The Day Shelley Woodhouse Woke Up

the BRAND NEW uplifting, emotional read from the author of NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER The Last List of Mabel Beaumont for 2024

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Pub Date Apr 06 2024 | Archive Date Apr 06 2024

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BRAND NEW from the NUMBER ONE bestselling author of The Last List of Mabel Beaumont comes a powerful story of memory, loss, love, and new beginnings…

When Shelley Woodhouse wakes up in hospital from a coma, the first thing she says is that her husband must be arrested.

He’s the reason she’s in here. She knows it. She remembers what he did. Clearly as anything.

But there are things Shelley has forgotten too, including parts of her childhood. And as those start to come back to her, so do other memories. Ones with the power to change everything.

But can she trust these new memories, or what anyone around her is telling her? And who is the mysterious hospital volunteer who brings her food and keeps making her smile? Is it possible to find your future when you're confused about your past?

Readers are loving The Day Shelley Woodhouse Woke Up:

‘This is the kind of story that draws you in and will not let you goHeartbreaking, heartwarming and absolutely stupendous. I loved it!’ Celia Anderson, author

Heartbreaking but brimming with hope. This wonderfully original and deftly crafted story hooked me from the first page. Shelley’s story will stay with me for a long time.’ Nicola Gill, author

Get your box of tissues ready when you read this book. Laura Pearson has written another beautiful story with a great emotional punch, and I loved every minute of it. A tough, eye-opening and important story told with compassion and sensitivity and characters who came alive on the page.An absolute must read.’ Louise Fein, author

Heart-wrenching, compassionate and empowering, Laura Pearson has done it again. An emotional five stars from me.’ Zoe Folbigg, author

I absolutely adored The Day Shelley Woodhouse Woke Up. I loved the dual timeline, it kept me guessing throughout, and I loved the cast of characters around Shelley – the friends and family who helped her find herself and her lost memories again. It dealt with some sensitive issues with care, and I was completely lost in Shelley’s world, desperate for her to rediscover her truth.’ Clare Swatman, author

Intriguing, moving and full of compassion… Will stay with me for a long time to come. In Shelley, Pearson has created a character who represents abused women as so much more than the victims of their abuser. Shelley is funny and brave, she’s a friend, a business owner, a daughter, a partner. Her strength shines through from the very first page… Part mystery, part emotional drama and entirely engrossing, I highly recommend you read this book.’ Lisa Timoney, author

Pearson’s characters may not be safe, but her readers always are. You know you’re in good hands when you pick up a book by Laura. In Shelley Woodhouse, we meet another strong and complex woman, who, in her search for the truth about her forgotten recent past, discovers not just facts but love and hope… Another beautiful story with humanity at its heart.’ Amy Beashel, author

Uplifting... The Day Shelley Woodhouse Woke Uphandles a serious topic with empathy and grace.’ Alison Stockham, author

Such an absorbing, compassionate and ultimately optimistic novel. I loved it.’ Kate Eberlen, author

BRAND NEW from the NUMBER ONE bestselling author of The Last List of Mabel Beaumont comes a powerful story of memory, loss, love, and new beginnings…

When Shelley Woodhouse wakes up in hospital from...

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I absolutely adored this book, even more than Laura Pearson’s brilliant Mable, she’s done an exceptional job of writing about the very difficult issue of domestic abuse and created a book that is absolutely joyful. Told primarily during Shelley’s recovery from a coma in hospital with her making herself remember key moments throughout her life with a view to regaining her missing memories. Told entirely from her perspective we see how confused and fearful she is on waking and how the staff and her friends so sympathetically support her recovery. The characters in this are really strong and I think the way a lot of the story is told retrospectively makes it easier to process, this doesn’t hide the impact events of her life have had on her but there’s a warmth around her recovery somehow that makes you see just how exceptional Shelley is.

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Shelley wakes up to find herself in hospital, in intensive care so she knows things are fairly bad. No-one will talk to her about what happened and she asks if there have been any visitors as it transpires that she has been there a few days. As she begins to think about things she is taken back to her childhood and alternating chapters tell about Shelley growing up and about some of her past. There’s a shadow to both parts, something recurring which Shelley can't quite piece together as yet but as she does she starts to see a pattern. What really happened and will Shelley be able to remember?

I love Laura’s books. She has the fantastic skill of writing a character so that the reader quickly feels in on the story and invested in the person and situation they find themselves in. I had to stop several times and take a breath as it was poignant, reminding me of different times in my own life and feeling for Shelley in her situation. It's one of those books that I desperately wanted to find out what happened but at the same time didn't want it to end, it's so beautifully written. Laura is one of those very special authors, one whose books I would read without hesitation or even reading the synopsis. Stunning, brilliant and every other superlative. One of my books of the year.

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