The Love of My Life, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'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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I picked this one up on a rainy evening when I wanted something tragic and romantic to read and this fitted what I needed perfectly.‘I miss him with every breath and heartbeat. He should have been my happy ending. Instead, he is the sad beginning to my story.’This book begins with Olivia fleeing Watersford where her husband Luca has recently been buried to return to London to stay with her sister after a blow up with Luca’s family. Olivia then tells her story switching from after the funeral to her childhood and teenage years growing up with her sweetheart Luca. As the story goes on you get to find out what Olivia done that was so terrible that Luca’s family has spent her entire marriage to Luca making her feel unwelcome and shunned, How her and Luca fell in love, and why now after the funeral Olivia is sleeping with Luca’s twin brother Marc…I really enjoyed this one. It was a nice tragic romance that dealt with the grief side of it very well. An impressive debut and I’m very much looking forward to reading Louise Douglas’ second novel Missing You soon. 4 stars.

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Instead of reading books I've already started, I keep picking random selections from the library shelf. <i>The Love of My Life</i> is chick lit with a slightly darker tone - a widow with a selfish streak a mile wide does the dirty on her late husband's family, twice, in the present and in flashback. Liv Felicone's actions, and her arrogant narration, should make her deeply unlikeable, but her honesty sort of balanced her attitude problem for me. She is who she is, and does what she does, like most people in real life. I never quite believed in her grand romance with Luca - the pair of them sound unbearably smug, 'We were thin and good looking' - but her grief after losing him is very physical and powerful. The whole mess with Marc, Luca's twin, is the hardest part of the story to swallow, especially considering their history, but the three of them - Liv, Luca and Marc - actually deserve each other.A quick, though not always easy, read, with obnoxious but strangely sympathetic characters.

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