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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Before I Let You Go (Review)

The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar—and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she’s not just strung out—she’s pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of her baby—maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable.

As weeks unfold, Lexie finds herself caring for her fragile newborn niece while her carefully ordered life is collapsing around her. She’s in danger of losing her job, and her fiancĂ© only has so much patience for Annie’s drama. In court-ordered rehab, Annie attempts to halt her downward spiral by confronting long-buried secrets from the sisters’ childhood, ghosts that Lexie doesn’t want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her down a darker path?

Both candid and compassionate, Before I Let You Go explores a hotly divisive topic and asks how far the ties of family love can be stretched before they finally break.
Before I Let You Go
Kelly Rimmer
Pub Date: 4/3/18
Graydon House
Genre: Women's Fiction
Rating: 4/5
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Before I Let You Go is a heartbreaking story of addiction and the bond between sisters from bestselling author Kelly Rimmer. In alternating perspectives, between Lexie and the journal entries of her younger sister Annie, readers see the effect of abuse and drug addiction and how it consumes multiple lives.

Lexie and Annie were close growing up, but the death of their father left a void in their lives and caused a series of events destined to leave a mark. Their relationship took an imperceptible change when Lexie left Annie behind to secure their future. Reunited years later after a history of Lexie's failed attempts to guide her sister from a path of destruction, she has no choice but to save Annie yet again. This time Annie is in premature labor and her baby is in danger of neonatal abstinence syndrome. With the support of Lexie and her fiancé, Annie just might finally get herself the help she needs in order to raise her child.

If you don't shed even one tear while reading this story you might be just a bit heartless. The very premise of the novel is tragic, but Kelly Rimmer weaves in threads of hope and love that follow you to a gut-wrenching conclusion. The turn of events in the plot are so believable as one broken expectant mother searches for the courage to finally battle her demons and heal for the sake of her precious baby. I honestly prepared to hate Annie's character for being in her situation, but her story was just so raw and her pain so vivid that I could only wish she pull through her ordeal. Even Lexie had to find the courage to let her sister face her issues on her own. After all, while Annie is in rehab she and Sam will be responsible for her niece. Any story about family and tragic circumstances can be tough to read, but throw in a helpless baby born with exposure to drugs and there's no way I'm walking away from this story!

Before I Let You Go is an intense, thought-provoking story that will expand our knowledge of everyday issues surrounding pregnant women struggling with addiction. This is a story I think readers  will appreciate adding to their 'keep' shelves!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

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