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Love for Two Lifetimes

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Two generations, two great loves, one devastating lie . . . A modern Pride and Prejudice story.

When Izzy unexpectedly loses her mother in a car accident, her world shatters. Their relationship has always been so close that Izzy can't imagine life without her. Nor can she begin to understand when she finds a secret box of love letters that her mother wrote but never sent. T
Published September 25th 2018 by Mayfair Publishing
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Erin Cashman
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love for Two Lifetimes follows two generations of love in all of of its intinations - romantic love, familial love, and the love between friends. With themes of sacrifice, duty, and honor, Love for Two Lifetimes is a beautifully written, poignant, romantic, and heartwarming story. I loved so much about this book. The characters, the setting, the lyrical prose, it is not to be missed!
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Everything was going great for Izzy. She had her bestie, Elli, their future plans, and an acceptance letter from her #1 college choice. But everything was taken from her the day she lost her mom in a car accident. While packing up her mother's things, she stumbles upon a box of letters written by her mother, but never sent. This discovery sets her on a search for answers from the one big love of her mother's life.

As a fan of The Heirs of Watson Island series, I was really excited to see that Bo
M.  [storme reads a lot]
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Thank you to the author for a copy.

I was definitely curious to see what this book was going to be about based upon just the title. Also, I did enjoy another work I’ve read previously by Boone.

Usually I enjoy romances, they tend to be something I gravitate towards in my reading. I did like the romance contained in this book... between the characters. I found it to be more believable than the romance between Izzy and Malcolm. Perhaps it was the sadness and beauty in the other romance which I’m mo
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Love for Two Lifetimes is my first time reading Martina but now I feel compelled to go back and read her entire catalog!

When Izzy suddenly and unexpectedly loses her mother to a car accident, her world comes crashing in on her. It’s always been Izzy and mom, their lives so intertwined and relationship so close. So imagine Izzy’s surprise when she finds a hidden box of unsent love letters written from her mom to a mysterious man overseas. Is this her father? How
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy for an honest review. Tissues.... tissues will be needed. This story is emotionally complex and I feel like it needed to exist. However, I didn't give it the full 5 stars because I feel like no matter how it ended, Izzy got the short end of the stick and that just breaks my heart. Malcolm was a great character and I knew from the start that he was going to be some modern day Mr. Darcy. That boy has had way too much on his shoulders for so long and he needs someone like Izz ...more
Sep 18, 2018 marked it as to-read
YA Romance fans! Review copies are available for request here: [closed - other review opportunities found here] ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love for Two Lifetimes - Heartwarming and delightful; heart breaking and sad; this book runs the gamut of emotions. There are many types of loneliness, loss and love, and this book shares many forms of all of these. Well written, mesmerizing and intriguing, this love story is also about sacrifice for all the right reasons. As always, Ms. Boone has added history as an important character, adding to the richness of the other characters involved. Many experiences and other cultures blend into the f ...more
Sonya Wasden
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book about lies, loss, sacrifice and forever love. It was hard to put this book down once I started reading. The characters are real and flawed and developed. Ms. Boone is a master at making you feel the emotions that each character displays.

Izzy dearly loved her mother who was a famous classical pianist. They had always been close because there had never been any other family in the picture; other than her best friend, Elli's family. Izzy never knew her father; didn't even know
Ballet in AK
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love for Two Lifetimes by Martina Boone (5 stars)

I don’t give 5 star reviews out very often; I want them to mean something. This book, for me, was beyond 5 stars and I’ll be re-reading it as a favorite go-to novel.

The characters in this book are young, but wise beyond their years and so an older reader can glean as much wisdom from these characters’ insights as a YA reader.

We’ve all lived through trials, grief, and loneliness. I’ve always found it difficult to put into words what I feel during t
Macy Klingerman
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I swear, Martina Boone will never write a book that I don’t love. It hasn’t happened yet, and I don’t think it ever will. I’m not usually picking up pure contemporary romances in September, but when I got the chance to review an early copy of Love for Two Lifetimes, I needed to jump on it.

I love the way that Martina writes romance with the perfect amount of angst, and oooooooh boy, is there some angst here. There really are two love stories being told throughout this book, even if we’re only pre
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Love for Two Lifetimes is an inspiring, heartwarming book, and one of my favorite reads in this genre this year. Izzy’s mother passes away in a car accident, and Izzy has no idea how she will ever cope with the loss. When she finds a box full of love letters written by her mother but never sent out, Izzy follows the trail of her mother’s history, and the love she cherished for so long but did not act upon.

This leads I
Sandra S Bright
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is no review that can do this book justice – it’s that wonderful. I finished this book in one and a half days! Love for Two Lifetimes kept me on the edge of my seat – laughing, crying, reading quickly because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next, and then going back to slowly read that section again - digesting the words and then whispering, please, please, please let it end like I wish! It is woven so that I had no way of knowing the choices Izzy would make. I carried my kindle all o ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, Tragic and Wonderful.
A beautiful journey about A tale of choices and regrets in life … sacrifices, loss and love.I absolutely could not put this down, I was so drawn into the story I savored every word I read. The story was so well written it just flowed naturally. I also loved the interesting history about England and India which was woven so beautifully into this story. Martina has a way with inserting such interesting fragments of history making is so much a part of the story.

There w
S.A. Larsen
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An intimate tale of heartbreak, longing, and regret that forces love forward in healing and hope through two lifetimes. The act of sacrificing oneself for another is poignantly portrayed through the characters and each in a special way, each wanting to know that the struggle matters. <3

I really connected with Lizzy. She’s a strong, independent girl, but she has the same longings most of us have—to know where we come from, to belong, and to be loved. The mother-daughter relationship flows throug
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
💔Heartbreaking and life affirming tale of romance over 2 generations 😢💜

👍👍 💕😢💔📝 I really loved this book! The writing is great, the story full of characters with depth and heart. Izzy, the young heroine, deals with a gamut of issues and emotions. Luckily, she has Elli, her life-long BFF to vent and share her secret fears and hopes. Despite her youth she makes mature and empathetic decisions.

Hero Malcolm Halford and his father Ian have years of misunderstandings and resentment behind them. Izzy's
Voracious Reader
Love for Two Lifetimes by Martina Boone is a story of love, sacrifices, and loss. After the death of her mother, Isabelle discovers letters her mother has written to a man who Isabelle believes may be her father. The letters leave Isabelle feeling as though she never really knew her mother. She decides to go see this man not only to discover whether he is her father but hoping to discover the woman her mother did not let her know. in the pursuit of doing this she finds a story of deep enduring l ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a hauntingly beautiful tale that makes you wonder if history will repeat itself. You will know what I mean the further you get into the story. While it could be classed as YA I wish more authors would approach their books in such a mature way.
Izzy finds unsent letters her mother wrote to a man she loved in England. On a whim she heads over there hopefully to find her father. There she meets Malcom, the son of Ian, her mothers true love. Together they embark on a journey to find the truth
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This author does a great job of placing you in the story. She is great with imagery and words that take you to that time and place. Imagine living a life not knowing or feeling the emptiness of not having a father only to find something different when you mother passes. For Izzie an innocent find of letters her mother wrote but never mailed sends her on a quest to meet the man and find his truths. She had no idea what would happen when she met the illusive Ian. She wasn't prepared for Malcolm. T ...more
Danielle Hammelef
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read books by this author before and this is my favorite of all of them so far. I was provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. What I loved:

1) the first person POV from multiple characters
2) the family relationships
3) the friendship between Elli and Izzy
4) the romance was sweet and full of amazing chemistry
5) the settings--England and India just burst to life in this book
6) the lyrical writing
7) the history of places, people, and objects (which, knowing this author's work)
T. Rosado
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!

Love for Two Lifetimes can almost be defined as two love stories in one. One being a star-crossed love that paves the way for new love in a second generation. Full of lyrical prose, as well as book and music references, this story filled nearly all my senses. Angsty, but not overwrought, the story is replete with longing, crushing, and sacrificing heartbreaks. The more I read the more I wondered if there could possibly be any kind of satisfying happily ever after? I longed for it, but
Nicole Strand
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to the amazing Martina Boone for getting in touch to review!
Like every other Martina Boone book, this one just blew me away.
I felt so sad for Izzy for losing her mother whom she was extremely close to. Izzy finds secret love letters her mom wrote which leads her on a journey to find out more about her background and her moms secret love.
I absolutely LOVE travel adventure books so much! Plus modern day Pride and Prejudice, whaaaaaaat?!?!?! So this absolutely pulled me in. Izzy
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This book is amazing. It touched me as I too have recently gone thru the loss of my son in the last few months and I could really relate to Izzy and her loss. This book is about secrets, sorrow and love. It is about finding your joy again and never forgetting those you have made sacrifices for.
The characters are so endearing and the author has a way with words that makes you feel the emotions. I loved the book, but had to read slowly as many parts were so close to home. The is an excellent endin
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. The writing verges on lyrical and the author makes the characters sing. I fell in love with each of them for different reasons and felt their heartbreak, their joy, their missed opportunities, their fears, sadness...and on and on. Even the characters who were not physically present or only had cameo roles (e.g. Felicity, Ginny, nurses, etc) impacted the story and weren't merely superfluous filler. I so hope there is a sequel to this book. I need to k ...more
Brandy Boysen
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
Like so much in Izzy's life i'm sure that reading this again will bring more to the story. She has a way of seeing something more meaningful in ordinary things, making the world a magical place where I'd actually want to be alive. Beauty. Poetry. Art. Humanity. Love. Boone makes them all believable.
Compassion. Sacrifice. Wonder. So many feelings going thru my being as i couldn't stop reading. And as i've just finished, moments ago, i'm left wondering not if there's another after, a sequel, a boo
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads Kindle Copy Win

A young woman finds unsent love letters after her mom’s death and discovers another world that she had before her birth. As she reads the letters she wonders about the man and the possibility that he might be her dad since there is no name on her birth certificate.

She decides to pay a visit to this man’s home where she meets his son. There is chemistry between the two but there is the possibility that they are brother and sister. It is a tale of love and sacrifices that
Elissa Mahler
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was blessed with a free ARC copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

A book full of tough decisions and circumstances. A young woman is faced with the unexpected death of her mother. She finds a shoe box full of unmailed love letters. Is the proposed recipient the woman's father? The only way to find out is by traveling to another country to meet the recipient. Upon arriving, the young woman meets a handsome young man. Could he be the love of her life, or is he her long-lost brother...what a
Sarah K
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book about love, loss, and how they both have the capacity to hurt and to heal.

Izzy discovers love letters her mom wrote to a man she doesn’t know after her mother passes away. It sets her on a journey to discover truth and where she belongs.

It takes place mostly in Halford, a large British estate where she meets Ian, her mother’s secret love, and his son Malcolm.

If you enjoy beautiful writing, love stories that are complicated and being swept away to England and India, th
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a roller coaster of emotions! I have read several of Martina's books, and have fallen in love with her writing style, her characters, and her ability to deal well with intense subjects. I laughed. I cried. I fell in love. I was heartbroken. I went on the ride of my life in 216 pages. I hope you take the time to read this love legacy and I hope it takes you on an emotional journey as well. It's well worth the ride! ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After finding some love’s letter from her mother when she died, Izzy can’t help but go to Halford, in England to find the truth about her mother and herself. This will be a journey to discover the power of true love and the sacrifices we do to love and protect the ones we care the most. A powerful read. I got a free copy from AXP books and I voluntarily review it.
Hannah Michaels
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh wow, this was so cute! This book was such an adventure from beginning to end, with the character’s narratives shifting as they learn more about Izzy’s mother and Malcom’s father. I really loved the evolution in this book, how so many things came together in the end. Charming and positively adorable!

*I received a free e-book in exchange for my honest review.*
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Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She's the award-winning author of feel-good romances set in magical places, including COMPULSION and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse and the Celtic Legends series starting with LAKE OF DESTINY. ...more

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