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The Love of Her Life

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  4,678 ratings  ·  172 reviews

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

Paperback, 486 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by HarperTorch (first published 2008)
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The Love of Her Life by Harriet Evans was another novel I loved by this author. Kate Miller has run away from her life to New York to live with her mother and stepfather. Three years after a broken engagement and the loss of her job, Kate returns to her home in England when her father falls ill. She must face what she left behind and the events that drove her away.

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
I'm a little startled at all the love for this. I didn't think this was as bad as most books I rate a two, but it had 2 huge detractors for me.

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
While this isn’t my favorite Harriet Evans book, it’s still a good read. Really, I seem to enjoy everything she’s written, and A Hopeless Romantic is one of my favorites (it’s not really for bimbos – shhh! don’t tell the review below!).

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
The Love of Her Life started out a bit slow, as Kate Miller, the heroine seems dull. As one character later describes her, Kate is a 30 year old who likes doilies and old people's pastimes. Kate is a London native, living in New York with her parents Venetia and Oscar. She has a dead end job (as do many chick lit heroines) at a mediocre publicists office, sings show tunes with her parents and their elderly neighbors for fun, doesn't really date, and is overall a bit drab. Kate finds out that her ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Eirene rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Leah Hess
The start to this novel was super slow and confusing. The reader finds out Kate, the main character, ran away from London to New York for some reason, but we really aren't sure why. We're following Kate around her first few days back in London, as her father has fallen ill. We don't understand her background or why she is as uncomfortable being in London as she is.

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
I'm giving this four stars because I couldn't put it down. Not because it's the best book ever written or the characters are something amazing, but because it was the perfect book for me at the time. I needed something I could just divulge into and four days later it was done. Amy mentioned there were some good twists and there really were, though I wanted to kill Kate sometimes. I loved this book being set in London and enjoyed the characters and finally finding out exactly what happened. I wil ...more
Unfortunately, although I wanted to, I didn't like this book.

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
Mar 21, 2014 Rupine added it
Running away from life is our perogative and as humans most of us are afraid to embrace love when it comes in and katie is no stranger to that. She leaves her life and best friend Zoe along with her family in England and runs off to New York after a great tragedy adamant to forget her past and the man she left behind.. The book portrays kate and Mac at various points in the novel, meeting at cross roads..however fare deals them with a horrie hand and the timing is never just right, with late ref ...more
Melinda Elizabeth
I found "The Love of Her Life" to be a little bit grim, dark and depressing. I really couldn't get behind Kate and her choices. She's not ballsy enough to own up to what she should and could do, and thus walks around moping for most of the novel, but really doesn't give you a sense of why we should feel sorry for her.

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
Nicole Campbell
This is the first book by Harriet Evans that I have read and I really enjoyed it. Her writing style is very easy to read and she had enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and wanting more. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great love story. I can't wait to read more of Harriet's books.
Megan Jones
This tells the story of Kate who ran away to New York after a terrible accident 3 years ago, and is now back in London. It then follows her as she tries to make amends. The book tells the story over different years and switches between years to keep you guessing. What I particularly liked was the wonderful sense of foreboding that Evans creates in the first half of the book and then the really shocking twist. This only serves to make the book even more exciting. The characters are all interestin ...more
An "on the surface" great life that falls apart suddenly and tragically, but opens the door to the life that was meant to be for this shy and genuine character, Kate. I had a hard time putting this book down in order to get anything productive done in my own life!
Anita Johnson
I enjoyed this book although it went on and on with endless description and dialog which was a bit depressing. Then, the writer jumped into the conclusion, which was predictable, but without much detail at all.
Agonizingly slow and painfully DULL and till now I really don't know how I got the patience to finish that!
Becky R.
This book was the biggest emotional roller coaster! I felt so incredibly jerked around by every emotion possible. For much of the first 1/3 of the book, we're given a view of Kate's life in bits and pieces, starting with her time in New York City. Nothing makes sense and there are only hints of drama to come. Frustratingly, all we get are little glimpses and foreshadowing of events, characters, and relationships to come. Let me be honest, I was a bit bored through that first 1/3 of the book. It ...more
Beth Peninger
Up until about chapter 12-13 I was seriously bored with this book. It felt like Harriet Evans was taking way too long to get to the real story. There seemed to be a lot of needless description that was supposed to be build-up to the tragedy that the book's main character, Kate, has to overcome. Once the tragedy was uncovered for the reader the book got a lot better and moved a lot faster. I finished the last half of the book in about triple the time it took me to get through the first half. Evan ...more
Kristy Trauzzi
Apr 11, 2011 Kristy Trauzzi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like girly books
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I really have mixed feelings about this book. And I'm going to find it very hard to tell you about them without "spoiling", as this does have a good twist in it.

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
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Kelly Moran
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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
Running away is what Kate Miller has done best.

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
This was a fun read that was mostly set in my favorite city, London! I really enjoyed the character dynamics and there was plenty of drama to keep me intrigued in the story. I really wanted more of an ending though. I felt like the entire story was leading up to some big romantic gesture or something. It almost felt like the friendships were meant to be at the forefront, rather than the romance, which I enjoyed, just wasn't expecting it.
Surprisingly liked it. Thought this was just going to be a typical love story, but it was not. The story goes into all the relationships in Katy's life. Sometimes, those that you think are your friends are really not. They are just jealous of you and want you to be in as much misery as them. (So true in life)

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
Last summer I had some extra time on my hands, and became caught up in reading British chick lit. Out of the nine books I read, this one was by far my favorite. Not because it ended the way I wanted it to or anything like that, but because of a huge twist.
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A nice, emotional driven story. Jumping back and forth between past and present, we learn & understand why Kate ran away to New York from London in the first place. Despite the book's title, it was hard to really pinpoint who 'the love of her life' would be, until half way through. The story, to me, was more about her making ammends with her friends Zoe and Francesca and trying to justify her reasons for leaving everyone behind so abruptly, because after all that Mac and Kate went through, I ...more
I had high hopes for this book having really enjoyed Love Always by Harriet Evans. With the promise on the back, "You will cry guaranteed" and the glittery bling on the cover it seemed destined to be read and loved. Not so much.

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
I did cry while reading this book.
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
I don't know why every book I read that has a single female 20-something living in London, I immediately think of Bridget Jones.... This character, Kate Miller, did have a lot in common with Bridget... Kate was in the magazine industry, Bridget the TV industry... both had a lot of unusual friends telling them how to live their lives... Both were most insecure about their appearance, personality, what other people thought of them... Both had parents with marital problems... Both were with the wro ...more
This book is much better than “I Remember You” and “A Hopeless Romantic” (the latter being a far-fetched pathetic fairytale worthy for bimbo's only).

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
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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
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