Wednesday 17 July 2019

The Girl I Used To Know by Faith Hogan BLOG TOUR @GerHogan @Aria_Fiction @VickyJoss1 #TheGirlIUsedToKnow

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.

The Girl I Used To Know by Faith Hogan was published in paperback by Aria Fiction on 4 July 2019.
My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review, and who invited me to take part on this Blog Tour

The Girl I Used To Know is one of those stories that you can totally lose yourself in. You know the type; you decide to read the first few chapters and before you know it, you look up and hours have passed and you are totally committed to the characters within the book.

I do love a dual time-line story and this author does it excellently. The reader knows enough about the back story of the two main characters to allow them to empathise, and to understand just why they behave as they do.
Amanda and Tess are beautifully created characters; they could be cliched and stereotypical, but the author makes them appear real and vibrant and I liked them both so much. I understood why Amanda thought that Tess was a moody, cantankerous old woman, and my heart bled for Amanda, with her perfect house and her perfect family .... or so it would appear, on the outside.

This really is a story of how friendship develops between the two most unlikely candidates. It's beautifully written and will resonate with women everywhere. Most of us will have experienced the joy and the warmth that only the friendship and guidance of another female can bring.

If you love Sheila O Flanagan, Marian Keyes and Patricia Scanlan, you will enjoy this warm and engaging story. Recommended by me.

Faith Hogan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of four novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favorites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads. She writes grown up women's fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring.

Faith's latest book, What Happened To Us? is published in October 2018.

She writes crime fiction as Geraldine Hogan - Silent Now is available to pre-order now!

Faith 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 is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She's a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger - except of course when it is raining!

You can find out more about Faith on her website
Twitter @gerhogan

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