For fans of Close Enough to Touch and Me Before You comes a poignant and moving novel about two patients who fall in love as they recover from traumatic injuries in the same hospital ward…all without seeing each other.
Alice Gunnersley and Alfie Mack sleep just a few feet apart from one another. They talk for hours every day. And they’ve never seen each other face-to-face.
After being in terrible accidents, the two now share the same ward as long-term residents of St. Francis’s Hospital. Although they don’t get off to the best start, the close quarters (and Alfie’s persistence to befriend everyone he meets) brings them closer together. Pretty soon no one can make Alice laugh as hard as Alfie does, and Alfie feels like he’s finally found a true confidante in Alice. Between their late night talks and inside jokes, something more than friendship begins to slowly blossom between them.
But as their conditions improve and the end of their stay draws closer, Alfie and Alice are forced to decide whether it’s worth continuing a relationship with someone who’s seen all of the worst parts of you, but never seen your actual face.
A tender novel of healing and hope, Before I Saw You reminds us that connections can be found even in the most unexpected of places—and that love is almost always blind.
Houghton creates a unique meet cute in this debut contemporary romance brimming with heart. Alice Gunnersley is on top of the world, with a job she loves and a penthouse flat in London. Then disaster strikes in the form of an office fire, leading to burns on 40% of her body and landing her in the hospital. There she realizes that, having devoted all her time to her job, there's only one person her best friend, Sarah whom she can call on in an emergency. Luckily, the recovery ward is home to a cast of colorful characters who barge into her life, though Alice refuses to let any of them see her, as she's embarrassed by her burns. Alfie Mack, who's recovering from a leg amputation and has appointed himself the ward's Chief Entertainment Officer, is fascinated by Alice but breaking through her walls requires that he first reckon with his own trauma. Though the story drags on a tad too long, Alfie's enthusiasm is infectious and the romance is sweet. Equally humorous and tender, this tale of triumph over adversity is a moving celebration of the bravery it takes to show oneself to another. Agent: Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency \n