‘I miss him with every breath and heartbeat. He should have been my happy ending. Instead, he is the sad beginning to my story.’
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. 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. 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 was actually heartbroken for the characters in this book. Olivia is completely destroyed by the grief and the loss of her beloved husband Luca that you actually imagine the turmoil she is going through. Marc, who is equally as distraught, seeks solace in the one person he feels knew and loved Luca as much as she did.
I actually read this book a couple of years ago, long before I was reviewing but it’s always stuck in my head as one of those unforgettable novels that you could just read over and over again. I don’t want to give too much away so I won’t go into too much detail but this book takes you through every emotion.
The main characters are loveable and the love story that binds the book is so powerful and addictive. It’s not every day that a book can reduce you to tears and only a handful that stay in your mind long after you finish them. This beautiful book is definitely one of them.