Author: Kelly Rimmer
Publisher: Graydon House
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A heart wrenching, emotional ride that is sure to make you reconsider your opinion on those affected through the story.
At 2:00 AM one morning, Lexie receives a phone call. Even before she looks at the phone, she knows exactly who it is: her sister, Annie. Even though they haven’t spoken in two years, she knows what it is going to be. Annie is high and in some sort of trouble. Sure enough she’s high, but then she throws a curveball that Lexie didn’t see. She’s also pregnant and in severe distress. Lexie and her fiancé Sam must make the decision to convince Annie to go to the hospital before something worse happens to both her and the baby. As she is stabilized, she tests positive for heroin, which opens a new legal battle for Annie. In Alabama, if a women test positive during a pregnancy it is considered chemical endangerment of the child. Annie’s only hope of ever seeing her daughter again is completing a rehab course at a court appointment facility while Lexie takes care of her daughter. But is it too much to ask after all they’ve been through?
If you’ve never had to deal with a close relative going through addiction, this book may change your opinion on the matter. If you have had this situation, this book may be very difficult to read. People should take the time to really research the brain when it becomes addicted to a substance and how it becomes addicted. It is really remarkable to understand that it is an illness and not just a willpower issue that many people consider. So much so that people often shame or belittle those with addiction problems, which actually drives them further down in the addiction process rather than help them. This concept is seen here in this story. The emotional frustration and tension is evident from the first chapter. Fortunately, the reader gets to see Annie’s past through letters and discovers an understanding of how she got to be where she is. I really appreciate all that the author has done to bring this issue to light and also educate readers on the different laws that govern issues such as this.
There is some strong foul language throughout the book that would be expected of the characters. Based on the content of the book, I recommend it for mature readers.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.