The Best Goodbye: A Rosemary Beach Novel

The Best Goodbye: A Rosemary Beach Novel

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by Abbi Glines

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next sizzling novel in the Rosemary Beach series, featuring well-known playboy and Blaire’s half brother, Captain.

The look on Rose’s face had screamed that she was hiding something. Hell, she’d practically run away from me. There was something to that. I knew there was...


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next sizzling novel in the Rosemary Beach series, featuring well-known playboy and Blaire’s half brother, Captain.

The look on Rose’s face had screamed that she was hiding something. Hell, she’d practically run away from me. There was something to that. I knew there was...

After ten years in the employ of a mysterious crime boss, River “Captain” Kipling is ready to leave his sordid past—and his cover occupation as an upscale restaurateur—behind him. The only thing standing in the way of his “retirement” is his commitment to launch a new restaurant in the resort town of Rosemary Beach. With his sister, Blaire, nearby, Captain can delay his dream of running a humble bar on the waterfront, but the unwanted attentions of his head server, Elle, have him itching to get out.

Until he notices Rose Henderson, the new server at the restaurant. All he knows about the pretty redhead with the cute glasses is that she’s a hardworking single mom from Oklahoma. But there’s something overly familiar about her laugh...something strange about the way she looks at Captain...

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Atria Books
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Rosemary Beach Series , #12
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5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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The Best Goodbye


Being short sucks. There was never a time in my life when I thought, Gee, being short is awesome. Not once. I could never reach things in high-up places. Which was what was happening now. I’d been sent by Elle to unpack the glasses and line them up on the shelves behind the bar, but I was struggling more than I cared to admit.

I wasn’t a fan of the head server. She was gorgeous and mean, not to mention tall. She had no idea how hard it was for someone who was only five foot four to balance on a bar stool on her tiptoes with her hands full of glasses. Or maybe she did know, and she was doing this just to be cruel.

Leaning forward, I slipped another glass safely into one of the slots built into the wall for just this purpose. The stool wobbled, and I stilled, holding my breath. Easing back slowly, I managed to keep my balance. Only two more boxes to unpack, I thought, wishing that each box didn’t hold ten glasses.

“You break those glasses, and the cost comes out of your paycheck. I don’t have room in the budget for broken inventory,” a deep voice drawled behind me. I knew that voice. I didn’t hear it often, but when I did, it was usually annoyed with me.

Once, it hadn’t been that way. Once, that voice had eased my fears, protected me, and given me a safe place to go. Now all I got were cold, detached words from him. I kept thinking the pain would ease up eventually. But it never did.

Time had changed both of us. Instead of loving him until I was breathless, I just wanted to slap his handsome face and leave town.

“Get down, Rose,” River ordered harshly. “Go do something useful. I’ll get someone who can manage this.”

At least he remembered my name this time. Last week, he had referred to me as Rachel, Daisy, and Rhonda on three separate occasions. My constant corrections must have stuck. I got that the man had a restaurant full of new employees, and the stress of the grand opening in just two weeks’ time was weighing on him. But still. The boy I once knew had been kind, thoughtful, and a hero. My hero.

At some point over the past ten years, River had changed his name to Captain and had become hard. Untouchable. Even his girlfriend, the oh-so-nice Elle, didn’t seem to have access to a softer side of River. The side I’d once known best. No one had that. I didn’t believe it existed anymore.

“Elle told me to put the glasses away,” I said, jumping down from the stool and standing up as straight as I could. River was well over six foot two now, and he’d always towered over me. Even when we were sixteen.

He didn’t comment on that. Instead, he nodded toward the kitchen. “Brad needs help with the cooking supplies that just came in. Go help him. I’ll find someone who isn’t vertically challenged to finish this.”

My face flushed hot from embarrassment. It wasn’t like I’d messed up or broken anything. I had done just fine. I was doing the job slowly, but I was getting it done.

“I’m fine. My height isn’t affecting my ability to do this job, if that’s what you mean,” I snapped at him.

He didn’t even glance back at me as he sauntered toward the door. “We open in two weeks. I’d like the glasses to be up by then.” He walked out.

“Jerk,” I muttered. I had a good mind to finish putting those glasses up myself anyway. But with my luck, I’d end up breaking an entire box of them. I couldn’t afford to lose this job. I had packed up my life and come down to Rosemary Beach, Florida, once I found out that this was where I could find River. I hadn’t thought past that. I had searched for him for years with no luck.

This lead had been the first real one I’d had. So I’d taken it. Getting this job had been easier than I thought, and I needed it. This town wasn’t big, and it was hard to find employment. The house I’d found for rent was just outside the town limits—and it was tiny—but it was safe and affordable. That was all we needed.

We were living in the guest house of one of the massive beach homes that lined the shore. The only resident in the main house was an elderly lady, Diana Baylor, who seemed thrilled to have us right outside her back door. It was a good fit for all of us.

Without this job, I would have no reason to get close to River. And I had a mission. One I was no longer so sure of. I had to remind myself that I wasn’t doing this for me. My needs and desires had taken a backseat nine years ago when Ann Frances had entered the world and become my reason for living.

The day Franny had turned five, she’d asked for one thing: to meet her father. Every year since then, that was all she ever asked for, on her birthday and on Christmas Day, without fail. She wanted to know her dad like her friends knew theirs. I’d made excuses and tried to compensate for the fact that she only had me. But then I had begun looking for the boy I had loved so much, then one I’d sacrificed everything for to keep him safe.

Looking back, I wondered if my sacrifice was a mistake. Franny’s plea to meet her father made me feel I’d failed her while trying to save River. But I’d been a kid myself then, with choices to make that affected the only people in the world I loved.

“Are you going to finish the job I gave you or stand there and do nothing?” Elle’s voice snapped me out of my thoughts. Her long dark hair was draped over her shoulders, and those catlike green eyes of hers glared at me. I wasn’t sure why she had decided to hate me, but she had.

“Captain told me to stop and help Brad in the kitchen,” I replied, trying not to let my dislike for her lace through my tone. If she complained to River, I was sure he’d fire me.

Elle was one of the biggest obstacles to my plan. I didn’t want anyone so vicious in Franny’s world. As much as my daughter wanted to know her father, I had to decide if that man was worthy of Franny. Sadly, I’d found after two weeks of working for him that he wasn’t exactly measuring up. I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to fulfill my daughter’s one request.

“Fine. Then go. You’re wasting time. We have things to do,” she ordered, pointing toward the kitchen as if I didn’t know where it was.

With a sharp nod, I headed that way. No reason to stay in her presence any longer than necessary.

Meet the Author

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at and

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The Best Goodbye: A Rosemary Beach Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish the number of pages a book has should be required in the overview or we could simply jot it down in our reviews.I don't know why this person took the time to write short but couldn't put how short.I always scratch my head on this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too short for the money!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited for this book. It was ok. Just ok. Not like the others in this series. Not worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To short.
MichelleKemp More than 1 year ago
I loved it !!!! You did it again Abbi another great book. Captain(River) is Hot. I am glad he got is HEA Its was nice to have Blaire, Mase Reese, Nate and Major in it a little was the best. I can't wait until the next book . 5 Stars
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Need to read prior books to really appreciate this story. I love this series. I've listened to the entire Rosemary Beach Series via Audible and have thoroughly enjoyed it, and actually need to catch up my reviews on all the books. The latest novel, The Best Goodbye, is River "Captain" Kipling's story. If you are familiar with the series, Captain is Blaire's brother, and we've gotten to know him in several of the previous novels. He was a bit of an enigma, but When Your're Back (Rosemary Beach #12 - Mace and Reese's story) gave you a little glimpse into Captain's background, and made me really excited about diving into his story. River didn't have an easy childhood and when he lost someone he dearly loved, he struck out on his own, as a teenager, leaving everything behind, even his identity. What took place in the years that followed made him into the man he is now known as...."Captain." He's back in Rosemary Beach, eager to leave his past behind once again, and is planning on doing just that after he finishes getting a new Restaurant off the ground, a task which is turning into a pain in his a**, especially with having to juggle his head server, Elle, and her misconceptions about their so-called relationship around. Then there is Rose......and there is something about Rose that infuriates him and makes him want to devour her in the same breath. Rose Henderson's reason for being in Rosemary Beach goes far deeper than just being a waitress at the new Resort there. In fact, she's on a which involves River "Captain" Kipling.......a mission that could change Captain/River's life as he knows it forever. As the details of who Rose really is and why she is there gradually unfold, to say things get intense is to put it mildly. Past, present, and future collide as a life that was merges with a life that is, and a possible life that could be is held in the balance, teetering precariously on decisions, actions, trust, and truth. I loved the characters in the book and I loved watching Captain's character evolve into a man that dreams are made of. I don't want to say too much about Rose, because who she is and why she is there are the heart of the story. I will say that The Best Goodbye was sexy, romantic, dangerous, intense, and it ended beautifully. For fans of the series, you'll definitely want to check this one out. Alas, now we wait on Nan's story....and boy does Abbi Glines have her work cut out for her with that. I can't wait to see what she brings to the table, and if the glimpse she gives us at the end of The Best Goodbye is a hint at what I think it might be, we all better hold onto our seat and look out for one heck of a ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fun story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of this storyline was set up in previous books so you know some of Captain's motivations up front. Loved the way the rest played out. Can't wait for Major and Nan (of all people!) story next?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never can go wrong with an abbi glines book especially the rosemary beach series seriously going to miss it when it comes to an end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good story. It compares to the other Rosemary Beach Novels it wasn't what I excepted. If the story had been lengthened with a little more depth like the others it would have been fantastic. Most characters have 2 books and I wishe Captain/River and Addy/Rose would have too. I feel like this was more of a longer outline of what could have been a great story. Abbi Glines is fantastic so the money was still worth it.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
The Best Goodbye by Abbi Glines is an engaging and sweet second-chance-at-love romance. It is easily read as a standalone book, however, fans of Abbi Glines Rosemary Beach series will have more insight into the secondary characters. The Characters are likable and engaging. Their difficult pasts make them jaded and wary about relationships. I found the characters past devastating, and I was rooting for them to have a future together. Addy/Rose was abandoned at age 12, and she entered the foster care system. Shipped from family to family, her life was a mess until she was placed with the Kipling family. While the family was quite dysfunctional, her foster brother,River, takes her under his wing and protects her. How could he not want to shield the delicate, petite, blonde beauty? Another foster home. I didn't get attached to any of them. I'd stopped wishing fora family years ago." River/Captain was given up for adoption. He grows up with the Kipling family, and although he wasn't shipped around, it is less than idyllic. His mom is broken and abusive as a result of her philandering husband, drugs and alcohol. River is blonde, handsome, popular and caring; his popularity at school rivals that of the jocks. He loses the one person he cares most about when he believes that his adoptive mother has finally killed Addy with her abuse. This loss decimates him and defines his life. He makes it his goal to fight abuse. As an adult he is sexy and commanding, but he is never available emotionally. "When River Joshua Kipling decided you were worth protecting, he did it with everything he had." Frank is "Rose's" adorable little girl. She's Addy's mini-me, a bit precocious, and desperate to meet her daddy. "Have a wonderful day. Make it matter, [Addy] said. I got this, [Franny] assured her mother." The plot is evenly paced. The story is primarily about the reunion of River and Addy. It is told in dual time periods. The past is revealed from River's point of view, and the present is told from both Rose's and Captain's perspectives. This interesting structure makes the relative straight-forward story much more interesting. There is a small sub plot that involves Captain's past life. For fans of the series, the tiny bit of foreboding is probably enough to make that storyline interesting, but for me, as a new reader, it felt like an underdeveloped side story. Overall, a 4-star read for me. The Best Goodbye is the perfect amount of sexy and romantic. It is a hopeful, feel-good romance that inspired me to dig into the rest of Abbi Glines' books. This review was done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.
RedCheeksReads1 More than 1 year ago
'I'd been in love with Addy for a while now, but she'd just given me a taste of more. I'd never want anyone but her. This was as close to heaven as any man could get.' I am pretty sure it is impossible for Abbi to write a book that does not suck you in and make you want to abandon all you life plans and just read! The Best Goodbye is full of surprises and a love of a lifetime. "I can't remember what my life was like before you," I told him honestly. "And I don't want to remember." When Rose starts working at Captain's bar he is cold and distant to her. What he doesn't understand is that she is the ghost from his past that has haunted him since he was a teenager and shaped every decision that led him on the dark path he lived since he was a teenager. Single mom "Rose" is determined to figure out if her daughter's father is worthy of being in their lives before she comes out as Addy, the girl he loved and lost. 'The man I was now could never be someone she would love.' Captain and Addy's story is deliciously complex. Going back and forth to their teen years when she was a foster kid living in his house and the present where is a cold and distant man who once lost the only woman he could ever love, The Best Goodbye made me cry and warmed my heart. I adore a story of a single parent especially one where the kid finally gets the parent they always wanted and oh boy did Abbi deliver. 'I was caving fast. My good intentions were hard to hold on to when she smelled like heaven, looked like an angel, and was wearing a f****** red sundress.' I deeply loved Captain and Addy's story and I almost wish is was done in two books like some of the others simply because their past and their present are so complex and intriguing that I wanted even more from them. A delightful addition to one of the most addictive series out there I loved The Best Goodbye and cannot wait for more books in the series to come! **reviewed for red cheeks reads
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love river and addy's story...Another hit for this series and all her books...a must read...i hope this series never ends...MORE PLEASE !!!