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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Mitch Taylor is sick and tired of living a life over which he has no control. For the better part of two decades he has been a freelance undercover agent for the DEA, acting as the right hand man to one of the leaders of a drug cartel. He is serving the whims of the law and the lawbreakers and neither is sitting well with him after serving nineteen months for drug trafficking. He doesn’t trust anyone he is working with and desperately wants out. However, when an old flame called Brenda returns with news of a ten-month-old daughter with cornflower blue eyes, he has even more reason to want to leave his old life and obligations behind. Karen Wiesner does a fantastic job of showing the man Mitch was before we meet him in Until It’s Gone. He has done many things of which he is not proud and he struggles with whether or not the ends justify the means he is forced to take.
Brenda is reluctant to get close to Mitch again, knowing that her heart is her responsibility and handing it over to him is a guaranteed path to heartbreak. Unfortunately, Mitch has a lot of other baggage to deal with, including some persistent cartel members and a determined DEA field agent, all of whom want Mitch to do what he’s always done; fix things. Until It’s Gone is a powerful story of redemption and forgiveness, but not in the traditional way. Sure, it is Mitch who needs to be redeemed, but he also must learn to forgive himself if he can give his heart and his life to the women who matter most: Brenda, his daughter Haylee, and his sister Julia. This gritty version of Karen Wiesner as an author has me most intrigued and eager to see more of this style from her, if Until It’s Gone is any indication she’s stumbled upon something truly great.