BEFORE I SAW YOU

15 06 2018

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Folks are dying fast as the ash trees in the southern Indiana town ravaged by the heroin epidemic, where Jaycee Givens lives with nothing more than a thread of hope and a quirky neighbor, Sudie, who rescues injured wildlife. After a tragedy leaves her mother in prison, Jaycee is carrying grief and an unplanned pregnancy she conceals because she trusts no one, including the kind and handsome Gabe, who is new to town and to the local diner where she works.

Dividing her time between the diner and Sudie’s place, Jaycee nurses her broken heart among a collection of unlikely friends who are the closest thing to family that she has. Eventually, she realizes she can’t hide her pregnancy any longer—not even from the baby’s abusive father, who is furious when he finds out. The choices she must make for the safety of her unborn child threaten to derail any chance she ever had for hope and redemption. Ultimately, Jaycee must decide whether the truest form of love means hanging on or letting go.

I enjoyed this book very much, even though I personally don’t know much about the drug scene, having never been exposed to it. I really felt for Jaycee. First, her mother gets hooked on heroin. Next her baby brother dies. Next, her mother goes to prison for her brother’s death. Then, she gets pregnant by an abusive boyfriend. Then Gabe comes into town and befriends her. I so much wanted to tell her what to do. I enjoyed the romance part of this book. It got to the point I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to see how it turned out. I call it a must read. Amy Sorrells did an excellent job with this.

Amy K. Sorrells

Amy K. Sorrells is a long-time believer in the power of story to change lives. Her diverse writing career includes more than two decades of freelance writing, including medical journal publications and a popular op-ed newspaper column.

The driving mission behind all her writing is to bring words of hope to a hurting world. Praised by reviewers for the way they both poetically and accurately portray real-life hardship and hope, Amy’s novels are inspired by social issues that break her heart and the Bible stories that reflect God’s response to those issues.

In addition to being a writer, Amy is also grateful to be a practicing registered nurse at a busy suburban hospital. She loves doting on her husband, three young-adult sons, and their golden retrievers at their home in central Indiana. If there’s leftover time after that, she enjoys up-cycling, gardening, binge reading, exercising, and Bible journaling.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for this review.

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