Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Before I'm Gone by Heidi McLaughlin

Palmer & Kent learn the importance of living life to the fullest—and savoring the small moments along the way.

New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin tells a poignant story about living life to the fullest—and savoring the small moments along the way.

Palmer Sinclair has never needed anyone’s help. A successful loan officer, she’s all work and no play. But when splitting headaches and blurred vision begin to affect her job, she begrudgingly sees a doctor and receives a diagnosis that leaves her shaken to her core and with little time left. Facing an uncertain future, Palmer makes a bucket list, determined to do the things she’d only dreamed of before she goes.

Kent Wagner has dedicated his life to helping others. An army medic turned paramedic, he’s a regular at Palmer’s bank who makes his monthly car loan payments in person just to see her radiant smile. After responding to not one but two 911 calls involving Palmer, he learns about her bucket list. Touched by her circumstances—and needing a distraction from his own—Kent offers to take Palmer to the places on her list.

Neither is prepared for the emotional journey ahead… or how little time they have left together, but the friendship they find in that brief time might be the most lasting legacy of all.


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Before I'm Gone by Heidi McLaughlin

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Every so often I seem to want to read something which is going to be super sad. So in case you didn't get the idea from the blurb, let me tell you that this is ugly tears reading – it is really silly that I cried that much, given that it is all clearly telegraphed from the first few pages, but by the end, crazy or not, I was terribly sad at how it all panned out.

Palmer is not the most endearing character, and yet once you get the full story it is beyond tragic, and she definitely deserves to get her bucket list completed. Kent, someone she has crushed for ages, turns out to be a real hero, and a good guy. As we join them on their road trip, he goes well beyond friendship in his desire to give her all her life in the short time that is left.

So, go in knowing you need to be reading this in private, that you will need tissues, and that it is difficult from quite early on to see anything bright come from it – but it is still well written and well worth a read... but you definitely need to be in the mood for this kind of book!



Palmer looked at Kent, with tears in her eyes. “I don’t have a future.”     He squeezed her hand and nodded. “You have tomorrow. I promise you that.”


Author Bio

In 2012, HEIDI MCLAUGHLIN turned her passion for reading into a full-fledged literary career. She is now the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of the Beaumont Series, the Boys of Summer, and the Archer Brothers. She has written more than twenty novels, including her acclaimed first novel, Forever My Girl, which was adapted into a film starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe that opened in theaters in 2018.

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“I failed.”     “At what?”     “Being a person,” she said. “I waited to live until I couldn’t live anymore.”


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided with a free copy of Before I'm Gone by Heidi McLaughlin to read and review.

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