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The Weight of Life

(Love in London #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,094 ratings  ·  264 reviews
“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.

He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the f
Published June 28th 2017
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Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**5 Free Refilled Love Stars**

If Whitney Barbetti has gotten down anything in her writing it is pulling at heartstrings. And I am not just talking in parts of her stories. No, I mean through the entire thing. She never gives us a break whether it's grief filled or full of happiness. She writes characters who could easily be your best friends or your sister or your brother and because of that you find yourself not only pulling for them you find yourself feeling for them. Falling in love with them
Aubrey B3 Book Blog
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two broken hearts. Both needed saving.

The Weight of Life might be my favorite book by Whitney Barbetti. It was so much different than her others, but it went just as deep, if not deeper. I don't think this review can do this story justice. I am without words on how beautiful it was. I couldn't put it down, but that's not a first for me with Whitney's books. She writes about the dark sides to life and she does it in such a beautiful way. Seriously, I finished days ago and still cannot put my fee
Shannon Moore
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Sometimes my reviews are funny, clever, sassy, or ranty. Sometimes they're aloof, off putting, angry, or just downright foolish. BUT! I'm honest, and always will be. People may not always agree with my reviews or how I write them, but they're my personal thoughts. On that note, opposed to all of those aforementioned options, this review is going to be a personal one. Not something I've sat down and analyzed, I haven't planned it out for what paragraphs I'll write or what I might skip over, I jus ...more
Dilek VT
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dead-exes
Something between 3,5 and 4 stars
I just couldn't round it up to 4 stars. I'll tell you why...


That was a book hard to read and even harder to evaluate/review as I have so many contradicting feelings about it.

Well, here they are...

The problems I had with the book:

1. The hero Ames’s wife died 2 years ago, he loved her so much that he didn’t look at another woman in those 2 years. He is still very sad about it. Well, a hero still caught up in the past is
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ★'s

"There she is."

I had a totally different expectation of the book from the blurb...not that it isn't correct, although a bit misleading, it just takes a while to get to what it all means.

Mila is in London, sightseeing and also working for her brother's travel blog when she "meets" Ames. Actually, she gets pushed and falls over the side of the bridge and Ames just happens to be there and pulls her to safety with his friend, Sam. After, they decide to go have a drink at the bar (pub) Ames wo
Loved the writing style.
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talon smith
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What Whitney did with this book was bring two completely different people from two completely different worlds together and make me believe in them and love them and accept them for all that they are.

In The Weight of Life not only do we have two strangers meeting unconventionally but we have an established connection. And a strong one at that! A connection that Whitney so diligently delivers to readers without forcing it or shoving it into their faces. Without saying "here is Ames. Here is Mila
Kandi Steiner
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW. That was just... incredible. Barbetti is a magical word spinner. I feel so... happy. And full. And THIS is why I love reading romance. Full review to come! 😍
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“It was as if, in that moment, the world didn’t make sense anymore–everything was upside down and inside out.”

“He tasted like heartbreak and hope, and my skin lit up with a thousand heat spots.”

“It’s a choice–to wallow in despair or to acknowledge what can still bring happiness to my life. And I’m choosing to live despite the heartache.”

“I’ve said it once before that looking at him was like waking up, and it had never been truer than in that moment.”

The Weight of Life was one of my most anticipa
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“It’s a choice— to wallow in despair or to acknowledge what can still bring happiness to my life.
Mila is struggling between grieving and living. Her boyfriend Colin died three months ago and as per his last wish she didn't chain her life to his death. She is struggling everyday to get out of this maze of pain and loss , without anybody to hold her hand and lead her out. Add to that , the survivors guilt of being the healthier of the twins . She is stumbling through life, until one day , she's pu
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Oh my gosh. I just need to start by saying my heart, it can't handle how perfect this book was, I...just oh my god, wow.

Mila has grown up being second best to her brother, her sick brother. In her parents eyes she rebelled, she didn't do anything they wanted and Mila always felt unwanted until she met Colin, she became his number one until tragedy struck leaving her heart broken. Going off to London to work for her brother gave Mila the much needed space she needed but little did she know how m
Quinn's Quippy Quotes
4.25 Beautiful Stars!

Beautifully written novel, almost poetic. I can write up paragraph after paragraph about this book but this review by my favorite blogger is much better, so go check it out instead:
Yvette (Booksandbandanas)
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The moment I saw this cover and read the blurb I just knew I had to get my hands on this book.

I've read a few on WB books before, so I was prepared for a beautiful story, and that is just what I got. Two people who meet, two people who are broken and sad, one who smiles no matter the day or situation, the other who has lost his heart and the only way he bares it is through anger and distance.

Mila and Ames meet in London while she's visiting doing research for her brothers traveling blog, she h
Anne OK
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
Wow! Whitney Barbetti has woven a beautiful love story that covers so many levels. Ames and Mila were characters that were so flawed, yet perfectly drawn. I was captivated by each of their stories, along with the one they shared together. The book was enthralling and easy to become lost in.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that maybe we'll get Sam's story -- I want to know more about his past and what his future holds, along with that of Charlotte's as well. Will they find each other along the way
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Title: The Weight of Life
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Category: Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
POV: First Person, Dual
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Scorching Level: 5
HEA: Not telling

OMG. This book...FLOWED. I devoured it in half a day.
This is the first book I've read from this author even though I have her books on my Kindle. Guess what I will be doing soon??? Binge reading her work!!!
I loved Mila and Ames! Amazing characters and a beautiful love story.
Full review to come...

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Beneath The Covers Blog
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, sonal, 2017-reads
How do you give a book 10 stars?!?!

I am in love with this book and want to shout it out from rooftops!!!!

After losing the love of her life, Mila decides to go to London to help her brother with his blog. Of all the things she didn't anticipate being flung from the London Bridge hanging on to her life. She certainly wasn't prepared for the handsome brooding that goes on to save her life. There is something about him that demands her attention and if she isn't careful she might lose her heart to h
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Weight of Life was sweet. Romantic. Inspiring. Perfect.

This is the story of two people learning to find happiness and love after experiencing unbearable sadness. It has Whitney Barbetti's usual depth and beautiful prose, but the tone feels a bit lighter and more upbeat.

My favorite character in TWOL is Mila. She feels completely comfortable in her own skin. She seems to know exactly who she is, even though she isn't sure which direction she wants her life to take.
Mila's love interest, Ames
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The author's writing is BEAUTIFUL but I found myself bored with the story at times and not emotionally attached to the characters as I would like to be.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Mila and Ames meet under the most unique circumstance. Just that one moment, promises of not letting go, would forever change the trajectory of their lives. They both recognized a darkness, a sorrow that lives within themselves. A guilt they carry because they survived. It’s unfortunate that these two lonely souls know loss in ways that no human should. Their hearts are burdened. Until they are in the presence of each other. Their story is heavy
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book very much is an emotional ride of moving on from losing someone and in this case both of the leading lady and man. We all grieve differently and what I found with Mila and Ames is that they found solace in each other to move on in life. Their spark together was instant from that first moment of “Don’t let go.” From there it is a whirlwind of passion and grit and angst. You fall in love with the characters as they feel like they could be your everyday person. It is finding what’s deeper ...more
Alex ♈
Aug 18, 2017 marked it as dnf
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Cyndi Becker
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: june-2017
Woweee ~ as an introduction to Whitney Barbetti, The Weight of Life has made me an instant fan. I'm thrilled that she has an extensive library and I've already snagged a few books. The characters are simply stunning, with dialogue that captures the readers attention, and the story line that is hypnotic - I had a very hard time putting it down when real life intruded on my reading time.

Mila (an American from Colorado), and Ames (a Brit in London) meet under some unusual circumstances while Mila
Lu Bielefeld
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dead-ex
3 ⭐⭐⭐ - OK decent reads.
It didn’t help that she reminded me so much of her.

And just that brief, flicker of thought had me rubbing the cool metal of my ring with my thumb.

But I was annoyed. Because it wasn’t just the way she said my name that unsettled me. It was that annoying little hum, like an appliance turning on, reminding me how much Mila reminded me of Mahlon. My Mal.
Frankie Lovely
DNF at 33%
missed opportunities
too much info too soon
no emotional connection to very emotional stuff
I just don't care about them at all and I should because some pretty intense things have been discussed ... So I'm out
❤️Melanie G.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story of 2 broken hearts becoming 1. This is a wonderful story of second chances.
The lady in Red
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

Dnf at chapter 7

Interesting start but that changed quickly

Just felt the book was crawling at a snail's pace with not destination in sight
Jan 18, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
💝💝 FREE on Amazon today (1/18/2018)! 💝💝

“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.

He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the fabric of your soul.

Although he said he'd stay, we both knew he wouldn't. I had already
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's funny sometimes what can bring you together in life. The reasons why you find someone. I've learned a lot reading all kinds of different books but I've learned the most from Whitney Barbetti's writing. She always has a different and unique way of getting two characters to meet and to really understand each other. This story is no different.

Grief, we all know what it is and have more than likely endured it in this lifetime. We all grieve differently. Mila and Ames are doing exactly that. But
Briana Pacheco
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, contemporary, arc
4.5 “Don’t let go…” stars

Whitney Barbetti brought together two different people who are both dealing with the loss of a loved one and made us fall in love alongside them. This is so unlike her previous novels. It’s more on the romantic side but it’s still her words and it’s so good.

Mila is an American girl who traveled to London to work on something for her brother’s blog. Dealing with the loss of her boyfriend, Colin, she’s trying not to drown in the grief, and start living. All her life she’s
Jen Zingaro
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story was so consuming. I enjoyed every minute of Ames and Mila's story. This breathtaking story is about learning to love after loss, trying to enjoy every day despite it's challenges, and following your dreams even if others disapprove. After Mila loses her boyfriend, she travels to London and tries to check some things off of their bucket list. She meets Ames, a pub manager and he begrudgingly offers to show her some interesting places in London. Soon, they strike up a friendship. They f ...more
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