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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The Girl I was Before by Izzy Bayliss

The Girl I was Before is the debut novel from Izzy Bayliss.

Book Information taken from Amazon

When Lily McDermott walks in to find Marc, her husband of just three months in bed with actress Nadia, life as she knows it is over. Lily thinks things can't get any worse when she sees photos of her husband and his new lover splashed across the glossy magazine pages, but when she loses her job too, she is at her lowest ebb and turns to baking to soothe her soul. Wounded and broken she has to try and pick herself up again with the help of her best friend Frankie and with her encouragement, Lily decides to turn her hobby into a business and sets up Baked With Love. However whatever Lily does, it seems disaster soon ensues and when handsome stranger Sam comes to her rescue, Lily isn't quite ready to turn her back on her marriage. 

Can Lily risk opening her heart again or is she destined to allow Marc to shadow her life forever? 

My Review of The Girl I Was Before

The Girl I was Before is a thoroughly enjoyable and 'unputdownable' read. I read it in a few short sittings. From the very beginning when we meet Lily and her husband in a rather compromising position with another woman (told beautifully), I was drawn into Lily's chaotic world and wondered what on earth was going to happen next.

Although the book was a light and romantic read, perfect for curling up with in your favourite armchair with a cup of tea, the author dealt with some very real life issues in a sensitive and thought provoking manner, while still managing to insert humour into the narrative.

With so many chick lit novels on the market, it can be a little difficult at times to find something truly refreshing and which has a different type of voice. This book was one such book. Told in first person narrative It made me laugh, it made me cry and at the very heart of the book was Lily who was instantly likeable.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and all of the colourful characters within it, of which there are many, not least her sister.  I can't wait to find out what will happen next in book two! My fingers are already twitching.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

About Izzy Bayliss

Izzy Bayliss lives in Ireland with her husband, children and their dog. A romantic at heart, she loves nothing more than cosying up in front of the fire with a good book. Her motto is that reality is over-rated and she is happiest staring into space and day-dreaming.

You can find her hanging about on or Twitter @izzybayliss

The Girl I Was Before can be purchased from Amazon here


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