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Before You by Cheryl Lyric follows a woman's path to self-discovery as she navigates her way through love and romance. Raised in a dysfunctional family, Isabelle Amour grew up dreaming of one day falling in love with the ideal man and having a family of her own. However, fate had other plans for her. She has to traverse many failed relationships before she finds what she is looking for. Isabelle begins her story with her first love, Ryan, and how he turned out to be an emotionally abusive and manipulative psychopath. As the years and eventually the decades pass by, Isabelle goes through the various ups and downs of relationships with men, every single one of them teaching her something about life and herself. But will she ever find the love of her life?
Before You is a captivating story about a woman's quest to find the right man, only to end up discovering herself. Author Cheryl Lyric tells a tale that will resonate with many readers -- in fact, anyone who has had their heart broken in their life. There is a realistic quality to the narrative that adds to the dramatic scenes between the characters. Isabelle is a riveting protagonist. Her desire to find love sometimes exceeds her need to get away from dysfunctional relationships or ones that have no future whatsoever. But her romantic notions demonstrate a sense of resilience and hope you can't help but admire. If you like the nuanced handling of characters and realistic portrayal of romance, grab a copy of Before You.