The light we lost

The light we lostThe Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
Published by Penguin on 2018
Genres: Fiction, Women
Pages: 338
Format: Paperback
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five-stars

The New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick
"This love story between Lucy & Gabe spans decades and continents as two star-crossed lovers try to return to each other...Will they ever meet again? This book kept me up at night, turning the pages to find out, and the ending did not disappoint."--Reese Witherspoon
"One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag."--The Skimm
"Extraordinary."--Emily Giffin
He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story--their story--at the very beginning.
Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated--perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts.
This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation."It's the epic love story of 2017."--Redbook

Hello!
I’m back with another book review. Thankfully I have been in a reading mood and have been whipping through books like the wind lately. This book was no different. I had picked this book several years ago, but have never gotten around to reading it.
I finally decided to pick up this week and I pretty much flew through it. I enjoyed that the chapters were short and the whole story felt as if it were unfolding in real time like a sitcom story that neatly gets wrapped up in 30 minutes to an hour. I let myself take a bit longer to read it though because of the heavy underlining backdrop of September 11th and the years that followed.

As someone that lived through this time period at around the same ages as Lucy and Gabriel were in the story I could relate to parts of their story, more to Lucy than to Gabriel. This story dredged up some strange and strong memories surrounding that time that will stick with me.

I would definitely recommend reading it. It was a beautiful love story that kept me wanting to find out more. I enjoyed how Lucy acknowledged that she loved both Gabriel and Darren though it wasn’t the same kind of love. I loved the twist and turns of the ending that acknowledges all the different sides of Lucy

five-stars

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