A painful but beautifully conveyed tale of addiction and a mother’s commitment to a floundering child.
— Kirkus Reviews


“A page turner that will bring tears of joy and pain to readers' eyes. The emotion is raw and gives credibility to this book. Surrender: A Love Letter To My Daughter is bold, engaging and very inspiring. Highly recommended.” – Readers’ Favorite

"It was new for CNN and their audiences, another sad story about the opioid crisis in America and a good-hearted policeman, but it was a five-year story for me and mine.”

Surrender: A Love Letter to My Daughter gives voice to the truth of one mother's journey through her child's heroin addiction.

Delivered with honesty and insight, Lou shares her lived wisdom with a rare mixture of candor, humor, compassion, and love. This book is for anyone who has found themselves swept up in the opioid crisis, hiding in the shadows and coping with the chaos of loving an addict.


Lou Alpert is a native Texan and mother of eight children. Over the last forty-five years she has worked with a co-operative women’s art gallery, owned a children’s book publishing house, founded The Lakewood Service League and worked as a residential realtor. But first and foremost, she is a mom and advocate of children.