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About the Author

Louise Douglas is a journalist and lives near Bristol with her three children. The Love of My Life is her first novel.

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  • File Size: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (February 20, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 20, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK22YI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amy James on May 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There are two love stories in this book which is mainly set in a small seaside resort in the North of England. The first real love story is between Olivia and her beloved husband Luca. They have been friends since childhood and their friendship develops into a secret teenage romance and then into a beautiful, intense and, in the eyes of their families, unforgivable love. Without giving the story away, Luca's family never forgives Olivia for the fact that he chose her over them, so when he dies, and she goes back to her hometown to be close to his grave, they don't treat her very kindly.

The second love story happens after Luca's death. Oliva begins an affair with his brother, Marc, because they both remind each other of Luca and it's a way of coping with their grief. This 'wrong' affair is contrasted with the real love story of Olivia's life, her relationship with Luca, and the result is poignant and moving without ever becoming maudlin or oversentimental. At the end, we find out why Luca's family is so anti-Olivia and the conclusion is life-affirming.

A lovely, clever, well-written book, with a superficially simple story which actually works on a deeper level as a tribute to real love, with all its joys, wherever it may be found. Very highly recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By psee on March 17, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This book had an interesting premise so I figured I would give it a shot. For those that have issues with cheating or love triangle type stories, just don't bother. Typically I don't have a problem with those stories but this one just didn't sit right with me. At the beginning of the story we meet Olivia, a young woman who has just lost her husband and now has to face his family for the funeral. Despite spending their married years together in London, Liv is having Luca buried back in his home town. It is apparent the tension between Liv and Luca's family, particularly her mother-in-law Angela and her one sister-in-law Nathalie.

The story is told in an alternating past/present style and ultimately it is a retelling of everything in the first person. Through this we eventually see why their is the tension among the characters but for me it just took too long to get there. What is crazy to me is that despite the horrible tension, Olivia seeks comfort in the arms of her husband's twin brother who just happens to be married to Nathalie. Like that is gonna make the situation better.

For me, though the writing was really very good, I just found myself skimming too much to get to the parts that I wanted. There is a side story of Liv working with a professor and for me it was just too much wasted space. Now some person well versed in the nuances of literature may find a deeper meaning to that aspect of the story but for me, solely seeking entertainment, it just was superfluous.

Another issue with the story is that it was really hard for me to find one likable character in the whole book. Olivia is awful as a heroine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kat on January 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have a confession to make. I brought this book just before my 2011 summer holiday, thinking it would be a nice fluffy chick-lit type read for the beach. I didn't read it on my holiday, and when I was coming to the very end of my 24 read-a-thon last weekend, I started reading it because I thought it would be an `easy' read.

Now I'm a little stuck how to describe it, because it is an easy read in terms of how it is written, but the content is much more complex than it appears.

The Love of My Life sucks you in right from the beginning, and doesn't let you go. The characters are vibrant and real, and I particularly loved Olivia - her grief is compelling and her situation is heartbreaking - I couldn't help but sympathise with her. The Felicone's are as I imagine an Italian family in a small town would be, protective and completely family-orientated.

This is a book about a lot of things - grief, comfort, family, friendships, and most of all, love. The flashbacks to Olivia and Luca's childhood help to make the story complete, and link their life together with Olivia's grief in a believable way, and the gradual revealing of the reasons why Olivia does not fit in with the family kept me reading just to find out what happened.

The Love of My Life completely surpassed my expectations - I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves....well I don't know how to describe it, it's not my idea of `chick-lit'! ......anyone who loves a good, emotional and heartfelt story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Me, My Books and I on August 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this eBook after reading a `Caught my eye' blog post on Jera's Jamboree, it sounded so interesting and was such a bargain on Amazon that I went ahead and got it.

The prologue was intriguing and captured my interest straight away. Everything seemed to happen very quickly at the beginning so I didn't really get a chance to feel upset about the funeral (this was a relief because I thought I would cry my eyes out at that part), I just wasn't emotionally involved enough at that time to feel sad.

The story switched comfortably between Olivia's past and her present to give the reader a better understanding of why she behaved the way she did. I enjoyed reading about Luca and Olivia's relationship before the accident and also their history as children. I was so curious about what Olivia had done to make the Felicone family dislike her so much.

In my opinion some of Olivia's actions were selfish and this did annoy me about her, she seemed to act before she thought. Even though a part of me could understand the reasons why she behaved like this, I did find those parts difficult to read.

There were some real heart-breaking moments that had my eyes filling with tears and other moments that had me feeling angry, in particular the headstone incident - I could almost feel Olivia's rage jumping out of the page at me.

This was a sad and emotional book that I just couldn't stop reading and it joins the many other one-day read books on my shelf.
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