The Girl I Used to Be
A gripping and emotional page-turner
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 a 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?
A gripping, emotional read that will keep you turning the pages late into the night, perfect for fans of Amanda Prowse, Elin Hilderbrand and Diane Chamberlain.
What readers are saying about The Girl I Used to Be:
“Known as the Queen of Summer fiction, somebody better tell Elin Hilderbrand Heidi is out to steal her crown… hands down one of the top 10 summer reads of 2021!… the perfect read… Five huge stars and I've already added her whole catalog to my TBR list. Ahh this was so good!!!!!” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Amazing!!! I read it in one day… super amazing… I didn't want to put it down… magical.” NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“The perfect book to read on the beach… compelling and addictive and I loved how it ended!!! A lovely page-turner that whisked me away to a gorgeous beach resort… I LOVED it.” bookworm86 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“What an amazing book it is!... I was immediately drawn in… excellent… I cannot describe how much I loved The Girl I Used to Be… I didn't want the novel to end… 5 sparkling stars.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Absolutely gorgeous! I loved everything about this book and kept finding reasons to sneak away to read it!... I felt whisked away to the shore… I’m not ready to leave!” Motherhood for Slackers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“The story grabbed me in the first few pages and reeled me in! I was hooked by the end of chapter one!... Delicious!” Goodreads reviewer
“You find yourself quickly falling in love with the characters and the Jersey Shore… read this as soon as you can.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“The perfect beach book… I fell in love with the residents in the sweet little beach town and cheered for Jill. Highly recommended.” Meanderings and Muses
Great Emotional Read
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.