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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Loveyoubye: Holding Fast, Letting Go, and Then There's the Dog by Rossandra White is a beautiful memoir that revolves around the author's story of loss. Rossandra White finds her world crumbling when her husband of twenty-five years walks out on her without any explanation. She realizes that probably there were cracks in their marriage which she did not notice and which increased over time. White returns to South Africa for a while to take care of her disabled younger brother and, when she gets back to California, she finds that her dog Sweetpea is seriously ill. Sweetpea is the one who forms a connection between her husband and her. She has to take a decision which will change her life, that is to either leave her husband and start a new life or stay in a marriage that is over.
It is a fantastic read with a lot of heart wrenching moments that will make readers feel sad, compassionate and grateful. The story of holding onto a marriage that is breaking up and the emotional struggles and pain of the author is relatable and believable. The shuttling of the scenes from California to South Africa adds another dimension to the memoir and it is an intensely personal write. The dog Sweetpea has also an important role in the book. It is a story of loss, letting go and acceptance. The slow death of a long marriage and all the events connected to it will make readers laugh and cry at the same time.