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The Love of Her Life

The Love of Her Life [Kindle Edition]

Harriet Evans
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Praise for The Love of Her Life:

‘Brilliantly observed and emotionally charged’ Daily Mirror

‘A top holiday holiday read.’ Closer

‘A blissfully entertaining read’ Woman and Home

Praise for Harriet Evans:

‘Enchanting’ Jilly Cooper

‘Fabulous…I loved it’ Sophie Kinsella

A joy from start to finish – sharp, funny and modern as well as warm, cuddly and nostalgic’ Fiona Walker.

‘A gorgeously feel-good book to snuggle up with in front of the fire’ Heat

A lovely, funny heart-warmer…Evans’ heightened comic style and loveable characters make it effortlessly readable’
Marie Claire

‘Events and characters fairly leap off the page in this touching, engrossing and convincing novel. It’s a rollicking ride of joy, disappointment and self-discovery, which you’ll want to devour in one sitting’ Daily Telegraph

‘Will warm you up like a brandy on a winter’s night…witty, entertaining, self-reflective and full of characters you’ll grow to love’ Heat

Woman & Home

'Page-turning escapism'

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439113157
  • Publisher: Harper (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9TZA
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,193 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Hi there Amazonians, greetings and thanks for stopping to read this. I have written eight novels (WHAT? how did that happen. That's completely bonkers.) Yes, eight. Anyway while I get over that, what else do you need to know? I live in London, near the canal. I like: the Golden Girls, karaoke, the clothes shop Anthropologie, books books and more books, and my daughter Cora and my boyfriend Chris. Not in that order. I used to work in publishing and look at authors and think well, I can do that! So I thought I'd fulfill my life-long ambition and try writing a book because how hard can it be? Now I know the answer which is: er, kind of pretty hard. But it's the best job in the world (apart from acting in musicals which one day I also hope to do *stop kidding yourself & get back to work*) and I know that too.

My latest novel is A PLACE FOR US, which is out at the moment... sort of. It's about a family reunion, and opens with the matriarch of the Winter family, Martha, sitting down at the breakfast table one morning to write out the invitations that will call her family back from around the world back home to their beautiful old family home, Winterfold. She is throwing herself an 80th birthday party where she hopes to tell them the secret she's been carrying for years... It is hands-down my favourite novel so far, love thinking about it, love the characters, love the house I spent ages (and lots of visits to nice houses as research haha) creating in detail in my mind. My brilliant publishers are doing something quite interesting with it which is to release it as an e-serial in four parts, one new part a month. Am thrilled at the feedback we've been getting, so thanks to everyone who's read it so far.

Anyway If you'd like to get in touch I would lurve to hear from you. Please visit my website:

Or follow me on Twitter @HarrietEvans

Or (this is the last one I promise) check out ma rockin Facebook page:

Harrie x

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved The Love of Her Life 7 July 2008
By Nancy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had this on pre-order from Amazon as I'd loved GOING HOME and HOPELESS ROMANTIC, but this is definitely Harriet Evans's best novel yet. It's as witty and warm as her debut, as romantic as her second, but somehow this is more accomplished and grown-up. I even cried.

Kate is living in New York & running from her past. Something made her flee her former life in London three years ago, and The Love of Her Life takes you back to find out why. The flashbacks to 'This Life' era London are brilliantly done - they start as light nostalgia for those post-university entry level job days & before long you're utterly gripped as you race to the end to find out what went so horribly wrong.

Despite Evans's trademark humour, it's a heartwrenching read at times, so thank goodness for the happy (but not implausible) ending. I'm putting her next novel on pre-order right now.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More please 22 Aug. 2008
By H
This is the first book I've read by Harriet Evans, and I loved it. I want to read her other novels now. This book cleverly switches between past and present, London and New York, and tells Kate's story. I was gripped early on, wanting to know what happened to Kate in the past, to make her as she is when we first meet her (sad and distant). You can tell she has been hurt, and little hints here and there keep you compelled. I guessed something of what happened to her, but one incident really surprised me. As the plot unravels you come to understand Kate more and more. The sense of place, along with Evans' description and insights, play a major part in making this a wonderful book. It's poignant, and hard hitting in parts, but there is also joy to lighten the mood.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable read 28 July 2008
By beccic
I'd never read anything by Harriet Evans - I was lured by the cheap price and the reviews that have popped up in all the magazines I read. I ended up reading it in two sittings.

The beginning was frustrating for me, as you slowly get given some clues as to what went on and why Kate's in New York. once you get past that and the whole story comes out, it's so built up you actually gasp. Later in the book I was crying, and by the end I was smiling.

It's not the most original of stories - several books have similar stroylines - but it is well written, with a likeable heroine and several twists and turns. Well worth the read, and I'll be passing it onto my friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the love of her life 16 Sept. 2008
Having read A Hopeless Romantic and enjoyed that I bought "the love of her life". I found it a totally different read. It took me a while to get into the book as I was not totally taken with the flashbacks at first, but understood they were necessary to the plot. Katy and Mac are good characters and then the "evil" characters Charly and Sean. The book is one you have to give a chance and having done so really enjoyed it! It had my heart racing in anger and then tears of sadness all within a couple of chapters. Wonderfully written and I can honestly say Harriet Evans is now one of my favorite Authors!!! Looking forward to her next book.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missed my tube stop! 11 July 2008
I have read all Harriet Evans's books so far and I thought it would be difficult for her to improve on A Hopeless Romantic. But she has.
I raced through the first half of The Love of Her Life, desperate to understand Kate, and to get to the bottom of the mystery around the tragedy that had made her run away to a new life in Manhattan. Harriet Evans does this part of the novel masterfully, keeping the reader on tenterhooks, switching cleverly between the past and the present, so you keep wondering all the time how, why, when??? It is edge of the bed stuff - I actually exclaimed out loud when I found out the big crisis event that changed all the characters lives.
The book has all the ingredients you want from classy commercial fiction - the lightness of touch, the evocation of place (you can smell the seasons in The Love of Her Life), the emotional core of deep friendships that stand up to everything life throws at them, and of course a man you are desperate for your heroine to love and be with. But the best thing in this novel is Kate, the heroine herself. This is where you discover more wisdom, experience and deftness of touch in the writing. Kate is such an adorable and believable mixture of insecurity and vulnerabilities whilst clearly being one of the most loveable, clever people around. You want to be her friend and once you meet her you are on her side and that is where you stay for the rest of the story. You laugh, you cry, and you believe in it all, because it is never predictable.
Harriet Evans is the true heiress to Marian Keyes's throne.
More please!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I had to know what happened 7 July 2008
By Sparky
I read The Love of Her Life in one day, which was not at all my plan, but I really had to know what had happened to make Kate run away to New York, and hide from her London life and friends and abandon the career she had built up for herself... what had she done that was so dreadful that she couldn't face up to it, or herself, or the man who might have been the love of her life? When Kate's father is seriously ill, she has to come back, and see her friends for the first time in years, and she can hardly bear it. This is an accomplished book that keeps the mystery of what happened in the past going as it hooks you in to liking Kate more than she likes herself, and longing to know that she'll be able to sort it out and find a happy ending. Heart-rending, romantic, funny, believable, compulsively more-ish, The Love of Her Life will make you happy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 1 month ago by Elaine Healings
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed
Quite a nice change although quite choppy with the back and forth flashbacks of the main character. Some good twists but predictable end
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Natasha S Wylde
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down and couldn't wait to find out what had happened to Kate. I have read two other books by Harriet Evans and liked this one as much as the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carolyn Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This was the second book I'd read by Harriet Evans and I loved it even more than the first ("Hopeless Romantic"). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Janbie
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not create any interest
The book is extremely boring and fails to progress do to lack of a story-line, had to give up after Chapter 10
Published 8 months ago by Mr R
5.0 out of 5 stars dont know
present for a friend, don't know if she read it, enjoyed it or put it in the charity bag, so unable to rate
Published 13 months ago by dennis younger
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I really enjoyed this book, it was so hard to put it down as I kept wanting to know what happened next. I gave the book 4stars because the ending was so disappointing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JRow
4.0 out of 5 stars Book
Really enjoyed this book but it wasn't as good as her book "always". I lent it to my mother in law and forgot that there was some bad language at the beginning……oops!
Published 13 months ago by wendybird
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This was a great book , it made me laugh and even made me cry . I would highly recommend this author
Published 14 months ago by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars the love of her life
I have just discovered Harriet and her books are really well written. She weaves a good story line and has interesting characters in her books.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. K. M. Adams
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