from this author before, but wow does she have a way to make a story come to life. Her characters were so real, I felt like I was sitting beside Olivia as each painful journey she took was mixed with tears and disappointment. On the day you are to be married, you r...
  • Pam
    1970-01-01
    SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE is told entirely in first person by the main character, Olivia. She was to be married to Wyatt, but he doesn't show up at the wedding. His body is found later that day with his truck, having missed a curve and crashed into trees, headed in the opposite direction of the church. No one knows where he was going. After Olivia recovers enough to retrace his drive, she gets the police report and discovers there was a package in h...
  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    1970-01-01
    I was immediately drawn to this storyline just by reading the summary. I just could not imagine what happened to Olivia happening in real life and needed to know what had happened to her fiancée. Of course, my mind automatically imagines the worst, and part of me was so tempted to just turn to the back to find out the truth. But alas, I decided it was much better to read the story in full, and learn all the details as Olivia was. Ms. Allan is a ...
  • Iola
    1970-01-01
    It’s every bride’s worst nightmare: jilted at the altar. And then things get worse. No, Olivia wasn’t jilted—her husband-to-be died in a car accident just hours before the wedding. While driving away from the church. With a gift for a small boy in the car—except neither Olivia nor Wyatt know any small boys. And then Olivia finds out she’s pregnant. Which wouldn’t have mattered if she were married, but she’s not and now her mother ...
  • Fiction Aficionado
    1970-01-01
    You’ll need to grab your tissue box for this one, but don’t let that prevent you from picking it up, because it was SUCH a good read! Once again, I’ve left a novel languishing on my TBR pile for much too long!Christa Allan is a new to me author, and I picked this novel up simply because my curiosity got the better of me. I HAD to know where Wyatt was going and why there was a baby gift in the back seat. Despite what her mother says, Olivia ...
  • Jamie
    1970-01-01
    After reading the description of this book I thought, how could I not grab this one? Not only because I was curious about the mystery, but also I knew it would deal with family dynamics. Plus I love a good story. First off, I loved all the NOLA love. It was fun to read of places I know and shoutouts to the Saints. But I promise you this is more than a story of New Orleans. A young woman has such a startling discovery on her wedding day – not on...
  • Christi
    1970-01-01
    This is not a typical genre that I would read. I generally avoid anything that is likely to make me cry. And yet, I found Christa's book gut-wrenching in it's honesty. There was not a moment of doubt that this story line could have been a true story. It did not feel rushed and had equal moments of despair and healing. Olivia walks through some of the darkest moments a woman can face, one on top of the other. This story, although fictional, is evi...
  • Maureen Timerman
    1970-01-01
    When you read about this book it is almost a gasp, what, bride left at the altar, groom dead, accident heading away from the wedding.Poor Olivia, how could so much happen to one person, and then there is more, and parents with good intentions, hiding things from her. How do you go on, living in the home that you choose together, and yet know he was heading in the wrong direction on your wedding day? You can cry a few tears reading this one, and I...
  • Terri Wangard
    1970-01-01
    Olivia waits at church for their wedding to begin when Wyatt dies in an accident, headed in the wrong direction. A baby gift is found in his back seat. What secrets has he been keeping from her? Olivia believes God isn’t interested in her. If He is, it’s only to punish her. Now she’s pregnant and unmarried.Her mother is furious with her sinful behavior and doesn’t want Olivia to live with them. It will appear to her church friends that sh...
  • Norma Guillot
    1970-01-01
    I listened to this book on Audible during my commute.This was not a book I would have chosen to read if it had not been written by someone whom I trusted to tell me a good story no matter the subject. Now, I want to read more by Mrs. Allan because I loved Since You've Been Gone and it was so refreshing to go outside my preferred genre and love a book.The characters were believable and easy to connect with, the storytelling was fluid, and the sett...
  • Nari
    1970-01-01
    This book goes slowly at first as it sets up the setting of this story. I feel like this helps the reader really feel the loss that Olivia is feeling. Olivia is reeling from the loss of her fiancé dieing in a car accident on their wedding day. Later she discovers that he was driving in the opposite direction with a baby gift in his back seat. His tux was also in the back seat and he had told his friends that he would be there. So what was he doi...
  • Amanda
    1970-01-01
    I recieved a copy of this book from netgalley in return for an honest review.From the cover of this book to the description on the back I knew I needed to read this book. It had a grip on me from the very beginning. I loved the characters(for the most part). I couldn't stand the mother but that just means the author did a good job portraying her. The only reason I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5 is because I needed answers to my questions. wher...
  • Tracey
    1970-01-01
    A story of tragedy, faith, and trying to overcome.After tragedy strikes on Olivia's wedding day she is left reeling, with the mystery of where her fiancée was going at the time of his accident. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. The plot was incredible with the different twists and turns throughout the novel that keep you turning the pages. You will cry, love, and hurt for Olivia as she tries to to un...
  • Carla Torrijos
    1970-01-01
    This is the third book of Christ's Allan's that I have read and I enjoyed it the most. Olivia is hit with some of the hardest trials, all in less than a year. Family, friends, love, forgiveness and God can hurt you or help you. What will break you and what will you choose to help you triumph? Since You've Been Gone covers it all and has us feeling Olivia's emotions through out all. Christa Allan has well developed characters and the emotions they...
  • Virginia
    1970-01-01
    This is a book written with charm and wit. Christa Allan has a way with words that keep you held captive. There were so many places that I marked in this book, just to go back and read. She takes you to places of remembrances, of childhood, of family and longtime friends. She takes you to places of joy, sadness, laughter… In this book, Olivia thinks she has been jilted when she has just been left. Olivia’s unanswered questions takes her on a...
  • April
    1970-01-01
    Allan has crafted a superb novel full of genuine trials and questionable faith in God. This is a story full of tragedy, heartbreak, doubt, questions, and love. The characters are well written and the story is full of suspense. I highly recommend this book to fans of the literary fiction genre.