A charming story with wonderful characters that will claim your heart – this book is just glorious!
I was kindly gifted this by Random Things Tours to take part in the blog tour, in exchange for an honest review.
Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton
Published 4th February 2021
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?
I have fallen in love with this book and with Alfie!
Each chapter alternates between Alfie and Alice’s point of view as we discover how they came to get their injuries, the problems and rehabilitation they now face, but most importantly we see this strained relationship between them blossom into something beautiful.
The author did such an incredible job at handling such sensitive subjects as she delves into Alice having to accept her injuries to Alfie who masks everything with a smile but underneath it all is struggling to deal with everything that has happened.
Alfie is a cheeky chappy on the hospital ward and the interactions between him and the other patients were so heartwarming. Despite the whole book being set in the one hospital ward it didn’t lack anything. You don’t need any grand moments, this is all about the characters, how they interact with each other and how they all in their own way teach each other something.
Finally beneath all the rehabilitation, mental health issues and coming to terms with a new life, it is ultimately a love story. In a similar vein to ‘The FlatShare’ these two characters fall in love even though never meeting face to face. I think the ending was also really beautiful and did the book justice – without revealing too much it felt right the way Alfie acted and I liked how it was left open to the readers interpretation as to what happens after.
Overall this book was heartwarming, funny, life affirming and just perfect! I highly recommend everyone gives this a read.
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