The Girl I Used To Be by Heidi Hostetter

I’m so pleased to be part of the book tour today for this fabulous book. Thanks to Bookouture and Chick Lit Central for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

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In her years of acting the perfect wife to Marc, Jill had built walls around herself so high that nobody could reach her. Now she has no money, nowhere to live and a future as uncertain as it was the day Marc first asked her—the shy, trusting new assistant—to lunch. Jill hadn’t known then what sort of man he really was…

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 shore. Overpriced, with a dark history and a crippling mortgage far outside her means to pay—the house is a symbol of everything Jill’s lost. She hates the sight of it, but knows she must face it if she’s to move on.

With no other choice, Jill travels to Dewberry Beach 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 little town’s leafy streets, sweetly old-fashioned ways and even the unexpected attentions of a handsome local with dark eyes and a teasing smile. For the first time, she can see a path back to the girl she was before she met her husband…

Then Jill dives deeper into the house’s dark past and Marc’s part in it, and she stumbles across a terrible secret that changes everything. Torn between the right choice and the easy one, Jill realizes the key lies with her ex-husband. But he would do anything to keep the truth from coming to light…

An emotionally gripping read that will keep you turning the pages late into the night, perfect for fans of Amanda Prowse, Elin Hilderbrand and Diane Chamberlain.

My Review:

I was delighted to read the second in the Dewberry Beach series. They are completely fine as standalones, as the characters are different, but they’re so fabulous that you should really read them all. I can picture Dewberry Beach perfectly in my mind, and it’s a beautiful backdrop to these superb novels.

I wasn’t sure what to make of Jill at first, she was so compliant and it was hard to believe that she had gone from being the strong woman that she used to be to this almost Stepford wife. But as the novel progresses, the old Jill begins to re-emerge, and she’s a character to be reckoned with. Her inner strength re-appears, and she’s a much more authentic and true-to-herself person.

Marc and his world seem totally false and mercenary, and he’s so cold towards Jill. He and his type don’t belong in the friendly community of Dewberry Beach, and as Jill begins to dig into his business dealings, she sees what he’s really like.

Dewberry Beach weaves its spell on the reader again, and it’s easy to see how Jill is captivated by the place as she gets to know it and the community there.

This book is totally all-consuming, and I found it so hard to put down. It was a balm to my soul during a difficult week, and completely swept me away. Just gorgeous.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author bio:

Heidi Hostetter is a proud Jersey Girl, born and raised. Growing up, she spent summers at her grandparents’ house on the shore, in a town much like the one she writes about in her novels, and it was idyllic. The New Jersey shore has a culture all its own, where every magical thing can be found: sparklers on the beach, fireflies at night, and whole days swimming in the ocean. 

She went to college in South Carolina and found inspiration for her Lowcountry Novels. After graduation, she moved to the Pacific Northwest where she developed an appreciate the rain. Trips to the Oregon coast inspired her award-winning Inlet Beach novels. She and her family have recently moved back across the country, to the DC-area, where history is everywhere. They live in a one-hundred-year-old house that’s definitely haunted and feels like inspiration for a really good story.

When she’s not writing, you can probably find her digging in her garden or poking around old houses for inspiration. She loves the beach, a good podcast, and is always up for a trip to a bookstore, no matter how far away.

Heidi is currently at work on her new novel. She shares office space with a labradoodle named Emmett who keeps are careful watch for errant squirrels foolish enough to wander into his yard. She loves to hear from readers and answers all her own mail. You can find her here:

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