Never Say Goodbye

A compelling and deeply moving novel of friendship, family and the power of love, from the Sunday Times top ten bestseller.


How would you cope with the threat of losing someone you love?


Josie Clark is a loving wife and mother. She and her husband Jeff don’t have much and it’s often difficult to make ends meet. But Josie will do anything to protect her family and keep them safe.


Bel Monkton is a successful property developer, living in a beautiful house by the sea. She seems to have everything going for her, but she’s lonely. And she’s let the shadows from her past cloud her future.


Josie’s life couldn’t be more different to Bel’s. But three years ago, tragedy tore Bel’s life in two. Now it’s happening to Josie.


And faced with uncertainty and heartbreak, they come to treasure their growing friendship.

Reviews for “Never Say Goodbye”

  • Marie Piper says:

    Never Say Goodbye is one of the best books I have ever read on such an emotive subject, I cried through most of it! I was especially touched when I read on Page 84 that the young Eastern European girl who had been found dead was named Anca and she came from a town in Romania called Slatina. What memories that brought back for me, as in the early 90’s I worked as a volunteer in that town helping the many orphans and abandoned children. My interpreter’s name was Anca. You are a very gifted author – God Bless you. Marie

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Thank you so much for these lovely words, Marie. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book, and your trip down memory lane. What amazing coincidences. I hope this message finds you well and that you might enjoy more of my books in time.

  • Janet Lee says:

    Loved the book from the very first page.
    Really helped me to appreciate life and loved ones more than i had before.
    Looking forward to read all of your works.

  • Anita says:

    Really good book but so disappointed at the end (well it was good up to page 418 actually) as the last couple of pages were missing from the library book (from 419 onwards!!) How does this end please? Josie & Jeff were hoping to renew their vows, Bel has just got together with Harry, Josie’s cancer seems to be stable….what happens next please? Thanks Anita x

    • Susan Lewis says:

      I’m afraid we can’t post it here, because it would spoil it for other readers. You should ask your library to get you a complete edition. Very sorry to hear that you’ve had this experience.

  • Nick Mason says:

    In truth I am Jeff in this book! Downloaded the audio version from Audible and loved it! Your characters are full of real life! You have made me laugh, fill with emotion (man-code for cry) and chase away a few personal demons! Love the pace, style and reality!

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi “Jeff” thank you so much for these very positive words. It’s not often I hear from a man, especially not one as open and self-confident as you clearly are. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that the book meant so much to you.

  • Kath says:

    Having read and enjoyed all of your books I knew this would be ‘ a must read’, I found as always that I couldn’t put it down. As I got into the book felt so emotional. can’t wait for your next book to be published,

    Many thanks for your lovely books

  • Vivien Cox says:

    I have read many of your books and loved them all but this was exceptional. Wonderfully written and towards the end I had to keep putting it down to dry my tears. Thank you.

  • Alison Reeves says:

    Loved this week and couldn’t put it down. I felt quite emotional at the end. I have now given it to my friend to read and she can’t put it down either!! I am sorry to say that this is the first book of yours that I have read but it won’t be the last!! I am now on the look out for all the others. Thank you for a good read.

    • Susan Lewis says:

      That’s absolutely marvellous to hear, thank you. And thank you for introducing your friend to my books too. I really hope you enjoy many more of them.

  • Musammat Fathima says:

    Heyy….Susan maa’m….
    i’ve jst read Never say goodbye…and dis is da frst book i’ve read of urs…n to telll u i jst lvvvddd it….i salute da wayy u wass reallyyy touchyyy..jst tochd ma heartt..
    n aftr readin ua book i’ve becm such a great fan of ua’s dat m gonnaa buy oll ua bookss…
    i wish u luk for ua upcoming books…
    GOOD LUK…and Keep writing
    keep up da fabulousss work!!!! 🙂
    ua ne and 14 yr old fan 🙂

  • Diane Baltes says:

    Dear Susan,
    I just finishend this book and loved every page!
    Thank you, I can’t wait to read more of your books.
    It also helps to paint the picture of what a family goes through and to help us all to remember to keep on checking our breasts!

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Thank you so much for these lovely words, and for being brave enough to stay with the book. I know some have found it difficult, so again a huge thank you. xxx

  • tracy shehadi says:

    im a great fan of susans books,i can never put them down.but this one i seemed to be close to,i’m 2 years in remission.this book shows you exactly what the person and family go through,loved it xx

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi Tracy, thank you for such warm words. They’re especially meaningful coming from someone in your position. Congratulations on the two years maybe they turn into forty two and more!!!!

  • Lorraine Reese-Jones says:

    Wow what a fantastic book and heart renching story. Could not put it dow.

  • marina says:

    This is the second book I have read by Susan, took my 2days 2 read as I found I was always wanting to know what would happen next! Fell in love with Josie as she’s just a normal hard working lady trying to make ends meet, Bel is also another loveable character, the bond they both share is heart warming! I must admit I did cry quite a few times an found myself thinking of the storey days after reading it! Wonderful, amazing, touching storey from very start to end! Wonderful ending, well done Susan x

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Such lovely words, Marina. Thank you so much. I’m so glad you found this book so moving and heartwarming. I loved Josie too, and yesterday I was at a Breast Cancer Care Fashion show thinking of her! Really brought tears to my eyes.
      I hope you enjoy more of my books if you get round to them.

  • Lesley Parr says:

    Started this book yesterday afternoon and finished it this morning. Absolutely brilliant. Tears and laughter all the way through. Loved it

  • Sally Garland says:

    Thouriughly enjoyed every minute if this book, a guttsy woman who protected her family no matter what the cost to herself. Loved the characters and the emotions, and being set in Bristol means so much more real. Susan brings the book to life for me, im not a regular book reader only when im on holiday as I dont get much time normally, but whenever I do its always a susan lewis book, and there are nearly always tears. Keep up the great work.

  • Kelly J says:

    Another great book to read, was a very emotional read in parts.

    Can’t wait for another book to come out.


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