Before I Saw You
Emily Houghton

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Narrated By: Nathalie Buscombe, Daniel Ings

Duration: 9 hours and 30 minutes

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Alice and Alfie are strangers. But they sleep next to each other every night.

Alfie Mack has been in hospital for months recovering from an accident. A new face on the ward is about as exciting as life gets for him right now, so when someone moves into the bed next to him he's eager to make friends. But it quickly becomes clear that seeing his neighbour's face won't happen any time soon.

Alice Gunnersley has been badly burned and can't even look at herself yet, let alone allow anyone else to see her. Keeping the curtain around her bed firmly closed, it doesn't stop Alfie trying to get to know her. And gradually, as he slowly brings Alice out of her shell, might there even be potential for more?

Readers are falling in love with Before I Saw You:

***** 'One of the must-reads of 2021! It is beautifully written with characters that have such great depth'
***** 'My heart was full of emotion. The characters were so believable and I was completely absorbed'
***** 'A really intense and original romance, that is so well crafted and paced that it leaves you yearning for more.'

© Emily Houghton 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


Modern and contemporary fiction, Contemporary romance

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Such a moving book about loving someone, both inside and out. Just lovely

Alice Peterson, bestselling author of Monday to Friday Man

A heartwarming and heartbreaking debut


An emotional and character-led story that is sure to tug at your heartstrings

Woman's Own

A charming page-turner of a romance with characters I cared about enormously. I inhaled it!

Laura Jane Williams, bestselling author of Our Stop

An emotional, character-led story