The Woman I Was Before – Kerry Fisher / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @KerryFSwayne

A new home can be a happy ending. Or a fresh start. Or a hiding place…

Kate Jones is running away. She has left her old life behind, changing both her own name and her daughter’s. No-one must ever connect Kate with the mistake that destroyed her life.

Starting afresh on Parkview Road – a brand new street full of newly built houses – Kate looks at the other women on the street with envy. They seem to have it all: Gisela with her busy life, full house and successful children, Sally with her exciting spontaneous marriage, her glamorous holidays, her high-flying career. The pictures that Kate’s new friends post online confirm their seemingly perfect existence, whilst Kate hides from the world at all costs.



My review

My second book by this author. After reading the first one I was utterly charmed and a big fan. Now however … I am even a bigger fan. 🙂

Moving can be the result of different things. One family might simply be looking for a bigger house, another might want to leave memories behind, a third one might have an other reason. It’s fun and difficult at the same time. You have to say goodbye to a previous life but you can look forward to meeting new people.

Social media are perfect for keeping in touch but it’s sure can’t be true that everybody is always happy and cheerful, can it? It’s very often a smokescreen you can hide behind and be what you would like to be and do what you would like to do. Often it’s not even close to the truth. But when you live in the same street, friendships can be formed and when reality surfaces, you are happy to be able to lean on them.

I loved the story. It’s fluently written and very believable. I think when you would dive deeper into the life some people seem to have according to their social media, you would be in for a surprise.

Anyway, true love and friendship conquer all, no matter what life throws at you.  5 stars.

Thank you, Kerry Fisher, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

Born in Peterborough, Kerry Fisher studied French and Italian, and taught English in Corsica and Spain before climbing to holiday rep and grape picker in Tuscany. She eventually returned to England to ‘get a proper job’, and spent two years in features at Essentials magazine. She now lives in Surrey with her husband, two teenagers and a very naughty lab/schnauzer called Poppy.

Kerry’s first novel, The School Gate Survival Guide, was published by Avon, HarperCollins in 2014. Her second book, The Island Escape, came out in May 2015. It won first prize at the York Festival of Writing for the opening line: ‘I was wearing the wrong bra for sitting in a police cell’.