The Girl Who Couldn’t Leave by Catherine Miller

She’s too afraid to leave her house. But is she brave enough to let someone in?

Fiona Dexter hasn’t gone outside in five years.

She knows she’ll never sit on a beach to watch the sunset,
or share a meal with her family at the friendly café around the corner,
or even fall in love.

Then one day, her neighbour, single mother Bethany, shows up on her doorstep holding two-year-old Evie.

Bethany needs help and soon Fiona starts to remember how it feels to be close to other people. Once she’s felt the warmth of Evie’s hugs and danced her socks off with Bethany, can Fiona face the secrets of her past and live again?

This hopeful and heart-warming read will remind you that life continues no matter where you are, and opening the door is the first step on the way back to happiness. Fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain will love this emotional and uplifting story.

My Thoughts


Fiona Dexter lives alone, with only a small handful of people visiting her, she spends most of her time alone. She rarely ventures further than her garden, and from the safety of her own home, she watches her neighbours going about their usual day-to-day lives, but still she has nothing to do with any of them.

That all begins to change when her neighbour Bethany knocks on her door, asking her to look after her young daughter whilst she attends an urgent medical appointment. Fiona feels unable to refuse, and before long, a friendship begins to blossom between these two women, but the question still remains – will Fiona be able to start living life again?.

This really was a powerful and incredibly emotional read. I can relate to Fiona in so many ways, as I too have found myself unable to leave my home for almost two years. We don’t learn until much later in this book as to why Fiona has confined herself within the walls of her home, but when we do, gosh – my heart really connected with this woman.

I adored how this storyline focused on the importance of friendship and how it provided Fiona with the support she didn’t realise she needed to begin living her life once more. As Fiona began spending more time with Evie – Bethany’s young daughter, you really sense that something has shifted within her, and her confidence begins to grow steadily from this point forward.

With an utterly engrossing, immersive storyline that had me invested from the very beginning, this is certainly one of those stories that will remain in my heart for a very long time indeed.

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About the Author

When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren’t full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with Carina UK. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016.

Catherine was a NHS physiotherapist, but for health reasons she retired early from this career. As she loved her physiotherapy job, she decided if she couldn’t do that she would pursue her writing dream. It took a few years and a couple of babies, but in 2015 she won the Katie Fforde bursary, was a finalist in the London Book Fair Write Stuff Competition and highly commended in Woman magazine’s writing competition. Since then she’s had four novels published.



*Thank you to Sarah Hardy, Bookouture and Catherine Miller for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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