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A compelling and heartrending tale of lost love, family secrets, and those little moments that can change your life forever . . .

When Natasha Kapoor returns to her grandparents’ idyllic coastal home for her beloved grandmother’s funeral, her life is at a turning point. She thought by now she’d be a successful jewelry designer in London with a perfect marriage. Instead, sh
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Published June 21st 2011 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Maureen Vincent-Northam
I bought this book on someone’s recommendation, so had an inkling of the story. Had I seen the cover first, I’d be expecting a more fluffy romantic tale as the cover doesn’t convey the story inside at all.

Love Always is a fairly long book and bigger than most too, but then there’s a lot of story to tell as we get to read about two timelines – the present day and the early 1960s. I have to say of the two, I enjoyed the 60s story best and the author did a clever thing there by giving the character
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Nancy
Jun 16, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is best read with a British accent in your head. It helps with the tricky British words like fags (cigarettes), jumper (sweater), fringe (bangs). It also adds a lot of character. What I enjoyed most about this book, besides the story which kept pulling me back in even when I really had other things to do, is how easily the family drama was a microcosm of world events. Martin Luther King Jr. was in a Birmingham jail for proclaiming that all men are equal regardless of race, class or rel ...more
April
Aug 31, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
As I read this book, I did so with a glorious British accent in my head. All while sipping a cup of tea, seaside, on the deck of my summer home. A taller, boobier, blonder, British-er version of myself.

All kidding aside, this book was beautifully written with characters that captured your heart, drove you made, and left an imprint that remained far after the last written word on the page. One of those books that is complex in it's plot but comes around full circle to leave you with a complete pi
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Callie
Jan 11, 2011 Callie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to start with the cover of this book... its beautiful! Its a piece of art in its self, love it.

As for the inside of the book... well I know if you read this book you will love it. It's a story that slowly unfolds giving you small pieces of the mystery. You are guessing the whole time about whats going to happen and who did what. Harriet is amazing that even though you are planning out whats going to happen next she won't give it to you. Things are not revealed at the convenient times, yo
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Jennifer
Mar 08, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natasha Kapoor finds herself returning to the beautiful Cornish Coast to attend the funeral of her wonderful grandmother. Not only does she have to say goodbye to the one person in her life she was closest to but she has to face her complicated family. Summercove holds a lot of memories for the entire family and when Natasha returns she realises that she also has to say goodbye to the place she knew as her second home.
When Natasha’s grandfather insists she takes a piece of a diary which belonged
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Jackie Morrison
Mar 02, 2012 Jackie Morrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Family entaglements and the ties that bind

When an Anglo-Indian woman discovers an old family secret from her grandfathers it changes her perspective of her own identity. Natasha Kapoor loves visiting her grandparents’ home on the coast. She is enjoying a swinging London lifestyle that includes a career as a successful jewelry designer. She's also married and about to be divorced. When her grandmother dies and she visits her ancestral home in Cornwall for the funeral it sparks unanswered questio
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Julia
Aug 05, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was hands down a fabulous book. Natasha Kapoor is at a crossroads with her jewelry business and personal life. The death of her beloved granny, a famous artist, sends her to the family home in Cornwall, called Summercove. As the family gathers, it's apparent that this extended group has a lot of secrets to share. As Nat heads back to London, she is given her aunt Cecily's diary, at least the part of it her grandfather found in granny's studio. Nat is told she resembles her Aunt Cecily, who ...more
Amanda Sebert
Jun 21, 2011 Amanda Sebert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads & I loved it, loved it, loved it! A piece of it will stay with me always. This obviously isn't why I was drawn into the book (since it is towards the end) but it really was the icing on the cake for me.
The main character Natasha asks her grandfather if he will miss the home he is selling that he shared with his family for many decades. He taps his head and says "I have everything I need here. Have you ever heard of a memory palace?
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Imke
May 07, 2015 Imke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could marry a book, this would definitely be an option.
Wow, this book. This book. I loved it so much, it was such a wonderful read. The characters were amazingly written, all flawed yet so lovable. I especially loved Natasha herself and Cecily, even though she's dead throughout the book. The family dynamic was fantasticly written. What I loved most is how in the end, all of their behaviours and ways of handeling things suddenly sound so logical and you can't really blame anyone for everythi
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Sigrid
Apr 20, 2015 Sigrid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeg kjøpte denne i boka i Sallysbury, England, sommeren 2011. Etter to-tre sider la jeg den fra meg og så aldri på den igjen. Over årene har jeg vært nær ved å både kaste den og gi den bort. Men for fem dager siden fant jeg plutselig ut at jeg skulle prøve meg på den igjen...jeg tror How I Met your Mother inspirerte meg, men nå kan jeg ikke huske hvorfor...
Etter coveret min versjon har å dømme så jeg for meg noe klissete romanse, men det var det faktisk ikke. Klisjeer og halv-dårlig språk var de
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Elizabeth Scott
Aug 22, 2011 Elizabeth Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two interconnecting stories, one about Natasha, who is going to her grandmother's funeral--and dealing with the fact that she's about to be divorced--and Cecily, who was Natasha's mother's sister, and who died in 1963 when she was fifteen. It's what I think of as proper UK women's fiction--a nice twisty plot, loads of family drama, and a love story to top it all off, and I'm glad that more of it is being published in the US.
Preethi Venugopala
Version: Audiobook

Narrators: Penelope Rawlins and Julie Teal

When Natasha Kapoor returns to the magical Cornish coast, to Summer Cove, to attend her Grandmother's funeral, she is given a few pages from the long lost diary of her aunt Cecily who had died at the age of 15 in a tragic accident.

The innocent tale of love that the diary spins forces Natasha to reassess the realities of her own life. Her life is a mess. Her marriage is over, her business is non existent with hundred of bills to pay.

Th
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Natasha Kapoor's life seems to be on a downward spiral. Her business and marriage are failing and her beloved Grandmother who lived in Cornwall has passed away. She travels back to Summercove, the family home in Cornwall, for her Grandmother's funeral. Whilst there, she discovers the diary of her aunt Cecily who died as a teenager. Natasha starts to read the diary and soon discovers that her family are hiding secrets. She is determined to find out what happened in the summer of 1963, but when sh ...more
Bethany
Jul 15, 2015 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The various covers of this book suggest a chick-lit, but after having read it, I couldn't give it that description. This book is so much more.
The prologue is in 1963, Cornwall, where a man and woman have an elicit meeting on the beach, possibly overseen by someone on the path above.
Fast-forward to 2009, and Natasha Kapoor is on her way to Cornwall for her grandmother's funeral. Her life is in tatters - marriage, business, the whole lot. Back in Cornwall, her family seethe at each other as deca
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Beverly
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from GoodReads.

Love Always by Harriet Evans

Summary:

When Natasha Kapoor returns to her grandparents’ idyllic coastal home for her beloved grandmother’s funeral, her life is at a turning point. She thought by now she’d be a successful jewelry designer in London with a perfect marriage. Instead, she’s got mounting bills and a soon-to-be ex.

After the funeral, Natasha’s grandfather gives her the long-lost diary of her aunt Cecily. No one in her large and com
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Pam
Jul 26, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natasha’s world is falling apart around her. Her jewelry business is having some serious financial problems, her marriage is on the rocks, and her grandmother, who she used to spend many summers with, just passed away. She travels to meet her family at Summercove, her grandparent’s house where she used to go for the summer, for the funeral. At the gathering afterwards Cecily’s name gets brought up briefly a few times. The family doesn’t talk about Cecily, Natasha’s aunt who died at Summercove wh ...more
Beth Peninger
Jun 29, 2011 Beth Peninger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second read of a Harriet Evans novel went better than my first shot. This one started off much better and it didn't take me any time at all to get connected to the story or characters. In fact, it's a large book and I anticipated that it would take me at least a couple of days to get through but I read it all in one night! It kept me interested and curious enough to keep reading.
Natasha comes from an interesting family and we meet her as she is leaving to attend her Granny's funeral. Natasha
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Mary (BookHounds)
Natasha Kapoor returns to Cornwall for her grandmother's funeral and learns that secrets in her huge, extended family have lead to some weird dynamics. The truth begins to emerge when she is given her aunt Cecily's diary that documents some starling truths and sets Natasha on a road to personal discovery. There are a lot of layers to Natasha's history and it is wonderful to see her grow as she discovers the truth about her very existence. The main secret is that Natasha's grandmother, a famous p ...more
Hsiau Wei
This book has been sitting in my bookshelves for sometimes and each time i attempt to read it, it was being tampered with anxiety of what if.. what if the story is not something that i like.. what if it is completely waste of my time to read.. and when i finally pick it up to read it, i am glad that i did not regret it and neither did the story turned out to be my what if ;)

The story focuses on Natasha who everyone claimed to look like Cecily, her aunty who died very young and whose her mother;
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Michele
Aug 08, 2016 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction
Interesting book. The book alternates between the present (2009) and the past (1963). The present story is illustrated by the main character Natasha Kapoor. The story starts with her heading to her grandmother's funeral at the coastal home she spent her summers in as a child. Her marriage is ending and her business has not taken off like she thought it would. The 1963 story is her aunt's diary given to Natasha by her grandfather. Her mother's sister died under mysterious circumstances in the sum ...more
Tiffanie
Sep 01, 2011 Tiffanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was very hard to stay into. There was to much back and forth between times that it just got confusing. but I stuck it out to see how it would end since I invested so much time into it already..
Natasha has a weird family history. Everyone is always trying to please her grandma who is a famous painter but hasn't painted since the summer she lost her youngest daughter. Nobody talks about her its a big mystery to Natasha. Natasha makes her own jewelry that's her business. Shes going throug
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Stacey
May 17, 2012 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story about a young 30s girl whose life is falling apart. Mirrored by her grandmother's funeral and her extended family also on the brink of falling apart. They never got a long well before, but now that granny is dead, all the taped together seams are coming lose and the accusations (and pent up hurt feelings from 1963 when the daughter/sister/cousin died) are on the tiptoe edge of a precipice. Book goes back and forth between present day (2009ish) and the summer of 1963. The summer of 1963 is ...more
Cate
Feb 10, 2013 Cate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hate the title of this book. I understand why, but it shields a brilliant story well written. The characters were great, story line spot on. It was interesting and kept up the pace all the way to the end.

I really liked the description of the disintegration of a marriage. It felt pretty realistic. The change in perception about what you think your marriage is about. Also the challenges of running a small business.

The writer was sympathic when writing as a teenager, as well as an adult. Explorin
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Lenie Gervero
Jan 13, 2016 Lenie Gervero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Don't leave it too late. Don't wish you'd done something about it in ten years time. Do something about it now"
~Miranda Kapoor to Natasha

Never in my life have I finish a 400+ page in one sitting. I couldn't put this book down. The mystery that surrounds Cecily's death is palpable. I couldn't part with the book without knowing what really happen to her. Is she killed? Was it accidental death? Who killed her?
This book is full of surprising twist and explosive revelations. There are really some p
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Aileen
Feb 01, 2011 Aileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a few of Harriet Evans books and enjoyed every one.
Natasha Kapoor returns to Cornwall for the Funeral of her Grandmother, her business is about to go bust and her husband has left her.
Her Grandfather gives her some pages of Aunt Cecily’s Diary that she had written before she died aged 15years, she finds tales of family secrets that her Family have been hiding from her. The story goes between 2009 and 1963.
The story is set in Penzance and London, I have never been to Penzance, the Aut
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Bev Dulson
Jan 28, 2014 Bev Dulson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first thing to say is the cover of this book totally threw me, I was expecting the usual chick lit girl meets boy story, what I got was so much more.

The beginning felt very Poirotesque, the main characters introduced to us in a rambling beach house in Cornwall at a funeral with talk of a mysterious death many decades before. We are then spirited back to 1963 via 'Cecily's diary', this part of the book felt like a grown up 'Famous Five' and I almost expected lashings of ginger beer at the par
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The Loopy Librarian
Love Always captures a complex family dynamic with captivating and intriguing characters. Nothing was quite what it seemed, but the truth was gradually revealed through the catalyst of Cecily's diary. I love the way the writer rotated between time periods to gradually reveal the truth behind Cecily's death as well as the many other mysteries that permeated the book. Those mysteries and the desire to know the truth behind them made the book hard to put down. It also made me impatient at times bec ...more
Jacqueline
May 07, 2012 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow I was gripped by this story. It's not a romance or the usual chick lit, so in that sense the title and the cover are quite misleading, but I absolutely loved it despite this.

It's a real page turner and much of the action takes place during a summer at a sea side house in Cornwall so it's perfect to read on holiday when you can legitimately sit around and read for hours!

The only slightly irritating thing for me was that once again for a story by this author, lots of characters were introduced
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Sarah
Aug 01, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any one looking for a great summer/pick me up read!
Well, what can I say about this lovely novel other than I loved it, despite the fact that I guessed a few things before they were revealed.

This book left me feeling warm and fuzzy. Natasha's story and Cecily's story were both moving, exciting, exhillirating and real. I really enjoyed seeing into the '60s and learning the history of Natasha's family. Natasha's own problems and life were also enjoyable to read. The relationships between characters (way too many top mention them all) were quirky a
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Ann
Oct 22, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read all of Harriet Evans' books. I feel like she matures as a writer with each one. The first book I read of hers, "Going Home", was funny and cute and pretty much chick lit. This being her 5th book is less chick lit and more contemporary fiction. There are two main characters: Natasha Kapoor in 2009 and Cecily Kapoor in 1963. Cecily is Natasha's aunt, but Natasha only knows her through her diary that was written in the summer of '63 -- the summer she died. The family never talked about Ce ...more
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