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The Love of My Life [Kindle Edition]

Louise Douglas
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,645 customer reviews)

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‘I miss him with every breath and heartbeat. He should have been my happy ending. Instead, he is the sad beginning to my story.’ Olivia and Luca Felicone had known each other nearly all their lives, but when they fell in love as teenagers and eloped to London, they broke the hearts of those closest to them. Luca’s parents run Marinella’s restaurant, the colourful hub of life in the otherwise bleak north-eastern seaside town of Watersford, and his mother, Angela, has never forgiven Olivia for causing such a rift in her beloved family. On a freezing January night Olivia’s life is shattered when she learns that Luca has been killed in a car accident on the M1. She is left with nothing, and after suffering from weeks of overwhelming grief, she abandons her job and returns North to where Luca has been buried in Watersford, just to be close to him – even though she knows she will not be welcome at Marinella’s. Olivia’s chance meeting with Luca’s married twin brother, Marc, leads to the realization that he is experiencing a loss almost as painful as her own. Their desolation draws them into an affair which both know has no future, but fills the space where Luca should be. It is a course of action that can only spiral out of control, and when it does, the consequences are both explosive and cruel. THE LOVE OF MY LIFE is a beautiful novel that portrays both the innocence of childhood, and the dynamics of love and loss with deftness and sensitivity. It is, above all, a stunning debut from an author with a unique and natural narrative voice. ‘Sad and lovely. I'm now having trouble finding a book good enough to fill the very deep hole she's left’ Milly Johnson, author of The Yorkshire Pudding Club

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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: 646 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • 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 (1,645 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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292 of 300 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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152 of 159 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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252 of 264 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, sexy, beautiful, haunting... 10 Feb. 2008
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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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14 of 14 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goosebumps... 11 Dec. 2009
I found that it was a struggle to engage with the first few chapters of this book (which incidentally are very short 3-5 pages per chapter) as the scene changes frequently as well as the time setting, but it was worth sticking at. The way the book is written fantastically portrays all the stages of grief which Olivia with her constantly changing moods and emotions for those around her has to go through.
The plot remains basic throughout, sticking true to the story of the present, her husband's passing and then flashes back to the past, showing how their relationship had become to be so many years ago. I found my own emotions changed alongside the characters and the author does an amazing job of making you love, hate and totally understand everything Olivia is going through. The story ultimately has a sad underlying theme running throughout but the warmth from the love and passion that certain characters possess keeps you engrossed. There are mysteries as to why she isn't accepted into the Felicone family and the plot slowly unravels making it impossible to put down at any point as the end of each chapter makes you need to read on to discover the next revelation.
A fantastic read of love, loss and the bonds of family. A book with the power to engross and capture the reader, and for a second, make them feel the longing of Olivia and her desire to be with her lost husband. Guaranteed to give you Goosebumps, and leave you open mouthed at the past, present and ultimately the future of its main character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Easy read but could have been a little more exciting.
Published 4 days ago by gloria
2.0 out of 5 stars it was a task to carry on reading I personally found it a little...
The book didn't grab me and I didn't get lost in the story line, it was a task to carry on reading I personally found it a little boring but maybe was expecting too much. Read more
Published 6 days ago by JayNine87
5.0 out of 5 stars heartbreakingly accurate
I loved this book, it melted my heart and I felt the very depression which descended on Olivia.
It's a book that will make you address the worst and consider how you will cope... Read more
Published 13 days ago by lucyt
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Published 13 days ago by Sue
3.0 out of 5 stars Truelove
Chose this boom as had never read anything by this author.
Book was an easy read. Pick up, put down and easy to get back into.
Would certainly read more by this author.
Published 13 days ago by deb
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is absolutely amazing! No words good enough to describe all...
This book is absolutely amazing! No words good enough to describe all the emotions that it makes you feel... Read more
Published 14 days ago by sunny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely read
Published 14 days ago by ruglover
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by CAROLE A GILLARD
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written story about love & grief.
A beautifully written story about love & grief. The story tells us about Olivia (Liv), who's husband (Luca) has died, but she is the black sheep, of her late husbands family. Read more
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