THE GIRL I USED TO BE

May 14, 2021

MY THOUGHTS

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I guarantee it won’t be the last.  I really liked the author’s writing style and the characters were well developed.  

When Jill Goodman’s marriage comes to an abrupt end, she looses everything she has in the divorce except for one thing.  Husband Marc, leaves Jill a sprawling beach house on the Jersey coastline.  Broken-hearted Jill travels to Jersey to sell the house as quickly as possible.  She enjoys her time at the shore and enjoys the town and it’s residents.  The pace is exactly what she needed.  But then things that Marc was involved in come to light.  She wonders how she couldn’t have known of the things that were going on.  This story of suspense, lies, deceit, was very well written.  This is a story of second chances, new friendships and taking that next step in your life when you need it the most.  

I enjoyed this emotional story.  It’s a wonderful story of getting back to the person you know yourself to be.  I was so engrossed with the story and the characters. Thank you Heidi Hostetter for this fantastic story.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


ABOUT THE BOOK


THE GIRL I USED TO BETHE GIRL I USED TO BE
Author: Heidi Hostetter
Published by Bookouture
Publication Date: May 11, 2021
Pages: 275
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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?

About Heidi Hostetter

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.

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