the girl I used to be
A perfect marriage. A perfect life. And none of it’s real…
Jill Goodman changed her whole life to marry Marc, a man twice her age. She found her Prince Charming, or so she thought, and did everything she could to become his perfect wife. His betrayal is unexpected and leaves her heartbroken. The divorce that follows leaves her penniless, except for a heavily-mortgaged beach house she’s never liked. With no other choice, Jill she travels to the quirky beach town to sell the house. As she settles in and gets to know the residents, she remembers the girl she was before Marc--sassy and loud, with a passion for life as strong as her Jersey accent.
While at the shore, Jill stumbles across a something in her husband’s past that changes everything. And Marc is determined to bury the evidence. Can Jill find a way out before Marc destroys her and the town she’s come to love?
A gripping, emotional read that will keep you turning the pages late into the night, perfect for fans of Amanda Prowse, Elin Hilderbrand and Diane Chamberlain.
Top Review from NetGalley
Somebody better tell Elin Hilderbrand that Heidi Hostetter is out to steal her crown. This is hands down one of the top 10 summer reads of 2021!
You quickly fall in love with the Jersey Shore due to the almost artistic writing. This is a book that you fall into so easily and whether or not you've ever even been to the East Coast you feel your toes in the sand and hear the water lapping at your feet. Her writing is just that good. There's a little suspense, romance, friendship, and the feel-good community all wrapped up perfectly to make this the perfect read to have in your beach bag while you spend a summer afternoon on the shore. Even if you can't go to the beach, this book is a mini holiday in itself. Five huge stars and I've already added her whole catalog to my TBR list.
Another Review from NetGalley
I loved everything about this book and kept finding reasons to sneak away with my kindle to read it! On top of a great plot, the author also has a real talent for description and I felt whisked away to the shore, which was an absolute treat: it made me desperate to visit in real life!
A fabulous read and I am now going to go back and read the author’s other book set in Dewberry beach – because I’m not ready to leave!