The Love Of Her Life – Harriet Evans

What to expect:

Kate Miller re-made herself from a geeky teenager into the image of modern woman, with a career in glossy magazines, a wedding to plan and a flatmate who was her best friend. Then it all fell apart – spectacularly, painfully and forever.
Ever since, she’s hidden in New York, working as a dogsbody for a literary agency. But when her father becomes ill, she has to return to London and face everything she left behind.
She spends time with her upstairs neighbour, Mr Allan, an elderly widower, taking long walks along London’s canals and through leafy streets. And she visits her adored but demanding father. But eventually she has to face her friends – Zoe, Francesca and Mac – the friends who are bound together with her forever, as a result of one day when life changed for all of them.
Mac is the man she thought was the love of her life. Now they don’t speak. Can Kate pick up the pieces and allow herself to love her life again?

Kooks for your Kindle?– All the characters mean business- no kooky light relief here, although Kate’s mum is a delight, living a bohemian sociable life in New York with her musical second husband. Neighbour and recent widower Mr Allen has some interesting friends from his former career as a musician- just as Kate’s Dad and step father still are. She has a daddy-type. Kate’s girlfriends are all tough women who know who they are and Zoe’s story is particularly compelling.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– We don’t know why Kate is so despondent and pessimistic until a good way through the book, so it’s hard to empathise for a while. She’s hiding from life, and once we eventually find out why, it’s understandable, but the self-sacrificing is hard to take. I suspect the title refers to Kate learning to love her life again, not a man, but it is also time for Kate to feel like she deserves love again.

Painting a Picture for your Paperback?– There’s very much a transatlantic theme here, with Kate’s Texan ex and her stepfather both being American, as well as Kate and her close friend both going to work in New York City.

Evaluation of your eBook?– This was an uneven read, the slow start generated more questions than answers. It got gripping in the middle with some good reveals, but the ending felt a little rushed. The problem with keeping up the suspense and mystery for so long is that it makes Kate harder to like- she seems ungrateful and cold. Of course this isn’t the whole story, so if you can hang in there it’s worth it in the long run.

Frothy Ranking: 3/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for £5.29, although I recently got it for £1.99 so click the price for the latest.

US: Amazon for $10.38 or $8.29 on kobobooks.