From Sunday Times bestselling author Harriet Evans comes a compelling and heartbreaking tale of lost love, family secrets and those little moments that can change your life for ever. ‘(A) story of heartbreak and rivalry… An effortless and deeply satisfying romantic tale’ Glamour
‘An engrossing novel of jealousy, passion, forbidden love and heartache’ Woman and Home
Natasha Kapoor's life is at a turning point. Reunited with her family in Cornwall for the funeral of her beloved grandmother, they sort through her possessions and prepare to sell Summercove, her idyllic Cornish coastal home, where Natasha finds the long-lost diary of her aunt Cecily, who died in a tragic accident at the age of fifteen.
Returning to London, Natasha must get back to normality and to her soon-to-be ex-husband. But how can she forget the tragic tale of love, rivalry and heartbreak that emerged from the pages of Cecily’s diary? And will Cecily’s words inspire Natasha to take a second chance on love?
Praise for Love Always:
‘Well written… you’ll love it’ Daily Mail
‘Romantic… Gripping…Marks Harriet Evans out as a writer of superior popular fiction’ The Lady
‘Escapism that brings with it the promise of "custard yellow" sands and hot summer sun.’ Independent
‘If you've yet to add Harriet Evans to your "must-read" list, now is a great time to start.’ Daily Record
‘Heartwarming and hugely enjoyable’ Closer
‘Wonderful.’ Marie Claire
About the author
Harriet Evans has sold over a million copies of her books. She is the author of twelve bestselling novels, most recently the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Garden of Lost and Found, which won Good Housekeeping's Book of the Year, and The Wildflowers, which was a Richard & Judy Book Club selection. She used to work in publishing and now writes full time, when she is not being distracted by her children, other books, crafting projects, puzzles, gardening, and her much-loved collection of jumpsuits. She lives in Bath, Somerset.
The death of family matriarch Frances brings up all sorts of buried conflict within the Kapoor clan related to the tragic early demise of her daughter, Cecily, who never lived to see past the age of 16 and whose death has always been blamed on her sister Miranda. When Miranda's daughter Natasha (who bears a strong resemblance to Cecily) tries to understand the source of the conflict, her grandfather Arvind gives her Cecily's diary from the summer when she died. The contents reveal webs of lies, her grandmother's infidelity with a teenager, and a love affair between Cecily and a fellow named Guy. When Natasha confronts her mother, she learns something she never expected (but the reader suspects this early on). Evans's newest is surprisingly engrossing because she is able to deftly juggle many different plots, which is good considering that certain twists are predictable early on. The supporting characters such as Arvind are given short shrift for a family drama. Still, Evans keeps the reader turning pages to see what Natasha will do next because they will identify with a protagonist who strives to pick apart the lies in her life and piece together a truth. Readers will also enjoy the firm sense of setting, both in Cornwall and London.
I read this book on holiday and really enjoyed it. Its a bit different and still easy to read, after the first couple of chapters I couldn't put it down.
I tried to get into this story .. the idea sounded lovely. After 198 pages nothing was actually happening but angst. It was boring me. I only put one star to submit it.