As a mother of three children who keep me on my toes, I like to write in the dead of the night and at odd times on weekends, always with a huge cup of tea at hand. I am heavily influenced by music as I write, and enjoy listening to Indie artists, particularly Australian. I am an avid reader and enjoy talking books with those who are likeminded. I live in Queensland, Australia, with my husband, three children, and our German Shepherd. When I'm not writing, reading, or driving my kids around, I can be found at my day job as a career consultant at the local senior high school.
Somebody I Used to Knowby Theresa Smith
When Nora moves herself and her teenage daughter back to her childhood home, she knows she is returning to a place that holds secrets she hoped would always remain hidden. While her tenuous relationship with her daughter hangs in the balance, her heart is put on the line when she reconnects with the man who changed her life eighteen years earlier with a love she
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When Nora moves herself and her teenage daughter back to her childhood home, she knows she is returning to a place that holds secrets she hoped would always remain hidden. While her tenuous relationship with her daughter hangs in the balance, her heart is put on the line when she reconnects with the man who changed her life eighteen years earlier with a love she chose not to return.
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From the powerful and hypnotic opening scene of Theresa Smith’s debut novel Somebody I Used to Know, I felt compelled to discover the cause of all the tension bubbling beneath the surface of the characters. What evolved was a truly remarkable story which spanned many years. I was literally hooked, swept along by the tantalizing romance, the drama, and the heartbreaking moments. The story unfolded gradually and wove its way through the distant past, the recent past and the present. This gave me a deep and full understanding of both the characters and the story. I was intrigued to know whether they would all find the happiness they deserved. The story closely followed the lives of Nora and her daughter Ness, after the death of Nora’s husband Luke. Nora has one big secret up her sleeve... and it has the power to both destroy and drastically change lives. We visit her troubled past where it all began... where there is more than one tragedy and family drama going on. The past also reveals the beauty and purity of young love and friendships... and how it can all go wrong. Nora and Luke’s friendship with Nick and Jen seems unbreakable. But at the closing of their youth, one friend is dead and another is left behind for good. Back in the present, the reader is tantalized by Champaign bubbles of romance, and hopes for the troubled secrets of the past to finally be unravelled and forgiven. The story illustrates that sometimes there are no right or wrong decisions in life, yet whatever is decided, we need to live with that decision. And live with it well. In this way, Nora is an incredibly strong woman who you can’t help but admire. Yes she broke someone’s heart, but she also broke her own heart to save another. You can’t help wishing she’d made a different decision, especially when she was so in love, and that person was in love with her and thinking of her for so many years afterwards, writing heartbreaking letters he never sent. Thank goodness somebody he used to know returned and there is hope again for happiness. I highly recommend this story as it is a very enjoyable and worthwhile read.