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When I see your Face

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Cathy has had enough. Having run away from her abusive husband, she tries to pick up the broken pieces of her life in a remote village, focusing on her dream to start her own cake business. Finding true love is the last thing on her mind. When she comes face to face with a man who looks exactly like the one she is struggling to forget, life throws the biggest challenge yet ...more
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Published March 4th 2014
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When I See Your Face by Devika Fernando reminds me of Cecelia Ahern's book, P.S. I Love You.

An extremely sweet and romantic love-story based on trust, faith and letting go of the past.

Devika Fernando has woven this tale so gorgeously that at times you'll find tears welling up your eyes and smile crossing your face like a flash within a very short period of time. Although this is a short story, but still the author has managed to keep the air of feeling romantic till the very end and in these
Christina Cole
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Devika Fernando's debut romance, When I See Your Face. The author possesses a keen insight into the workings of the human mind and heart, as well as a gift for language. Her writing has a poetic touch about it that is perfectly suited for a love story, and her clever use of metaphor and simile allows the reader to glimpse the world in intriguing new ways. If I had any quibble with the story, it would be that the end was a bit abrupt. While it leaves the characters -- ...more
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Raakhee Suryaprakash
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I See Your Face by Devika Fernando is a short and sweet story of hope and second chances.
The characters are very likeable and believable because they are flawed but charming with it!
Devika’s writing is very evocative and has very powerful insights into the human condition in the midst of a very cute contemporary romance.
When Cathy Nolan, finally gathers her courage to leave her abusive’s a spontaneous and desperate decision. She finds refuge in a picturesque rural setting, we
D.R. Downer
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Breezy prose, expressive dialogues, detailed description and lazy, patient motion is how 'When I see your face' progresses. I swear I almost saw 'Cathy' outside my window once, while reading the book; such is the detailing that the author went into. Devika Fernando, might just be the next big thing in the literary world. Good luck Ms. Fernando. ...more
Aarti Raman
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I see your Face

Devika Fernando’s “When I See Your Face” is a story that I was eager to read, even though eking out time to read it was a bit of a problem. This story is particularly close to my heart, for many reasons, not least of which is the yummy guy-next-door hero, Michael Newland. This debutant romance author (who is also foraying into paranormal romance now) spins a tale of true love between the unlikeliest pair.
They find love in a hopeless sit
Reet Singh
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Clean romance, so be warned!
The title fits the story exquisitely - the story is, in fact, about a woman who runs from an abusive husband straight into a man who looks just like abusive husband. The issue of abuse is handled sensitively; the way Cathy rises from the ashes of her battered life is realistically portrayed. Aunty Grindle is an unbelievable character; she could have been drawn straight from the neighborhood of a village in Punjab, India, where warm, generous women will make it their b
Sajini Chandrasekera
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book which I read my a Sri Lankan author and I was so impressed with Devika's imagination and the way she have mastered the story with pain and happiness and it makes the reader glued to the story till the end. To me this was not just a story, but bitter reality in words which exist around us, unseen and unheard and Cathy becomes an innocent victim who bravely reaches out for her own freedom and unexpectedly find love.....

I was really touched by the story and how beautifully it
Linda Bourg
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. A story of second chances at life and love. Plan on reading more by this author.
Natasja Hellenthal
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I See Your Face is a well written good story that draws one in right from the start. Cathy is a young woman who has been married to an abusive selfish husband, Mark Nolan. One day she finally finds the courage to pack her suitcase and leaves. She ends up in a remote small friendly village where everyone still has time for one another. Cathy is trying to pick up the pieces of her wounded soul, but alas she soon runs into a man who is the spitting image of her ex-husband! However inside artis ...more
Inderpreet Uppal
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story starts on a sad note but the change that is happening glues you to the book. The author has written the story with a lot of reality thrown in; It is a romance novel but has all the elements of a true story.

It speaks of courage, resilience and how we can overcome any negatives in our life with a little faith & a lot of hard work. What I really liked is the positive tone of the book, it is a central theme and helps keep the main characters working towards their goals.

The premise of the b
Sundari Venkatraman
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is Devika Fernando’s debut novel. Considering that, I must say it’s simple awesome. I loved the village background, the descriptions of the place and the atmosphere.

The characters are very well drawn. While Cathy is petrified of her soon-to-be ex-husband, that does not stop her from creating a niche for herself and getting on with her life.

Mark has been drawn out to be an excellent bad character. Well-etched!

I liked Michael best of all. He’s perfect hero material - a guy who has chosen to
M.A. Carson
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet. A romantic treat.

Many romance stories focus exclusively on the physical aspects of attraction, but in When I See Your Face, the greatest obstacle in Cathy’s unexpected romance is his face, and who it reminds her of. Escaping the controlling, abusive hand of her husband, she takes solace in a small village outside the city and soon runs into a man who looks identical to the one she was trying to escape. The more she gets to know this man, the more traits she finds that her husban
Asmaa A.M.
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"When I see your face" is a true romance, this is a short story, which will leave you wanting more.

I want more, This story is filled with romance, pure clean true romance. i was expecting more in climax, maybe some drama but i was wrong the end ended as it shown be, just perfect.

"why wouldn't you have thought so? Don't I look like an artist?"
"no, you don't"
"Then what do i look like? A gardener?"
"You look like some one i know"

Cathy ran away from her past, in a present where nothing is left of
P.S. Winn
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and the half book that was added as a bonus. Cathy has left her abusive husband and run away to a small village only to find another man there who looks remarkably like her abusive husband. She hates her husband but has found herself falling for the stranger that looks like him, from here the mystery deepens and readers are in for a romance with suspense and mystery. I really enjoyed this author's writing style making this a fun easy to read tale that was also compelli ...more
Ruchi Singh
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
‘When I see your face’ is like a breath of fresh morning spring air. The romance and chemistry between the two protagonists is sweet, innocent and extremely touching.

Devika Fernando has woven the magic of words as if a movie is playing, with fantastic scenery at the background. I finished the book and wanted more. An entertainer and a must read.
Arianne Addicks
Dec 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
** Review for Fallen for Books **

Sweet story about finding love again after being hurt very badly.
I loved the way the town and scenery were depicted.
Would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read romance novels.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are some books which evoke a sense of nostalgia, passion and love, of raindrops and balmy breezes, of light predicaments and romantic trysts! ‘When I See Your Face’ is one of those. It is the story of Cathy, who resolves to start life over, “without a husband who didn’t love her and whom she had grown to fear and avoid, if not hate.” Mark is the scheming charmer who treats her like a possession, and thinks it is his right to abuse her, whenever he is drunk.
She falls in love with the pictu
Philip Nork
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cathy Nolan is a twenty-seven year old woman living a nightmare. Once she thought she had it all. A handsome husband who was on the fast track to real estate stardom helped her get fancy clothes, expensive jewelry, a monthly allowance deposited directly into her own account and all the niceties she wanted. However, just a few years into their marriage he also gives her slaps across the face, emotional damage and very low self-esteem. Finally she sees that enough is enough, packs her things and l ...more
Dimitri Sarantis
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance

This is an honest review written by a romance suspense writer. I dare say that in this capacity I have a good ability to judge a romance suspense novel. I find this book to be exquisite. Without wanting to divulge the plot, I will analyze Devika’s numerous and potent talents. Her writing is smooth and it flows easily like a gentle stream. In the beginning of the book and in an indirect and oblique way she fills the reader with suspense. The same holds true very strongly till the middle of the bo
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Fallen for Books

Enough was enough! Cathy was married for only a short time but after being physically abused once again she had reached the end. Leaving quickly she had no real idea of what she was going to do but knew she needed to get out. Ending up in a quiet village, she found a place to stay and began to heal. A surprising encounter in the local grocery store threw her for a loop and her strong reaction surprised even herself. Michael looked exactly like her abusive husband but
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful love story that acknowledges even fairy tale romances have nightmare moments.
The title of this clean romance has double meanings.

Cathy Langley couldn't believe her luck when wealthy, charming and oh so handsome Mark Nolan asked her on a date. What made her different from all the others swooning over Mark?
Soon after the wedding she finds out and before their second anniversary the Nolans were headed for divorce with Cathy hiding from her once "dream man."
Shockingly, she fears Mark has
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ll try to write an original review, as I saw that a lot of people already shared their opinions and I don’t want to repeat what they said.
I started reading “When I See Your Face” after having read some promising excerpts from the book which sounded great. I wasn't sure if the author would manage to make the story compelling considering the fact that the novella is quite brief. Yet it happened very naturally and smoothly: I felt like a spectator who observed the characters from a short distance
Joy D. Fanning
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This was a charming novella that was easy to read and touched the reader. Cathy was a great character to relate to and feel for. Escaping from her abusive husband and starting over is something we can all imagine doing if we found ourselves in her situation. She finds a quaint village to live in and meets Michael, a man who looks just like her soon to be ex husband.

As someone who has lived the experience of leaving an abusive hus
V.L. Locey
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an innocent, powerful read. The romance was soft and gauzy, the plot tight, and the story delivered a nice twist that I didn`t see coming. Quite an enjoyable read when you`re looking for a sweet love story. ...more
Kavipriya Moorthy
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Woman, lovers
When I See Your Face is Devika Fernando's romance novel. I read "Saved in Srilanka" first as I won a giveaway by the author. I started this book with enough anticipation for a good read, and I must say am not disappointed at all. I loved reading every alphabet of the book, to cut the long story short. Devika Fernando has the best style of writing romance and the way she writes make us all fall in love with the novel.

The story is about a woman falling in love for the second time with another per
Nikita (Njkinny's Blog)
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone

Cathy is running from her abusive husband and seeks refuge in a remote village but is shocked to see a man who looks just like her husband. She is suspicious if he is her husband feigning to be someone else or a stranger who just shares the same face as her abusive ex. How will Cathy handle this new twist?
Can she start her life again away from abuse and heartbreak?

When I see your Face is Devika Fernando's debut book. I was attracted towards the story w
Sonya Ray
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cathy finds the courage to walk away from her abusive husband, Mark. She relocates in a small village in the middle of nowhere where she is befriended by a kind, elderly woman who insists Cathy call her Aunt Grindle.

But the big shock in Cathy's new life is when she runs into a man named Michael, who looks just like her ex-husband! Michael convinces her that he is not her ex and Cathy, although guarded, starts spending time with Michael to get to know him. She learns quickly that his character is
Siddharth Chaturvedi
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
# “When I See Your Face” by Devika Fernando is a very nicely written sweet & short love story.

# I am very much impressed by Author’s imagination of keeping pain & happiness at the same time and mastered it with min words having maximum meaning , makes the reader glued to the story.

# It’s a Romantic story of a girl “Cathy” who is abused by her husband “Mark” and ran away from him. Reaching at the place far away from where she belong ,find a person “Michael” who is doppelganger of her husband
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-fic-ugh
What are the odds of a husband having a doppelgänger? This cute story is about a woman who runs away from her prestigious yet abusive husband, and sets out to live her own life. She immediately takes the bus into a village and meets some nice people but there is a surprise waiting for her. I enjoyed the story but I feel it could have been longer with better details, like the name of the villages.
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Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. H ...more

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