Before We Say Goodbye by Madeleine Reiss

My review

Reading the blurb, I knew I would need a box of tissues to get through this book. A son Scott, who knew he was dying, didn’t want his mother Josie to be lonely, goes on a Boyfriend Mission to find a suitable mate for his mom, who would be there for her when he is gone.

My first book by Madeleine Reiss, and this book made me cry, though I did control the lump in the throat remarkably. Her writing and her flow of emotions amidst the humor the dates and their emails bring, made me laugh in between the tears. Why o why am I reading such books which make me do both, laugh and cry?

I love the way the mother and son are unselfish in their love and want the best for each other. A mother’s unconditional love is natural, but it was simply cry-worthy to see the son doing everything so that his mum has romance and happiness in her life.

I loved both Scott and Josie, they both showed a great deal of dignity and maturity. But my eyes were drawn to Josie, the mother, who struggles to find a way to save her son. A mother never gives up, but when nature and life forces her, I was in absolute awe at the strength that Josie displays in the face of tragedy. I loved Scott and Emily’s love, it was so pure and beautiful. I loved Scott and his best friend Picasso’s friendship. Childhood friendship

But the words which just about killed me in a deluge of emotions

I couldn’t have had a better mother, even if I’d made you up

Scott’s last words to his mother before she asked him to let go.

I am writing this review with tears flowing down my cheeks and I can’t write anymore… Such is the beauty of life and love!!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Zaffre and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 4.5 stars

About the Author

Madeleine Reiss was born in Athens. She worked for some years in an agency for street performers and comedians and then as a journalist and publicist. She has two sons and lives in Cambridge with her husband and her younger son.

Book blurb

Scott Hudson’s mother, Josie, has dedicated her whole life to looking after him. When his heart failed, aged seven, her world came crashing down.

Now, at nineteen, Scott is ill again, with little chance of another transplant he’s worried his time is running out. He knows the news will devastate his mother once more.

He owes her everything, so Scott decides to find someone to be there for Josie, if he can no longer be.

Blissfully unaware of ‘Project Boyfriend’, Josie is startled when Scott sets her up on a series of blind dates. Unable to deny her son anything, she awkwardly finds herself back in the dating game . . . and enjoying it more than she ever imagined.

But can her heart make room for someone new?

Product Details

Publication date : 22nd February, 2018

Publisher : Zaffre

Language : English

Available on Amazon

An emotional read

11 thoughts on “Before We Say Goodbye by Madeleine Reiss

    1. Hahaha I wondered the same. I had an off for 2 days. Decided to devote myself only to reading, hence the marathon. They were all easy reads except the last one where I cried for over half hour. And I had to stop reading.

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