Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton
Release Date - May 4, 2021
A tragic accident takes both Alfie Mack's leg and his best friends. Another tragic event leaves Alice Gunnersly with severe injuries. The two "meet" on the rehabilitation ward at St. Francis's. Alice refuses to let anyone see her, and Alfie knows what she's going through, yet he's enamored. Even without seeing her, he feels an instant, undeniable attraction.
Through the ups and downs of recovery, the two rely heavily on each other. It leaves them with one pressing question. When they're finally well enough to return to their lives, will they have a place for each other outside of the hospital's walls?
Before I Saw You is such an emotional and touching novel. While much of the focus is on Alfie and Alice coming to terms with their injuries and events leading to their injuries, there's also the look at how to move past the nightmares and make sense of the future.
There is the romantic aspect, but this book is so much more. It's about finding hope in the worst of situations. Embracing changes with grace or with fear. And, learning how to move forward when it seems that all paths forward are blocked. I loved it.