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The Love of My Life

The Love of My Life [Kindle Edition]

Louise Douglas
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'It's beautifully written and, despite the tragic storyline, makes compelling and ultimately uplifting reading.' -- Western Daily Press

'This first novel is a compelling and sensitively written account of love and passion, grief and death.' -- Nuneaton Telegraph

'This is Louise Douglas' first novel and she has achieved something very accomplished.' -- Thebookbag


'This is Louise Douglas' first novel and she has achieved something very accomplished.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 415 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330453580
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (20 Feb 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK22YI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,503 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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288 of 295 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting love story 27 Mar 2008
This is a beautiful and very sad book about love and life. I've never read anything quite like it because on one level it's an easy to read page turner but its also very intense and moving. The characters are real people you really believe they exist adn the situations are so real. It could easily be an autobiography rather than a novel. The central love story is so powerful it stays with you. This is a classic story. Very highly recommended.
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150 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 22 Nov 2009
I read this over the weekend and loved every page of it - it's certainly up there in this year's favourite books. I'm not usually a 'soppy romantic read' kind of girl but this is so much more than a love story - it's beautifully written and the characters are flawed but believeable and likeable.

There were certain phrases relating the Liv and Luca's relationship and romance that really struck a chord with me and there were times that I was so deeply moved by parts of the story that I had to put the book down for a few minutes to compose myself.

The way that the author portrayed Liv's grief and depression as a 'black dog' was so brilliant - the reader could almost picture the dog alongside her, almost sucking the joy out of her life and burdening her more and more.

Liv (Olivia), the main character is feisty, sad and honest. She's done things that she isnt proud of, she has hurt people and been hurt - I think that there is a bit of Liv in most of us.

A wonderful debut novel - I cant wait to read her next boo
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Beautiful 15 Nov 2009
By milly
The story and the words written are completely beautiful,no other word to describe it! I didnt find it predictable and thouroughly enjoyed a good cry at the end!
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249 of 261 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, sexy, beautiful, haunting... 10 Feb 2008
By Love Books VINE VOICE
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I read the first few chapters of this online and bought the book on the strength of that and couldn't put it down. Olivia returns to her hometown for the funeral of her beloved husband Luca and straight away you realise that something has gone badly wrong in the past because his family make it clear she is not welcome. To make things worse, Olivia and Luca's brother Marc begin an affair to help each other through the weeks after Luca's death - each reminds the other of Luca, and although you understand how this happened, you know it's bound to end in disaster.
Over the course of the book, the story of Olivia and Luca's relationship is told, and the strength of their love is made clear, and it becomes painfully obvious why Luca's family will never allow her in to their inner circle. Events spiral, there's a cruel twist and Olivia is pushed so far that she finally accepts that she has to let go.
The characters in this book all have their faults, and this makes them real. I empathised with Olivia who is engaging but far from perfect - the descriptions of her as a difficult teenager are brilliant. It's beautifully written but also very easy to read and the emotions are powerfully described. The ending gives some hope for the future although the last three chapters made me cry my eyes out. Like Olivia, I am now more than a little in love with Luca, I can't get him out of my mind.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One more voice 5 Nov 2009
One more voice to add to all the praise for this book. Everything has already been excellent, excellent read. Can't wait for the next one by this author.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful reading 9 Aug 2009
This is one of the most fantastic books I've ever read - easy to read, with totally believable characters and situations. It's incredibly sad, yet hopeful at the same time. The descriptions of people and situations (particularly in the 'flashback' chapters) are wonderfully vivid and real. I would thoroughly recommend this book - I truly could not put it down.
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 3 April 2008
This is without doubt one of the most believable books i have ever read! It is Funny in places and moving in most, Was a complete obsession for me that i complete this book as fast as possible as i wanted to know what happens next for Olivia and the ending is not dissapointing as it finishes how you feel it should, but wont ruin it for you by saying anymore, just make sure you read this superbly written book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad and captivating story 30 Jan 2009
I decided to buy this book after a friend recommended it and then I read all the outstand reviews on here and decided that it might be a nice bedtime read. I do agree that it is hard to put down, I eventually took it to work to read during my lunch break as I was desperate to find out the truth.

I wanted to love this story. I wanted to become completely taken in by it and while I felt Olivia to be a remarkable and powerful character, I found it hard to love it as much as some of my previous reads but its still an amazing book and I would recommend it. I think I just wasn't in the right frame of mind to read it but Louise Douglas is an amazing writer and I would defiantly read more of her books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick easy read, very emotional.
I really struggled on whether to give this book 4 stars or 5. It's not my usual read, it isn't just a romance novel. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by megaloona
1.0 out of 5 stars Thank God it's over!
Rambling, indulgent, before finally reaching its inevitable gooey conclusion!!
I only finished it because (1) I hate leaving a book incomplete and I live in hope that it will... Read more
Published 1 day ago by jmcw
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, touching, absolutely lovely!
Could not put this down.....Laughed, cried then cried some more. Actually used a line from the book in my wedding vows, I totally adored this lovely, heartfelt story!
Published 3 days ago by MRS CHRISTIE-ANNE SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this story, another one I couldnt put down, romantic, and sad yet very caring.
Published 4 days ago by connie thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good service
Published 4 days ago by John Hitchcox.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Again another excellent read, and very sad in parts. Again couldn't put it down. Easy to read.
Published 6 days ago by Hazel
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but depressing.
I found this book very depressing with no let up. Well written but some things not explored and generally unsatisfying outcome.
Published 7 days ago by VanityUk
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad tale ....
Olivia's life fell apart with the death of her beloved husband Luca. How she can even begin to think about bring life back to normality is beyond her. Read more
Published 7 days ago by SunnyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely read
Published 9 days ago by PETER
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual love story ....
I really enjoyed this book. Starting with the funeral of the love of her life, the story goes back to how they met, why she was not included as one of the big Italian family and... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Karen W
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