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Looking to your past to rewrite your future – The Girl I Used to Be by Debbie Howells – moving read.

My Review:

This is a second chance will they/won't they romance
Where fate keeps intervening to give them another chance.
They met as teens and fell in love back then
But then were torn apart again.

The story is told from both points of view
With flashback filling the past events in, too.
But both are married to other people at the start
And seem reluctant from their spouse to finally part.

Neither have managed to follow their teenage dreams
Both are unhappy with how their life now seems.
Can they take a chance on each other once more
Or will fate have them showing them the door?

A moving story dealing with issues galore
With children, partners, grief, cancer and more.
A story of daring to step away and part
In order to help you make a fresh start.

I'm never comfortable with adultery as a key
But this is so much more as readers will soon see.
There are plenty of problems as they set off to discover
That love brings happiness to one another.

You're never certain how things will work out in the end
But I really liked the support given by Anna's friend.
That ending had me feeling oh so sad
But overall it is positive and for that I'm glad.

For my complementary copy of this book I say thank you.
I very different read and this is my honest review.

Synopsis:

Marie Kondo for the soul.

Anna and Will have been passing in and out of each other’s lives since they were just kids.

Now 20 years later, Anna is married – she has a lovely house, a step daughter in university and a husband with a good job.

What she doesn’t have is joy. When she runs into Will it sparks something in her, a longing for the Anna she used to be.

Together they embark on a journey to find what brings them joy, to discard what doesn’t and to become the people they always wanted to be.

But in finding themselves, can they also find each other?

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3z2xdmd

Author Bio – 

Debbie Howells’s first novel, a psychological thriller, The Bones of You, was a Sunday Times bestseller for Macmillan. Four more bestsellers followed, including most recently The Vow, published by Avon. Fulfilling her dream of writing women’s fiction, she has found a home with Boldwood and her first title with them, The Life You Left Behind was published in February 2022.

Social Media Links –  

Facebook: Debbie Howells Author | Facebook

Twitter: Debbie Howells (@debbie__howells) / Twitter

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Newsletter Sign Up: https://bit.ly/DebbieHowellsnews 

Bookbub profile: Debbie Howells Books – BookBub 

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