Thursday, May 13, 2021

Review: The Girl I Used to Be by Heidi Hostetter

The Girl I Used to Be
by Heidi Hostetter

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 275
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Your husband is not the man you thought he was… but how do you move on, when you’re forced to keep his secret?

When Jill Goodman’s picture-perfect marriage implodes, she’s heartbroken. Still reeling from the shock, the only thing she receives in the hasty divorce settlement is the deed to her husband’s sprawling beach house on the New Jersey coastline. Jill never cared about money—only her marriage—but with Marc determined to take everything she owns, the beach house is her only lifeline left.

With no other choice, Jill travels to the shore intending to sell the house quickly—but the task is not as easy as she expects. Still, she can’t help but be charmed by the beautiful seaside town and its sweetly old-fashioned ways. Despite everything, Jill is starting to see a path back to who she was before she met her husband—not the demure, polished housewife she’d become, but the smiling young woman with the strong Jersey accent who loved her family more than anything.

Then Jill dives deeper into Marc’s secrets and she stumbles across something in her husband’s past that changes everything. Could Jill herself have been unknowingly complicit in what Marc did and, if so, what will happen to her when the truth finally comes to light? With Marc determined to bury the evidence, can Jill find a way to save herself before her once perfect husband takes her down with him?

Kritters Thoughts:  Jill Goodman was married to an older, powerful man, but she thinks she is living the best life she could have ever hoped for, with all the clothes, jewelry and things at her fingertips.  But is she really living.  When her marriage dissolves she is left with a beach house that was to her knowledge unable to be sold in a small beach town and this house will change her life!

I don't typically read books where a marriage is or does dissolve within the story, but when reading the synopsis, this one felt as though it was more about the woman's after story than the marriage itself and while that was mostly true, it took a bit for the ___ to hit the fan and he didn't quite exit the scene, but her redemption story was worth him not leaving the book.

This is my second Heidi Hostetter book and while I liked the other one more, I believe it is totally due to the subject matter and in no way the writing.  I hope she keeps writing great stories with women at the center doing life.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 52 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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