I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Me Without You by Kelly Rimmer
Published by Bookouture on June 3, 2014
Genres: Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance
A story of how love can break our hearts – and heal them.
A year ago I met the love of my life. For two people who didn’t believe in love at first sight, we came pretty close.
Lilah MacDonald – beautiful, opinionated, stubborn and all kinds of wonderful in ways that words could never quite capture. The woman who taught me to live again.
My Lilah, who gave me so much, and yet kept from me a secret that she knew would break my heart.
My name is Callum Roberts, and this is our story.
Me Without You is a book to make you smile, bring you to tears and remind you to hold on tightly to those you love.
Me Without You is a beautifully intense story. I read all 287 pages in one sitting and was exhausted at work the next day. Worth it. I’m not usually an ugly crier but this one did me and half a box of Kleenex in. Again, worth it. I posted the below on Facebook after putting my Paperwhite down to regain my composure (read: let my lake filled eyes dry up a bit) before reading the last chapter.
I was not lying when I said it would be difficult to write. I’ve been holding off so I didn’t have to go through another stack of tissues. It is now time.
I fell in love with Callum and Lilah on page 1. Callum had no issue expressing his opinion and Lilah was a driven career woman living life to the fullest and not wearing her shoes on the ferry. Both were amazingly well written and I felt as though I was a fly on the wall witnessing their story. While Callum was the main narrator, Lilah’s journal entries created small chapters showing her musings. The back and forth between perspectives was a great choice.
I don’t remember the exact page that my eyes started leaking, but I remember the moment. The moment when you read one sentence and it hits you like an anvil falling from the sky. Or someone running into you and knocking the air out of your lungs. A jaw dropping, heart stopping realization that sets the tone for the rest of the book and will stick with you for days or weeks after you’re done reading. I’m definitely not saying this is a bad thing or that it will happen for everyone who reads Me Without You (which you should…NOW!!!), just that this feeling is back with me as I type these words. Thankfully, no tears yet, which means I need to wrap this up before they start.
A tremendous thank you to Kelly and Bookouture for making me bawl like a baby with this captivating story. I have added the paperback to my wish list. This book will grace my shelves soon.