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The Love of Her Life
From bestselling author Harriet Evans, acclaimed worldwide for storytelling that is "fabulous" (Sophie Kinsella) and "brilliantly observed and emotionally charged" (Daily Mirror, London) comes a dazzling new novel of heartbreak, loss, and healing, in which a young woman must cross an ocean and the chasm in her own heart to discover the love of her life.
In London, Ka...more
The novel switches between the past and present, and with each flashback, we get closer to finding out the reason for Kate's hasty de...more
1. I was really irritated at how long it took for us to get to the big reveal of the terrible event that Kate lived through. Also, I felt the terrible event was a bit over the top.
2. The ending was crap. Rather than write the ending, Evans fast forwards a few months and fills us in on what's going on then. While it certainly got her out of some tricky bi...more
Yes, as other reviewers have said, it could have been more concise, and I sometimes found myself thinking, “Hurry up and get on with it!” And I honestly would have liked to have seen more of the interaction between Kate and Mac.
But that plot twist! Wow! I thought...more
Finally, we get some insight. And that's when the novel really picks up. I found it so hard to put down, even to eat! On the front co...more
1. I couldn't connect with any of the characters. The only two I liked were Oscar and Mr Allan.
2. The dialogue was frustrating, repetitious and unrealistic.
3. The narrative was way too long - entire pages with no action or dialogue and only two or three paragraph breaks but nothing especially interesting to move the story on; focus on conversations and scenes that were redundant and could have been replaced with so much more (i.e. wh...more
Overall I found this narrative to be far too long and not at all interesting enough to warrant it's length.
The "terrible experience" was indeed terrible, but a little bit more in t...more
The twist deserves four stars really. Because I didn't see it coming. Well, I did see it coming, then the author nicely made me think I was wrong, then I was shocked. It's the reason why Kate moved to New York, and I suppose the frustrating part is it doesn't get revealed until virtually two thirds through.
This book didn't lack emotion...more
Author Harriet Evans is an international best-seller, with other titles including: A Hopeless Romantic and Going Home. She resides in London.
In London, Kate Miller had it all- An exciting job at a fashion magazine, a sexy fiancé, and the greatest friends anyone could ask for. Until one fateful day when it all went horribly wrong. Three years later, she’s living in New York and still struggling to move on. When her father becomes ill, Kate must return to London to...more
Three years ago, after a series of tragic events, she ran away to New York and moved in with her mother. And she tried to close the door on the events of her past in London: the broken engagement, her father's new marriage and new daughter, the friend whose life she destroyed, the man whose heart she shattered.
But then her father falls ill, and she returns to London -- only for two weeks (or so she plans) -- to check on him. But once there, she must...more
Katy had the perfect life. She lived in London, she was newly engaged, had her dream job and friends that she felt were like her family. One day her world falls apart. She feels as though he...more
(view spoiler)[I'm sure you can see it coming from miles away, but I can honestly say that out of all the books I've read, I've never felt such raw emotions in one chapter. Granted it's a fictional book, but I think it can be said that a good...more
In all honesty, it was hard to empathize with Kate Miller having just read about two profoundly strong and courageous female protagonists. Kate flees her life in London after a painful experience and heads to New York. Her reasons for leaving revealed, while tragic and in...more
What happens to the main character is truly awful. So heart breaking.
I don't blame her for running away.
I didn't give it a 5 star rating, however, because the on again off again relationship with Mac got annoying.
It was fine to a point, as the building tension between Kate and Mac was interesting, and created anticipation.
But she kept on running away from him, he'd swear her off, and then seek her out again.
The ending was confusing as well. It felt rushed...more
This is NOT a romantic read (if you want romance, than don't bother with this as there is zero chemistry between the characters - the author just doesn't manage to capture it at all). But its incredibly emotional. Its not a mature, well-written masterpiece and there are so many silly bits, but I really enjoyed reading it.
The “baddies” were made to b...more
I was born in London in 1974 and grew up on the mean streets of Chiswick, where I went to school. I was a completely undistinguished pupil in every way, except I absolutely loved reading and drama. My only achievements from the age of 5 to 18 were, a) winning a doodling competition at primary school (of a witch flying in the sky with balloons...more