Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Learn to Love Again – by Ellen Faith

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Original Cover
My own copy
The blurb:

Living in a small seaside village can have its perks, but after the death of her husband, Lillie Gilbert finds the people she grew up with turning against her faster than the tide rolls out.

As she grieves for the life they planned, the life they’ll never live, she leans on her best friend for support and tries to come to terms with the fact that one day, she may have to open up her heart to a new life and new love.

After losing her childhood sweetheart, can Lillie really Learn to Love Again?

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

First of all, I was really excited about this book, the blurb sounded intriguing, the cover is gorgeous and I loved Ellen’s other books. She is one of the authors, who I am in contact with regularly over Twitter and she’s become a great friend.

The start of this book is heart breaking, emotional and really touching. Ellen took me right into it with her beautiful and genuine writing.
I felt really close to Lillie from the start and I wanted to be there for her.
Her best friend Sam comes back and takes care of her, he’s so patient, sweet, caring, funny, just what Lillie needs. He lost his best friend as well, but he wanted to be there for Lillie first of all, without thinking about his feelings. Sam lived in the States for the past few years and that had a reason, we learn by the end of the story, what that reason was, I had my suspicions.

After her husband’s death Lillie had to go through a lot, she wouldn’t let anyone near her. It was not only dealing with the loss, but also with her guilt feelings and some other people being mean to her.
I have to come back to Sam, because he was just the sweetest in this book, oh and that little surprise he got her – awwwww – and it got her talking and being positive again.

The question was, when was he going back to the States?! It would break her heart all over again. I won’t tell you more here, read the book, it’s wonderful.

I adored the ending, it’s touching and full of hope. I cried a lot reading this gorgeous story. I loved the flashback, reading more about Nick’s and Lillie’s relationship and also their friendship with Sam. They had something special.
I was drawn into the story immediately; it had such beautiful flow, genuine characters and so many memorable moments. It’s all about two characters healing each other and learning to love again, the title is so perfect, I can’t even describe it. Ellen’s writing is vivid and real, I felt like being there in this world. I need more!!!!


My possible cast:

Lillie: Emelia Clark

Sam: Jamie Dornan

Nick: Matt Bomer

Ellen lives in the wonderful county of Yorkshire, England where she spends most of her time baking, eating, baking, and eating. Occasionally she does leave the house to go to the cinema or do some food shopping though.
After spending years with an overactive imagination, she decided to put all the magic in her head to some good use and put finger to laptop where The Story of Us was born and became her debut novel.
She loves to travel, her favourite destinations so far have all been in America, hence the love of all things, and all people, American. The food rocks pretty hard too, she ate until her jeans begged her to stop whilst she was there. True fact.
Aside from day dreaming and eating, Ellen is a sucker for a lolcat, penguins and monkeys - she has never claimed to be normal.

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