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The Love of My Life: Another OMG love story from the author of THE MAN WHO DIDN'T CALL Kindle Edition
** From Rosie Walsh, the author of bestselling sensation The Man Who Didn't Call, comes her new novel The Love of My Life **
'Stunning' Daily Mail
'A winning combination of big emotions and didn't-see-that-coming twist' Good Housekeeping
I have held you every night for ten years and I didn’t even know your name. We have a child together. A dog, a house.
Who are you?
Emma loves her husband Leo and their young daughter Ruby: she’d do anything for them. But almost everything she's told them about herself is a lie.
And she might just have got away with it, if it weren’t for her husband’s job. Leo is an obituary writer and Emma is a well-known marine biologist, so, when she suffers a serious illness, Leo copes by doing what he knows best – reading and writing about her life. But as he starts to unravel her past, he discovers the woman he loves doesn’t really exist. Even her name is fictitious.
When the very darkest moments of Emma’s past life finally emerge, she must somehow prove to Leo that she really is the woman he always thought she was . . . But first, she must tell him about the love of her other life.
'Dazzling' - Lisa Jewell
'I couldn't put it down' - Jane Fallon
'An absolute triumph' - Jill Mansell
'It made me cry, smile and hug my own loved ones a little tighter' - Beth O'Leary
From the Publisher
The Love of My Life asks a very simple question: what if you were to discover that everything you think you know about the person you married—the person you share a child, a dog, your house, and your life with—is a lie? What would you do? And what if you’re the other person in the relationship, the one who has lied about everything from the first time you met—everything except for one very important truth, which is your love for your husband? How on earth do you convince him to believe you when everything else you’ve ever told him—even your name—is revealed as a lie?
One way or another, Rosie and I have been discussing this novel for several years now, and I can’t tell you how excited I am that it’s finally making its way into the world. I so hope you love it as much as I do! — Sam Humphreys, Editor
Fabulous! Unexpected, gripping and surprisingly heart wrenching. I couldn’t put it down -- Jane Fallon
This is the story of the secrets within a marriage, told with real insight and compassion. The writing is vivid and tender, the plot so skilfully constructed, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and the characters have stayed with me, long after reaching the end -- Lucy Diamond
An absolute triumph -- Jill Mansell
The Love of my Life is an extraordinary novel. Rosie Walsh combines the emotional punch of the best of romance with the page-turning twists of the most masterful thrillers. I was torn between pausing to weep, and ploughing on to solve the mysteries -- Clare Pooley, author of The Authenticity Project
Heart-wrenching, beautiful and thought-provoking; it made me cry, smile and hug my own loved ones a little tighter -- Beth O'Leary, author of The Flatshare
Nobody marries suspense and tenderness quite like Rosie Walsh. Formidably complex and fiendishly clever, The Love of My Life takes the emotional thriller to a whole new level. Both haunting and gripping, it’s a novel as full of twists as it is heart, a gorgeously smart exploration of memory, mystery, and the devotion we show to the people we love. A breathtaking novel from a superbly talented author -- Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters
Brilliantly plotted and beautifully written, what really elevates Rosie Walsh's book above the competition is the characters. Contradictory, flawed and entirely human, I loved and rooted for them like real people-- Kate Riordan, author of The Heatwave
The Love of My Life is a poignant love story, a propulsive mystery and a cautionary tale about the secrets we keep. I couldn't put it down -- Greer Hendricks, author of The Wife Between Us
Walsh's hugely compelling The Love of My Life instantly pulls you deep into the interior of a marriage. Part thriller, part mystery, part heart-wrenching love story, this is a treasure for book clubs everywhere -- Ashley Audrain, author of The Push
A gorgeous, deeply satisfying novel. Deliciously written, big-hearted, and gripping –with some blinding twists! – this novel has all the feels, and then some. I absolutely loved it-- Eve Chase, author of The Glass House
Perfection. Every word. Every moment. Every emotion. Brave, heart-breaking, and hopeful. A breathtaking story -- Lucy Clarke, author of The Castaways
Even more addictive than The Man Who Didn't Call. Another winner -- Joanna Nadin, author of The Double Life of Daisy Hemmings
I adored this full bodied mystery: love, loss and the clues hidden in all of our pasts. I was completely gripped -- Gillian McAllister
The Love of My Life is a rare book indeed, as heartbreaking as it is life-affirming, and as gripping as any thriller . . . I loved it -- Emylia Hall, author of The Thousand Lights Hotel
I’ve just finished this new masterpiece by Rosie Walsh and feel like I can’t really catch my breath. What writing, and what a complicated, beautiful story -- Lucy Vine, author of Bad Choices
My favourite kind of thriller -- gripping, heartbreaking and impossible to put down -- Laura Dave, author of The Last Thing He Told Me
A brilliantly immersive page turner - part mystery, part romance - I loved it! -- Cesca Major
Wow, this book! With The Love of my Life Rosie Walsh has achieved a very rare thing: a totally heart-rending love story that is also a page-turning thriller - how does she do it?!?! Addictive, moving, totally unputdownable. It really is superb and has Netflix series written all over it -- Katy Regan, author of How To Find Your Way Home
Wise and profound, this is a story full of real, raw emotion and love -- Daisy Buchanan
Read it and never look at your husband or wife in quite the same way again. The Love of My Life has a genius premise that shoots straight to the heart of one of life's great unanswered conundrums: can you ever truly trust anyone? I lapped it up - then gave my husband some serious side-eye!-- Jade Beer, author of The Last Dress from Paris
I adored The Love Of My Life . . . It's SO twisty and tender, I fell so hard for Leo and Emma. It's such a gripping story but it's the characters who make it truly compelling -- Daisy Buchanan --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B09DCZZCRF
- Publisher : Mantle (1 Jun. 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 1228 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 358 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,651 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 June 2022
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"The Love of My Life" is a well-crafted, hugely enjoyable and emotional family drama.
Leo & Emma have been happily married for 10 years and they both dote on their young daughter, Ruby. But their idyllic world has been threatened recently as Emma has been undergoing treatment for cancer. Leo is a professional writer of obituaries and, when he is tasked with pre-writing a stock obituary for his wife, he begins to find out just how little he knows about her life before he met her.
Rosie Walsh clearly has a talent for writing this kind of drama. The characters are all true to life and relatable. The dialogue is consistently authentic and natural. The author also has a firm grasp of how to create something that is dramatic without being melodramatic. In addition to the main plotline the author also raises a number of other significant socio-political topics, such as postpartum psychosis, which provide plenty of food for thought.
If I were being picky, I might suggest that Part One of this three-part story is a little longer than it needs to be and that it could have been edited down without losing impact, but that really is a minor point. Overall, "The Love of My Life" is still a fine example of a well-written family drama.
What kept me reading is the storyline which is intriguing and masterfully crafted. I kept on imagining awful things would be at the root of the protagonists’ angst. In fact the truth is a little more prosaic, but that only serves to make it more real.
If you like to revel in stories that tug at your heart strings at every page turn, then you’ll enjoy this book. Probably very much indeed.
The characters are beautifully written, believable and likeable. You are taken through an incredibly clever journey, where nothing is quite as it seems to be, and you think you've worked it out, but the chances are that you haven't. Some of it I guessed, some of it I did not and that's quite rare for me, because usually I have it worked out within the first few chapters. Generally, when I read any book, there are elements where I feel that the author didn't do it justice and even bits where I want to dig in and rewrite it, but not so with this one.
A brilliant book that has made me want to dig the others out now, and also to watch this author, as I think there will be many more great things to come.