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 shore. Overpriced, with a dark history and a crippling mortgage far outside her means to pay–the house is a symbol of everything Jill’s lost. She hates the sight of it but knows she must face it if she’s to move on. With no other choice, Jill travels to Dewberry Beach 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 little town’s leafy streets, sweetly old-fashioned ways and even the unexpected attentions of a handsome local with dark eyes and a teasing smile. For the first time, she can see a path back to the girl she was before she met her husband… Then Jill dives deeper into the house’s dark past and Marc’s part in it, and she stumbles across a terrible secret that changes everything. Torn between the right choice and the easy one, Jill realizes the key lies with her ex-husband. But he would do anything to keep the truth from coming to light…
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The Girl I Used to Be by Heidi Hostetter is an emotional novel.
It’s about a young woman named Jillian DiFiore who was born in South Jersey. She was poor for most of her life until she married her rich and much older husband. She thought she lived a good life until she caught him cheating. Then she realized how much her life had changed, she had totally forgotten the girl she used to be. It was time for a change, she was going to sell the house she got out of the lousy divorce and she would follow her passion for photography. Her plan didn’t work exactly as she hoped because the information she found in Dewberry Beach shocked her. She was left with so many questions and life-changing decisions.
It’s such a wonderful book, a serious page-turner with an inspiring storyline. It’s well written with incredible scenery descriptions, they were so graphic you could transfer yourself there. The plot is incredible, it sucks you in from the first page and it doesn’t let go. So many changes are happening that bring out different emotions. This is a book that you can easily relate to it. It talks about different situations in someone’s life that you are bound to at least connect with one. I mean who hasn’t been betrayed or cheated?
I feel that the most serious subject here was her drastic change. She had forgotten who she was and followed her husband’s orders so she would be loved. After the divorce, she did a 180 and found who she truly was. And this was what made me connect with her, I have lived something similar with a «friend» and it was like seeing myself in her. Along with Jill, there are so many good characters here that
reminded me of people from real life. My favorite parts were her interaction with the locals
I am so happy when I discover books like this one, in the end, you are left with a happy and content feeling. I will rate it with 5 stars and I highly recommend you to read it!!!