Apr 29, 2014

The love of my life by Louise Douglas

‘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. 

I copied the above from Amazon. The love of my life is a book about loss. Olivia has suffered the very painful loss of her beloved husband. Because his family wants to have him buried close to home and she misses him too much she moves to where Luca's grave is. Things aren't going well and Olivia's grief leads to destructive behavior. She's back at the place where she grew up, but she isn't welcome there.
Luca's family is cruel to Olivia and even after losing someone so dear to them they still can't behave normally towards her. She can't be with the one she loves and pushes those who love her away. When something awful happens she realizes she can't live like that any longer. This is a book of mourning and there isn't much that's going well in Olivia's life. The story is unbelievably sad. The main character's heart's broken and every emotion is so raw. The love of my life is a very real story, filled with tears, which is unbelievably beautiful.

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