The Girl Who Couldn’t Leave by Catherine Miller

I’m delighted to be part of the tour today for this gorgeous book. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

Book Description:
She’s too afraid to leave her house. But is she brave enough to let someone in?

Fiona Dexter hasn’t gone outside in five years.

She knows she’ll never sit on a beach to watch the sunset,
or share a meal with her family at the friendly café around the corner,
or even fall in love.

Then one day, her neighbour, single mother Bethany, shows up on her doorstep holding two-year-old Evie.

Bethany needs help and soon Fiona starts to remember how it feels to be close to other people. Once she’s felt the warmth of Evie’s hugs and danced her socks off with Bethany, can Fiona face the secrets of her past and live again?

This hopeful and heart-warming read will remind you that life continues no matter where you are, and opening the door is the first step on the way back to happiness. Fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain will love this emotional and uplifting story.

My Review:

What a gorgeous book this is. I love Catherine Miller’s books and she’s one of those authors that I don’t even need to know what the book is about before I say yes to reviewing it, but this one is really one of her best yet.

It mentions in the blurb that fans of such wonderful authors such as Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain will love this book, and this is certainly true, but at the same time, this book is just so unique and so special. It will totally capture your heart and leave a lasting impression.

Fiona seems at first to be a bit of a quirky character, loving her routines, set in her ways, even at a young age, and unfortunately, afraid to leave her house. But when I got to know her better I realised that there was so much more to her, and that she had been through some difficult times, which had led to her agoraphobia. She’s actually a much stronger person than you realise.

Bethany is lovely, a great mother and a good friend, coping with her own difficulties. As they become closer, Bethany can teach Fiona how to live again, and they are such a great combination.

I just loved this book from the first page to the last. It’s a story that will bring a smile to your face, life-affirming and thought-provoking, but most of all, such a pleasure to read. Just wonderful.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio:

When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren’t full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with Carina UK. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016.

Catherine was a NHS physiotherapist, but for health reasons she retired early from this career. As she loved her physiotherapy job, she decided if she couldn’t do that she would pursue her writing dream. It took a few years and a couple of babies, but in 2015 she won the Katie Fforde bursary, was a finalist in the London Book Fair Write Stuff Competition and highly commended in Woman magazine’s writing competition. Since then she’s had four novels published.

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