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Carol Van Den Hende’s Goodbye, Orchid has won the Pinnacle Book Award for multicultural fiction!

This debut novel is also a Lone Star Writing Contest finalist.

Praise for Goodbye, Orchid:


“A richly detailed story of star-crossed lovers . . . all told with unforgettable heart and insight.”

—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of Pictures of You, Cruel Beautiful World and With or Without You


“A book full of soul and heart about love, loss and redefining oneself. I adored this modern, important take on the power of love.”-Karin Tanabe, author of A Hundred SunsGoodbye, Orchid tugs at readers’ heartstrings and takes us on an emotional roller-coaster ride through this serious romance, layered with trauma and lost love. The characters-including Phoenix’s twin brother and friends-are richly drawn, and the themes are timeless. But it’s the story that kept me turning those pages and hoping for a satisfying ending. Van Den Hende did not disappoint.”

—Susan Cushman, author of Friends of the Library and Cherry Bomb


Goodbye, Orchid is a beautiful book, full of deep, thoughtful truths as well as hard-won wisdom for its protagonists. All the characters are richly drawn, and the author never shies away from showing us their flawed humanity. Their individualized and honest perspectives make the journeys as surprising as they are engaging.”

—Chris Kipiniak, actor, writer Marvel Comics, The Truth podcast, co-creator BEHEMOTH


“Ms. Van Den Hende tells a heart-pounding story of survival, resilience and true grit.”

—InD’tale Magazine


Rising from ashes is hard. Giving up the one you love is harder.

Thirty-two year-old Phoenix Walker is an entrepreneur who has built an agency with a heart almost as big as his own. To add to his good fortune, he’s falling for Orchid Paige, the beautiful half-Asian marketer who’s collaborated with him on a winning military campaign.

They’ve grown close after months working and traveling together. She’s even divulged the trauma in her past that makes her panic over images of injured vets. He’s trying not to cross their professional boundary.

The searing attraction between them builds.

Until an accident changes him forever.

Now, he’s faced with the hardest decision of his life. Does he burden the woman whose traumatic childhood makes him feel protective of her? Or does true love mean leaving her without explaining why?


Visit author website: https://carolvandenhende.com/