Review: Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton

Today I am reviewing “Before I Saw You” by Emily Houghton courtesy of Anne at Random Things Tours and Bantam Press.

About the Book:


Alice and Alfie are strangers. But they sleep next to each other every night.

Alfie Mack has been in hospital for months recovering from an accident. A new face on the ward is about as exciting as life gets for him right now, so when someone moves into the bed next to him he’s eager to make friends. But it quickly becomes clear that seeing his neighbour’s face won’t happen any time soon.

Alice Gunnersley has been badly burned and can’t even look at herself yet, let alone allow anyone else to see her. Keeping the curtain around her bed firmly closed, it doesn’t stop Alfie trying to get to know her. And gradually, as he slowly brings Alice out of her shell, might there even be potential for more?

Transworld’s major romance debut of 2021 from an exciting new voice in contemporary fiction.

Before I Saw You taps into the current zeitgeist of TV such as Love is Blind, and tackles the culture of modern dating where people choose a partner based on their looks.

Buy the Book on Amazon UK here.


About the Author:

Emily Houghton is an ex digital specialist and full-time creative writer.

She originally comes from Essex but now lives in London. Emily is a trained yoga and spin teacher, completely obsessed with dogs and has dreamt of being an author ever since she could hold a pen.

Emily is available for written features about her experiences and learnings on topics including; dating and the vulnerability of meeting people, self-love, body confidence, processing pain and the physical emotional body connection.


My Review:

I shall start by saying that there is a really interesting reason for me choosing this book!  When I read the blurb I laughed; I met a special guy in the middle of lockdown last year and after chatting for some time, fell in love.  We have yet to meet ace-to-face because of where we live (I am in Devon and he is in Swansea) and the fact that we have health and family reasons to be very careful at the moment. So yes .. I think you can fall in love with someone you have never seen … I did!

But onto the book .. and my first surprise was that this is the authors debut novel! I can see many more books in her future! The book is written from both of the main characters points of view which means that we get to know both of them really well.  This means that I was most definitely ‘shipping’ the two of them, almost from the outset!  I also loved the supporting cast of characters, in particular, Alice’s friend Sarah; we have a very similar sense of humour, which is another thing that the author does well, despite the overarching sad story.

It’s a very quick and easy read of a book, which is something I really liked; quite a lot of my reading recently has been ‘full on’ psychological thriller types and so this was a welcomed break to all of that.

This book comes with a couple of warnings though .. DO NOT read in public (who can these days I know but still) as you will most definitely need to retouch your mascara in certain. parts of the book.  Also, make sure you set alarms on your phone to remind you to stop reading and go to sleep – I read the book in 36 hours which may or may not have included a session until 3am..!

I would highly recommend to anyone that likes a feel good, romantic comedy with real emotion – a good holiday read or a fabulous break from the darker thrillers!


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