Jaffareadstoo is thrilled to host today's Before I Let You Go Blog Tour
18 October 2018
My thanks to the publishers and Random Things Tours for my copy of this book and my invitation to the blog tour
As children, Lexie and Annie were incredibly close. Bonded by the death of their beloved father, 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 successful doctor and happily engaged. Annie is an addict - a thief, a liar and unable to remain clean. 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 take in her young niece? And how will Annie survive, losing the only thing in her life worth living for?
My thoughts about it..
Before I let You Go is the story of two sisters, both are very different; one seems set on the path of righteousness, whilst the other has chosen to fall by the wayside. And yet, both are equally disturbed in their own way, victims of a childhood that was beset with tragedy and heartbreak.
When Annie contacts her older sister, Lexie, for help, it is obvious from what is discovered that Annie is in deep trouble, drug addicted and heavily pregnant, Annie is facing, perhaps the biggest challenge of her young and troubled life. As always, Lexie, the older and wiser sister steps in to help Annie, but this time, perhaps, Lexie has taken on more than even she can manage.
What then follows is a sad and yet, very readable story about a life spiralling out of control. Cleverly told in alternate chapters we get both Lexie and Annie's version of the events of their childhood, the loss of a beloved father and an upbringing which forced them to grow up long before their time. Annie's story which is told as a type of journal entry explains her long battle with drug addiction, and her anguish at what happens throughout the course of the story makes for compelling reading.
Before I Let You Go is one of those stories which grips from the very beginning. Its intense story line keeps you turning the pages faster and faster, first with sympathy for one sister, and then the other, both of them, most definitely, have their flaws, and yet there is a deep and abiding love between them. Worth a mention, by the very fact that he was such an all-round good guy, is Sam, Lexie’s boyfriend, who went above and beyond what was required of him to keep both sisters from falling completely part.
Before I Let You Go is a truly thought-provoking story which made me question just how caring is the caring profession. I had no idea that drug addicted mothers in parts of the US who fail narcotics tests can be charged with the felony of chemically endangering a child. This story explains the anguish and utter heartbreak of such a dreadful situation and it is to the author’s credit that she has made such a heart-breaking story so compulsively readable.
About the Author
Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women’s fiction author of five novels, including Me Without You and The Secret Daughter. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, two children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.
Twitter @KelRimmerWrites #BeforeILetYouGo