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After her grandmother Arlette's death, Betty is finally ready to begin her life. She had forfeited university, parties, boyfriends, summer jobs - all the usual preoccupations of a woman her age - in order to care for Arlette. Now she's ready for whatever life throws at her, and, since the will included a beneficiary unknown to her who lives in the city, she heads there to find the mysterious woman....

In 1920s London, Arlette is starting her new life in a time of postwar change. Beautiful and charismatic, she's drawn into a hedonistic world, but then tragedy strikes, and she flees back to her childhood home....

When Betty's search leads her to a man - someone who meant the world to her grandmother - the secrets of Arlette's past may help Betty find her own way to happiness in the present....

A rich detective story and a captivating look at London then and now, Before I Met You is an unforgettable novel about two very different women, separated by 70 years but united by big hearts and even bigger dreams.

©2013 Lisa Jewell (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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I love this book

This book has everything I love about a book. The characters are likable, interesting, intelligent and "with it." The two timelines, one of the grandmother's romances and experiences in London and the other of the granddaughter's experiences in London many years later. The two lives seem to parallel each other. The two women make different choices from one another as their stories progress. This is well written and one of my favorite books. I will read it again.

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Could Not Stop Listening

Fabulous writing and character development.

Narrator is amazing. This is my second book by Lisa Jewel. I’m about to begin my third. I will also seek others narrated by Helen Duff.

Recommend to all ages and genders.

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Wonderful

Great. Ok from beginning to end. No drag in the middle. Didn’t want it to end

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Beautiful!

I loved every minute! I drive a lot, and listen in the car. I found myself listening even when I wasn’t driving!!!

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Before I Met You

I loved this story. Second book I have listened to by this author and really enjoyed!

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This is a wonderfully written story with absolutely fantastic narration !

Loved this story . The Narrator Helen Duff is just fantastic she takes you there .Don’t miss
this story ...Thank you Lisa Jewell you are a amazing writer ....Kat L.

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Good book... EXCELLENT narrator!!

This was a very good book and it was different from other Lisa Jewell books I have listened to. But the narrator MAKES the story... She is unbelievable with differentiating between the characters and accents

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One of the best books I've ever read

Honestly I loved everything about this story. The characters, the plot, the variety. The performance by Helen Duff was spectacular. I literally laughed out loud, and was brought to tears. I have waited a while before listening to anything else because this book was so moving. I still think about it. Excellent in every way.

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Wonderful Read

This is the third book I’ve read by this author & I really enjoy her work. Helen Duff as the narrator is the perfect choice.

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Best of her work

This is by far the best book she has written. I have listened to all of them to date. Good job and Definitely worth the listen

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