Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo @jillsantopolo @HQStories

About the book

He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.  

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My Review

The prologue completely captured my attention and grabbed hold of me without letting go. I don't think anyone can read the first couple of chapters without feeling an emotional response to the events that take place.

The short chapters were a hit for me they were perfect for the story, kept everything fresh and moving quickly. The writing is beautiful and you can feel the connection that Gabe and Lucy share leaping from the pages, wonderful characters that grow before my eyes. Lucy narrates this story and I felt as if I got to know her completely Jill Santopolo has created a character who became so real to me. Both Gabe and Lucy are flawed which makes them all the more realistic. Their relationship is intense and all consuming but is that a good thing? Well you will have to read this book to find out.

Full of nostalgia, memories and a passionate love that transforms two lives. It is written with love and you can feel it escaping the pages. I don't think I could talk about this book without tears in my eyes, even writing this review has brought all the emotion I felt right back again. Compelling reading I just didn't want to put this book down, I had to know how it would all end which is why I read it in one evening. I'm sure this story will stay with me for quite some time as The Light We Lost shows perfectly how complex our lives are. How our decisions not only alter ourselves but can also change the lives of our loved ones too.

Breathtakingly beautiful!

With many thanks to Lucy Richardson for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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