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Today I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for The Girl I Used to Know by Faith Hogan. I had the pleasure of reading this in early November and was so happy when I was asked to do the tour. I hope you all will love it as much as I did.
The Girls I Used To Know follows the story of two women, Amanda King and Tess Cuffe. Amanda finds herself as Tess’s landlord and neither of the women are happy with the arrangement. Set in Dublin, the story spans across two timelines in the narration. We follow Amanda in the now and we get to hear about Tess’s life both now and in the past when she was in college. The dual view point and alternating time frames is the perfect medium to tell this story.
I can honestly say I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Tess was a bright, beautiful, talented teenage girl off to the big city of Dublin to chase her dream of becoming a singer. But Tess ends up becoming an old spinster. She is the lonely, curmudgeon old lady that lives in Amanda’s basement. So what happened to the beautiful talented girl? The novel is Tess’s journey and what happened to derail her life and how she possibly finds it again.
Amanda is the perfectly happy housewife of a rich man living in “Tess’s house” and Tess does everything she can to make the woman unhappy and disrupt her perfect life. Only the joke is on Tess – Amanda is already unhappy and far from perfect. She’s got two distant teenage kids and a neglectful husband and is realizing what a sham her life has become.
The two women find out that they have much more in common that they could have ever imagined. With a little nudging from Amanda’s daughter and a neighbor’s sweet, abandon cat, the two women find some common ground and even a friendship.
The Girl I Used To Know is a perfectly charming story. It’s about losing yourself in the mayhem of life, but being able to find joy in the ashes. It’s a heartfelt story of friendships and discovering healing in the most unlikely of places.
Highly recommended! It’s out in stores now and available here:
Published by Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) on December 1st 2017
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.
If you’re looking for a great read over the holidays or the perfect book for a friend, then The Girl I Used To Know is a sure bet