The Girl I Used To Be by Debbie Howells

Breathtakingly Beautiful

The Girl I Used To Be by Debbie Howells is the most beautiful contemporary book that will fill your heart with love.

The book is a celebration of love. Love comes in many forms. True love requires self-sacrifice. True love sometimes means letting go. True love is what will always remain.

We witness parental sacrificial love. This requires us to put our children’s well-being and happiness above our own. Love goes the extra mile for those we love.

Within the book there are two marriages in trouble and a long-lasting one that has stood the test of life.

The action is set over twenty years, alternating between present day and times in the past, moving forwards to collide with present day. We see the action from alternating points of view.

All the characters are well drawn, likable and realistic. Even the dog springs to life under the masterful pen of Debbie Howells.

Two characters meet but keep missing their opportunity. Life keeps getting in the way of true love. Their love transcends space and time. It is a love that will never die. This is a bittersweet love. We keep willing them on.

The Girl I Used To Be is breathtakingly beautiful. It sank into my heart and soul as the love radiated from the pages. I adored it. I am missing my new found friends.

I received a free copy from Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.


The Girl I Used To Be

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?

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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.

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