Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer @KelRimmerWrites #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Before I Let You GoBefore I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer

Our rating : 4.5 out of 5

Norma’s Review

BEFORE I LET YOU GO by KELLY RIMMER is a touching, raw, heartbreaking and an absolutely wonderful novel that had me totally emotionally engaged and interested throughout the entire book. I was totally immersed in this deeply moving and beautifully written story here making it hard to put down.

KELLY RIMMER delivers a compassionate, thought-provoking and well-written story here that touches on so many emotional issues and the sensitive subject matter of addiction. The story was told in alternating perspectives from Lexie in present day and from Annie through letters and diary entries. The portrayal of these characters and the bond that these two sisters shared was executed so well and in a realistic and honest way that touched my heart.

To sum it all up it was an interesting, insightful, unforgettable, emotional, and an enjoyable read with a touching, heart-wrenching, and bittersweet ending. Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Harlequin – Graydon House Books and Kelly Rimmer for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book in exchange for a review!

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Brenda’s Review

Before I Let You Go grabbed my heart from the first page and didn’t let go of it. Kelly Rimmer skillfully writes with compassion and honesty as she explores the bond between two sisters from their traumatic childhood and to the crisis they now face.

Kelly Rimmers does an excellent job compassionately creating our main characters here with Annie and Lexie as they deal with Annie’s drug addiction and an unjust law and the trauma of their past. She realistically captures Annie’s addiction and Lexie’s feelings of guilt, desperation and anxiety for Annie without forcing any emotions on her readers but allowing us to feel our own. Kelly Rimmer brings insight and understanding to the reality of addiction for people who experience it and their families.

I found the ending well-done even though it wasn’t the direction I wanted it to go, it’s a story I won’t forget. A story that offers hope in understanding the reality of addiction and a look at a different side to it as well. I highly recommend!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Harlequin – Graydon House Books and Kelly Rimmer for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book in exchange for a review!

 

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Lindsay’s Review

5 stars! This was a touching and emotional novel that affected me deeply. I have not stopped thinking about these characters since I finished reading.

This is a story about addiction. It involves family secrets that test the strength of the bond of sisters. This novel will challenge you to examine your thoughts and feelings toward addiction and the effects it has on the addict as well as their families. My mind was swimming with my thoughts and reactions as the story progressed. I questioned myself constantly throughout the pages of this story, asking how I would react and I really struggled to find my answers (some answers I still have not yet found).

There are many books about addiction. For me, the piece that truly pulled me into this story was that it was about drug addiction during pregnancy. This got right to my heart and kept me fully invested from first to the last sentence.

I will warn readers that there are upsetting scenes and discussions about the effects that substance abuse during pregnancy has on a newborn baby, but my suggestion is to push through these uncomfortable details (if you feel you can) because this story, as a whole, is deeply contemplative and insightful. It was a very eye-opening journey – one I will never forget experiencing. I would like to thank Kelly Rimmer for writing this deeply affecting story and opening up my mind to understand and show compassion to people who are often judged and ridiculed.

This was a Traveling Sister Read and it sparked very deep discussion and debate.

A big thank you to NetGalley, HARLEQUIN – Graydon House Books and Kelly Rimmer for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Jennifer’s Review

5 big stars to Before I Let You Go, an honest, emotional, compassionate story of addiction

When Lexie’s estranged sister, Annie, calls her one day for help, it’s serious. Annie has been using drugs again, and she’s pregnant and showing signs of early labor. On top of that, she’s afraid she’ll lose her baby and possibly be arrested due to endangerment laws.
The reader quickly learns there’s more to Annie’s past and why she abuses drugs, a past that is quite painful and told through her own words in letters. What ensues is the push-pull dynamic of a sibling trying to help, support, advocate for, and love her sister in all the ways she knows how, as both a doctor and family member.

Because of the unique sibling interplay, as well as the underlying mental illness and tremendous pain, this book reminded me of Everything Here is Beautiful, another favorite book of mine this year. The characterization and writing styles are different, but the emotionality and authenticity are there in both books in spades.

At times raw, but always honest and compelling, Before I Let You Go is an important read. One that sheds light on addiction and its impact on families, but at a much deeper level, how society treats females with drug addiction differently, mothers especially, legally and with underlying stigma.

Thank you to Kelly Rimmer for writing this book with great care and compassion, as well as Graydon House/Harper Collins, and Edelweiss for the complimentary copy. Before I Let You Go will be published on April 3, 2018.

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Susanne’s Review

4 Emotional Stars.

Lexie Vidler’s relationship with her sister Annie has always been complicated. Their childhood wasn’t like most families and Annie always relied on her sister as a mother

figure. When Lexie gets a call at 2 a.m. after not hearing from heard sister for years, she knows something is wrong. Something bad. But then something is always wrong with Annie. Annie is a drug addict. Has been for years. This time however, it’s not just drugs that Annie has a problem with. Annie is strung out and extremely pregnant and Annie needs medical attention.

Where they live in Alabama, it’s a felony to use drugs while pregnant, thus if Annie gives birth in the hospital, she will lose custody of her baby and go to prison. Yet Annie calls her sister, – her sister – the doctor (whose boyfriend is also an M.D.). Lexie wants to help and she only knows one way to do so. Soon Lexie and her boyfriend Sam’s life is turned upside down, caring for Annie’s daughter Daisy, while Annie is in court ordered rehab.

Lexie and Annie’s relationship is complicated. Always has been. Their childhood, was unlike any other. Annie’s past haunts her. It is heartbreaking. She is raw, pained and struggling. At times, it seemed like she simply just survived. Lexie has always been the mother figure. She has always been the defensive one, unable to let anyone in, ashamed of her sister. Ashamed of her own life. Addiction, you see, is a family disease. You can’t hide from it, even when you want to, and that was prevalent here, as Lexie tried to do so for years.

“Before I Let You Go” by Kelly Rimmer – expertly delved into the subject of drug addiction and how it affected two sisters and their families, as well. Heart wrenching doesn’t begin to cover it. As I said, addiction is a family disease. It is not a label and everyone has a story. Lexie and Annie’s is a powerful one. The characters make you feel, they tear at your heart, make you anxious, make you angry and make you cry. “Before I Let You Go” is a novel that captures a lot of emotions and is one that I highly recommend.

 

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