Title: The Love of Her Life
Author: Harriet Evans
Release Date: June 2, 2009
Publisher: Downtown Press
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 5 out of 5
From the publisher’s website:
In London, Kate Miller had an enviable life: an exciting job at a fashion magazine, an engagement and a wedding to plan. Then it all fell apart — spectacularly, painfully, and forever. That was three years ago…and she fled to New York City to live with her mother and stepfather.
Now Kate is a true New Yorker, in love with the pace and rhythm of Manhattan. But deep down, she knows her life is in a holding pattern, that there is something — someone — more to love. But when her father becomes ill, Kate realizes it’s time to return and face the friends and the memories she left behind. What really happened before Kate left London? Can she pick up the pieces and allow herself to love life again?
I thoroughly enjoyed A Hopeless Romantic by Harriet Evans [review], so when I was offered The Love of Her Life by the Amazon Vine program, I jumped at the chance to read and review this book. Before starting the novel, I was aware of its mixed reviews on Amazon, but was determined to make up my own mind and enjoy The Love of Her Life as much as possible. I’m certainly glad I did; The Love of Her Life was a wonderfully written and rewarding novel that I couldn’t put down.
As the summary implies, much of the book centers on the question of just what happened to Kate in London and why she left. As a result, The Love of Her Life jumps between two time frames, concurrently telling the story in both the present and the past. It’s a technique that is used very effectively in order to build the level of suspense and the mystery surrounding Kate’s past.
Often, in books such as this, the suspense builds to a rather anti-climactic conclusion. That is definitely not a problem in The Love of Her Life – the reason behind Kate’s hasty departure from London is shocking, to say the least. I really appreciated the fact that the novel actually paid off in this department.
I thought Kate was a wonderful narrator and was very invested in her as a character. I understood her very well. I also appreciated how she acknowledged that she continually ran away from her problems, yet I couldn’t blame her for doing so. I really felt like I got to know her in The Love of Her Life; Kate was as well-developed as any real person.
The Love of Her Life was an extremely well-written chick lit book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was one of those novels in which the pages flew by; I was so engrossed in the story that I read the entire tome in one sitting. I highly recommend this book to any fans of chick lit!
Thank you to the Amazon Vine program for sending me this book to review.