Goodbye, Orchid delivers a powerful message about the effect misunderstandings can have on a fledgling relationship. It is packed with valuable life lessons that are evident with each misstep Phoenix takes.


The Description

The Goodbye, Orchid Trilogy: Book 1
Publication Date: September 13, 2022

One of the most anticipated 2020 fall reads: Buzzfeed l Parade l Travel+Leisure. Winner: 2020 American Fiction Award l Pinnacle Achievement Award.

“Page-turner” “Breath of awe” “Tugs on your soul”

Can love blossom after life changes in an instant?

One July morning in Manhattan, handsome athlete and entrepreneur Phoenix Walker accompanies his love, half-Asian beauty Orchid, to the airport.

Neither believes today is goodbye.

But after she leaves, disaster strikes. Phoenix wakes in the hospital, broken, forever changed. He longs for Orchid but remembers the tragedy in her past that makes her panic over images of trauma.

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?

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

“A tale of sacrifice and rebirth; heroism is in the details.” -SSGT Aaron Michael Grant, author of TAKING BAGHDAD: Victory in Iraq With the US Marines

If you like heart-warming stories of resilience and magnanimous heroes, then you’ll love this award-winning tale that’s inspired by combat-injured veterans. For fans of Me Before You and The Fault in Our StarsGoodbye, Orchid asks…

“What choice does a wounded hero have when loving his woman means breaking his own heart?”

Order your copy of Goodbye, Orchid and immerse yourself in this beautiful love story. Available in Kindle, paperback and hardcover.

■ 2022 International Book Award Finalist: Women’s Fiction and Multicultural Fiction
■ 2022 Beach Book Festival General Fiction Honorable Mention
■ 2022 New York Book Festival General Fiction Honorable Mention
■ 2022 July International Impact Award Multicultural Fiction
■ 2022 Summer Outstanding Creator Awards Grand Prize Honorable Mention; 2nd Place Women’s Fiction, Multicultural, Romance, and Drama; 3rd Place Literary & Contemporary Fiction; Honorable Mention Best Couple
■ 2022 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention General Fiction
Goodbye Orchid Honors-
■2020 American Fiction Award WINNER urban fiction
■2020 Pinnacle Achievement Award WINNER multicultural fiction
■2020 Outstanding Fiction IAN Book Award for Best New Novel 50-80K words
■2020 Royal Dragonfly Award WINNER Cover Design and Special Needs/Disability Awareness
■2020 New York Book Festival General Fiction Honorable Mention
■2020 Best Book Award Finalist: Best New Fiction and Fiction: General
2021 Chanticleer International Book Chatelaine Award 1st Place Winner
■The Write Review Top 2020 Favorite
■In D’Tale Magazine Crowned Heart 5-stars
■Audiobook Reviewer 2020 New Author of the Year
And more.

The Review

During televised sports, I often find myself shaking my head at family members yelling at people on the screen as if they would somehow be heard. After diving into Goodbye, Orchid by Carol Van Den Hende, I completely understand the compulsion to communicate in an attempt to avoid an inevitable outcome.

From the beginning, I was intrigued by Phoenix and Orchid because they were still in the attraction phase. Phoenix was ever so careful to stay within the boundaries of a mentor/protégé, but it was apparent that it would only be a matter of time, perhaps when Orchid returned from an overseas assignment, for them to deepen their relationship.

However, a life-altering accident sends Phoenix on a spiral into a deep depression. This is the point where I started berating a fictional character…and continued as each of his decisions created more chaos. The author provides multiple opportunities for Phoenix to pick himself up, but even with his mother and twin brother supporting him, Phoenix maintains that he is broken.

I give a lot of credit to Orchid’s character for her deep well of patience. She’s trying to fight a battle without any real sense of direction. Ultimately, there may not be a happy ending, which is demonstrated by an emphasis on the complexity of relationships through love and loss.

Goodbye, Orchid delivers a powerful message about the effect misunderstandings can have on a fledgling relationship. It is packed with valuable life lessons that are evident with each misstep Phoenix takes.

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About The AuthorCarol Van Den Hende is the award-winning author of “Orchid Blooming” and “Goodbye, Orchid” which are inspired by wounded veterans and have won 20+ literary awards, including the American Fiction Award, IAN Outstanding Fiction First Novel Award, and 2020 Royal Dragonfly for Disability Awareness.

Buzzfeed, Parade, and Travel+Leisure named “heartwarming, heartbreaking” Goodbye, Orchid a most anticipated read. Glamour Magazine recommended this “modern, important take on the power of love.” The International Pulpwood Queens, selected Goodbye, Orchid as a 2022 Bonus Book-of-the-Month.

Carol’s mission is unlocking optimism as a writer, speaker, strategist, Board member and Climate Reality Leader. One secret to her good fortune? Her humorous husband and twins, who prove that love really does conquer all.


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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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5-STAR REVIEW: ORCHID BLOOMING by Carol Van Den HendeGoodbye, Orchid delivers a powerful message about the effect misunderstandings can have on a fledgling relationship. It is packed with valuable life lessons that are evident with each misstep Phoenix takes.