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.Includes discussion guide....
|Title||:||Before I Saw You|
|Number of Pages||:||379 pages|
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Before I Saw You Reviews
I was super wary of this book at first. The first few chapters are just downright depressing. But, there is hope! Actually, this book has a lot of hope, and it was so good. There is so much about forgiveness and making the best of a bad situation, and so much hope! I loved how real it was, how it didn't gloss over the hard parts of life. It was really about the hard parts of life, but trusting God to help you through those hard parts. Despite my initial reservations, I ended up loving this book ...more
This is my third book by Amy K. Sorrels and it was everything I was expecting it to be and more. The characters in this book were well-drawn, and I'll admit I wish I could continue to fictionally live in Riverton, Indiana to find out what will happen in the future with Jaycee and Gabe, though the author does hint at it. This book doesn't have the HEA that I was hoping for. But it took a lot of guts to make the decision that Jaycee makes in the end, and that's why I give this book five stars. It ...more
Adoption is a topic that is very close to me. My grandmother was adopted. She was loved by two mothers, the one that gave birth to her, loved her and cared for her until she was six weeks, while keeping it a secret from everyone. The second one was the mother that adopted her, an amazing mother whom had nothing, but love for her daughter, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She was incredible. Always laughing, and giving something of herself to others.
When I read this story of Jaycee, ...more
“I love you.
But I’m a mess, Lord.
I’m your strength.
But I don’t know what to do, Lord.
Be still and know.
But I’m scared, Lord.
I am with you always.
Help me, Lord.
“Sometimes God shows his faithfulness not by what he brings to our life, but by what he takes out of it; not by what he gives us, but by the joy we receive from what we let go of and give to him.”
Before I Saw You tells the story of Jaycee, a girl who grew up face-to-face with the reality of the opioid epidemic all around her. Tr ...more
An emotional attaching story, I Saw You by Amy Sorrells has depth, characters that will tie your emotions and a relevant story about the current culture told in a fiction story. The character faces choices that are hard and this book will bring you to tears. You won't believe this amazing story and you will simply love it. Ms. Sorrells handles difficult topics with sensitivity and grace.
Overall, a story of unconditional love, grace, faith and hope, you do not want to miss this book!
This isn't ...more
Wow! This is my first ever Amy K. Sorrells novel and it most definitely will not be my last one. This book, it's setting, it's characters, it's messages......all of it absolutely gripped me and took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. I was up, down, sideways, in and out while reading this novel, and it left me with a feeling I haven't had with a book in a long, long time.
As a former street drug abuser, I related with this book on so many levels, with it's work of opioid abuse weaved into th ...more
Jaycee’s dad died before she ever knew him, so Jaycee and her mama had always been poor as her mother tried to work to make enough money to keep them afloat. Growing up in a heroin infested town in southern Indiana was never easy for Jaycee Givens, but what made it feel impossible was when her mother became addicted to pain medication after an injury and then went on to heroin. Life became unpredictable and Jaycee felt like she lost the mama she knew when she was little.
One of the puzzles for Ja ...more