I Can't Die Alone

By Regina Bartley

126 ratings - 4.24* vote

She was alone on a journey to find a man she’d never met. She had a backpack filled with three days worth of clothing, and old photograph, and a letter dated 1997. With one goal in mind she set out to find the man from the letter, the man named Benjamin Cooper. The only thing that she knew about this man was that he was married to her mother many years ago, and according t She was alone on a journey to find a man she’d never met. She had a backpack filled with three days worth of

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Kindle Edition, 124 pages
August 21st 2016

(first published January 1st 2014)

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TITLE: I Can't Die Alone
AUTHOR: Regina Bartley
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
CHAPTERS: 21 + Epilogue
RELEASE DATE: August, 2016


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I CAN'T DIE ALONE: Passing out at work and waking up in the hospital twenty year old Tori has been informed by the Doctor that she has pancreatic cancer and may not live to celebrate her twenty-first birthday which is shy of three months away.

The C word had been a constant killer in her family, it had not only killed her mother and her Aunt but it was coming for her too.

This is the first book I've read by 'Regina Bartley' your thrust straight away into the devastating news that Tori has just received, no family, no friends, no one to lean on and help her through this time, the storyline flows effortlessly, you connect with the story and the heroine as soon as you start reading.

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Setting out on a journey to find the last man that loved her mother, she never expected so many life experiences to occur along the way of self discovery, happiness, love and fulfillment. Even though this journey didn't have a happy ending it ended how it should've.

Such a bittersweet read, I loved Bo but reading how her sickness was affecting him broke my heart into smithereens.

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Image and video hosting by TinyPic This journey that I'd set out on
was the best thing that could've ever
happened to me.
I found love, friendship, kindness, and someone
to be with me so that I didn't have to die alone.

This was shorter than what I would normally read, finished in one sitting, BUT there was so much jam packed within I don't think it needed to be any longer. GODS THE FEELS, that leaky eye syndrome got me wiping them a few times, Tori was such a brave character, who knew when she set out on her journey what she would find along the way. It wasn't all about the BIG C, even though that played a big part in this book. I am so glad I took a chance on this book..


4 stars!

Heartbreaking, sweet, inspiriting, the journey of a young girl, Tori who in spite of her devastating situation sets out on a trip to find one person so that she does not die alone. But instead finds two amazing guys, Ben, her mom's first love and his son, Bo.
This guys who take her in and love her and make her so happy. Seeing Tori being loved like that after not having anyone since she lost her mom, was so wonderful. Tori, was such a brave girl, so young and and full of dreams, I cried for her, for all she would miss. But I was so happy that she enjoyed her time with her two guys and how they made some of her wishes come true. I wished Tori and Bo would of had more time together, but the short time they had they shared a special kinda love.
This is one of those books that'll stay with me for a long time.

"I love you with all my heart and soul, and I hope that one day I'll see you again."


Dri ✰

3,7 stars. “You’ll always be my sleeping beauty.”

Micalea Smeltzer

This is hands down Regina's best work to date. It's a story that makes you stop and think about how you would think and feel in Tori's position. I loved all the characters and I admire Regina's ability to make you fall in love with her characters so quickly. Even though this is a sadder story there were more than a few times where I had a smile on my face. I can't wait to see what Regina does next.

Philomena Callan Cheekypee

I've read a few of this authors books and loved them so as soon as I saw this I knew I'd be reading it.
This was a really sad and emotional story. From reading it I can see that the author put her heart and soul right into this story.

Tori was alone in the world and just been told she has cancer. Not wanting to die alone she goes on a trip to find a man from her mothers past. She meets Bo on a park bench who turns out to be the mans son that she's looking for. Will they open their hearts to her or will she die alone.

Although I really liked this story I felt the author rushed it. I don't normally moan about the length of a story but I feel that if it was a little longer I'd be certainly giving it five stars.

Melyssa Winchester


Title: I Can’t Die Alone
Author: Regina Bartley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Rating: ★★★★★



When this hit my kindle, I knew I would drop everything I had to do and devour it. When it’s a Regina Bartley book it goes without saying. It’s been that way with every single one I’ve read thus far and I imagine it will be much the same in the future.

What I also knew was that just based on title alone, I was going to be gutted emotionally. More like slaughtered, and I was. This book delivered on that assumption easily because it deals with such an emotional journey. One that even if you have never gone through it yourself or know any one that has, you’ll still feel something, quite possibly everything for as its unfolding.

I can identify with the subject matter apart from the romance easily, having lived with it, in different ways in my own life. I may have dealt with everything differently than our lovely main character, Tori, but those differences did not make me understand her side of things any less. In fact, her reasoning for the decision she makes here as it pertains to her own life, well, for her, and for a lot of people that are faced with the same issue of their own mortality in life, it made perfect sense.

And in the end, that decision delivered one hell of a journey, both in love and in life. She experienced so much in such a short amount of time and I was captivated, riveted really, by it all.

Enter Bo.

We’ve already talked about how drenched in reality Tori’s situation was, but it was the same for Bo. Showing up on a bench at the perfect time, and happening to be in more ways than one, exactly what she needed, well it was magic. It was real in how he responded to a lot of what she faced, what he would face without her and because of how connected I felt to him apart from her, along with them together, I really was rooting for a beautiful end here.

Which, I’m happy to say I did in fact receive though it may not be the end that most other people will agree with me on. It was heavy and moving and beautiful in its own way and I feel now that I’ve closed the book on the story, on this couple, I got everything I could have wanted and more.

I witnessed love, in all its many forms. I witnessed strength in the midst of pain, happiness like our characters have never truly seen before and in the end, I felt much like Tori near the end. I wasn’t alone. I was there with them, as they were with me. In my heart and soul, where it counts.
5 Beautiful, Emotionally Heartfelt and Moving Stars for this wonderful read.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read an ARC of this before its official release. It was a journey for all characters involved that I am so incredibly glad I got to be a part of.

Bring on the next one, author lady!

E.M. Summers

Title: I Can't Die Alone
Author: Regina Bartley
Series: standalone
Genre: new adult, romantic drama
Rating: 3/5

This is one of those novels dealing with a very difficult subject matter, hard to read for anyone in possession of a heart. I'm not embarrassed to say I cried pretty much all the way through, and that the final 25% I couldn't actually see through my tears any more.

I think, however, the only real criticism I have is that it was too short a read. For something so heavy, extra time could have been devoted to developing both the characters and the relationships a little further. Because of the length, it felt like Bo and Tori fell for one another a little too quickly, and I didn't have enough time to really explore either of the characters enough to really become invested and cry in a more gutted way. Regardless, this was a heartwarming but bittersweet journey, with an excellent premise.

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4.5 Heartbreaking Stars!!

This was my first time reading Ms.Bartley's work and I really enjoyed this heartbreaking story. I never expected all of the little twists and I liked how those things added to the story. It's an emotional rollercoaster ride of a story. I got teary eyed during various parts and I couldn't help but be touched by all of the characters. I liked the fact that it showed how we can meet people in this life that change our worlds forever. It's beautiful, sweet, humorous, and sad. Ms.Bartley wrote a story that is bound to touch readers and leave them an emotional wreck. I look forward to reading more of her work!!

Letters can bring hope . . .

Tori Holt was a character who was a bit of a loner. Once she found out she was dying her one fear was of leaving this world all alone. A letter she discovered brings new found hope and determination to find someone to spend short time with. I liked her weird sense of humor and at times how honest she could be. My heart broke for her and hated the pain she endured. I loved her relationships with both Bo and Ben! I adored her hilarious cat Duncan. I hoped in the end that she would get to live the way she wanted and with the people she wanted in her life.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a read that's quick but sure packs a punch. You better get tissues before reading and be prepared to cry. It deals with serious and realistic issues. This story may not be everyone's cup of tea but it's definitely worth the read and it'll stick with you. I'm sorry if my review is vague but its a story best to discover on your own. If you haven't already One-Clicked Buy it Today!! :) 4.5 Stars all around!!

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2 Stars

I have so much to say about this book, and I don't even know where to start. I will say that this probably is just down to taste, but I want to give an honest review.... So here we go.

From the beginning of this book, you pretty much know it will not be your typical happily ever after. In the first chapter the main character is given a death sentence. Pancreatic cancer and with no other family other than a cat and a grandmother with Alzheimer's, she's resigned to the fact she will die alone. Upon returning home from her diagnosis, begins to reflect and realizes that she doesn't want to be alone. She goes through her mom's things and finds the love letter from an old sweetheart her mother never talked about. And thus begins the journey.

There were just a lot of moments in this book that had me scratching my head. From random detours from the main storyline that NEVER get brought back up, to the mellow dramatic dialogue between the characters, and not to mention these characters are very one dimensional. There was just no depth and in the end, I just didn't care. It seemed rushed and the writing felt immature. It shocked me that I have actually read and loved other works from this author! It makes me sad to have to write a bad review.

~ Renne

Kim Carter

Wow....just wow....I can't fathom being 20 years old and told that I have a mere months to live and being ALONE. Tori is that girl and she sets on a path to find the man that loved her mom back in the day....to share memories of her mom AND in hopes that this man won't let her die alone.....I sobbed LOUDLY, I had to put the book down because my eyes were burning from the tears that were streaming down my face, my nose running and the lumps in my throat as I tried to get myself together to finish. There is no HEA....she dies, yup....no magic unicorn, but it's the way she lived and the way she loved and was loved in return that forced me to continue....my poor dogs probably think I have lost my damn mind. But I would do it again, in a minute.....sometimes we all need a reminder that life is short and the time we are given here on this earth not guaranteed. Thank you Regina Bartley for giving me that reminder and sharing your gift with me and the others who experience the journey....