Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer

Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Graydon House
Author: Kelly Rimmer
Release Date: April 3, 2018

Two publishers come to mind when I name favorites. Lake Union Publishing is one, but Graydon House has quickly found its way to the top of my list. The publisher's selection of women's fiction novels continues to impress. Before I Let You Go broke my heart over and over again. Kelly Rimmer is an author you need to discover.

Lexie has achieved a level of success despite her past. After her father's death, her family life spiraled. She moved on 20 years ago. She's now a successful doctor and is engaged to the man of her dreams, who also happens to be a doctor. When she left home at 16, she had to leave her younger sister behind. Her sister has always been a part of her life.

Annie comes and goes from Lexie's world when it suits her. For Lexie, Annie's 2 a.m. cry for help is just another sign that Annie's once again trying to cause havoc. She wants to ignore her, but Annie says she's pregnant and not thriving. If she goes to the hospital, she faces jail for her addiction. If she doesn't go to the hospital, the baby is at risk. Annie really wants to do what's best for her unborn child.

Once again, Lexie gets dragged into Annie's world of addiction. This time, there are others at stake. There's a baby to think of and Lexie's fiance who is not accustomed to Annie's attitude and behavior. Annie and Lexie both have to delve into their past if they're to find any hope in the future.

The aspect of addiction is not glossed over in Before I Let You Go. It's written with incredible detail and emotion. I teared up so many times as both women talked about their past, their hopes for the future, and what needed to be done right now. This story has you on a roller coaster that just doesn't stop.

While I've had no experience with drug addiction, I have seen family members deal with alcoholism. Addiction isn't pretty. It's brutal and challenging on the best day. Kelly Rimmer captures that perfectly. She also spends a lot of time examining laws that treat pregnant addicts like the lowest of the low. I'd never thought of that angle.

This story is truly a book that reading groups need to read. It covers so many things from abuse to addiction and pregnancy to opiod-addicted infants. I cried, I cried some more, and I ended up refusing to stop reading. I had to know how it all turned out in the end and wasn't about to wait till morning. It's a powerful and very poignant book.


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