Stormi's Review: Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer
PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing
RELEASED: October 1st 2016
GENRE: WOMEN'S FICTION, FAMILY LIFE
LENGTH: 266 pages
FORMAT: EBOOK, PAPERBACK, AUDIO
Zoe knows that it wasn’t really her fault. Of course it wasn’t. But if she’d just grasped harder, run faster, lunged quicker, she might have saved him. And Edward doesn’t really blame her, though his bitter words at the time still haunt her, and he can no more take them back than she can halt the car that killed their son. Two years on, every day is a tragedy. Edward knows they should take healing steps together, but he’s tired of being shut out. For Zoe, it just seems easier to let grief lead the way. A weekend in Paris might be their last hope for reconciliation, but mischance sees them separated before they’ve even left Gare du Nord. Lost and alone, Edward and Zoe must try to find their way back to each other—and find their way back to the people they were before. But is that even possible?
FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS
Let me just start off by saying this book will grab you, heart and soul, on the very first page. Zoe and Edward are fighting to stay in love after the death of their son 2 years before. Zoe blames herself as does her husband. They have drifted further apart as time goes on. They go on a weekend getaway to Paris that Zoes parents set up. While there they are separated and soon they come to realize they do love each other and need each other, now more than ever before. This is a hard review. Not because the book isn't good, but because it's so real and very good. I'll say that this book was a big time tear jerker. I cried through most of the book. From the first page to the very last it will break you. It was written so well and is so real. I have never lost a child, but I do have two children and I cannot even imagine the pain and loss. Maybe that's why this book had such an impact on me. This book covers so much. It covers the pain and loss of a child, the depression that follows, and the horrible effects that something like this can have on a marriage. It also shows the renewal of a love thought to be gone. It shows hope for a better future through all the rubble of a shattered life. This book was simply amazing and well written.