Hello fellow bookworms and reading addicts. I have a warm, cosy read for you today. Hope you read it and like it as much as I did.
This book review is part of the blog tour organized by the folk at Aria Fiction. Do check out the other stops on the tour too.
Title: The Girl I used to know
Author: Faith Hogan
Publisher: Aria Fiction
Published: December 1, 2017
Location set in: Dublin, Ireland
Profession of main characters: Singer/ Office Temp and Housewife.
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 accoutrements 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 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.
I will henceforth refer the book/story as tgiutk which is also the hashtag (#) you can follow on Social Media to know more about what other people are saying, talking about the book. And here’s what I think about it.
Tess Cuffe and Amanda King are neighbours, they’ve been for a couple of decades. Their stories are similar but before they realise their they are at odds and not people who believe in Love thy neighbour. #Tgiutk is about when these 2 unlikely women come together and shed their pasts for a future of their liking.
The storyline is something we rarely think about because it is happening either to us or someone around us. It is a story of everyone of us who is stuck in a rut and wake up one day to realise as much. #Tgiutk is about what happens after that realisation, about how we unconsciously reach out to others and vice versa. I actually enjoyed reading this story and it was interesting to see how these 2 women pull themselves out of, the decades of rut they were set in deep. Tess is a fun character and I was saddened at her life being one of missed opportunities; however I was equally happy with her comjng back to life and making the most of what she got at a time when most people give up.
Amanda King and her family is a fun parallel addition to Tess’s story. They are the quintessential modern day family unit who unravel and come back together yet apart with different people in their lives. Tess’s dynamic with Amanda and her daughter Robyn is friendly warmth and comfort.
These 2 women show us what many people go through in life today where modern family concepts are being rewritten and reinvented all the time.
I’d definitely curl up with this story on a chilly, rainy day with a cuppa and some biscuits maybe a pet by my side just because I can. Read it and enjoy how people can pull themselves together at any age, time in their lives.
Faith Hogan was born in Ireland. She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway. She has worked as a fashion model, an event’s organiser and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.
She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair – an international competition for emerging writers.
Faith Hogan Contact:
Twitter (her favourite) https://twitter.com/GerHogan
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/faithhoganauthor/
Web Page. http://faithhogan.com/
Reviewed by Bharti