A scarlet dragonfly tattoo—meant to be a beautiful, family mark of freedom, but instead becomes a prophetic brand for those who wear it, to forever be suffering. Wounded and broken, they find themselves flittering back into the cycle of abuse that relentlessly clings to their family, a reality they can never seem to escape.
One mother and her daughters, bound by blood—torn apart by abuse. They begin their lives intertwined but are forced to fight for their survivals separately, struggling to hide their fear and undeserved shame from each other and the world. One of these women finds herself trapped—alone—and she battles to survive the terrifying darkness. With long hours of nothing to do but wait in fear, she grapples through her obscure dreams and memories of the past, sorting which memory belongs to whom: physically harmed, mentally damaged, raped, sexually abused, an unwanted pregnancy… and even the vivid memory of a dangerous dance with death in a last attempt to escape the shambles and horrors of a seemingly unchangeable situation.
Twin sisters, Gabriella and Olivia, dive blindly—and much too early—into adulthood. They are soon followed by their younger sister, Emma, all running from a not-so-idyllic past; chasing the happiness they believe they will find, by abandoning their childhoods to be “grown-up” and start their own lives.
Deeply evocative, Let Me Go is a coming-of-age story: the struggles of one mother and her daughters trying to survive life—marred by abuse and misplaced blame—and their need to reach peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
L.L Akers Holiday Traditions:
This year I’ll be making new holiday traditions because it will be the first time my eldest son has ever shared the holidays with us. Within the pages of Let Me Go is another small tale of the main character, Gabby—and unwed pregnant teenager. She decides to give the baby up for adoption. That story is based on myself. I’ve reached out for my baby every year since he’s turned eighteen, but he’d not yet contacted the adoption attorney… so I’ve been waiting. I waited patiently long enough! I turned to Facebook for help in October 2013, and my post went around the world with 984 shares in eight hours to start with. Over 80,000 people had seen it when six short weeks later, on 11-12-13, I finally had my baby boy in my arms again, although much bigger at six foot two inches tall! My youngest and only other child is eleven and is ecstatic to have a big brother—his exact words were, “I got a big brother for Christmas this year!” The holidays will be extra special and I’m digging up all sorts of ideas from Pinterest to make new traditions for my boys on our first Christmas together, the first of many, many more.