‘Before I Let Go’ by Kennedy Ryan

Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan
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If Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan were a fabric, it would be corduroy – warm, classic, with lots of friction. 

Yasmen and Josiah were happily married until the grief of losing a child threatened to swallow them whole. Yasmen, desperate to keep herself from sliding into the abyss, realizes she doesn’t have the energy to save them both and asks Josiah for a divorce. 

It’s hard to cut someone from your life with whom you’re running a business and co-parenting. As Yasmen begins to regain her spark, the protective layer of ice around her heart begins to melt. 

While it is ultimately a story of hope and love rekindled, it is not a light and frothy read. Alexandra Anderson captures it perfectly in her review on All About Romance: 

Before I Let Go is an amazing book, but not the ‘throw in your bag and bring to the beach’ kind. It’s more of the ‘pack a box of tissues and hole up in your room’ type, but don’t let that deter you from this beautiful love story.” 

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Praise for Before I Let Go:

“I am a sucker for high-stakes, once-in-a-lifetime soulmate love-and Before I Let Go hits every spot! Yasmen and Josiah’s story is emotional, raw, real, grown-up, and it perfectly crystalizes the idea that real, lasting love is an imperfect journey of patience. Forgiveness. Healing. And, of course, wildly hot, steamy sex! Kennedy Ryan has gifted us with yet another addictively delicious read.”– TIA WILLIAMS, New York Times bestselling author

“Kennedy Ryan pours her whole soul into everything she writes, and it makes for books that are heart-searing, sensual, and life affirming. We are lucky to be living in a world where she writes.”– EMILY HENRY, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“SPECTACULAR! Kennedy is doing something no one else in romance is doing right now. If you love angst with the most satisfying payoff, Before I Let Go is for you.”– Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author

“Kennedy Ryan writes modern romance with such emotion and beauty. Her stories are guaranteed to break your heart and then they heal it, each and every time.”– Kylie Scott, New York Times bestselling author

NPR Best Books of 2022

“Kennedy Ryan is one of the most talented writers writing today, and Before I Let Go is another showcase of that talent. This book is challenging, bracing, so evocative, and so REAL.”– Kate Clayborn, author of Love Lettering

Before I Let Go is a masterpiece, and one of those books that you finish reading and just know you’ll go back to many, many times. A beautifully honest portrayal of love in its many forms, and the most raw, poignant, and romantic journey of healing I’ve read in a long time. Kennedy Ryan has a fan for life.”– Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of Love on the Brain

“Devastating, thought provoking, and so hopeful, this deeply romantic second-chance love story brought out all my emotions. This book is stunningly beautiful.”– Farah Heron, author of Kamila Knows Best

Entertainment Weekly Best Romances of 2022

Before I Let Go is pure magic. Kennedy poured herself in this raw, real, second-chance love story that will reach out and touch you to your soul. I read this story with my heart in my throat, enraptured by every word. A stunning, stellar, must read.” – A.L. Jackson, NYT & USA Today bestselling author

“Kennedy writes these gripping, touching, romantic, transporting books every single time.”– Denise Williams, Author of How to Fail At Flirting

“The queen of hard-hitting romance books.”– The Culturess

“A must read for lovers of It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover and Seven Days in June by Tia Williams.”– ZibbyMag

“Ryan is a fantastic storyteller and superb writer.”– NPR

“Real. Raw. Magnificent!”– Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A gorgeously poignant story of healing, family, and love. Kennedy Ryan is a true artist.”– Helen Hoang, New York Times bestselling author

Breathtaking, gut-wrenching, viscerally romantic. I want to curl up and live in this book.”– Talia Hibbert, New York Times bestselling author

“Kennedy Ryan has written the type of romance you want to slowly savor, yet can’t help but devour. Every page is perfection.”Farrah Rochon, USA Today Bestselling author of The Hookup Plan

“Ryan crafts a heroine who is empowered, inspiring the men in her world to do whatever it takes to keep that connection alive.”– Ebony

About the Author

A RITA® and Audie® Award winner, USA Today bestselling author Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish, and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts. Kennedy and her writings have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, TIME, O magazine, and many others. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son.


Find out more, at:
Twitter: @KennedyRWrites
Instagram: @KennedyRyan1


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