The Girl Who Couldn't Leave

The Girl Who Couldn't Leave

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It was a yard. Only a yard to the kerb. What could happen to her in that distance? Was it too far away to still be safe?

Fiona Dexter isn’t the girl she used to be.

It’s been five years since she moved into the house on leafy Wellington Drive, with its bright red door and colourful flowers in the garden. Since then, she’s never stepped outside. It’s the only way she can live without constantly looking over her shoulder – the one chance she has of keeping the past in the past.

If she could only walk out of the front door, her life would be different. She could find her way back to the person she once was. She could trade nights on the sofa for a cinema trip with friends. She could meet her parents at the café around the corner, with its delicious brownies. Maybe she could even fall in love.

Except for Fiona, those few yards to her front gate might as well be a million miles. Outside, there’s no telling who might be waiting…

Then one day single mother Bethany shows up holding two-year-old Evie, desperate for help, and their arrival might just change everything.

Once Fiona lets them in, she finds the safety of her carefully planned days has lost its spark. Staying inside is still the safest option, but now she’s felt the warmth of Evie’s hugs and danced her socks off with Bethany, she realises what she’s been missing. But can Fiona let go of her past for a chance at happiness? And when she’s put to the test, will love be more powerful than fear?

This hopeful and heart-warming read will remind you that life continues no matter where you are, and opening the door is the first step on the way back to happiness. Fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain will love this emotional and uplifting story.

Readers absolutely love Catherine Miller:

Crying like a baby… When those tears started, they didn’t stop. In fact, they just came faster and harder… It literally broke my heart, it very much lived up to being an uplifting story… A thought-provoking, heart-wrenching but beautiful love story.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

So heartbreaking… I was unable to put it down… This story will bring tears to your eyes but also a touch of warmth in your heart.’ Star Crossed Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘What an amazing book… And the ending, despite being a tear-jerker, was the best ending that could ever have been writtenWish I could give it a lot more than 5 stars… It touched me so much, I want to read it over and over again.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow! This is a heartbreaker of a story…

Release date: June 25, 2021

Publisher: Bookouture

Print pages: 350

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December 16, 2021
W. F. Howes




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