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, Kat...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
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
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
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
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
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
The book started a bit slow, with Kate making the transition to going back to London. This part of the book was a bit weird because it's before all of the truth comes out, so the reader is only getting bits and pieces and no real information about why Kate left London in the first place.
As the author fills in the gaps and the history of all of these people is revealed, it's just sad. There is so much misery, so much heartbreak, and so many secrets that it's sad to think that thi ...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
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