Review (& GR Giveaway): Before I Let You Go, A Novel by Kelly Rimmer, USA Today Bestselling Author

Title:  Before I Let You Go
Author: Kelly Rimmer
Publisher: Graydon House
Release Date:  April 3, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
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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 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’ childhood, ghosts that Lexie doesn’t want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her down a darker path?

Both candid and compassionate, 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.


I've always wanted to pick up a Kelly Rimmer story. I've heard enough from fellow bloggers about her stories that delve into real issues, so I looked forward to reading her newest, Before I Let You Go. 

Sibling relationships also held a soft spot for me. There's intensity in Before I Let You Go for both characters, and the strain that pulled them and kept them apart for years.  First and foremost, I want to say, I don't like either of them. Not that it's bad writing, it's the fact that their characters are so real, and so pitiful in so many ways. They make me angry, and that happens a lot in this book. I must say, the author's writing is quite visual and well presented, and to she provide a nice balance of characters that doesn't have me throwing the book across the wall at those gut-wrenching emotional times. There's also those moments I can't stand how things progressed, but can see that it happens. Before I Let You Go is an emotional ride. Take heart and be prepared by what's to come, the past and the present. It's not what I would describe as a light read, but it's one of those that compels you to move forward. It sheds light to many forms of addiction and the action of those addicted and those that enables, not just when it comes to drug use. How what one thought is right can be so wrong. Decisions, actions and hopes can change instantly. A story that isn't easy to put down when you start, Before I Let You Go has the title to match it.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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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, 2 children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages. 

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  1. Thank you for your review on "Before I Let You Go" by Kelly Rimmer. The book sounds amazing and I'd love the opportunity to read it.
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  2. Your review is very helpful since I've never read any of Kelly Rimmer's books. This one sounds intriguing.

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  4. Thank you for introducing a new author to me. Have a blessed and happy Resurrection Day.

  5. This sounds intriguing! Thanks for the review :)


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