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Back to Before (Book 1 of 2 of the Simon Family Series)

Back to Before (Book 1 of 2 of the Simon Family Series)

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A New Hope: A New Nightmare

Nothing is as it seems in New Hope, Indiana—the land of curly-haired designer dogs, bunco nights, and impeccably manicured lawns. Where the good kids from good families live. has a dark side.

Wanting the good life for her sons, Holly Simon stretched to afford a home in picture-perfect suburbia. Her dream is destroyed the night her son is found unresponsive, but alive after an overdose on prescription drugs in the neighborhood park.

Forced to navigate the terrifying gauntlet of addiction and treatment, she uncovers a maze of secrets and lies that rocks her to her core. Can she find a way through before her heart shatters again? How far will she have to go to save her son? 

Back to Before explores one woman’s herculean effort to rebuild and heal herself and those she loves most.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
Speaks to any Parent

I wish I could accurately put into words all my feelings about this book. But I'm not nearly the writer Blair Bryan is. Her attention to fine details will have you feeling like you're right there in her shoes. Back To Before is a beautifully written story about teenage addiction. It is a roller coaster ride that you just can't put down. Unfortunately, this is a situation we are seeing more and more in our society. Whether you have personally dealt with addiction in your family or other sorts of struggles as a parent, the revelations the main character comes to in the final paragraphs will speak to anyone. I can't wait for Blair Bryan's next book to be released!

Great Storyline

I highly recommend this book - there is so much for anyone and everyone to take away! The characters were real, down to earth, family next door people who will win your heart.

Much more than just a good book.

This book is a very good book in and of itself. But it also has real life problems and can reinforce principles to raise awareness in parents of kids. If you’ve been there, wrestling with addiction, I’m sure the trials discussed in this saga will be totally relatable. While my review is somewhat clinical, do not discount this book’s ability to grab you from the first page. Highly recommend!

The story keeps you interested

I liked the book because of its subject. It can’t be easy being a single mom, let alone dealing with someone with an addiction.

Great Book!

This was a story I could really relate to. Single mom, teen with "out of character behavior", worthless ex-husband. Very well-written and believable. Main character went through tremendous growth. Eager to read the next book.