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Love Always

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,714 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
A compelling and heartbreaking tale of lost love, family secrets and those little moments that can change your life for ever.

Returning to the wild Cornish coast for the funeral of her beloved grandmother, Natasha has no idea of how things are about to change. This trip reunites her with her large and complicated family for perhaps the last time: Summercove, her grandparent
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
Sep 04, 2011 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
Jun 23, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 04, 2011 Callie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 23, 2015 Sigrid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeg kjøpte denne i boka i Sallysbury, England, sommeren 2011. Etter to-tre sider la jeg den fra meg og så aldri på den igjen. Over årene har jeg vært nær ved å både kaste den og gi den bort. Men for fem dager siden fant jeg plutselig ut at jeg skulle prøve meg på den igjen...jeg tror How I Met your Mother inspirerte meg, men nå kan jeg ikke huske hvorfor...
Etter coveret min versjon har å dømme så jeg for meg noe klissete romanse, men det var det faktisk ikke. Klisjeer og halv-dårlig språk var de
Jackie Morrison
Mar 02, 2012 Jackie Morrison rated it really liked it

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
Mar 17, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 12, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it
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
Amanda Sebert
Jul 12, 2011 Amanda Sebert rated it it was amazing
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?
May 13, 2015 Imke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could marry a book, this would definitely be an option.
Wow, this book. This book. I loved it so much, it was such a wonderful read. The characters were amazingly written, all flawed yet so lovable. I especially loved Natasha herself and Cecily, even though she's dead throughout the book. The family dynamic was fantasticly written. What I loved most is how in the end, all of their behaviours and ways of handeling things suddenly sound so logical and you can't really blame anyone for everythi
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Oct 30, 2015 Best Crime Books & More rated it really liked it
Natasha Kapoor's life seems to be on a downward spiral. Her business and marriage are failing and her beloved Grandmother who lived in Cornwall has passed away. She travels back to Summercove, the family home in Cornwall, for her Grandmother's funeral. Whilst there, she discovers the diary of her aunt Cecily who died as a teenager. Natasha starts to read the diary and soon discovers that her family are hiding secrets. She is determined to find out what happened in the summer of 1963, but when sh ...more
Jul 15, 2015 Bethany rated it it was amazing
The various covers of this book suggest a chick-lit, but after having read it, I couldn't give it that description. This book is so much more.
The prologue is in 1963, Cornwall, where a man and woman have an elicit meeting on the beach, possibly overseen by someone on the path above.
Fast-forward to 2009, and Natasha Kapoor is on her way to Cornwall for her grandmother's funeral. Her life is in tatters - marriage, business, the whole lot. Back in Cornwall, her family seethe at each other as deca
Elizabeth Scott
Aug 22, 2011 Elizabeth Scott rated it really liked it
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.
Lenie Gervero
Jan 13, 2016 Lenie Gervero rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Don't leave it too late. Don't wish you'd done something about it in ten years time. Do something about it now"
~Miranda Kapoor to Natasha

Never in my life have I finish a 400+ page in one sitting. I couldn't put this book down. The mystery that surrounds Cecily's death is palpable. I couldn't part with the book without knowing what really happen to her. Is she killed? Was it accidental death? Who killed her?
This book is full of surprising twist and explosive revelations. There are really some p
Mar 05, 2014 Tiffanie rated it it was ok
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
Feb 21, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-reading
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
Apr 23, 2012 Beth Peninger rated it really liked it
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)
Jun 14, 2012 Mary (BookHounds) rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 18, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
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
Nov 07, 2011 Beverly rated it liked it
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
Mar 24, 2012 Hsiau Wei rated it liked it
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;
Jan 29, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
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.
May 21, 2012 Stacey rated it liked it
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
Feb 11, 2013 Cate rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 14, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it
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Eva Kumar
Dec 23, 2015 Eva Kumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not actually sure in the beginning if I would read the entire book, going by the cover. But then I became so intrigued by the characters of this novel, that I felt in love with the story. Specially , I liked the lead characters (Cecily and Natasha) and also Miranda. All these females were different in their own sense but had the roots in the same family. I must say that I liked the idea of the author of having Cecilys diary as the highlight of the novel. I felt I got to know her even bette ...more
Aug 31, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it
I have to say, "Love Always" is a terrible name for this book lol. It makes it sound like a romance novel, and this was so much more. I read it through in one evening because the driving mystery was so compelling. Then, once that was resolved, I wanted to keep reading because the consequences were also so entertaining. Overall a fun and quick read.
Bev Dulson
Feb 04, 2014 Bev Dulson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2011 Aileen rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 27, 2011 The Loopy Librarian rated it really liked it
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
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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
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