Missing You – Louise Douglas

Missing You

“Fen works in a bookshop and is devoted to her young son, Connor, but she keeps herself to herself. Haunted by guilt and a terrible secret, Fen lives a compromised life, isolated from her family, far from home and too afraid of the past to risk becoming close to anyone. She is constantly looking over her shoulder, knowing that one day the truth will catch up with her. Sean, on the other hand, is enjoying a seemingly perfect life. He has a successful career, lives in his dream home and adores his beautiful wife, Belle, and their six-year-old daughter, Amy. That is until the day Belle announces she has found someone else and wants Sean to move out. Circumstance throws Fen and Sean together. Slowly their quiet friendship turns into something much deeper and the joy they find in one another eventually gives them the confidence to trust and love again. But will the past tear them apart just as they find happiness?”

I had previously read The Love of My Life by this author (review here) and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read more from her, when I saw this eBook on Amazon at a great price I couldn’t resist.

The beginning set the scene well, there was an overall feeling of sadness throughout the book and to see Sean’s heartbreaking situation so early on instantly made me feel sorry for him.  Fen was very nervous about something and repeatedly mentioned Tomas and Joe, at that point I had no idea who they were and I made a couple of predictions which ended up being totally wrong.  The pieces of that particular puzzle were fitted together gradually and this was one of the things that kept me flipping the pages.

Sean and Fen were brought together quite randomly, I enjoyed the fact that their relationship wasn’t rushed because it made it feel more natural and believable.  They faced plenty of ups and downs and I have to admit that I wasn’t entirely sure how their relationship was going to end.

One of my favourite moments in the book was Sean’s drunken night out, it was fun to read and had me laughing out loud as the authors descriptions of everything were so precise, it enabled me to visualise the scene easily!  The author also described the intricacies of relationships beautifully, I particularly enjoyed reading from Sean’s side about his marriage breakdown.  I’ve read many books about women being left by their men and the effect it has on them but rarely have I read a book that tells it from this point of view, for me it made the story feel fresh and different.

This was an interesting book filled with emotion and a touch of intrigue.

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The Love of My Life – Louise Douglas

“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 bought this eBook after reading a ‘Caught my eye’ blog post on Jera’s Jamboree, it sounded so interesting and was such a bargain on Amazon that I went ahead and got it.

The prologue was intriguing and captured my interest straight away.  Everything seemed to happen very quickly at the beginning so I didn’t really get a chance to feel upset about the funeral (this was a relief because I thought I would cry my eyes out at that part), I just wasn’t emotionally involved enough at that time to feel sad.

The story switched comfortably between Olivia’s past and her present to give the reader a better understanding of why she behaved the way she did.  I enjoyed reading about Luca and Olivia’s relationship before the accident and also their history as children.  I was so curious about what Olivia had done to make the Felicone family dislike her so much.

In my opinion some of Olivia’s actions were selfish and this did annoy me about her, she seemed to act before she thought.  Even though a part of me could understand the reasons why she behaved like this, I did find those parts difficult to read.

There were some real heart-breaking moments that had my eyes filling with tears and other moments that had me feeling angry, in particular the headstone incident – I could almost feel Olivia’s rage jumping out of the page at me.

This was a sad and emotional book that I just couldn’t stop reading and it joins the many other one-day read books on my shelf.

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