Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer #bookreview #randomthingstours @annecater

Happy Friday book friends!

Thrilled to share with you my review and help celebrate the UK paperback release of this fantastic book! A huge thank you too Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour!💛Before I Let You Go CoverYour sister or her baby. Who do you choose?

A moving page-turner with a heart-pounding dilemma. 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 leatherbound 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?

‘One of the best books for discussion that I’ve read in years’ Diane Chamberlain

‘A heartbreaking book about an impossible decision. A novel about the deepest love possible’ Luanne Rice

‘A heartrending tale…captures the unbreakable bond of two sisters’ Publishers Weekly

‘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 heart’ Patti Callahan Henry

‘Another incredible, gripping read from an exceptionally talented author. This book takes you through a myriad of emotions, whilst opening your eyes to some very important issues for women. I read this in one sitting, because I had to. So will you. A magnificent read I can’t praise or recommend highly enough’ Heather Hill

‘Heartbreaking and life-affirming. Before I Let You Go captures the bittersweet nature of existence and turns it into something truly beautiful’ 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

‘Being a mother means you are open to criticism from every angle, but if you are a pregnant addict, what then? Children are protected in society, but what about those who gave them life? Kelly Rimmer writes from the heart and soul. Be prepared to lose and gain a little of each as you read her stories’ Rachel Dove

My Thoughts

This was a heartbreaking and powerful story about the impact of addiction not only on the addict, but the addict’s family…

A beautiful story about an ugly subject… I feel as though I have shared a lot of personal garbage this week, but my ex is an addict… not heroine but, that’s irrelevant, addiction is addiction, its impact is great no matter what the addiction is… The reason I mention this is because it is really difficult for me to sympathize with an addict, especially when children are involved… I am angry, frustrated, and sad that my kids feel as though their father chose his addiction over them… so, it is hard for me to find forgiveness or understanding for somebody who appears on the surface to have done the same thing…. The storyline in this book in my opinion helps to foster understanding and alter perceptions of attics… as a mother and as a woman I found compassion for Annie, but I felt a connection with Lexie…. all this is to say I came into this book with strong feelings and biases, I am not a neutral observer…

Lexie got the dreaded 2AM phone call it is Annie, her little sister who she has not spoken to in years…. she can tell Annie is high and is tempted to hang up the phone until Annie tells her, that she is pregnant…. pregnant, sick, and strung out on heroin, what is Lexie to do? Lexie and her fiancé are both doctors, so, they head to Annie’s trailer park to find her with preeclampsia…. with no other choice than to take her to the hospital, Annie can possibly be charged with child endangerment, and Lexie could possibly be left with Annie’s baby…

Told from alternating points of view Lexie in the present and Annie in the pass… The sisters had a hard and unconventional upbringing… with some secrets still to be revealed that could really stir up some long buried feelings…. The story was just so Well told and so well researched…. I struggled right along with Lexie the entire story walking that fine line between love and hate, forgiveness and blame, hope and frustration, hello and goodbye…. this is the type of story that evokes many emotions and opinions and sticks with you long after the last page is red….

Absolutely recommend for anybody who appreciates a well told story about real life issues… nothing is sugarcoated in this book it is real, it is raw, and it is Messi just like life!

Kelly Rimmer Author PictureKelly 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.

Before I let you go

Have a beautiful day! Berit☀️✨

14 thoughts on “Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer #bookreview #randomthingstours @annecater

  1. Great review, Berit and thanks for sharing your personal story. I can see how your own experiences shaped your perception of certain things in the story. I also really liked this book and like you, I thought it was quite realistic. My kid bro is a recovering addict and for me, Annie’s story made me think about certain things differently. That ending though…

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    1. Oh I know! Yes I think we always do that bring our own life experience into books, especially books like this


    1. This tour is celebrate the UK paper back launch, but I did listen audio! Just don’t tell anybody 😉
      It was really well done and yes intense!

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  2. Great review Berit, of difficult subject matter. I read this one when it came out here and it was an emotional one. Your first line says it all, “A beautiful story about an ugly subject


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