The Girl You Forgot by Giselle Green

Today I’m on the blog tour for The Girl You Forgot by Giselle Green. Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey for my invite and review copy of the book.

Does the heart never really forget?

When Ava’s partner Will is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, the doctors give Will one chance to survive – an operation which means he will lose his recent memory. Ava begs him to take the chance, sure that she can cope with Will forgetting her. After all, they have something very special to live for.

But they are also keeping a heart-breaking secret, and if Will loses his memory, Ava will have to carry that secret alone.

Can they rebuild their love from scratch or will their secrets and past come between them? Will Ava really be a stranger when Will wakes up – or does the heart never really forget…

Giselle Green returns with a heart-breaking, deeply moving story of love, loss, and what it really means to be alive. Perfect for all fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Diane Chamberlain.

The Girl You Forgot was so much harder to read than I had expected! The emotional pull of the blurb that attracted me to this book in the first place really didn’t prepare me for those heartbreaking developments that it DIDN’T mention!

When Will is diagnosed with a brain tumour he is given just one opportunity to beat the life threatening condition. But the operation that will save his life could wipe out his recent memories. But surely we would all take this chance if it was offered to us? After all if the relationship he has with Ava is as strong as they both think then surely love will conquer all even if he doesn’t remember her? Does the heart have memory? But it seems as though there are things that Ava is keeping from Will, secrets that she isn’t prepared to share…

As if having a brain tumour wasn’t bad enough, Will has had to agree to an operation that may wipe his memories of Ava and I found this an incredibly moving decision but one that he had to take a chance on. The storyline was far more detailed than I had been expecting and Giselle Green really brought the emotions of their “Hobsons choice” to the surface very quickly indeed. I felt so sorry for Ava, having to carry all the memories of their past together on her own, knowing that things would never be the same again after the operation but also that it was their only chance…

The Girl You Forgot is so beautifully written with a devastating plotline that is handled perfectly. It’s a heartbreaking story of hope for the future, lost memories and how love always tries to conquer all. But it’s also strangely uplifting whilst packing an emotional punch so make sure you have your comforter of choice to hand when you finish it! (Mine was a tissue followed by a cuppa and a large piece of chocolate cake-you have been warned!) Emotional but enjoyable!

Born in Chiswick, Giselle Green is an award-winning, contemporary women’s fiction author. Mum to six boys (half of whom have flown the nest) and guardian to one bright orange-and-cinnamon canary who hopefully never will, Giselle enjoys creating emotionally-gripping storylines about family and relationships. 

THE GIRL YOU FORGOT (Aug 2020) is currently on pre-order, from BOLDWOOD BOOKS. 
A love story tackling thought-provoking issues around how we handle loved ones with memory loss, this novel examines the thorny question – if forgotten truths are painful ones, are they ever best left buried?

Giselle’s debut novel Pandora’s Box won the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writer’s Award in 2008. Her third novel, A Sister’s Gift achieved best-selling number one status on Amazon kindle, and her seventh, DEAR DAD was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year.
Giselle lives in Kent with her husband and their family.


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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