Blog Tour | Before You Were Mine
Sometimes hope has a way of changing everything…
Just hours after giving birth, Eli Bell is forced to give up her newborn baby daughter for adoption. Devastated, she tries desperately to rebuild her shattered life.
Then, over thirty years later, Eli catches sight of her daughter. And she knows that she must do everything to find a way back into her life. Even if it means lying…
While her husband Tommy must grow to accept his own part in the events of her early life, he can only try to save her before her obsession with the young woman ruins them both.
Don’t miss the breathtaking debut Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin! Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Anne Tyler, Joyce Carol Oates.
Praise for Before You Were Mine:
“A heartbreaking novel about what happens when we don’t have the power to make our own choices. BEFORE YOU WERE MINE is a moving and emotional story that is sure to touch readers’ hearts.” ~ Karen Katchur, author of THE SISTERS OF BLUE MOUNTAIN
“5 STARS – A love story that surprises in so many ways. Em Muslin has written a great debut book here. Before You Were Mine explores love on so many levels it had me reaching for the tissues more than once. It’s heartening to see people who seem totally self-serving suddenly step up and make things right. I would like to share some fudge pie and coffee with Eli.” – Jo Ann Mapson Best selling author of author of:
Owen’s Daughter/Finding Casey/Solomon’s Oak/The Owl & Moon Cafe/The Bad Girl Creek trilogy/The Wilder Sisters/Hank & Chloe; Loving Chloe/Shadow Ranch/ Blue Rodeo
Em Muslin’s Debut novel is heart stoppingly beautiful.
Muslin was born to write, her observations are breathtaking
I was so involved in the story, I missed my stop on the train.’
– Lynn Parson – Radio Broadcaster
5 STARS –Pleasing to the mind,
Em Muslin’s debut novel, “Before You Were Mine” is written with a beautiful touch where heartbreak meets love and loneliness meets freedom. Every reader can benefit from reading this book as it grabs onto your heart strings and pulls you in to compelling story that includes all aspects of family. This story is not only a great piece of literature, the story unfolds into much more than just Eli’s obsession but digs deeper into the life she left behind years ago. – Biblio Beauty Book Blog
Publisher: Harper Collins
I just have to say wow! This book was a very heartbreaking and emotional. To not be given any choices in your own life. This book pulled my heart into a million pieces.
In this story Eli is a 14-year-old girl who goes into labor and has her baby taken from her as soon as the cord is cut, with no choice of her own. She is shunned and no one will even acknowledge her in her town. She marries a wonderful man named Tommy at the age of 17. He not only shows her kindness, but never treats her as anything other than special and loved. For thirty years she tries to piece her life back together, even though she is treated as a leaper by everyone except her husband. One day she bumps into a woman who she thinks is her. She shares the news with her husband and he is not sure if she is seeing things. Can Eli prove she is not going crazy? Can Tommy help her put the pieces together?
Eli has been through so much and yet she still holds out hope that one day she will be reunited with the daughter she was not allowed to have. I was really disappointed in the way that everyone treats her. It was so heartbreaking. Tommy is a saint and sweet man, who tries to stand by her and help her to cope the best he can. He shows her such kindness and love. Never looking away but always towards her. Both their dreams were taken from them at such a young age. The story is very touching and emotional. You will be drawn in and wonder how is it that people are so cruel and how can someone who never has much choice in life can survive to be so strong.
This book is very well written. I did not really care for the journal entry parts that much, even though they are there to show you how she is feeling at times. They just spring up and it was a bit confusing to me, flashing back and forth. Other than that it was an amazing story.
*ARC provided by em muslin and Neverland Blog Tours.
I give this book 4 stars.
em muslin has worked in the film and television industry for over 20 years. She first fell in love with reading and writing after experiencing Judith Kerr’s When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. She hasn’t stopped devouring books ever since.
She loves words that capture an experience or emotion in a singular form: her current favourite, describing herself, isnemophilist.
Em’s writing career has included developing a script for a stage musical with Tina Turner, and writing a bitter-sweet comedy screenplay, Last Chance Saloon.
Em’s writing focuses on the texture of domestic life, relationships, family and the pressures of social convention. Her characters are often fighting to become the hero of their own story, searching for hope, despite the adversities that life inevitably brings.
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