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Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton
About The Book
Alice Gunnersley and Alfie Mack sleep just a few feet apart from one another. They talk for hours every day. And they’ve never seen each other face-to-face.
After being in terrible accidents, the two now share the same ward as long-term residents of St. Francis’s Hospital. Although they don’t get off to the best start, the close quarters (and Alfie’s persistence to befriend everyone he meets) brings them closer together. Pretty soon no one can make Alice laugh as hard as Alfie does, and Alfie feels like he’s finally found a true confidante in Alice. Between their late night talks and inside jokes, something more than friendship begins to slowly blossom between them.
But as their conditions improve and the end of their stay draws closer, Alfie and Alice are forced to decide whether it’s worth continuing a relationship with someone who’s seen all of the worst parts of you, but never seen your actual face.
This is an emotional read, sweet and sad but full of hope and friendship; maybe you’ll drop some tears, but the story deserves it, believe me. I wasn’t sure of what to expect of this book, a man (Alfie Mack) and a woman (Alice Gunnersley) who met at a hospital ward and fall in love without seeing each other faces, seems a little bit weird, that’s what spikes my curiosity. What made them fall in love? It was not their chemistry but something more, their friendship and trust to each other, something much more deeper than being pretty or handsome, the real inside beauty.
The story is told between both characters perspectives, Alice and Alfie, they are both recovering in the hospital from very deep wounds, the recovery will not be easy for neither of them, not only physically but emotionally. And that’s where this book takes a step further, it tries to show the reader the pain and wounds that you have inside and no one can see, the ones that are not easy to heal and need more strength and will than some medicines and exercises.
I loved this story, it was difficult to read sometimes, you could feel the pain of the characters and their sadness, the need to hug them and comfort them was so real! But as I said, this is a book of love and friendship, so don’t worry, there are plenty of happy and funny moments during the story, but never forget that they will meet without seeing their faces, with the only touch of holding hands but with some emotive and large conversations during the night… Let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter if someone is attractive when you can’t see them, the important thing is that you have affinity and similar beliefs, don’t you think?
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About The Author
Emily Houghton is an ex digital specialist and full-time creative writer.
She originally comes from Essex but now lives in London. 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.
Emily is available for written features about her experiences and learnings on topics including; dating and the vulnerability of meeting people, self-love, body confidence, processing pain and the physical emotional body connection.