Some stories you read leave your head the second you finish them and some find a quiet, secluded spot at the corner of your mind and set up camp. This book is one of those.
l read this on Netgalley last year and have not stopped thinking about it.
Here’s the blurb:
A poignant and moving novel about two patients who fall in love as they recover from traumatic injuries in the same hospital ward…all without seeing each other.
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.
A tender novel of healing and hope, Before I Saw You reminds us that connections can be found even in the most unexpected of places—and that love is almost always blind.
Here’s my review:
I read this last year and became obsessed. I can’t believe I am now on the blog tour.
This book is next level emotional romance.
Despite it dealing with strong themes of survival, guilt, and pain and is focused around two characters who have suffered serious physical trauma, it is one of the most uplifting books I have ever read.
Alfie and Alice’s friendship blossoms as they sit in their hospital beds, separated by a curtain and begin to process their lives which will never be the same again once they leave hospital.
The two characters Alfie and Alice are adorable and I immediatley become invested in them. I loved the hand holding through the curtain when things got tough, the banter and the puzzle books.
Alfie is such a hero. His humour and cheeky banter through the curtain draws Alice out of her trauma. Everyone who is in hospital for something scary should be in a bed next to an Alfie.
It’s such a moving story and for most of it neither gets to see the other. They are just voices from behind the curtain. I take my hat off to Emily Houghton.
If you want to read next level emotional romance – read this.
Please can this be turned into a film!
‘Our scars are simply the marks of our stories. They show we’ve lived a great life, and most of all that we have survived it. Don’t hide your story away in the shadows.’