By Harriet Evans
Published: Downtown Press; 2009
Synopsis: 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?
My Take: In my quest to have something light and fluffy to read after the heavy month of May I turned to the ever present comfort of British Chick-Lit - one of my favorite genres. I've been meaning to read author Harriet Evans for a while now, knowing that she is has a few books out and wondering if they might be as good as some of my author favorite Brit Chick-Lit authors (Mansell, Keyes anyone?). Well luckily I was not to be let down!
'The Love of Her Life' was not just your run of the mill chick-lit. It was a story that left you wanting to digest it for quite some time. It had a whole cast of characters whose lives were quite involved with each other and ended up entangling in ways that ended up being both good and bad. This is one of those stories that if I tell you too much too soon it would give too much away. See, within this story are a lot of friends. They are all good friends, and as so often happens, their lives inter connect, and it gets messy. It's real life. Evans did a great job portraying this in a very uncheesy way, which sometime chick-lit authors often fail at.
Our heroine, Kate Miller, is not your standard beautiful woman who gets everything naturally and I could really relate to her. She was a bit geeky as a child. Her parents were divorced and she was often shy. She had her close friends and she had this really cool job in magazines. She was engaged to this great guy and living in London. You really thought she had it all figured out. And then it all, quite horribly, fell apart. Evans did a great job giving the story to us in a piecemeal fashion so we would slowly figure it all out. The story takes place in two storylines, with a three year difference and it's up to you to piece the story together.
Basically, to sum it up: I loved it and am really looking forward to reading more by this author!
(I got this book from PBS)