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Publisher's Summary

‘I miss him with every breath and heartbeat. He should have been my happy ending. Instead, he is the sad beginning to my story.'

Olivia and Luca Felicone had known each other nearly all their lives, but when they fell in love as teenagers and eloped to London, they broke the hearts of those closest to them.

Luca's parents run Marinella's restaurant, the colourful hub of life in the otherwise bleak northeastern seaside town of Watersford, and his mother, Angela, has never forgiven Olivia for causing such a rift in her beloved family.

On a freezing January night Olivia's life is shattered when she learns that Luca has been killed in a car accident on the M1. She is left with nothing, and after suffering from weeks of overwhelming grief, she abandons her job and returns North to where Luca has been buried in Watersford, just to be close to him - even though she knows she will not be welcome at Marinella's.

Olivia's chance meeting with Luca's married twin brother, Marc, leads to the realization that he is experiencing a loss almost as painful as her own. Their desolation draws them into an affair which both know has no future, but fills the space where Luca should be. It is a course of action that can only spiral out of control, and when it does, the consequences are both explosive and cruel.

The Love of My Life is a beautiful novel that portrays both the innocence of childhood, and the dynamics of love and loss with deftness and sensitivity. It is, above all, a stunning debut from an author with a unique and natural narrative voice.

©2008 Louise Douglas (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Amazing performance by great book

Even though this isn't a happy book, in the end it comes across as satisfying..I'm not sure what I can add that isn't already mentioned by other reviewers. Most reviewers accept that it is thoroughly enjoyable save for the odd review that questions Olivia's character.

Without trying to reveal spoilers, even though I'm big on morals I sympathised with Olivia. Her childhood was very hard and humiliating - and even though one could argue that she had a hand in her scandals, I think she was punished more than she deserved.
I felt sympathy for Marc in the beginning but in the end I wasn't sure what to feel. I felt a bit of anger and disappointment. I understand that he too was grieving and the cards he was dealt with were unfair compared to Luca but in the end at least Luca stood up for what he knew was right.

The entire book is a journey of life's messes and coming out of it.

The narrator has done a beautiful job

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  • Ann D
  • 17-02-15

Could have been better with different Structure!

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This was a good story, with well drawn characters. Unfortunately, it switched between past and present at almost every chapter. This felt messy and at times, was distracting. It would have been much better to have sections of several chapters at a time for each phase. Jojo Moyes does that very well and this approach would, in my view, have improved this novel immensely. The narration itself was excellent. Unfortunately, the editing was a bit sloppy.

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  • Anna
  • 19-02-19

A Beautiful, Nostalgic Read - A Breathtaking Book

There is nothing negative to say, it was an enchanting read that totally immersed me into the sadness's felt. In retrospect it made me reflect on the death of my soulmate and the ending just made sense. A must listen :)