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The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

The Light We Lost

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June 2017 Debut of the Month.

My goodness me did these two have a passion, a chemistry that burned so bright it was painful to behold. They, Lucy and Gabe, met on 11 September 2001 in New York as the world changed and so did their lives. We follow them through Lucy’s conversation with Gabe over thirteen years as each has a dream that needs to be fulfilled, a dream of doing something important in the world. Together or separately they know not but follow that dream they must. We discover a lot about Lucy’s life, little about Gabe’s except when it crosses Lucy’s. She marries Darren, has two children, is happy and loves him. But there are many types of love and the one that burns for Gabe is wild fire and will not die. This is extraordinarily romantic, the stuff that goose bumps are made of and a joy to read. Evocative, moving and intense it is a very impressive work. The author has written several children’s book, this is her first adult novel. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Celia Cohen - 'A wonderful believable book...I read this book in one sitting, I just had to know how it ended. And what an ending too!'
  • Susan Coleman - 'A beautifully written love story with huge emotional depth and intensity. A truly outstanding debut novel.'
  • Helen Appleby - 'Such a beautiful heart rending book that will stay with me for a long time and one that I know I will read and enjoy all over again.'
  • Victoria Halliday - 'The kind of book you tell yourself you'll just read one more chapter... and suddenly you're at the end and wishing you could go back and do it all again!'
  • Sarah Jones - 'A captivating and absorbing love story that will leave you with a tear in your eye and a pang in your heart.'
  • Jane Brown - 'This book was so beautifully written, and heart wrenching at the same time, I read this in one sitting I was entranced, wept and thought.'
  • Laura Delve - 'There are some books you read that just completely take your breath away and The Light We Lost was one of those.'
  • Tina Tse - 'Several days on, I am still pondering over 'what ifs?' and the importance of being true to yourself.'
  • Sharon Butler - 'A heartfelt story about 'first love', choices, second chances and fate.  A great easy read.'
  • Carolyn Huckfield - 'This is an amazingly moving love story and it is one of the most accomplished first novels I have read in a long time.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'An emotional retrospective of a once-in-a-lifetime, all consuming love.'
  • Joanne Dibb - 'It’s a stunningly beautiful novel which left me with tears in my eyes and my heart in pieces, it’s definitely one of those  books which will stay with me for a very long time.'
  • Nicola Kingswell - 'A tale of love, life and loss...Jill Santopolo has created a wonderful read that stays with you long after the last page is turned.'
  • Beth Winsor - 'A very engaging story and lovely characters, I really loved this.'
  • Sarah Tilley - 'Absolutely beautiful, and totally engaging, so much so that you will not want to put this down until the very last page. Just totally unforgettable.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This is one of the most feel good and romantic books I have read for a long time and it left me sobbing my heart out.'
  • Alison Bisping - 'I was hooked from the word go.  It is a wonderful love story, beautifully this book!  I am certain you will not be disappointed.'


The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

'A stunning book, perfect and unputdownable.' - Jill Mansell Two people. One choice. What if? Every love story has a beginning...11th September 2001. Lucy and Gabe meet in New York on a day that will change their lives - and the world - forever. As the city burns behind them, they kiss for the very first time. Over the next thirteen years they are torn apart, then brought back together, time and time again. It's a journey of dreams, of desires, of jealousy, of forgiveness - and above all, love. As Lucy is faced with a devastating choice, she wonders whether their love is a matter of destiny or chance...what if this is how their story ends? Me Before You meets One Day in this passionate debut novel, The Light We Lost, an epic love story about the heartrending decision that one woman must make...Now translated into 28 languages.


'A stunning book, perfect and unputdownable.' - Jill Mansell

'Emotional and heartbreaking. I predict a global tissue shortage. The Light We Lost will definitely join the ranks of books that make you weep.' - Sarah Morgan, bestselling author of Miracle on 5th Avenue

'Jill Santopolo's extraordinary debut novel The Light We Lost enchanted and compelled me.' - Delia Ephron, New York Times bestselling author of Siracusa

'Gorgeously written and absolutely unforgettable, Santopolo's novel has a beating heart all its own.' - Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

'Santopolo nailed the thrill and devastation that love can cause. Witty, romantic and intensely moving, this book made me feel everything!' - Renee Carlino, USA Today bestselling author of Before We Were Strangers

About the Author

Jill Santopolo

Jill Santopolo holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University, an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from NYU. Jill is also the Editorial Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, where she edits many critically-acclaimed, award-winning, and best-selling books. When she’s not writing or editing, Jill is a thesis advisor at The New School in their MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and is on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course. She was formerly an adjunct professor at McDaniel College, where she helped develop the curriculum for their certificate program in Writing for Children. Jill has travelled all over the U.S.—and to Canada and Europe—to speak about writing and storytelling. She lives in New York City.

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18th May 2017


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