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★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
florence boyd
Such a good read. I loved Callum--the kind of man anyone would be lucky to have. Lilah's character was great. I appreciated that Kelly made her strong and independent--though I found her to be a bit stuck up (but still very well done.) The banter between the two characters was captivating--from their first meeting, I fell in love with their conversation and was hooked. The book is well-written and sweet, though some of the scenes went on a little longer than they should have--in my opinion. I definitely recommend the book though, and I'm looking forward to reading more from Kelly Rimmer.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
geonn cannon
This was a beautiful story of relationships, struggles, victories and perseverance. Why did the author have to spoil it by dropping the f-bomb every other word. It was a compelling story and would (could) have been dynamite without the use of that word. We do not talk like that, and normal people don't who truly love each other. I will not recommend this book to anyone!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
vickie t
I loved this book from the first page. I found the characters to be real, rounded people, who were likeable, even with all their imperfections. I knew it was going to be sad, and of course, cried in all the appropriate places, but I was especially pleased with the "rounding off" of the ending. It was also pleasing to me that it was mostly written from Callum's point of view, with Lilah's voice being heard briefly but regularly. Perfect balance! Altogether, a beautifully written book, which had an added plus of highlighting an illness which needs more support. Very well done, Ms Rimmer!
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
linda humberstone
This was the second book I have read by Kelly Rimmer. Again I was not disappointed. I couldn't put it down. It was an amazing story that was so emotional and uplifting all at the same time. Living with an incurable disease and knowing the outcome is terribly hard. While you might need a box of tissues, Kelly has an magical way to have something heartbreaking into something breathtakingly inspiring. I was touched by this book and cannot wait to read more books by this absolutely amazing author♡. I sincerely hope Kelly reads some of her feedback because she needs to know just how incredible she is!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
thiago delgado
I absolutely loved this book. I am a book fiend and I am also hard to impress, this book moved me beyond words. I felt I knew the characters as if they were my friends. It provides the reader with an in-depth view to HD but also that there was so much more to Lilah other than her DNA. I was moved to tears on more than one occasion. I devoured the book but also didn't want it to end. This is the first time I have read any of Kelly's book but I purchased another of her books before finishing Me Without You. Definitely a author to look out for when you have time to spare as you will not be able to put this book down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
katie o
break from reading crime thrillers, I dove into this

one and hardly came up for air! I was enthralled

for the duration, and didn't want Lilah's life or the

book to end. I remembered hearing of Huntington's

disease, but now my ears will be on alert anytime I

hear of it in the future--now praying for a cure.

This was comparable to Nicholas Sparks reads and

sincerely loved it as much! Thank you , Kelly

Rimmer--I will certainly be reaching for another

of yours! What more can I say ?!?!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
annie myers
This is a story about falling in love, life, death, grief, acceptance, and so much more. The author did a super job of developing the characters, and I felt like I was right there with them through every emotion. I don't do detailed reviews. I do recommend reading this book, I will not forget the story, simply beautiful. ACorley
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
carlyn
Usually at the finish of a romance/love story I have no problem to just dive in to another. Not this time. It stayed in my head and I had to put a mind on pause for a bit. This book is far more than an ordinary love story
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ellie
There are not many times in my life when a book has touched me so deeply. I loved both of the main characters. I actually liked them. How rare is that! A beautifully written story that made me laugh and made me cry. And who knows, maybe I'll even do a bit more with my little life now I've read this wonderful book. Thank you Kelly Rimmer.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
annette tang
One of the most memorable books I have ever read. Amazingly well written, such a good story. I was right there with the characters on their emotional journey. Well done Kelly Rimmer - I would give the book ten stars if that were possible!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gish
This was an amazing story of true love that had me laughing and crying. This book.would make a great movie and take the place of Beaches which is,by far, the one movie that made me cry the most. The author really brings the characters to life.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
misty
Loved this book, I really couldn't put it down. If you loved The Fault In Our Stars, you'll love this book!!!! It's a beautifully written love story; you'll enter their lives and cheer them on. A must read!!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hojjat sedaqat p
I want to express my appreciation to the publisher for the opportunity to review an advanced reader copy of Me Without You, which was provided to me via NetGalley.

Their story begins while crossing the harbor in Sydney, Australia on a ferry. Callum Roberts notices a professionally dressed woman sitting near him who has filthy bare feet! He thinks bare feet in public places are inexcusable and comments about this because he is offended! With this scenario, we are introduced to the force of nature who is Lilah MacDonald. She practices environmental law and is extremely passionate about her work to protect the environment. She is a vegan, has an adventurous spirit, and loves nature and the outdoors. Callum is a professional in marketing, his sole focus being his career. To me, it seems like Callum lives in a bubble! Callum procrastinates, does not travel or visit with family, and for that matter, doesn’t even remember his sister-in-law’s name! He doesn’t keep up with current events or seek adventure. You could say that Lilah MacDonald and Callum Roberts are exact opposites.

They say that opposites attract. These two attract in a way that convinces me they are soul mates. They recognize the vast differences between the two of them on the day that they meet, yet Callum and Lilah are completely comfortable together from the beginning. Callum is amazed with their immediate connection, but Lilah will make no promises for a future between them. She does not want to be in a relationship and is very clear about that with Callum. She eventually agrees to take things day-to-day, but Callum is clearly concerned that Lilah will cut him out of her life at any time.

I want to emphasize just how much this story surprised me! Stick with this novel until the end. Kelly Rimmer slowly builds this story to a beautiful ending. My rating gradually increased to 5 star rating by the end of the novel. Be prepared for smiles, but also grab tissues because you will definitely shed tears. After you have finished reading, note the underlying themes – about the importance of love and how it can bring changes to your life.

On more than one occasion while reading, I noticed the quality of the writing was outstanding – both crisp and fluid. The plot of this story is very unique. I would categorize the genre for this novel to be women’s literature or women’s fiction, so please do not expect a traditional ending for a contemporary romance novel. I absolutely adored this story by Kelly Rimmer, and include it among my favorite reads of 2014! 5 stars for Me Without You!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
krisdee
Just read this book. The title is a clear and persistent reminder that Lilah will lose her battle against Huntington Disease. Sadly we know key details of the ending even before we begin reading. Prior to reading this novel, I knew nothing of this deadly killer. Initially it might appear that this is a story about death, a sad tale about love ending before it had any real time to bloom, to endure. Only the brave will continue to read as we witness the rare, true love shared by Lilah and Callum.Adjectives to describe Kelly Rimmer's work would include: powerful, poignant, masterful. You will giggle out loud, groan at some of the antics, and grieve people who are missing from you. Grab a box of tissues...and read on. This novel is just that good...
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
yilan
I agree with maudlin! I must admit I did enjoy the falling in love part as I think most women will do. We all know the eventual ending, but seriously, did it have to be so drawn out and overly traumatic? I actually could not bring myself to read the entire graphic ending. It was just too, did I say maudlin? There was no need to drag out this part of the story only to leave the reader to dreadful sadness and morose. I wonder how the author dealt with writing that much grief on the pages. I say read up until she starts to get sick and then just close the book and believe they lived happily ever after.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jeanann s
I feel very lucky when I find a book such as 'Me Without You". And even more so, an author like Kelly Rimmer, with a voice; a point of view to share in, to be with..I may get a little sickening here; that's how much I enjoyed this author's work. She is a deeply feeling person, obviously, and so able to share the way people (us) are, together and apart. The way they speak, the way they think, the ways they do things, in groups and alone.

From the first, Saoirse, or Lilah, seems to be so pure, so true to herself in what she has come to believe. Her first meeting with Callum, immediately begins to ramp up his inner and outer reality. Like the charge when the two wires touch and make a car run.

Naturally, a fussy loner of a man, and a misogynist to boot, he begins to flower in Lilah's presence, like a neglected plant suddenly getting complete care and love.

The fact that Rimmer's already written several more books to read is a Lottery Win for me!

This book is the kind of read that well make a true mark upon you if you're open to it. It will, as it did me, remind you of long hidden desires you've always held, and perhaps, make them a reality. What a gift of a story. Thank you kelly Rimmer.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
vickey2123
It's hard to write a review after reading this story. I could tell you that there were parts where I wanted to yell and scream for the characters to do the opposite of what they were doing. I could tell you that there were parts that made me laugh out loud by their antics. Or I could tell you that I'm sitting here quietly wiping my tears away. Regardless of what part I could focus my review on, it all boils down to raw, unbridled, very real emotion. It takes talent to turn words printed in black and white to paint a picture in one's mind, and it takes even more talent for that picture to evoke pure human emotion. Kudos to you, Kelly Rimmer, for accomplishing that. I could honestly see this story evolving into a screen play for a very well grossing movie.

"Me Without You" is a book that I would highly recommend. It's more than just another love story. It's a story of finding yourself, and standing up for what you believe in.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jason rubenstein
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 following 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..."ugly crying while reading and no one there to see it. Holy crap this book is...I'm not even sure how to describe it other than it needs to be read by all. Writing this review is gonna be hard!"

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.

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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
vivek tulsidas
"Even if he was mute, I'd still get the message loud and clear, because his eyes and his hands and his kisses say it. The fact that he is still here says it. When he wordlessly chops peas in half so I can swallow them, I know he loves me. When I see him pretending to remake the bed for the fifth time when I go into the en suite to pee, I know he loves me. When I realize he's cluttered up my bathroom floor with improvised floor mats-again-so that I don't slip, even though it's driving me completely insane to be babied like that-I know he loves me."

Still holding the tissue in my hand, I am writing my review. This remarkable story that made me cry is centered around two people, Lilah and Callum. These two are so different, but so compatible. Lilah always lives on the edge, always taking the chances, always acts like this is her last day on Earth. on the other side, Callum plays the safe side, looking for steady job and steady relationships. They both are totally opposite, but the serendipity gets involved and love happens. What follows, is the most remarkable love story that melts anyone's heart. Spending the time together, Callum starts to live. He has always lived, but never even close the edge. He starts to enjoy moments, to take risks, to live like it's the last day on Earth. Lilah, has lost all her hopes long time ago. She lives like she has nothing to lose because she really has nothing to lose. Callum's love gives her something that has lost many years ago, hope. Hope for real life, real family, real love ever after.

The characters are well developed and very emotional. Lilah was getting on my nerves from time to time and I figured out that something was going on here. And I wasn't wrong. Behind her selfishness, is the fear to cause pain to others. So building a wall around her heart is a way of protecting not herself, but people she loves. And she she loves them with all her heart. Callum is such a different story. I fell in love with him. I would love to find a husband like that some day.

The entire story is shadowed with melancholy. It was just time when I'd pull out my tissue. Callum and Lilah's story reminded me a lot of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, which I loved. It's a great start for Ms. Rimmer. She writes really beautiful. I'll be definitely check out her other books in future.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
chyanne
I borrowed this book from the the store library on a whim after reading reviews on another of the author's books. I was hooked from the beginning, and truly enjoyed reading as Lilah and Cal grew into a relationship and fell in love.

I don't know anything about Huntington's Disease but I started noticing her little problems more and more and realized something really was wrong. Then Cal started seeing those things going wrong and that she was beginning to get closer to the end.
I got to the point where I started crying, seeing what was coming and I couldn't stop crying OR reading! The way the book ended left me wanting more,I wanted to see more of Cal's life as he moved on but I have a feeling he would do what Lilah asked him to do after she was gone. I sure hope so.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nathan forget
Marvelous telling of a difficult topic. This disease has no mercy and while i disagree with Lyah's final decision, i respect her right to choose . I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with HD as well as those, like myself, who had no idea the devastation and heartbreaking decisions to be made, in order to have some control, in an uncontrollable and terminal condition. With no control and no hope of a cure, the characters handled the situation as well as could be expected. I had thought Lyla was a player early on but when her situation was hinted at and then fully explained, there was no doubt in my mind that she was a loving and compassionate woman, faced with a plethora of decisions to be made. Though she tried to go it alone it was wonderful that the author saw to it that she was surrounded ny love and the comfort of her mother and best friend at the end. A great read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jamin gray
I have confession to make. One way for you to check if I really liked a book is to ask me : ‘Did it make you laugh? Or did you cry?’. If a book makes me laugh at the conversation and some turn of phrase, then you will know I really liked it. But if it made me cry, then you’ll know that I loved it!

Kelly Rimmer’s ‘Me Without You’ is one that really made me cry. But before I cried, I smiled through the way Lilah and Callum met and how they hit it off so beautifully. The book is told in alternate points of view from both of them.

The author has done a stellar job with both characters – you’ll love them and yet, get frustrated with their choices, from time to time. But most of all their deep emotions expressed so well, will make you cry.

The ending is heartbreaking and yet you will celebrate a triumph of love winning over everything else.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lona lende
I am not going to write a massive long review for Me Without You (well actually I probably will!), the synopsis sums it up beautifully. If you have read Me Before You etc, as a reader you will know exactly what you are getting yourself into.

I can't afford to take the beauty of life for granted, because I'm living mine on borrowed time.

Once in a while I have the compulsion to read a book, it's a special type of book, one that I know will rip me apart, and leave me a broken, gibbering incoherent mess. This is that type of book.

Callum is a workaholic with no life outside of that bubble, Lilah is a workaholic, who lives her life outside of that bubble to the full. An innocent meeting on a ferry home, brings these two people together in the most remarkable of ways. Lilah Pushes, Callum pulls. Lilah gets worked up, Callum chills out. Lilah makes a mess, Callum tidies up. Essentially they are pretty much the Ying to the others Yang.

Callum on Lilah

It's the thrill of the ride, even when you know you're holding on for grim death.

It works, and things are progressing well, except for that one thing Lilah has been keeping hidden like a huge skeleton in the back of her closet.

I've moved from a technicolour world into a black-and-white one, and while I never thought to question black-and-white before, I realise now what I am missing.

Once the cat is out of the bag things progress quickly, brace yourself you are going to need tissues.

"If you have ten good minutes left, I need to have them."

"I want a part of every breath she has until the end, whatever that looks like.

This book does exactly what it says on the tin, if you are looking to read about living life to the full, leaving that life on your own terms, and how the people around you deal with it, then this is the book for you. It is beautifully written, the characters unique, likeable and well developed. There are a few giggles along the way, but this is not one for reading on the bus!

"I want to pretend this is the middle of our life together. I want to pretend we've had decades and we have decades left. I want to pretend that we know everything about each other but we haven't run out of things to talk about, because we just like to hear each other speak.

"I love you. And I'll always love you forever, whether you're sick or well, or here or... not.

Gone with the sunrise.

ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
janie shipley
I was engaged from the beginning. I loved how different Callum and Lilah were but yet they helped and fit each other so well. Reading this made me realize (as it did Callum) that there is so much life to live and a lot of times we get stuck in a rut of just work and the "ordinary" life that we don't actually live, experience or bring to fruition our true passions. Towards the end my heart was heavy and I was reading this book with tears in my eyes. This author did a wonderful job with the story, the characters the way the story was told, everything. I will definitely read more of her books. This is a must read but also a heart breaker!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
behrouz
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Thank you Kim from Bookouture for sending me this book, I enjoyed every single minute of it.

The story is about Lilah and Callum and they’re both telling us their story from their perspective. I really liked that both characters were able to tell their story and it all felt so real throughout the whole novel.

When they met Lilah is determined not to go into a real relationship ship, cause she just doesn’t want real feelings to get involved for when she…
I’m not telling you more here, but Lilah has a secret and the reader only finds out after a while and as for Callum, he’s confronted with it even later on.

These two are the perfect couple, they are very different, but what they feel for one another is so real and honest. They don’t have to say anything, it’s in the way the look at each other, the way the hold each other…
I just loved their chemistry and wanted them to have a proper relationship.

Lilahs secret kind of made that impossible and that’s why she ended things with Callum after a while. Callum is struggling, but through Lilah’s mother Peta he finds a way back into her life and now they were going to enjoy every single minute of it.

This story is full of love and it shows that you have to hold on to the people you love and enjoy every single minute with them you have. This novel took me on a journey full of emotions. I was laughing at one point and sad at another. Get your tissues ready, you need them!!! Kelly’s writing is brilliant, I felt like I was part of the story and I didn’t want to leave anymore.

Every single scene between Callum and Lilah was so sweet and adorable. Callum is amazing and romantic at heart ;) I found myself a new book boyfriend ;)

They story was manly about their love, but we also learnt a lot about their past and their families, which was great.

I fell in love with this amazing book after the first sentence and would read it all over again. A wonderful mixture of emotions, real love, secrets, laughter and sadness. If you want a gripping and touching story, here it is, read it now!!!

Oh and I almost forgot: This book is set in Australia, in lovely Sydney and Manly and we get to read about some beautiful places. Please, can I go there now?!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
florivel
This book was provided courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Books are great entertainment. A wonderful way to escape. However, you know you have read something amazing, something different, when it leaves you thinking. Me Without You is that kind of book for me. I will think about this story, these characters, and their effect on my own life long after I have completed this book and written this review.

Me Without You is a beautifully written story about love and life and loss. I loved absolutely everything about this book. The characters are normal and real. The love story is timeless. This book faces the challenges of love and loss and life in a creative and life changing way. This is the kind of story that causes self-reflection, which can be rare in a work of fiction.

Lilah is a vegan, an environmental lawyer, who is fierce and pushy where ever she goes. She meets Cal on a ferry. She catches his eye because she is barefoot. It's gross and appalling, and he cant help himself from saying something. Cal is an OCD marketing executive caught up in the corporate world. His only connection in his life is his job. Until he meets Lilah and his black and white world slowly but surely becomes color infused!!

I want to go on and on in this review and tell you every detail, to tell you everything that touched me, everything that angered me, and everything that made me cry. However, sometimes less is more. This is a story that needs to be read and enjoyed and savored one word at a time. I do not want to ruin that.

Just believe me when I say this is an amazing, beautiful, thought provoking read about a timeless love. A story about living life, taking time to see what's around, and making the most out of every moment.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sarah stewart
You got that part about having tissues handy, right? I mean, it says so right there in the summary.

Lilah MacDonald whirls into Callum Roberts' life when the two meet on a ferry, him tidy and reserved, her shoeless and wide open. Callum isn't as put off by her filthy feet as he thought he would be, although he does find them a wee tad gross. Lilah, though, has enough charm and allure that he can overlook them. They spend time together, and Callum hopes to spend more with her.

But they part, apparently never to be together again, until circumstances throw her in his path once again. The more time he spends with her, the more Callum wants. Lilah, though, prefers to keep him at arm's length. It's okay to share vegan pizzas, but she isn't ready for a relationship.

Callum agrees to the relationship on Lilah's terms, and as their story progresses, we come to understand why she dictates the terms as she does. Callum refuses to let go of her, even when she pushes him away. When they go on a beach holiday, Callum thinks she's his forever. But Lilah's idea of forever is not the same as his.

This is one of those books that you can't say too much about because you don't want to give anything away. Suffice it to say that while we may not fall in love with Lilah as quickly as Callum does, we do come to care about her. When she hurts Callum, she hurts us. He's that sort of character: he pulls you into his life and makes you want to stay there. That Lilah doesn't surprises us and we want to understand her better.

The summary tells you, though, to have tissues nearby, and this is very true. The good news is that any sadness in the book does not feel forced or contrived, and Rimmer is to be commended for that. Her story is heartbreaking, but in a good way, as strange as that may sound.

While not what I'd call standard summer read fare, this nevertheless is a book worth your time.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tyler young
The start of this book introduces us to the quirky Lilah seen through the eyes of Callum. This first view isn't your normal love at first sight though, mainly due to the fact she has no shoes on and her feet are filthy! That quirky side of her develops so much throughout the story.

Callum is someone you will end up feeling so much empathy for as his first meeting develops into so much more. Nothing will prepare you for what these two characters have to go through.

I cannot say much more about the storyline as it will give too much away. Suffice to say you will need some tissues!

This story will make you consider your own relationships, both family and personal. The messages I came away with are ones I do tend to live by.

Don't take anything for granted.

Keep your family and friends close, ensure they know how much they mean to you.

A lovely, heartwarming love story which will remain with you even after the story ends.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sondra
A special thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A powerful heartwarming story of love and loss. Kelly Rimmer has a created a winner, with her eloquent writing style, as she speaks from the heart, with raw emotions from different points of view.

An engaging and emotional journey of the power of love---one you will not soon forget. ME WITHOUT YOU reminds me of Sweet November, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, and Me Before You.

Fans of Jodi Picoult, Jane Green, or Nicholas Sparks will be captivated by Australian author, Kelly Rimmer, as highly-charged topics and real issues of the heart such as genetic disease, illegal treatment, family, personal growth, living vs. dying, suicide, grief, sadness, joy, sorrow, heartbreak, relationships, love, and more for a roller coaster ride.

A powerful novel of depth and substance----so much more than a love story or romance. I would highly recommend to women and men, of all ages, especially ones with loved ones suffering from any terminal illness, or possibly caretakers.

Lilah, is an independent woman, a quirky vegan (so am I), an environmental lawyer, a free spirit—living her life to the fullest. She likes to be barefoot to feel the earth (you later learn why).

Callum,(Cal) is a workaholic, marketing professional, (metrosexual) making no time for social life or family. Total opposites-- with a growing chemistry between this mismatched pair, as they learn from one another.

Lilah realizes their relationship will not be long term and plans to break it off, but the longer it continues, the deeper the feelings. Tomorrow is always the day. They begin to learn each other’s habits, likes, and dislikes. She takes it one day at a time, when Cal wants to discuss longer term. They know each other secrets –all but ONE.

Lilah has an in town apartment in Manly, near his apartment, and a stunning secret retreat in Gosford on the beach. The farm is her inner sanctuary-- Where she goes to rest, celebrate, grieve, and lick her wounds.

What you do not learn in the first half of the book, is the reason she guards her heart. Lilah has a genetic DNA problem, HD Huntington’s disease, and by a chance miracle, she has been in remission for five years. Readers will learn of her former relationship with another guy with HD which she met at a clinic---he died shortly after an illegal treatment and she actually has been going great—until now. Cal is the first real guy she has fallen for.

Prior to the symptoms which will begin to occur, she desires to end their relationship, as she wants Cal to remember her the way she is presently. The second half of the book, is much more of an intense page-turner, so do not give up when you start reading.

Lilah has a wonderful supportive mom, Petra (I liked). Her dad died of Huntington’s disease, when she was twelve, so her mom has been through this previously, and tried to keep Lilah away at her grandmother’s at the end. Lilah knows firsthand, how devastating this disease can be, its progress, and what to expect--and the burden it puts on loved ones.

It is almost like she wants to be exposed with Cal. It a delicious game of cat and mouse and she knows she will get caught. She really desires for him to know the real her, or as much of her as he possibly can with the time they may have together, but she is unsure she can subject him to this life.

She finally winds up taking him home to meet her mom. Whenever things ends, she wants him to remember her there, safe within her sanctuary, fully alive and fully herself.

Lilah’s home is the quintessential Australian beach home, (can envision), without any flair or fanfare, right down to the deep blue weatherboard exterior and white trim. The one outstanding feature of the property is the orchard and market organic garden that Leon and Nancy tends for her.

Neither of them, are looking for a commitment, but they are falling deep. This novel will keep you crying and laughing, as you bookmark pages for parts would want to remember. Their journey is so special, as even though she pushed him away to save him, he loved her enough to be there.

A well-written beautiful novel. So many reviewers have not discussed her illness, nor is it disclosed on the summary; however, I feel this is a key factor, as why I chose to read the book. It is not a spoiler, it is more of an enhancement, similar to the books and movies I noted above.

This emotional journey is very inspiring, demonstrating the true feelings of one with an illness, and the life lessons learned as they affect others. A TRUE LOVE STORY!

Huntington's disease is an inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells in the brain. Huntington's disease has a broad impact on a person's functional abilities and usually results in movement, thinking (cognitive) and psychiatric disorders.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
chloe deussen
Me Without You, Kelly Rimmer.
Review from jeannie Zelos book reviews
Well, wow – what a read...but to be honest this book needs a warning. It IS romance as it states, a beautiful, heart-warming, breath-taking romance but its not the sweet HEA kind...Its one of those that will have you in tears, its incredibly emotional.
I was expecting a traditional type romance, having got several books on my review list and not recalling the description other than romance...and it seemed slow to start, inter sting but I kept wondering where it was going. I loved Lilah, she's all the things many of us aspire to, and yet can't quite bring ourselves to do. Callum, he's more like most of us, lots of things he'd like to do “one day” but they get left in the day to day humdrum, earning a living struggle. Lilah teaches him how to have fun, how to enjoy life, and in the process they fall in love, and that's something neither intended for different reasons.
Then heartbreak, things go wrong, and I was gutted, and then just when I thought we'd reached the low point there was more, and it brought me to tears. Yet through that dark period there was so much beauty. There were smiles in my tears, light in all that darkness and I had so much admiration for both of them. The description says“ 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.” That's so so true, and its a book that once read will stay with you for ages. Whether it makes anyone change their aims and ideals I don't know, but it certainly encourages us to look at what's really important in life.
Stars: five, a lovely book, but not one I'll re read. Its very very emotional read,. So be in the right mood when you pick it up.
ARC supplied via Netgalley
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
scott wells
There's not much I can say without giving the story away, other than how much I adore Callum and Lilah. Their love story is so genuine and heartfelt.

From the moment they first met, a chance encounter on a ferry, I was hooked. Lilah is a quirky, vegan, environmental lawyer that tries to live life to the fullest. And, she does so barefoot whenever possible. Callum on the other hand, is a workaholic that makes no time for a social life or his family. They are total opposites in the way they view the world and live life, but they have such an undeniable spark. It's so cute how they interact and tease each other.

"She could be barefoot for the rest of our lives and I'd love her disgustingly filthy feet with every bit of strength I had."

Neither is looking for a commitment, so they agree to take their relationship "moment by moment". But they can't deny what's between them. They just fit. What I loved most about this story, was how Lilah's love and eccentricity totally changed Callum's perspective on life and what really matters. Isn't that what true love does?

"I always wondered if relationships could really be like that, where if a moment lined up just right, you could stand in a crowded room with them and feel only their presence."

This book is beautifully written, and I found myself highlighting like crazy throughout. I highly recommend this book, but I must warn you, it's one that will make you cry.

*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dinara
Loved this story even though it made me cry while tugging at my heartstrings but it also made me laugh out loud as well. I really liked the characters of Lilah and Callum. Lilah is a spiky, blunt, forceful ecological lawyer. Then there's Callum, a man who shaves his chest and has a haircut every week and who didn't even know there was a special tree near the beach, never mind that it needed saving. The story is told from the viewpoint of Callum and diary entries made by Lilah and even though they might cover their different thoughts on the same episode it never felt like it was going over old ground, I really enjoyed the way it was written and loved learning from their different viewpoints. There is some swearing but for me it was all in context and made Lilah's character even more likeable, especially when it was aimed at Callum with one of her laugh out loud remarks. It took me a little while to get used to the narration but all in all I enjoyed it. It says on the blurb if you liked Me before you, etc but it's not just a rehash of a similar story there's a lot more to it and I highly recommend it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
marcin
This Australian romance set in Sydney is about Callum who meets Lilah and both become inseparable despite their very different approaches and attitudes to life. Neither one of them were looking for a serious relationship but for very different reasons.

This funny and plucky romance was easy to read and become invested in, with idyllic settings, which provided effective backdrops for two people to fall in love.

However, this is far from a feel good romance and readers should brace themselves for heart-wrenching tragedy. However despite the sadness, this was a very good read and one I would k d recommend even though I am not a huge romance reader.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kiyo
I can not begin to explain how i can't wait for you all to meet Callum and Lilah, it's not going to be all pretty...but it's a pretty incredible written story.

In a long time i haven't read something so beautifully written. I was hung on every word, the story's strong theme, the fascinating plot, the fitting structure and mostly the unforgettable characters. They touched my soul. This is one strong heartbreaking love story, so touching, , so unique, so authentic, so beautifully told...it felt as if i was there having the story unfold right in front of my eyes. It knocked me on my ass, emotionally...it came at me like a wrecking ball, it broke my heart, it made me laugh, it evoked feelings from deep within. I didn't expect to be touched by this story to such a degree.

There is so much more to this story that I just can't go into without giving it away. I LOVED this authors signature ability, she captured my heart with every turn of the page. Thus far, definitely my favorite book of the year!!!
ARC, kindly provided by publisher at NetGalley.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
caitlin bauer
So Disclaimer First: I didn't not finish the book

I can't tell you how many time I started to read this book but just couldn't get into it. I feel like its the kiss of death for a book if you have to struggle so much to get started. Finally I did, I got through 6 chapters and let me tell you that it was like torture. I finally had to cut my losses and delete this from my Kindle.

I really don't know how to describe why I disliked this book soo much. I just did- Sorry Kelly RImmer, I am not a fan.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brittani
Let me first say, this book touched me on a personal level, my beautiful niece has HD, she is 25 and currently going through a process of harvesting eggs that will NOT have the HD gene. She too was tested after her father, and all her aunts suffered/are suffering this horrible genetic mutation. I didn't know what this book was about, I was actually searching another author when I put this in my cart. This book was extremely well written, the characters were portrayed flawlessly. Yes, it is a sad book, the tears will flow, but as the old saying goes, better to have loved and lost, than to never love at all. The author did a great job of including just enough information on this horrible "disease" to not overwhelm. I enjoyed this story very much
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nortina
This is one of the most beautiful books I have read and I don’t say this lightly as I read a lot. I stayed up late last night finishing it even though I have work today because I could not bear to tear myself away from Lilah and Callum’s wonderful story. This book is heart wrenching and life affirming – you will cry and equally, you will smile through the tears. There is gut wrenching tragedy and loss but there is also much humor interspersed throughout this book, the little joys of daily life that are magnified when you are sharing them with the one you love – Kelly Rimmer portrays this so beautifully. I loved the repartee between Callum and Lilah, the way Callum slowly learnt to let go and enjoy life,and reveled in his discovery of the wonderful city he had lived in but not ever delighted in. This book is about loss yes, but what it is, most important of all, is the celebration of life. One message it so clearly gives is to spend every minute wisely. Please do read this book. I assure you, it is time wisely spent.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lynn palin
I laughed, I cried, I went on a fabulous journey with two people whose differences made their love for each other so magical. I too have a disease because of my DNA. The timing of me reading this book at this point in my life gives the book true meaning. My lover and I often talk about how they would handle life when I'm gone. She often reminds me that I don't have a monopoly on death, that she could die suddenly in an accident so don't get comfortable about leaving her behind. If I could, if I had the resources I would do as Sordid did but we are not all as fortunate. It's wonderful to know that there are those out there who understand. Thank you for the gift of this story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
brittany riley
I truly enjoyed Callum & Lilas love story. The author did a tremendous work of carrying me into the wild and captivating story. Calling was certainly changed by having known and been loved by this woman even long after she was gone. In my own life working with ontology patients and with my faith I recognise that one does not face death without serious consideration of what lies beyond death. With this in mind, more exploration of both of their belief systems would have made the story more believable and appealing. While Lila went on her own terms and left a beautiful legacy, it lacks reality because of the essentially absent Faith component. I did love reading it though.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
cary reeder
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.

Heart wrenching story that feels way too real and there is good and bad in this world. Pretty freaking sad.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
margo
This book was beautiful and heartbreaking. Lilah was amazing. She was a quirky hipster. I loved how aware she was. I loved her love for life. I loved her relationship with Cal.

The only reason I did 4 out of 5 stars was because there was a lot of redundancy. Certain parts dragged. Those are the only 2 things that stuck out to me, which honestly are mild considering I would recommend this book five times over. Wonderful story and my heart goes out to people who have dealt with such an awful disease.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
timothy brown
What a wonderful story!
Deeply emotional, extremely moving, but never cheesy, extremely real and sad, but with a not so subtle joy for life underlining the devastating circumstances. Like Moyes' Me Before You, Nicholls' One Day, and the more recent Rowan Coleman's The Memory Book this is a book about love and life, and not about illness and evil fate.
It's extremely well written, and words just flow in a stream of emotions, from the character's heart to the reader.
I loved it, and I can definitely say it will be in my top ten best reads for 2016.
I will definitely read more by this fantastic author.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nikole
This was a wonderful love story ,but not in the sense of a typical romance novel .The characters are human with quirks and indecisions about life and where they are headed in their relationship.The author tells the story from both characters point of view .You quickly get caught up in the story.
Get ready to get out the tissues . I have read many touching books , both true and fiction ,but this is the only one that brought tears to my eyes .
Perhaps , it's because you really are wishing for a happy ending for them .
I would recommend reading this bookand look forward to more from this author .
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
leena
A beautifully written love story that you know from the title will be a heartbreaker. A story about a couple who are a perfect example of opposites attracting. They try not to fall in love for different reasons. He because its not in his plan that day and her because she has too little time to plan beyond each day. But they do. The story follows them through the development of a relationship, a separation, the discovery of a terrible truth, reconciliation, inevitable parting and recovery. It is a lovely, sad and memorable offering.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
nick senger
I don't like it when a book blurb says if you enjoyed x, y, z you should read this but I guess having read one the mentioned I can grudgingly agree. As a reader you know early on what the heart breaking secret is and I think that adds to the emotion as the book goes on. I managed not to cry but it was close a couple of times. This is the second book by Kelly Rimmer that I have read and regardless of the story she really gives you characters that you can believe in.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
katie shaw
Not exactly original, but few things are. I've lost both my parents, my husband, & my son. When they were gone I grieved some for them but endlessly for myself. I'd not finished loving them 'here'. I prayed they would be healed & live longer. The 4 of them did not.
I believed in God & true love. It's been more than 25 years & I STILL DO BELIEVE IN GOD. My God is good and He answers prayer. His answer to me with each prayer for recovery was a simple, straight forward, "No."
I've learned to truly value what I tried to value when I had my people. Grief, regret, and loneliness are good teachers. Life is fragile and fleeing. God is no fool and he is not weak. As a good parent, when he says it's getting dark outside and you must tell your friends goodnight and come inside because it's time for bed, he means it. It just that some days are shorter than others, so don't piddled around.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
huyen
Leila and Callum are an amazing couple who couldn't be more different than red from green. One is lively, full of fun and adventure, the other staid and bored. But their love proves eternal. Yes, the story is full of emotions, uncomfortable moments and a exacting primer on HD.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
khris
This beautifully poignant story really captivated me, and I grew to love both Callum and Layla as their individual, and combined, stories developed. This relationship was life changing for both of them and you cannot help but feel compassion for the drama of their situation and empathy for each of them as they share this joyful/painful journey. Can't say too much without spoiling but I found this book powerful, moving, intense and beautifully written. Highly recomended.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
yuko
Netgalley copy given for an honest review.

Not sure where to start with this story. It's different, told mostly from Callum' s view with alternating chapters. He's really the woman here as his emotions are very needy and almost intimidated by Lylah. Until about half way she's seen as opinionated, strong minded and organic. There's a reason for it which gets explained but seems so odd early in the book. I say that because the connection between Cal and Ly doesn't make sense. It took me a long time to really "get" their story. Definitely worth reading and worth the risk. If you enjoy an intellectual read this is it, not a fluffy romance at all.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
amanda bynum
The book was very interesting. I didn't understand his reaction to her death. My cousins' two children had HC and both died while in their 50ies. The HC society recommended that they not be told they carry the gene. Lilah and Callum changed each other for the best, especially Callum. She held all the cards and for being so in love she did not share her feelings. All in all it was a very sad book.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jacobpa
I thought this book was a good read but not an excellent one. At first, with the meeting of Lilah and Callum, I thought this was going to be an excellent book. As it went along, though, it just made me mad. I disliked Lilah for lying to Callum and thought it selfish of her to not tell him before she did. I also did not think much of Callum. He was kind of aimless and disliked how selfish he was about how good he had it growing up.

I did enjoy learning a bit about different parts of Australia in general terms. I just wish that the characters had been a bit more likable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
han beng koe
Every once in awhile I like to ride the emotional roller coaster while reading, and Me Without You fit the bill. Told masterfully using the hero's point of view and the heroines diary entries, this romance held my attention well. The complex characters and intriguing premise will grab readers early on, but Kelly Rimmer's true talent in spinning a lovely tale is what will keep you reading. Be warned though, if you dont like to have your emotions twisted by a book, this one's probably not for you.
*I received my copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nicole miller
I have to admit that this story was a beautiful love story. Yes I laughed and cried and couldn't put this book down. I have to admit that this was a very sad story but that happens. You might want to give this book a try.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
roy perez
Our main characters meet on the ferry and although they are absolutely different types, something clicked. This is an unusual love story and it's also a story about loving someone until their last breath.
I cried through the last 1/4 th of their journey. It's beautiful and keep some tissues for the last few chapters. Well written and beautiful
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jeff teuton
While some may find the ending too far on the end of sad, this novel is beautifully written. The plot, delicate but deep, will touch your soul. The flawless character development will have you hanging onto every word. There are plenty of thought provoking themes to encourage discussion. I am picky about romance novels and movies. However, other than minor details, this one did not disappoint!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
sallyann van leeuwen
ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My initial interest in "Me Without You" had a lot to do with the description suggesting that I should give it a try if I liked "Me Before You" (my all-time favorite book) and "One Day" (also enjoyed this one). Even without the mention of these books, the description was quite intriguing.

Unfortunately, I was unable to finish this book, which has been driving me crazy. I started this book over a month ago and have only made it to 49%. I have tried so hard to finish this and it really grinds my gears that I was unable to. I just never got into the story and I wasn't too crazy about the main characters.

While I enjoyed Lilah's zest for life and living in the moment, it seemed like everything had to be her way, or at the very least it had to live up to her very high standards. She didn't compromise on much but she did allow Callum to eat what he wanted most of the time (she was vegan; he was not). And it really felt like she was "allowing" him to eat certain things because Callum came off a little weak and a bit of a pushover.

The biggest issue I had with Lilah was that she was hypocritical. She flipped out on Callum when she thought he was trying to change her because he bought her some shoes. A little backstory here: When they first met on a ferry ride, Lilah wasn't wearing shoes, which Callum thought was gross (and honestly I did too; it's one thing to walk around in a field barefoot, but on a germ-infested ferry, followed by germ-infested streets, yuck!). She talks about the uncomfortable shoes that she has to wear in the courtroom. As the story progresses, Callum sees Lilah without her shoes on often. So, cue Callum's misguided, but sweet (in my opinion) gesture of buying her some cute, comfortable flats to wear. When he gives her the present, she yells and curses at him about trying to change her.

How does this make her hypocritical? Damn near everything Lilah did was trying to change Callum. She tried to get him to see the merits of eating vegan, like her. She tried to get him to finish up the home improvements on his kitchen (he was the type to start things but not finish them, but he was okay with it). She tried to make him more active by taking him hiking. While these can be considered good changes to a person, it's still annoying for her to think it's okay to change Callum but it's cataclysmic if he tries to get her to wear shoes.

Beyond my dislike of the characters, I was bored. I've started and stopped this book about four or five times. I really wanted to finish this but it just wasn't for me.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
zjakkelien
I loved the story. It was believable and touching and pulled me in.

I'm giving it a 4 star, because I am sick and tired of the Name of the Lord being used as an expletive and so VERY unnecessarily! It makes me NOT want to read more by this author and she is a good writer. It also makes me gun shy about reading almost anything and I LOVE BOOKS and READING!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
courtney navarro
Had to say I knew something like a terminal illness was evident by at least 3 chapters in. Long and drawn out in many spots. Heartfelled. So much time off work impossible to believe. Death, long serving death is never pretty so I am glad she had the easier solution. It's way too bad many of the poor dying a painfull death in REAL life can't or don't have such options at their disposal. Dying on your own terms......WHAT A GREAT CONCEPT!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
david konefal shaer
Its not often that an author can catch me off guard on a consistent basis. This author manages to do just that. I loved the book and I ugly cried about half way through. Again I love the choice tell the story from more than one point of view! it was a bit predictable.... but not completely.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
celina
It was charming at first, once the romance developed between Callum and Lilah, but the ending dragged out way too long for my taste and was horribly depressing. I like the author's style of writing though. I would read another one of her novels. I just didn't care for this storyline.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
maeverossington
I enjoyed this book, it brought a lot of emotions. I almost started bawling at work!! I picked this book because of all the rave reviews about it being a life altering love story and I knew I had to read it. I think it had a little too much hype, I was expecting it to be a little better but it was still a very good story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
allegra moodley
All the emotions! A very well written love story and while some things were predictable others kept me on my toes. The details were amazing to the point I felt every gut wrenching detail and intense moments of passionate love in my heart! I smiled, I laughed and I cried. Inspiring me to not take my own love for granted! Loved this book! I do not recommend reading at work, I could hardly hold back the tears.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nicole draeger
By the title, you can probably get the drift of the book.. someone is leaving, not a happy outcome..
But reading the book? It takes on a life of its own. Rate this book a " page turner" for sure. You will get engrossed into the characters lives, right from the start. Kelly Rimmer has done a superb job, giving insights about life goals, relationships, and family. Not very many books make me cry... this one had me sobbing!
This is a definite 10!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sundeep
Spoiler alert!
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Without going into to much details. I think the love story was not strong enough and there was no story. I learned a lot about that illness from the book, but this could not be the story. In books like 'me before you' or 'one day', death itself was not the story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sunil chukka
A gripping love story that takes you on a heartbreaking journey. This book gives a view into human mortality, quality of life, euthanasia and the grieving process - things we must all face in the end and maybe by reading books like this will help us face death with dignity
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
traci rider
Such an amazing novel. Very sad story but a beautiful one. I'm going through a very painful divorce and this story has helped me to realize that despite the hardships that life throws at you, you have to keep moving forward. Life is precious and we only have one shot at it.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
fayroze abdel aleem
There are moments, experiences, and people in our lives that happen so fast it feels like they almost never happened at all. Me Without You wraps itself around this notion and holds on tight throughout the entire passionate, loving, freeing, melancholy story.

This contemporary romance gives the reader a refreshing reminder of why this life is most precious and that we should live it to the fullest. Me Without You focuses on the poignant journey of Callum Roberts, told through his POV we’re in for a life changing ride. Peppered in between Callum’s chapters are journal entries written by Lilah providing us a deeper look into the life she’s chosen. There’s cause for concern in Lilah’s entries, a subtle mystery woven through her thoughts.

The characters here are in their forties having lived a life without each other for a while. Both engage the reader with fun, passion, and wisdom. Their plot provides angst but not in an overly dramatic way but a more acute type of drama. Lilah shows us freedom, a free-spirit destined to enjoy life. She doesn’t sweat the small stuff. She’s endearing to the reader so there’s no wonder as to why Callum finds irresistibly charming. Callum proves to be the kind of guy jaded by love, stagnant in his life never really living just existing comfortably. He’s a reserved hero, strong and steady. Until Lilah pulls him from the shadows he begins to see beauty in more than he ever cared to think about. Together they’re a great force, providing strength and new opportunities to each other. Lilah’s a wrecking ball to Callum’s subdued life – the destruction left in her wake provides fun reading. The way the two meet right at the beginning set a tone for the rest of the book that’s both funny and unsettling. Callum has a nostalgic way of telling their story.

The story has a melancholy feel even through the moments of pure bliss. There’s something running deeper than each of them care to admit. It’s written well; descriptive and evocative. There were times, however, when the prose became a bit boring to me. Superfluous thoughts turned into paragraphs where I was wondering how they were actually relevant to the story. There were spots where I found myself skimming in order to find the meat of the particular chapter. Enough of this instances came to light for me that I became distracted at times rather than pulled deeper into the book.

Overall, though, Me Without You proved to be a good love story. You’ll need your tissues handy as the sadness becomes overwhelming at points. It’s a book you need to be prepared for in every emotional capacity. The unconventional happily-ever-after reached my heart and left feeling deeply about the plot Callum and Lilah endured. It was such a story that I’m glad I experienced it but I wouldn’t read it over again. I do feel however, when you’re in the mood for an emotionally charged journey, you should pick this story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
taylor scott
I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book, I usually read mysteries but I thought why not, good reviews so give it a go. Well I am glad I did. At first I was a bit bored but intrigued, so I kept reading, I'm glad I did. I'm not going to say much, would definitely give something away, but I will say grab the Kleenex, you will need them!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
summer bond
I absolutely loved Callum and Lilah’s story. It's a story of two very different people who see strengths in one another, and together, they build those strengths. Their love story is bigger than just the space between them. It is this relationship that teaches them how to be the very best version of themselves and helps them to move through life with a different perspective. I was unable to put it down, spending far too many sleepy hours with my nose in the book! I highly recommend it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ainul
Loved this story! The characters in this book keep popping up in my head. I will diffidently recommend this book to all my friends. Cannot wait to read her other books. You will need lots of tissues.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
scott harrell
I gave this book 5 stars, mainly because of the emotion it was able to evoke out of me. I work in long term care and am familiar with end of life, but the circumstances in this book re-opened my eyes to more tragic death situations. This book made me feel as though I am living like Callum and need to live my life. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between the main characters and can relate to how the disease was handled.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
caldercraig
The characters are captured beautifully. This story will fill your heart with love and them heartbreak. Also loved how the physical locations were describe in the story provided a background to the narrative.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dana areli
This was well written and I thoroughly the story. Makes you stop and think about all the things around us that we take for granted. We have so much and this book changed one persons life in the story but also made me think. Highly recommend.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
renea
I loved this book! Watching the love develop between the 2 main characters was beautiful! Their devotion to each other when facing such heartbreak was truly inspiring! I can't wait to read this authors next book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tino paz
Wow!!! Amazing read!!!! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed JOJO MOYES book ME BEFORE YOU. This is even better. Just read it and see what I mean... Awesome!!! Kelly Rimmer is incredible!!!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ritwik
Book was totally awesome. One of those that's hard to put down, because you want to know what's going to happen next. This is the first time reading Kelly Rimmed books, she's a very good writer, personally I don't care for the bad language, but the story is so good......so good.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brandie
Very good book--hard to put down! Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. The story was well written,the story line easy to follow, and the ending superb! Would love to read more from this author! Thank you,Kelly Rimmer, for writing this!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
miracle
I couldn't put this book down. I adored Kelly Rimmer's writing style and she brought these characters to life in such a huge way. Brilliantly told, with plenty of moments to smile along to as well as lots to cry about!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jenniferlynn
Thus book is a worthy read, I was touched from the first few pages in. I hard a hard time putting it down, so it traveled with me and I read it between doctors appointments. A true love story that had me in tears, I was captivated.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rick smith
I knew it was not going to be a good ending when I heard the words "Lilah" uttered, but Callum found a way to keep trucking along in this like also known as his journey. Enjoy each day in love with life for some don't have near as long as you & I do.
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johnny wi
Great characters and story line, a beautiful story well told. This is a very talented writer, and I will definitely read as many of her books as I can get my hands on. Don't pass up your chance to read this literary treasure!
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stick
I enjoyed Me Without You by Kelly Rimmer. There was an immense honesty of emotion and relationships, something a lot of books do not offer. I enjoyed the alternating narration as it provided an insight into both characters, their faults and their strengths.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shehan
A stunning and unforgettable book. This is not only a comedy and a tragedy of "opposites attract", but also how each personality resonates with the other, and ultimately bringing out the full quality in each. What wonderful, beautiful people populate this story. This not only reflected my own emotions regarding losses in my own life, but also found the positives that can result. A life lesson, and a very powerful book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
amber wood
Recently found my kindle fire again and this book I had started·
Came in handy for my recent travels! A great love story although a bit frustrating at times- can't wait to read more of Kelly Rimmer, and I will!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
m andrew patterson
This is beautiful, intelligent writing, a love story with a deeper message. Lilah is a gutsy, determined heroine who inspires admiration with her passion for what really matters in life. And because she cares so much, the reader will too - so have a box of tissues handy! Kelly Rimmer handles difficult issues with sensitivity and grace, vividly evoking Sydney life and the beauty of the mountains and coast around the city.
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john smith
This book touches every emotion a reader can have. It's a beautifully written book that will break your heart. It's not a everyday romance novel but mush more intense then that. The love that Lilah and Callum have for each reaches out to you from the pages of the book, sadly along with the heartache. It's a book that will stay with me for sometime. Full review at [...]
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david stewart
Although you know how the book ends, I thought the way the author wrote about their relationship was very enjoyable to read. I've thought about the story after I finished reading which is always a sign to me that it's a book I would highly recommend.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
elias kokkinis
Was a good read. I enjoyed the characters and could picture Auatralia landscape in my mind as I was reading. The story makes you think about how short and precious life is. Enjoy it, don't take it for granted. Well written story, loved it.
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