Someone I Used To Know by Paige Toon
One of the things that sets Someone I Used To Know apart from all my other books is that the characters don’t jet off to another country.
I’ve loved writing about sunny, summery locations over the years, including Key West and LA, Thailand, Norway, Italy, France and Spain, not to mention Australia on numerous occasions, and one of my favourite things to do as an author is visit amazing places for research.
But when the idea for Someone I Used To Know came to me, my heart immediately gravitated towards North Yorkshire as a setting. You might think this is because a worldwide pandemic is currently making travelling to foreign countries difficult, but the funny thing is, I’ve had this book idea for three years. I chose to write about North Yorkshire in the UK simply because I love it.
Having met my husband-to-be (a Yorkshire boy through and through) at university, I’ve spent over half my life regularly going up north to visit his family, and we always fit in trips and mini breaks to stunning locations while we’re there. I’ve written plenty of scenes set in Yorkshire, but never a whole book, until now.
Brimham Rocks is one of my favourite places in the world. It’s an incredible collection of dramatic giant rock formations set amongst a carpet of vivid green grass, feathery ferns and purple heather, and my characters use it as their playground.
The book is set across two different timelines, told in alternating chapters: Then, when the main characters are fifteen and Now, when they’re thirty.
At the age of fifteen, my heroine, Leah, lives with her parents on an alpaca farm at the edge of Brimham Moor. Her mum and dad are foster parents and there are currently five other children and teenagers living under Leah’s roof. George is about to take that number up to six.
Theo is also new at the local state school. A wealthy landowner’s son, he’s mysteriously dropped out of boarding school, and is making no attempt to fit in with his peers. But Leah soon discovers that he and George have more in common than first appearance would suggest. As summer wears on, she grows to love both boys, but falls head over heels for only one.
In the Now section, Leah and her young daughter are home again, but while George has returned after fifteen years, Theo is absent. As the story unfolds, the journey takes us to sunny Devon, but we never leave the shores of Great Britain.
The vast majority of my readers live in the UK, and I’ve had countless messages over the years from people telling me that they have purposefully gone to visit the places I’ve written about. In a year when we might not be able to travel far, I love that this story celebrates some of the beauty we have right here on our own doorstep. I hope my readers who don’t live in the UK will forgive me, but these gorgeous locations will be open to you again soon, I’m sure. And it will be worth the wait, I promise.
Lots of love, Paige x
‘I can’t even cope with how much I love Someone I Used to Know. It’s so wonderful and warm and clever and funny’ LUCY VINE
‘A beautiful story about love and family and healing broken hearts. It swept me up and wouldn’t let me go – I had tears in my eyes by the end. I loved it’ BETH O’LEARY
‘A wonderful story of love, family and loss and the ties that bind us’ DANI ATKINS
‘Broke my heart, pieced it back together, and made it soar’ ZOË FOLBIGG
‘An absolute tearjerker, full of love for the family we’re born into and the one we build along the way. This book will live in my heart for a long, long time’ LINDSEY KELK
‘Someone I Used to Know had me hooked from the first page to the last. I adored everything about this gorgeous story and the unforgettable family at its heart’ CATHERINE ISAAC
‘A perfectly woven romance with a rich, real feeling world and characters, and the hottest love interest!’ LIA LOUIS
***** ‘Paige Toon never disappoints’ Emily
***** ‘These first few chapters had me hooked’ Leanne
**** ‘I’m already left wanting to know more’ Charley
***** ‘My heart is full and ready to burst’ Netgalley Reviewer
***** ‘I love how all of Paige’s books have you hooked from the very beginning’ Melissa
**** ‘Three chapters of Someone I Used to Know’ and you can already tell you’re going to need the tissue box’ Natalie
**** ‘A very exciting and intriguing opening three chapters’ Aoife
***** ‘This is the first time I have read a Paige Toon book, and I absolutely loved this sample ‘ Emma
***** ‘I absolutely loved this sample, and can’t wait to read the rest of the book!’ Sharon
***** ‘I know this will be another fantastic read’ Lucy
***** ‘An intriguing first couple of chapters’ Sue
***** ‘It shows the talent of an author when you have only read three chapters, and you already have a bond to them and are invested in their story’ Laura
***** ‘Ooh now this has piqued my interest!’ Aileen
***** ‘Loved it’ Rosamond
***** ‘I loved this sample, and I desperately want to know more ‘ Marieke
***** ‘You can just tell from the first few chapters that this is going to be another absolute cracker from Paige Toon’ Karena
***** ‘Oh my, I’m so hooked!’ Kay
***** ‘Three chapters in, and I have a connection with the story’ Snezana
***** ‘I can tell this is going to be another brilliant book’ Netgalley Reviewer
**** ‘I can already tell from just the first 3 chapters this is going to be another amazing read’ Netgalley Reviewer
***** ‘You just know this is going to be an emotional roller coaster of a read!’ Sharon
***** ‘Another fantastic read from a fantastic author’ Nets R
***** ‘I can already tell it’s going to be an amazing book’ Chelsea
***** ‘I can honestly say, I can’t wait to read it all!’ Tasha