Published by Graydon House on April 1st 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
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Your sister needs you. But her child needs you more...
As children, Lexie and Annie were incredibly close. Bonded by the death of their beloved father and their mother's swift remarriage, they weathered the storms of life together. When Lexie leaves home to follow her dream, Annie is forced to turn to her leather-bound journal as the only place she can confide her deepest secrets and fears...
As adults, sisters Lexie and Annie could not be more different. Lexie is a doctor, successful in her practice and happily engaged. Annie is addicted to heroin - a thief, a liar, and unable to remain clean despite the fact that she is pregnant. When Annie's newborn baby is in danger of being placed in foster care, Annie picks up the phone to beg her sister for help. Will Lexie agree to help and take in her young niece? And how will Annie survive, losing the only thing in her life worth living for?
Before I Let You Go is the story of a pair of sisters tragic childhood that has led them where they are today, both the good and the bad.
Lexie and Annie were both young when their father died in a terrible accident, which was hard for them to completely understand and cope with. Their mother just shut down, withdrew from her daughters and stayed hidden up in her room, leaving Lexie to care for Annie and herself. Lexie and Annie were always close, but this and sudden marriage of tier mother to a controlling man, and moving to a new “community” brought them even closer. This community that their mother has moved them to is a religious cult, but she claims it is what is best for them, becasue they’re all family. Lexie left home as soon as she old enough to be on her own, but she left Annie behind.
Now as adults, Lexie has worked hard to become a successful doctor while her sister has led a life of promiscuity and drugs addiction. She finds herself pregnent and in need of Lexie’s help. Lexie is strong and has things about having control over things, in her personal life as well as work. She doens’t like to ask for anyone’s help either, but dealing with a sister who is not only addicted to drugs but is now pregnant, she needs to. But old habits die hard though, and Annie doesn’t make it any easier for her either. Her attitude abut everything that was going on was selfish, and she seemed to be just self sabotaging, I wanted to see more from her now that she was pregnant. I know a lot if was her drug addiction, so I had to have a little more patience with her character. She had a tough for a head of her. And so did Lexie.
The story is told from both Lexie and Annie, but Lexie tells of the events of what is happening currently, and Annie’s POV is in journal format while under going drugs treatment. Getting a glimpse of what their lives were like up until this point was so emotional and completely heartbreaking. Rimmer did am amazing job with these characters, making you feel their feelings and fears and even their anger. You felt it all right along with them, and for them. Drug addiction was af the forefront of this, and it brings all of what it does to those close to the addict, as well as what happens if there is an unborn child. It is brutally honest, and raw, and it definitely shines a light on the stigma of this heartbreaking disease and how we treat those who are going through it, both personally and legally.
Before I Let You Go was a fantastic but hard read for me, it evoked so may emotions in me, frustration, anger and sadness, and the tears just came. I was a blubbering mess when I finally got done reading the last page. It isn’t often that a book can do that for me. It was truly an emotional story and very thought provoking and one I would definitely recommend. Just have some tissues handy.
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