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Love Always

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,414 ratings  ·  136 reviews
As she delves into the past, Natasha finally discovers the secrets that are buried there may hold the keys to her own future. Complex storylines, flawed characters, and cupboards that positively rattle with skeletons. If you've yet to add Harriet Evans to your must-read' list, now is a great time to start.--"Daily Record" (UK).

A compelling and heartbreaking tale of lost lo
Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Maureen Vincent-Northam
I bought this book on someone’s recommendation, so had an inkling of the story. Had I seen the cover first, I’d be expecting a more fluffy romantic tale as the cover doesn’t convey the story inside at all.

Love Always is a fairly long book and bigger than most too, but then there’s a lot of story to tell as we get to read about two timelines – the present day and the early 1960s. I have to say of the two, I enjoyed the 60s story best and the author did a clever thing there by giving the character
I want to start with the cover of this book... its beautiful! Its a piece of art in its self, love it.

As for the inside of the book... well I know if you read this book you will love it. It's a story that slowly unfolds giving you small pieces of the mystery. You are guessing the whole time about whats going to happen and who did what. Harriet is amazing that even though you are planning out whats going to happen next she won't give it to you. Things are not revealed at the convenient times, yo
As I read this book, I did so with a glorious British accent in my head. All while sipping a cup of tea, seaside, on the deck of my summer home. A taller, boobier, blonder, British-er version of myself.

All kidding aside, this book was beautifully written with characters that captured your heart, drove you made, and left an imprint that remained far after the last written word on the page. One of those books that is complex in it's plot but comes around full circle to leave you with a complete pi
This book is best read with a British accent in your head. It helps with the tricky British words like fags (cigarettes), jumper (sweater), fringe (bangs). It also adds a lot of character. What I enjoyed most about this book, besides the story which kept pulling me back in even when I really had other things to do, is how easily the family drama was a microcosm of world events. Martin Luther King Jr. was in a Birmingham jail for proclaiming that all men are equal regardless of race, class or rel ...more
Jackie Morrison

Family entaglements and the ties that bind

When an Anglo-Indian woman discovers an old family secret from her grandfathers it changes her perspective of her own identity. Natasha Kapoor loves visiting her grandparents’ home on the coast. She is enjoying a swinging London lifestyle that includes a career as a successful jewelry designer. She's also married and about to be divorced. When her grandmother dies and she visits her ancestral home in Cornwall for the funeral it sparks unanswered questio
Natasha Kapoor finds herself returning to the beautiful Cornish Coast to attend the funeral of her wonderful grandmother. Not only does she have to say goodbye to the one person in her life she was closest to but she has to face her complicated family. Summercove holds a lot of memories for the entire family and when Natasha returns she realises that she also has to say goodbye to the place she knew as her second home.
When Natasha’s grandfather insists she takes a piece of a diary which belonged
This was hands down a fabulous book. Natasha Kapoor is at a crossroads with her jewelry business and personal life. The death of her beloved granny, a famous artist, sends her to the family home in Cornwall, called Summercove. As the family gathers, it's apparent that this extended group has a lot of secrets to share. As Nat heads back to London, she is given her aunt Cecily's diary, at least the part of it her grandfather found in granny's studio. Nat is told she resembles her Aunt Cecily, who ...more
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads & I loved it, loved it, loved it! A piece of it will stay with me always. This obviously isn't why I was drawn into the book (since it is towards the end) but it really was the icing on the cake for me.
The main character Natasha asks her grandfather if he will miss the home he is selling that he shared with his family for many decades. He taps his head and says "I have everything I need here. Have you ever heard of a memory palace?
Elizabeth Scott
Two interconnecting stories, one about Natasha, who is going to her grandmother's funeral--and dealing with the fact that she's about to be divorced--and Cecily, who was Natasha's mother's sister, and who died in 1963 when she was fifteen. It's what I think of as proper UK women's fiction--a nice twisty plot, loads of family drama, and a love story to top it all off, and I'm glad that more of it is being published in the US.
This book was very hard to stay into. There was to much back and forth between times that it just got confusing. but I stuck it out to see how it would end since I invested so much time into it already..
Natasha has a weird family history. Everyone is always trying to please her grandma who is a famous painter but hasn't painted since the summer she lost her youngest daughter. Nobody talks about her its a big mystery to Natasha. Natasha makes her own jewelry that's her business. Shes going throug
I thought this would be one of those light, entertaining romances, but it was quite a bit more. Natasha is dealing with the breakup of her marriage, the death of her grandmother and her crazy mother. At her grandmother's funeral, she is given the diary of her long dead aunt and all kinds of family secrets start to emerge. Instead of being all about the drama, though, Natasha goes to work on figuring out what she can change and what she can't and taking charge of her own life. Better than expecte ...more
Beth Peninger
My second read of a Harriet Evans novel went better than my first shot. This one started off much better and it didn't take me any time at all to get connected to the story or characters. In fact, it's a large book and I anticipated that it would take me at least a couple of days to get through but I read it all in one night! It kept me interested and curious enough to keep reading.
Natasha comes from an interesting family and we meet her as she is leaving to attend her Granny's funeral. Natasha
Mary (BookHounds)
Natasha Kapoor returns to Cornwall for her grandmother's funeral and learns that secrets in her huge, extended family have lead to some weird dynamics. The truth begins to emerge when she is given her aunt Cecily's diary that documents some starling truths and sets Natasha on a road to personal discovery. There are a lot of layers to Natasha's history and it is wonderful to see her grow as she discovers the truth about her very existence. The main secret is that Natasha's grandmother, a famous p ...more
Natasha’s world is falling apart around her. Her jewelry business is having some serious financial problems, her marriage is on the rocks, and her grandmother, who she used to spend many summers with, just passed away. She travels to meet her family at Summercove, her grandparent’s house where she used to go for the summer, for the funeral. At the gathering afterwards Cecily’s name gets brought up briefly a few times. The family doesn’t talk about Cecily, Natasha’s aunt who died at Summercove wh ...more
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from GoodReads.

Love Always by Harriet Evans


When Natasha Kapoor returns to her grandparents’ idyllic coastal home for her beloved grandmother’s funeral, her life is at a turning point. She thought by now she’d be a successful jewelry designer in London with a perfect marriage. Instead, she’s got mounting bills and a soon-to-be ex.

After the funeral, Natasha’s grandfather gives her the long-lost diary of her aunt Cecily. No one in her large and com
Hsiau Wei
This book has been sitting in my bookshelves for sometimes and each time i attempt to read it, it was being tampered with anxiety of what if.. what if the story is not something that i like.. what if it is completely waste of my time to read.. and when i finally pick it up to read it, i am glad that i did not regret it and neither did the story turned out to be my what if ;)

The story focuses on Natasha who everyone claimed to look like Cecily, her aunty who died very young and whose her mother;
I really liked this book from the minute I picked it up. I was eager to find out what happened next but didn't want to miss a bit of the action so there was no skipping bits with this book. I really like the way Harriet Evans writes, details without all the paragraphs of waffle. She's to the point. The story line was interesting and although all my predictions were right in the end, I actually didn't find the book predictable at all. I look forward to reading another of her books.
Story about a young 30s girl whose life is falling apart. Mirrored by her grandmother's funeral and her extended family also on the brink of falling apart. They never got a long well before, but now that granny is dead, all the taped together seams are coming lose and the accusations (and pent up hurt feelings from 1963 when the daughter/sister/cousin died) are on the tiptoe edge of a precipice. Book goes back and forth between present day (2009ish) and the summer of 1963. The summer of 1963 is ...more
Cate Teideman
I hate the title of this book. I understand why, but it shields a brilliant story well written. The characters were great, story line spot on. It was interesting and kept up the pace all the way to the end.

I really liked the description of the disintegration of a marriage. It felt pretty realistic. The change in perception about what you think your marriage is about. Also the challenges of running a small business.

The writer was sympathic when writing as a teenager, as well as an adult. Explorin
Bev Dulson
The first thing to say is the cover of this book totally threw me, I was expecting the usual chick lit girl meets boy story, what I got was so much more.

The beginning felt very Poirotesque, the main characters introduced to us in a rambling beach house in Cornwall at a funeral with talk of a mysterious death many decades before. We are then spirited back to 1963 via 'Cecily's diary', this part of the book felt like a grown up 'Famous Five' and I almost expected lashings of ginger beer at the par
I have read a few of Harriet Evans books and enjoyed every one.
Natasha Kapoor returns to Cornwall for the Funeral of her Grandmother, her business is about to go bust and her husband has left her.
Her Grandfather gives her some pages of Aunt Cecily’s Diary that she had written before she died aged 15years, she finds tales of family secrets that her Family have been hiding from her. The story goes between 2009 and 1963.
The story is set in Penzance and London, I have never been to Penzance, the Aut
The Loopy Librarian
Love Always captures a complex family dynamic with captivating and intriguing characters. Nothing was quite what it seemed, but the truth was gradually revealed through the catalyst of Cecily's diary. I love the way the writer rotated between time periods to gradually reveal the truth behind Cecily's death as well as the many other mysteries that permeated the book. Those mysteries and the desire to know the truth behind them made the book hard to put down. It also made me impatient at times bec ...more
Peggy Daub
Okay, at the end I couldn't put this down and stayed up waaaay too late finishing it. So it's good and I enjoyed it. The story is complex enough that it keeps you interested, and almost all of the characters are extremely well drawn and interesting. It made me think a lot about what I was like at age 15, which was a little strange, but interesting.
This is the second book I have read by Harriet Evans and I really enjoyed it.

It starts with Natasha Kapoor's on her way to her grandmother funeral. Nathasha is not in a very good place her marriage has finished and her she has her own business making and selling jewellery and that is not doing very well.

At the funeral her grandfather gives her a few pages from her Aunt Cecily's diary, written weeks before before she died when she was just 15 years old. When she reads the diary she is taken back
Aug 26, 2012 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any one looking for a great summer/pick me up read!
Well, what can I say about this lovely novel other than I loved it, despite the fact that I guessed a few things before they were revealed.

This book left me feeling warm and fuzzy. Natasha's story and Cecily's story were both moving, exciting, exhillirating and real. I really enjoyed seeing into the '60s and learning the history of Natasha's family. Natasha's own problems and life were also enjoyable to read. The relationships between characters (way too many top mention them all) were quirky a
Wow I was gripped by this story. It's not a romance or the usual chick lit, so in that sense the title and the cover are quite misleading, but I absolutely loved it despite this.

It's a real page turner and much of the action takes place during a summer at a sea side house in Cornwall so it's perfect to read on holiday when you can legitimately sit around and read for hours!

The only slightly irritating thing for me was that once again for a story by this author, lots of characters were introduced
Whoa. I've read and loved all of Harriet Evans's previous books and this one is no different. However, this book was much different than the previous four and much darker than the others. I would call this dark(er) chick lit. There was some serious stuff in here.

I loved the different fonts for Cecily's diary and everything else. Ms. Evans's did an astounding job at keeping me guessing what really happened to Cecily and everything else that went on in the family. There were some mind boggling twi
This novel was a lot less fluffy than Evans' previous books. I wouldn't classify this one as chick lit. It's a bit of a family saga, which is not my thing, so I got bored halfway through but was glad I kept reading. The thing is, there are so many parallels with my own family that it was a bit eerie. Of course this story had far more drama, but the race issues (for the children of the white British woman and her Indian husband) were familiar as were some of the other little details. So I felt li ...more
I've read all of Harriet Evans' books. I feel like she matures as a writer with each one. The first book I read of hers, "Going Home", was funny and cute and pretty much chick lit. This being her 5th book is less chick lit and more contemporary fiction. There are two main characters: Natasha Kapoor in 2009 and Cecily Kapoor in 1963. Cecily is Natasha's aunt, but Natasha only knows her through her diary that was written in the summer of '63 -- the summer she died. The family never talked about Ce ...more
A lovely girliey story set in London and Penzance, Cornwall. Natasha Kapoor's life is spiralling somewhat with her beloved grandmother who has passed away, her marriage coming to an end and her business in near-ruins.

Natasha travels to Summercove (the family home) for the funeral and in so doing, sees the whole family. Everyone says Natasha reminds them of her aunt, Cecily who died in a terrible accident when she was 15. Natasha's grandfather hands her Cecily's diary and she starts to read this,
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