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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.

Their relationship is at a precipice.

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?




asks…what choice does a wounded hero have when loving his woman means breaking his own heart?



Crystal Patriarche
(480) 650-1688


Koehler Books

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 Suns 

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

Carol Van Den Hende has written a wonderful, heartbreaking yet heartwarming novel, perfect for our times. I couldn’t put this book down and was captivated by the main character, CEO Phoenix Walker. I highly recommend reading Goodbye, Orchid, and sharing it with everyone you know.

—Michele Kessler, Chief Executive Officer at REBBL Inc.

A human drama that traverses every emotion, Goodbye, Orchid reminded me how life can change in a second. It’s a beautifully written tale about the power of true love to overcome deep-seated misbeliefs. Phoenix and Orchid’s story will forever live in my heart. Highly recommend!

—Gordana Gehlhausen, Project Runway couture designer

The characters leapt off the page and into my heart.

—TOBIE KRAMER, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist

GOODBYE, ORCHID takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride, through this serious romance, layered with trauma and lost love.

– SUSAN CUSHMAN, author of Friends of the Library, and Cherry Bomb

This beautiful story shows the impact on those transformed as a result of tragedy, and the resulting hope that follows. Love heals.

– BARBARA MCNALLY, licensed physical therapist, author of Wounded Warrior: Wounded Wife and Four Faces of Femininity, Huffington Post contributor

An inspiring and explosive novel showing how two people confront the misperceptions in their lives.

– LARRY KIRSHBAUM, literary agent and publishing advisor

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