Book review: ‘The Girl I Was Before’ by Izzy Bayliss.



When Lily McDermott walks in to find Marc, her husband of just three months in bed with actress Nadia, life as she knows it is over. Lily thinks things can’t get any worse when she sees photos of her husband and his new lover splashed across the glossy magazine pages, but when she loses her job too, she is at her lowest ebb and turns to baking to soothe her soul. Wounded and broken she has to try to pick herself up again with the help of her best friend Frankie and with her encouragement, Lily decides to turn her hobby into a business and sets up Baked With Love. However whatever Lily does, it seems disaster soon ensues and when handsome stranger Sam comes to her rescue, Lily isn’t quite ready to turn her back on her marriage.
Can Lily risk opening her heart again or is she destined to allow Marc to shadow her life forever?

What does TWG think?

It is thanks to TBConFB that I was able to review this book, whilst finding a brand new author in the process.

Newlywed Lily is still on a high from her wedding three months prior. Revelling in the marital bliss, still, Lily thinks a romantic meal is in order for her husband and herself. Quite right too! Three is a crowd though, yes? The third person (the crowd) being Lily, seeing as her husband is rather busy having a ‘take-away’.  That’s right ladies and gentleman, she walked in on her husband getting jiggy with another woman, in THEIR bed. Will Lily get over the hurt and humiliation and become ‘The girl she was before’?

As you’re aware by now, it is rare as rocking horse biscuits that I read the blurb of a book these days, this book was no exception. Based on the title alone, I wondered what had happened to make the character want to go back to who she was. I didn’t have to wait too long to find out either. No wonder Lily was annoyed to be honest, having that view when she walked into her home. Usually events like that happen later on in a book, so it made a nice change (albeit shocking) to have the nitty gritty shoved in your face straight away.

My heart went out to her, the devastation was very clear and I feel that Izzy approached that topic with sensitivity. It is, unfortunately, a situation that a lot of Izzy’s readers may be able to relate to, so it was refreshing to have it black and white to show that it’s okay to feel hurt and devastated after being cheated on and that you’re NOT the bad party. Most of the book, for me, felt like it was a ticking time bomb. I had a feeling the first incident wasn’t going to be the last due to the way Izzy wrote the chapters. Boy I wasn’t wrong. Drama after drama mixed in with a sister that can’t see further than her nose equals BRILLIANCE.

I was completely hooked on the events that kept happening. There was always something that grabbed my attention, whether it was positive or negative. I found myself going through different emotions as I was reading; anger, shock, laughter, cringing…you know the sort.

‘The Girl I was Before’ reeled me in with its clever anecdotes, relatable characters and the fact it contained cake. Izzy has written such an in-depth book that tells a story about one person’s heart-break, devastation and the ability to find the power to turn a life around.

‘The Girl I was before’ is a curl up on the sofa and eat chocolate, type book. Perfect for the romantic comedy loving readers. I think this is going to be one to watch!

‘The Girl I was Before’ by Izzy Bayliss, published by Blue Gate Publishing, is currently available to pre-order on Amazon UK now!


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