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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,904 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Fen works in a bookshop and is devoted to her young son, Connor, but she keeps herself to herself. Haunted by guilt and a terrible secret, Fen lives a compromised life, isolated from her family, far from home and too afraid of the past to risk becoming close to anyone. She is constantly looking over her shoulder, knowing that one day the truth will catch up with her. Sean, ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published February 5th 2010 by Pan Books (first published January 21st 2010)
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Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, owned-books
'Missing You' is a well-written, beautiful, heart-warming story that really had me captivated from start to finish; not a light chick-lit read, but definitely one worth picking up. ...more
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read and adored Louise Douglas' debut novel, The Love Of My Life and so when I saw she had a new book coming out this month, it went straight to the top of my wish list. I wasn't disappointed, as again Douglas delivers a story that will take you on an emotional roller coaster and keep you completely absorbed.

The development of the relationship between Fen and Sean is stunning, but what I really loved reading was the relationship between Sean and his daughter Amy. She is only six when her pare
May 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
I won't give you a synopsis of the book, many have done that. I was kinda hesitant to write a negative review on this book because most people that have read it have thought it good. OK, I do have to warn I am 15 so that is probably why my opinion defers considerably.

The first thing I noticed was the lack of imagery, not the garden, we had lots of description of the garden but the people themselves. At the end of the book I had no idea what Sean looks like or Fen, in fact. It's not that I have
Jul 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Having left my kindle unsecured, I returned home to see that my son had managed to buy this book. Unfortunately, I'm not very impressed with his taste in books. The plot is not only obvious from almost the end of the first chapter, but the main female character - Fen - is remarkably annoying, always questioning herself and what others are thinking of her. Unfortunately, there is a flashback scene where she is at a festival that shows her as a remarkably different type of person - there is a plot ...more
Paula Sealey
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fen, a single mum to her son Connor carries a secret with her. A secret that clouds her life. Sean finds himself single again after his wifes affair, and moves into Fens house as a lodger. Their friendship slowly turns into something more, but past and present events conspire to keep them apart.

Another excellent read from Louise Douglas. I adore her style of writing, there is just the right amount of beautiful description to have you thoroughly engrossed in the place or person she is portraying
Helen Kollin Fichtel
Jan 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
The basic story idea was good here, but it was written in such a tedious way, I couldn't get into it at all. EVERYTHING was spelt out for the reader, there was absolutely no subtlety at all.
Unfortunately, both Fen and Sean (the two main characters) were rather unlikeable, and I didn't believe in their relationship.

I can see that Louise Douglas can write, and has good ideas, so I will try another of her books to see if it's any better. This was poor.
Anne Wilson
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Bit disappointed story was good but thought it was very long winded could have been told in half the time :-(
I have had this book on my kindle since I first was bought it back in 2013. Finally decided to read some books that have been waiting for quite some time. This story was enjoyable, sometimes I found it a bit predictable. Also there were a few times within the book that swearing was involved within the text. In my opinion swearing is unnecessary and doesn't add anything to a story. Although the swearing was brief and the reader was able to skip over it. ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Sean is having a bad week. His wife not only kicked him to the curb, she did so because she is having an affair with her older professor. Out Sean goes, leaving behind his beloved daughter and the woman he thought he'd be with forever. For all that Sean lacks in intuitiveness and romantic gestures, he nonetheless is a man who thought he had it all figured out. He has the beautiful wife, the beautiful daughter, the beautiful home, and what he thought was a beautiful wife.

Fen, meanwhile, knows her
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
The writing style of MISSING YOU is fascinating. Douglass goes into minute details in her descriptions. At times, the author is even surprisingly poetic. Douglas managed to escape a lot of clichés from romantic genre. Not all of them, but that would be unreasonable to expect.

The plot is almost completely predictable (to me that is, it may not be to everyone). That goes for the end as well. There were a few pleasant surprises along the way, though. Characterization is decent. The characters have
Vanessa Wester
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: heptathlon
I rated this book a 3 because even though it is a lovely story and I read in in two days... it was not a story that made me feel good. Escapism is important to me as a reader!

It deals with a lot of difficult issues. Adultery, separation, children with difficulties, loneliness, guilt, accidental death, trajedy... and true love. The kind of love that means something and matters.

So even though it brought these difficult topics together in a very clever and unique manner it was not the kind of book
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
This to me was the book form of a slow-moving foreign film, maybe with subtitles, hazy imagery and 1930s dress. A lot of people would love it, but it just wasn't for me. The blurb on the book is there and accurate. It is told in 3rd person, which did nothing to endear me to the characters honestly. The beginning was especially hard with nearly no dialog and characters even thinking in third person.

I found it slow moving and dull, neither character particularly dynamic or compelling to me. The w
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I always dread reading a second book in case it doesn't live up to expectations, and having absolutely loved The Love of my Life I was quite worried about reading this one. If you're the same, stop worrying now. I loved this book, gave me the same heartbreaking achy feeling as her last, lovely "real" characters and a love story for real people who live real lives. Sean's relationship with his daughter Amy is beautifully drawn. Although the story turns a tad silly at times - the secret from the p ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well... At first I thought this is one of those wannabe Sparks books. But at the end it was just ok.
I mean, story was fine, but something was missing, something deeper to make me fall into this story.
And this is, for me, one of those books where title doesn't have anything to do with story.

So, I'm giving you 2 stars.
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
It was a good read although I did find it a bit slow to get into! Loved the characters but wish she had expanded it more at the end!
Michele Zito
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed reading this story. Good write up about how separation affect children involved when couple decide that it is not working out anymore, and how difficult it is to rebuild your life even when you have found someone to love .
There are always emotions and guilty feelings and always hard choices to make when you finally have to decide what is best for your child , but you also have to think about your own happiness.
Michele Zito
Ev Bishop
I just discovered Louise Douglas via The House by the Sea and it was so good that I snapped up Missing You and The Love of my Life, so I can binge read her. :)

Her characters feel absolutely real to me and will now live in my brain as people I actually know: my favourite type of book.

Fen, in Missing You, is wonderful. I love her wide-open gentle heart and her kindness and generosity of spirit. I rooted for her all the way. :)
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was an 'ok-ish' type of book. I don't feel enriched after reading it and was mildly frustrated by some of the characters. There's a lot of repetition throughout the book and certain themes are not explored deeply enough. I felt the author skimmed the surface. This would be ok as a holiday read. ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5 stars
Freda Grundy
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a wonderful book could not put it down. Laughed, cried, every emotion. Willread books by this lady again for sure.
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have no complaints about this book. Good story, good writing, easy going..
good drama/romance love story overall.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had no idea when starting the book but I like it.I finished one night too.
Jennifer  Sellek
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good story. I enjoyed reading it and it was quite relaxing. The characters I could relate to.
Christine Byleveld
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
a Slow starter, but picking up speed towards the end.
a Tale of new beginnings, learning to live again and standing up for yourself.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2015
Missing You by Louise Douglas is a typical romance novel with a very small mystery (not really) element. Sean comes home from work to find his wife waiting for him at the door with his belongings. She wants him to move out. They have been married for eleven years and have a daughter named Amy. Belle has met and fallen in love with another man (an older man who is a writer). After staying in tacky motel rooms, Sean is told about a room to let by his colleague, Lina.

Fen Weller lives on her own wi
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo...

Fen hasn't had it easy, which is why she prefers to lead a quiet life together with her son Connor. She enjoys her job working in a local book shop, but mainly keeps to herself the rest of the time, afraid getting close to other people will only hurt her in the end. Sean is lucky enough to have everything he ever wanted in life: a great job, a beautiful wife, and a wonderful daughter named Amy. But then Belle suddenly reveal
Mar 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sean’s seemingly perfect life crumbles when his adored wife Belle throws him out to start a new life with the Other. Sean had no idea of his wife’s unhappiness and struggles to cope without her and his young daughter, Amy. He rents a room in a house with Fen and her little boy Connor. Fen leads a secluded life based on work and the care of her boy. She’s moved away from family and friends to hide a guilty secret involving her brother. Both characters have difficulties in moving on but circumstan ...more
Loretta Milan
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Missing You opens as Sean returns home, flowers in hand, to try and save the marriage he had thought was perfect but his wife had not. He is sent packing nonetheless. With nowhere to go, a colleague arranges for him to lodge with Fen, a female friend of hers. The story then follows Sean’s struggle to move on from his separation, becoming more than a lodger in the process.

I’ve read many break-up stories from a woman’s perspective and I admire Louise Douglas for tackling that of a man’s. The story
Kate’s Book Spot
I had previously read The Love of My Life by this author and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read more from her, when I saw this eBook on Amazon at a great price I couldn’t resist.

The beginning set the scene well, there was an overall feeling of sadness throughout the book and to see Sean’s heartbreaking situation so early on instantly made me feel sorry for him. Fen was very nervous about something and repeatedly mentioned Tomas and Joe, at that point I had no idea who they were and I made
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I've always loved reading and writing and all I ever wanted to be was an author. I've had four books published now, the fifth is written and is due to be published in August 2013 and I'm working on the sixth. I live with Kevin in the Mendips, not far from Bristol, a city that I love, and have three beautiful sons. We also have two dogs, Lil and Lola. The Love of My Life is my first book. It was lo ...more

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