Published by Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) on December 1st 2017
Genres: Women's Fiction
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A beautiful, emotive and spell-binding story of two women who find friendship and second chances when they least expect it. Perfect for the fans of Patricia Scanlan.
Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn't be more different.
Amanda seems to have it all, absolute perfection. She projects all the accouterments of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart.
By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess Cuffe has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love.
It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.
The Girl I Used to Know is a wonderful story centered around the occupants of a particular house in Dublin, Ireland. This is the first book by Faith Hogan that I’ve read and I can happily say I plan on reading more by this author. Her characters are multidimensional, with rich lives that are entertaining to escape to even if at times they are mired in heartbreak.
Tess Cuffe and Amanda King are living their lives under the same roof, but with very opposite circumstances (and separate front doors). I was slow to warm up to either woman but I couldn’t stop myself from getting absorbed in their relationships with family and friends and to see the changes that came out of the many obstacles in front of them. They both have great backstories but I found myself drawn to the curmudgeonly Tess’ history. For Amanda, the trajectory of her relationship with her husband is front and center as her family unravels.
Ultimately the story is about family and the power of authentic friendships. There’s a strong message about finding oneself and offering forgiveness. 4 Stars and recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi
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