Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton #BookReview #TransworldDigital #NetGalley #4.5*


Alice and Alfie are strangers. But they sleep next to each other every night.

Alfie Mack has been in hospital for months recovering from an accident. A new face on the ward is about as exciting as life gets for him right now, so when someone moves into the bed next to him he’s eager to make friends. But it quickly becomes clear that seeing his neighbour’s face won’t happen any time soon.

Alice Gunnersley has been badly burned and can’t even look at herself yet, let alone allow anyone else to see her. She keeps the curtain around her bed firmly closed, but it doesn’t stop Alfie trying to get to know her.

And gradually, as he slowly brings Alice out of her shell, might there even be potential for more?

Readers are falling in love with Before I Saw You:

***** ‘One of the must-reads of 2021! It is beautifully written with characters that have such great depth’
***** ‘My heart was full of emotion. The characters were so believable and I was completely absorbed’
***** ‘A really intense and original romance, that is so well crafted and paced that it leaves you yearning for more.’

Simple Yet Complex – and Quite Enchanting!

A wonderfully potent read which is quite enchanting!

Alfie Mack has been in the hospital’s rehabilitation ward for quite some time and has struck up friendships among the other patients; then a new person joins them, but behind closed curtains. Alice has been badly burned in a fire and not only doesn’t want to see other people, she doesn’t want to talk to them either but Alfie is a friendly guy and won’t let a closed curtain stop him from reaching out the hand of friendship. Might there be more?

This is a book which will get right under your skin – it certainly did mine. The story is simple, yet complex; the characters are beautifully drawn and it all melds together so well. I particularly loved Alfie’s mum – she is the epitome of caring mothers. Emily Houghton is an author who knows what she is doing and this one has been polished to perfection. Altogether this is a spellbinding novel and one I wallowed in. So very different and tremendously enjoyable that I recommend this novel without hesitation. 4.5*

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: romance, women’s fiction

Author Details

Emily Houghton is an ex-digital specialist and full-time creative writer. She originally comes from Essex but has been living in London for the past eight years. Emily is a trained yoga and spin teacher, completely obsessed with dogs, and has dreamt of being an author ever since she could hold a pen.

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