My thoughts…

I needed a book that I could lose myself in and this was exactly it. A truly beautiful book from start to finish – full of moments, love, regret and the difficulties that many people face throughout their lives. Zoe and Ed are an ordinary couple and I think that’s what makes this book all the more important.

Clare Swatman writes with an easy, well-flowing style. Her characterisation is not too heavy – these are characters you’ll find yourselves relating to. The fragility of love and relationships is carefully explored as we go back in time with Zoe to discover whether or not she can change the future.

About the book…

Some people stare love in the face for years before they find it. Zoe and Ed fumbled their way into adulthood, both on different paths – but always in the same direction. Years later, having navigated dead-end jobs and chaotic house shares, romance finally blossoms. Their future together looks set . . .

Then the unthinkable happens.

One morning, on his way to work, Ed is knocked off his bike and dies. Now Zoe must find a way to survive. But she’s not ready to let go of the memories. How can she forget all of the happy times, their first kiss, everything they’d built together? Zoe decides she has to tell Ed all the things she never said.

Now it’s too late. Or is it?

Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication: 2017

About the Author…

Clare Swatman is a journalist for a number of weekly women’s magazines. Before You Go is her first novel. Clare was Features Editor for Bella and has written for Best, Woman’s Own and Real People. She writes for her local magazine as well as the travel pages for Take a Break.

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