Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan

Main Characters

  • Yasmen Wade
  • Josiah Wade

Publisher’s Summary

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 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?

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My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Before I Let Go” is the first book read in 2023 and what a great read! This book has a bit of everything. Happiness, growth, love, sex, and loss. This book hits hard, the emotions so raw. Real life put into perspective, that’s why I loved this book so much.

I loved Yasmen and her story, a strong woman that held it together too well until she fell apart.
Josiah is a man that does not process emotions but throws himself into work.

Two people who were meant to be together fell apart. I saw myself and my life in these characters.

(I 100% cried reading this book)

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I told her it wasn’t that I didn’t want to take my life, she says. But that I didn’t want to live it. I’d wake up dissapointed that I wasn’t still asleep and think, Oh, my God. I have to do this again. I have to be here again.

You have to make peace with that woman, Yasmen, because she is you. She’s not somone you banished with therapy and meds. She is you. You cannot dissociate from her. Until you reconcile that, you won’t find true peace. Until you have compassion for her instead of judgment, you cannot fully heal.

Public grief is tricky to negotiate. At a certain point, and it varies depending on the person and circumstance, there comes a time when you should be “over it.” You shoould have moved on by now. And you’re so aware of the fact that you have not, that you cannot. You don’t want other to see your past-due tears or sense that the pain has out stayed it’s welcome. You protect them from feeling awkward because you’re still in pain. When the facade fails and you lose it, the stares soaked in sympathy are as bad as the ones filled with contempt.

I can’t unbreak your heart… I can’t unbreak mine either, because believe it or not, as soon as you walked out that door, there was a part of me right here that wanted you back, and I’ve been fighting it ever since… I think I couldn’t imagine saying I wanted you back because I didn’t believe you’d forgive me… How could you forgive me when I couldn’t forgive myself?