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Before I Saw You

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  45 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 379 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
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
Marie Bungard
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I read for the pure joy of immersing myself in a good story on a quiet afternoon.  At least, that's what I thought I was going to do when I picked up Before I Saw You by Amy K. Sorrells.  Guess what?  Not so!  The power of grace is so prevalent in these words that I was amazed at how easy it was to include it in a fiction story.

Life is hard!  God is good!  Life is about letting go and letting God.  Cliches? Yes (and no, they are not used in the book).

If anything, life is about choices.
Sandy Griffin
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Few books have ever truly touched my soul like "Before I Saw You" has. As a child of adoption, this book stirred thoughts and emotions I thought I'd long ago dealt with. But after reading this book, I've at last been able to forgive my birth mother, and have come to understand what a truly incredible gift she gave me.
The characters in this book were completely believeable and totally relevant to today's society. My family has been deeply touched by the opioid epidemic, and have watched vital, p
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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,
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Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been waiting anxiously for this book to come out! And I was not disappointed! Amy does not shy away from talking about some hard realities of life.
I could easily picture the area as we had just driven through that part of Indiana. And I really cared about the characters.
It’s a convicting book. And a wonderful story of God’s love for us. I highly recommend it!
Heidi Chiavaroli
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An exquisite, emotional tale that gives a glimpse inside the hurt caused by the opioid epidemic and the impossible choices one young woman must make in the wake of its damage. Extremely relevant and lyrically told, this book did not leave me with dry eyes, but it did leave me with a renewed sense of the power of kindness and the beauty and tenacity of hope. Highly recommend! I look forward to reading more of Sorrells's books!
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Cathy Cermele
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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It took awhile for me to gather my thoughts and get my emotions under control after finishing, Before I Saw You. I have to be honest and admit that I didn't think that I would become so attached to Jaycee, Sudie and some of the other characters in this book.

I think its' because the storyline is so timely given what's happening in society, the drug epidemic, the feeling of hopelessness but more than that, the lost innocence of our youth. Jacycee is a perfect example of that when she takes on the
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was incredible, so much feeling was packed into these pages bringing about such an intense emotional response from me the reader. Many tears were shed in reading this and my heart hurt for Jaycee’s struggles. Religion plays a huge part in this book and the way it intertwines with Jaycee’s life was amazing. It never comes off as a push on religion but a crucial aspect of the main character and her story while at the same time touching anyone with strong belief such as Jaycee’
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Before I Saw You is quite an emotional read for me. Jaycee Givens has been through so much throughout their lifetime. She experiences more as a child than anyone should ever have to their entire lifetime. I enjoyed watching her grow in the book. She has to learn how to love, forgive, and trust again. Then ending was so heart wrenching but yet encouraging.
I give Before I Saw You 4 1/2 stars. Such a powerful and inspiring story of faith and hope.
I received this book from the publisher. This revi
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Do you like a well written emotional read? If you said YES, then this is your book. I was pulled in and before I knew it I had read the whole book in one sitting.
Great storyline and characters. Worthy of an afternoon sitting under a huge shade tree relaxing and reading.
Pick up this 4 star emotional read.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher. A favorable review was not required and all reviews expressed are our own.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gripping, heart wrenching, emotional, angry, happy, breathless...
Those were just a few descriptions of how you will feel when reading this book. Honestly this book took me on an emotional roller coaster.
This book came in the perfect year because things like drugs, abuse, poverty, etc., that is all here and now. Right in our day and age. I think readers will definitely be able to appreciate that this book describes very real life in some areas!
Drugs are a very real epidemic in the world today.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 Su
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I have been very impressed with the quality of books I have received from Tyndale (barring one or two.) Before I Saw You is poignant and relevant, handling difficult topics well and keeping up a tone that steeps it in Christian literature (as opposed to being a romance with references to Christianity). I was most impressed with Sorrells’ portrayal of teen pregnancy, something that tends to be unfortunately almost demonized in the Christian circle due to its connections with premarital sex. Yet, ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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.
Trust me.”

“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
Tamara Tilley
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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BEFORE I SAW YOU by Amy K. Sorrells was moving, thought provoking, and genuine, making for an emotional but fulfilling read.

Jaycee Givens’ life has been a difficult one. Loss, betrayal, and tragedies have plagued her, even before reaching adulthood. Even so, with her overcoming spirit, she refuses to give up on life, even if at times the obstacles before her seem insurmountable.

Jaycee has a unique circle of friends she has come to rely on and is making the best of her lowly situation. But when
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jaycee Givens has had a tough life. A mother addicted to heroin, the loss of her baby brother and her pregnancy to an abusive boyfriend. But, author Amy Sorrells reminds us that with faith, the cycle can end. Jaycee refuses to let her poorness define her, but rather her relationships with others propel her to overcome and provide her future child a “chance.”

Before I Saw You takes a hard look at the opioid crisis in Indiana. Forcing the reader to see the impacts of addiction on otherwise “normal
Pam Ecrement
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Linda Buzard-Moffitt
Before I Saw You

I really enjoyed this book. Jaycee had great faith and because of that was able to do what was best for her child, that was an awesome story to read about. I'm glad I borrowed this book from my online library and would love to read more work by this author when it is available.
Jamie Holloway
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Life is not over's just starting from a new step. A mother's love is forever whether it's by birth, marriage, or adoption. Choose life
Kelly Lyn
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
the first half was good and couldn't put it down. The second half was repetitive every single chapter and the insta love was not good.
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A long time believer in the power of story to change lives, Amy got her start in journalism and medical writing. Her work has been featured in a wide array of publications including newspapers and medical journals. Her novels have been shortlisted for the 2014 Inspy awards, semi-finalists for the ACFW Genesis awards, and a winner of the 2011 Women of Faith writing contest.

An Indianapolis native an
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“There’s always letting go to do here on earth, Jaycee. But the Lord, he never lets go. And because of him, we never have to either.” 0 likes
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