Before I Let Go
“Real, raw, magnificent—Before I Let Go is the beautiful angst I love to read.” —Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author
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Their love was supposed to last forever. But when life delivered blow after devastating blow, Yasmen and Josiah Wade found that love alone couldn’t solve or save everything.
It couldn’t save their marriage.
Yasmen wasn’t prepared for how her life fell apart, but she’s is finally starting to find joy again. She and Josiah have found a new rhythm, co-parenting their two kids and running a thriving business together. Yet like magnets, they’re always drawn back to each other, and now they’re beginning to wonder if they’re truly ready to let go of everything they once had.
Soon, one stolen kiss leads to another…and then more. It's hot. It's illicit. It's all good—until old wounds reopen. Is it too late for them to find forever? Or could they even be better, the second time around?
Award-winning and bestselling "powerhouse" author Kennedy Ryan is at her absolute best in this compelling, scorching novel about hope and healing, and what it truly means to love for a lifetime (USA Today).
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In Kennedy Ryan’s heartfelt romance, a pair of family tragedies—including the devastating loss of a child—drive a wedge between the once-happily-married Yasmen and Josiah. Now they’re tiptoeing through postdivorce life, more or less successfully: co-parenting and co-owing a restaurant. And yet, the couple can’t shake the feeling that this just isn’t how things are supposed to be. Ryan writes with refreshing insight about people navigating the maze of adult responsibilities, bringing major authenticity to everything from the grief process to the challenges of handling a willful 13-year-old daughter. As an added treat, Ryan includes a few recipes for the mouthwatering dishes referenced throughout the book. This book gave us all the feels.
Ryan (Reel) brings both tears and laughter in a powerhouse second-chance romance that shines a sensitive light on mental health issues. Following a stillbirth, Yasmen Wade spirals into a depression that drives a wedge between her and her preteen daughter, Deja, and ends her marriage to her first love, Josiah. Two years later, Josiah is still heartbroken over the divorce he never wanted, though he wrote his own fate by refusing Yasmen's suggestion of couple's therapy. It's hard to move on when they live two minutes from each other, co-parent their two children, and remain partners in their soul fusion restaurant. When their son Kassim's fifth grade teacher suggests that Kassim should see a therapist, Josiah surprises Yasmen by agreeing—and he even starts seeing one himself to support his son. As healing continues, the couple's fire is reignited. Giving into passion would risk their fragile equilibrium, so they agree to get their lust out of their systems with one steamy night—but one night becomes many as each discovers new love, respect, and appreciation for the other. The struggles here are real and wrenching, and Ryan's talent is such that, by the end, the characters feel like old, dear friends. This tender contemporary is a knockout. Agent: Kim Lionetti, Bookends Literary.
Art imitating life ish
Beautifully written, thoughtful, descriptive, and gives so much hope to women whose relationships were torn apart through grief. I loved every moment.
This is such a beautiful book that takes you through pain, growth and healing page after page, and an ending I was hoping for from the start. Highly recommend!
10/10 GOODNESS GRACIOUS
I truly have no words for how AMAZING this book was! Kennedy Ryan’s imagery is captivating - I truly felt like I was a fly on the wall in every scene, either experiencing frustration, grief, relief, joy, or deep desire and arousal. 10/10 recommend