Get the tissues out and prepare to have a good old weep with this one. The outcome is known from the start but the writing compels you to read what inevitably will be a sad story of love and loss. This is a stunning debut, which shows great promise.
'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 north-eastern 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. 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.
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.
Closing date: 31/08/2018
Publication date: 01/02/2008
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||1st February 2008|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
Louise Douglas is a journalist and lives near Bristol with her three children. Her first novel, The Love of My Life, was followed in February 2010 by Missing You.More About Louise Douglas