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Before I Let You Go Audio CD – Unabridged, 3 April 2018
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From the author of The Things We Cannot Say, 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.
“Kelly Rimmer skillfully takes us deep inside a world where love must make choices that logic cannot. Ripped from the headlines and from the heart, Before I Let You Go is an unforgettable novel that will amaze and startle you with its impact and insight.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop at Water’s End
“Before I Let You Go is a heartbreaking book about an impossible decision. Kelly Rimmer writes with wisdom and compassion about the relationships between sisters, mother and daughter…. She captures the anguish of addiction, the agonizing conflict between an addict’s best and worst selves. Above all, this is a novel about the deepest love possible.” —Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author
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 the 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 fiancé 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’ childhoods, ghosts that Lexie doesn’t want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her down a darker path?
''Rimmer's timely novel captures the unbreakable bond of two sisters and humanizes the difficult intersection of the opioid epidemic and the justice system.'' --Publishers Weekly
''A deeply emotional and thought-provoking read. It was impossible to not be moved by this beautifully written book.'' --Vanessa Carnevale, author of The Florentine Bridge
''Another incredible, gripping read from an exceptionally talented author. This book takes you through myriad emotions, whilst opening your eyes to some very important issues for women. I read this in one sitting... So will you. A magnificent read I can't praise or recommend highly enough.'' --Heather Hill, author of The New Mrs D
''Before I Let You Go captures the bittersweet nature of existence and turns it into something truly beautiful. Heartbreaking and life-affirming.'' --Tilly Tennant
''Heartbreaking, soul-searching but ultimately uplifting, this thought-provoking book challenges the judgements society makes and weaves a heartwarming story around the bonds we forge as sister, mother and partner.'' --Zara Stoneley, author of The Holiday Swap
About the Author
Kelly Rimmer is a USA Today bestselling women's fiction author of five novels. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.
- Publisher : Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged AUDIO edition (3 April 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1538510480
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538510483
- Dimensions : 14.73 x 2.79 x 14.22 cm
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Annie was more interesting but not enough to make the book great. And the way both sisters remained in contact with their mother, a woman who managed to completely abandon them while still living in the same house, just infuriated me. I would have completely and permanently cut that woman out of my life if she was my Mum.
Overall parts of the book were decent but it’s not something I would ever recommend.
A heavy book. Very difficult to read in places but keeps you hanging on. Tackles some very big issues.
Handling grief upon grief upon grief.
The big sister thinking she has to control everything but eventually realising she can't.
The complexity of family relationships.
The effects of abuse.
Learning that love may mean making yourself vulnerable.
Highly recommended reading.
Top reviews from other countries
Kelly Rimmer often writes about difficult topics in her books, which deeply affect the reader. This book is no different. Rimmer writes about the addiction Annie goes through, however we not only see it from her perspective, but the effect addiction has on all her family members.
This is a beautifully written book about family, love and the lengths family will go to in order to help one another.
Just a note of warning: Before I Let You Go is a very heavy book with heavy topics. It is about addiction, how it tests the bond between families, its affect on families, and most predominantly, babies who are born to addicted mothers.
This is heavy reading here, but also important reading that I think shows how we as a society need to reach out and help people who are addicted rather than judge and ostracize them.
A heartbreaking, beautiful and powerful story. This one gets all the stars from me.
The story begins when Lexie receives a call in the middle of the night from her sister, Annie, begging for help. Annie is pregnant and nearing childbirth when she develops a complication, one which puts her and her unborn baby at risk. Lexie hasn't seen her sister in two years and has no idea about the baby. Annie has caused her untold problems in the past and yet Lexie does not hesitate over helping her, no matter the problems that Annie brings with her. Because Annie is a junkie, a heroine addict whose need for drugs nearly cost her sister everything.
What follows is Annie and Lexie's story, both past and present, exploring how the two sisters came to be so very, very different, from their humble and yet contended beginnings as the daughter's of a fireman, through to their polar opposite circumstances now. Add in another layer of jeopardy - in the state of Alabama, Annie's addiction can see her face charges for child endangerment which could see her face jail time - and you are set for a tense, sometimes shocking and altogether emotionally charged tale.
Now I don't want to go into the story much further than that. You really need to read for yourself. And if you read the author notes at the end of the novel, you will understand the very personal inspiration which drew Kelly Rimmer to the story in the first place. Now I would not claim to have any first hand knowledge on the subject of addiction - the closest I have come is an infatuation with food containing chillies - but every part of this book rang true to me. The presentation of Annie's condition, her lack of willingness to take charge of her addiction or to go to group therapy. Her mistrust of others. As you learn more of her story you will understand why and understand how a young girl, who once showed so much promise, went right off the rails.
In contrast you have Lexie, a woman who has pushed to get herself out of the situation that she and Annie were thrust into. There are key reasons for the difference in their fortune, and they are shocking, gut wrenching ones which seem almost inevitable. The way in which Kelly Rimmer expands upon Lexie's character, her conflict over protecting her sister and the growing love she feels for the baby, even how defensive she is over her relationship with her family and the anger she feels towards their mother, it all rings true. It is perfectly pitched and very well written.
There are so many moments in this book that I wanted to cry for the two sisters. For everything they lost and everything they could have been. The ending, although I could see it coming, was no less heartbreaking to read. To think that things could have been so different, that one decision, one change of routine for very beautiful and positive reasons could lead to so much heart ache. That the keeping of secrets too dark to share could cost a family so much. This was such a moving and well written story that it will likely stay with me for some time.
Kelly Rimmer's books have a habit of doing that. Don't believe me, read one for yourself.