Title: Before I Say Goodbye
Author: Rachel Ann Nunes
Publisher: Deseret Book
Release Date: September 3, 2011
Size: 320 pages, 6×9, paperback
Genre: General, Romance
After a twenty-year absence, Rikki Crockett has come home to Utah, to the same house where she grew up. When she left, she’d been young, hurt, and angry, abandoned by her parents and her best friend, Dante Rushton. She vowed never to return, but when the worst happens, Utah is the only place she might still find a future for her two children. To do that she must turn to Dante Rushton and hope he will be her hero one final time. Rikki knows she has only chance to get things right for her children.Growing up without a mother and with a father who barely acknowledge his existence, Dante Rushton also endured a difficult childhood. Yet he found a safe-haven in a best friend who lived in similar circumstances and in the local LDS ward who surrounded him with love and helped him grow up to be a man of faith. With their encouragement he made the choice to serve a mission and later married and had four children. Now he is the bishop in the same ward where he grew up, serving those who once served him.
When Rikki returns with her two children, a rebellious teenage girl and a sweet little boy with a learning disability, the old-timers in the ward are thrilled, despite her questionable appearance and the poor choices that took her away. However, Becca, Dante’s wife, is torn between wanting to befriend Rikki and wanting her and her troublesome children as far away from her family as possible.
Before I Say Goodbye, is a story of love, friendship, strengthening family bonds, and finding faith. It is about discovering the last and greatest hope of all.