The Year of Goodbyes and Hellos

by Kelly Irvin, Jessica Holtan, Jeremy Childs

On Sale: 2023-12-05

Book Summary

Two sisters come together and reevaluate their priorities when one sister receives a terminal diagnosis.

About the Book

In a novel inspired by the author’s own cancer experience, two sisters seek a new balance in work, family, and love when one receives a diagnosis that sets the clock ticking.

Determined to save Sherri’s life, Kristen drops everything to guide her sister on the harrowing cancer treatment journey. When she’s unable to balance the strain of caring for her patients, being a wife and mother, and her frantic efforts to save her sister, Kristen’s carefully balanced life crumbles, starting with her marriage. Desperate to regain her footing, she vows to rebuild her broken relationships . . . as soon as she’s sure Sherri will beat the odds stacked against her.

Unlike her sister, Sherri Reynolds has worked to cultivate balance in her life. Her children, her job as a teacher, and her strong faith keep her grounded—until her diagnosis sends her spiraling into the scary world of what-ifs and unknown outcomes. Sherri faces the agonizing realization that family history may be about to repeat itself. With the clock ticking, she’s determined to use whatever time she has left to heal old wounds and restore relationships.

The Year of Goodbyes and Hellos is a novel that will have readers reaching for the tissue box again and again as the author uses her own experience of living with ovarian cancer for seven years (and counting) to provide first-hand knowledge of sitting in the chair when the diagnosis is first delivered and the repercussions that follow.

  • Poignant contemporary Christian fiction
  • Stand-alone novel
  • Book length: 113,000 words
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs



'A heartbreaking, truth-telling look at the ravages of cancer on the body and soul. Kelly Irvin's tale will resonate with anyone who has been affected by this terrible disease. Told with compassion and love, The Year of Goodbyes and Hellos is a perfect fit for fans of Tosca Lee, Patty Callahan Henry, and Allison Winn Scotch.'

'Kelly Irvin has crafted an emotional and moving story of family, grief, and forgiveness, and reminds us of God's unfailing love, even in the midst of the storm.'

Product Details

  • Imprint: Thomas Nelson
  • On Sale: 2023-12-05
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2023-12-05
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  • Category 1 : FICTION / Medical
  • Category 2 : FICTION / Contemporary Women