Title: Let Me Go
Series: Let Me Go #1 (Each is a stand alone)
Author: L.L. Akers
Release Date: July 5th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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.
I asked why was the dragonfly the chosen symbol in the book.
L.L. Akers: My family has been crazy about dragonflies since the movie, Dragonfly, with Kevin Costner. Several of our women do have a dragonfly tattoo, and we all have dragonfly necklaces and other artsy pieces around our homes, both inside and outside. We have native American in our blood, and some tribes believe the dragonfly symbolizes inspiration to follow your dreams, hopes and wishes. To me, the dragonfly has always been that, as well as a symbol of rebirth or transformation. It is a huge part of the Let Me Go story, in which the young ladies choose a dragonfly tattoo as a mark of freedom, but their mother, who had the tattoo first, believes it has cursed them to a life like hers. There is a very emotional ending which is brought full circle with symbolic dragonflies.
About the Author
L.L. Akers is originally from the Midwest where she grew up climbing trees, haystacks, and haylofts—escaping into other worlds with a good book. She enjoyed playing cow-pattie hopscotch and outrun-the-bull with her siblings.
She now lives in the South, the silly wife of a serious man, and mother of: one very gifted and fetching male-tween, a chubby beagle that looks astonishingly like a mini-cow, a deranged terrier as well as five Koi fish, a herd of tiny but boastful lizards, and dozens of obnoxiously loud serenading frogs.
After a career in human resources, she now pursues life as a recluse writer; hanging out at home in her PJ’s with her iPad, Burt’s Bees lip balm and her posse of creatures. Regardless of her self-isolation, she can still be lured outside for brief moments by the scent of freshly mowed grass and a bowl full of cherries.
Let Me Go is her first novel, and book 1 of the Let Me Go Series – each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhangers.