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.
Emily Houghton is an ex-digital specialist and full-time creative writer. She originally comes from Essex but has been living in London for the past eight years. Emily is a trained yoga and spin teacher, completely obsessed with dogs, and has dreamt of being an author ever since she could hold a pen.
"Houghton creates a unique meet cute in this debut contemporary romance brimming with heart… Equally humorous and tender, this tale of triumph over adversity is a moving celebration of the bravery it takes to show oneself to another.”—Publishers Weekly
“Houghton makes the tough times worth it... One of the beauties of romance is how it shows the bright spots amid tough times, and Before I Saw Youis a testament to why readers find this genre to be hopeful above all else.”—BookPage
"A charming page-turner of a romance with characters I cared about enormously. I inhaled it!"—Laura Jane Williams, bestselling author of Our Stop
"Such a moving book about loving someone, both inside and out. Just lovely!"—Alice Peterson, bestselling author of Monday to Friday Man
"A beautiful, uplifting story with characters that made me smile on every page."—Jessica Ryn, author of The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside
"A beautifully-written, emotionally rich story about hope, love, and new beginnings."—Lynsey James, author of The Single Dad’s Handbook