Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer book review
This was my first book that I had read and completed in quite some time. I don’t know about you, but 2016 really got away from me and my goal of reading 12 books this year really fell by the wayside. I think I have 6 books left…so we’ll see how the next 2 months treat me. :)
ANYWAYS…I’m actually really glad I checked this book out. It was one of those Kindle First books where you get to read it before it’s released. The reviews I had read from those who had read the previewed first chapter released told me it might be a goodie…and it certainly was.
This book is about a husband and wife finding each other again after a tragic accident involving their son. We all know that the death of a child can really test the waters of a relationship and this most certainly happened with Edward and Zoe. Zoe felt as those she was to blame for what happened to their son, even Edward initially blamed her right after the accident. However, deep down Zoe knows that it wasn’t really her fault and it could have happened to anyone. In the long run, her husband, Edward, doesn’t really blame her; or does he? His bitter words at the time of the accident still haunt her.
It’s been two years since the accident and Edward and Zoe feel like they barely know each other. Both are keeping secrets, barely speaking, sleeping in separate rooms, etc. 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. Zoe’s parents allow them to have a weekend away in Paris. Little do Edward and Zoe know, this might be their last hope for reconciliation. However, exactly like the two years before this trip, they are separated as soon as they get to Paris. 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?
The book explores today’s life for Edward and Zoe, and it also explores how they met, what happened after they met, all the trials and tribulations they endured even before their son Milo was born.
It’s written very well and you find yourself rooting for them both. I’ll admit, I cried while reading the last few chapters in hopes that their “happy ending” would come true. I feel like this book could most certainly become a movie. I definitely recommend this quick read as you won’t be able to put it down! :)