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May 17, 2013


A marvellously written novel. I would urge readers to buy this page turning novel by Lisa Jewelle. Before I Met You would most certainly make a lovely present for a mother, Nan or a friend.

This beautiful story is interwoven between Arlette’s past in the 1920s to Elizabeth Deans present day in 1995.

Elizabeth is known as Betty who travels to Guernsey to look after her grandmother Arlette, who is suffering from Alzheimer and Brain damage from a stroke. Betty stays with her grandmother right up until she takes her last breath. When Betty’s grandmother sadly dies in her grandmothers will Betty is left her grandmothers fur mink coat, books, photographs and ornaments and a thousand pounds . Some one by the name of  Clara Tatiana Pickle who know one in the family has never heard of is mentioned in Arlette’s will to receive saving accounts, pensions and bonds. Betty finds her fur mink coat on the top shelf with a vintage copy of the book Pollyanna. Betty opens the book Pollanna to see an inscription To Little Miss Pickle I do hope that you will be a glad girl Yours eternally Arlette Lafolley With.Bettys thousand pounds Betty decides to branch out to Soho London to rent a flat to find Clara Pickle.

More mysteries emerge for Betty to solve while she is renting her flat in Soho London.

Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.She is the bestselling author of Ralph’s Party, Thirty nothing, One Hit Wonder, Vince & Joy, A Friend of the Family, 31 Dream Street, The Truth About Melody Browne, After the Party and The Making of Us, all of which have been Sunday Times bestsellers. One of the UK’s most talented contemporary novelist. She has sold over 1 million books in the UK and is published in over twenty countries.

Pages of story 560

Published 9th May 2013

Published by Arrow Books.

To Find Out More About Lisa Jewell


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