Throwback Thursday is a fun meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk as a way to share reviews of books that are old favorites, as well as books that have finally been read after languishing for a while.
For my very first Throwback Thursday post, I wanted to feature a recent favorite book of mine, Before I Let You Go! Yesterday, I was contacted by the publisher, Harlequin/Graydon House, about using part of my review as a testimonial. This was a book I connected to deeply, which is precisely why I read, and I am both flattered and honored to have been quoted by the publisher about this book!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
This was a Traveling Sister read, and I enjoyed the discussion that this thought-provoking book generated. Please visit Norma and Brenda’s blog for this review, the combined Traveling Sister reviews, and much more: https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/2…
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 is now available!