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Title: The Girl You Forgot
Author: Giselle Green
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Genre: Fiction / Women’s
Release Date: 11th August 2020
Thank you to Netgalley and Boldwood Books for the opportunity to read this book in the exchange for an honest review as part of The Girl You Forgot Blog Tour!
Plot Outline: Does the heart never really forget?
When Ava’s partner Will is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, the doctors give Will one chance to survive – an operation which means he will lose his recent memory. Ava begs him to take the chance, sure that she can cope with Will forgetting her. After all, they have something very special to live for.
But they are also keeping a heart-breaking secret, and if Will loses his memory, Ava will have to carry that secret alone.
Can they rebuild their love from scratch or will their secrets and past come between them? Will Ava really be a stranger when Will wakes up – or does the heart never really forget…
Giselle Green returns with a heart-breaking, deeply moving story of love, loss, and what it really means to be alive. Perfect for all fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Diane Chamberlain.
My Review: WOW! The Girl You Forgot is easily the best book I have read this year!
At the beginning of the book, you found out that the two main characters, Ava and Will, are about to be faced with a challenge of life changing surgery. Will has a mass on his brain that requires surgery to remove it, however, as a consequence of this surgery, Will will lose some of his memories. The mass on his brain was discovered when Will went to a fertility clinic to find out why they wasn’t successful conceiving. At the same time as this, Ava is pregnant and they found out that Will wasn’t able to have children. As a way to convince Will to have the surgery, Ava made him a promise to keep a secret.
My heart literally breaks for Ava, when she visits Will after the surgery to realise that he had lost seven years worth of memory. Will had forgotten all about Ava … and the baby. Yes, that’s right, Ava was pregnant! I couldn’t image waking up from a dream to find out I am actually seven years older than I realised, living in a home with my girlfriend and about to have a baby!
The way Giselle brought across Will’s and Ava’s emotions of this extreme difficult time was absolutely extraordinary! Each chapter was in the view point of either Ava or Will, so you got to see and explore why they felt the way they did and why. With Ava’s chapters, it was overwhelming how much emotion was going through her at that time; she was willing Will to live and carry on, hoping they could still be together, having a baby, but also the haunting guilt of the secret she had to keep to herself. Towards the end of the book, Ava tells Will the secret she had been holding in order to help him during his depression and low state.
It took me four hours straight to read this book … WOW!! My review doesn’t do this book justice, it was amazing!
About The Author:
Giselle Green is an award-winning, bestselling contemporary women’s fiction author. Mum to six boys (half of whom have flown the nest) and owner of one bright orange-and-cinnamon canary who hopefully never will, Giselle enjoys creating emotionally-gripping story lines about family and relationships.
The Girl You Forgot is available on Amazon.
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Happy Reading, x