The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

The Light We Lost


*Many thanks to the publishers for my review copy*

About the book:

Two people. One choice. What if?
Every love story has a beginning…

11th September 2001. Lucy and Gabe meet in New York on a day that will change their lives – and the world – forever. As the city burns behind them, they kiss for the very first time.

Over the next thirteen years they are torn apart, then brought back together, time and time again. It’s a journey of dreams, of desires, of jealousy, of forgiveness – and above all, love.

As Lucy is faced with a devastating choice, she wonders whether their love is a matter of destiny or chance.

…what if this is how their story ends?

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The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

My Thoughts:

Regular readers of my blog will know that The Light We Lost is a major departure from my usual reads. Normally, if there isn’t at least one murder between the pages, I don’t tend to read the book so imagine my surprise when this book turned up. I’m going through a spate of books that aren’t doing anything for me, so I picked this one up in the hope that the difference in genre would be the change I needed.

Following Lucy and Gabe from their first meeting on September 11th 2001 through the next thirteen years of their lives , The Light We Lost takes the reader on a compelling and emotional journey through the monumental life decisions and the subtle shifts in circumstance that these characters experience. 

I warmed to both of these characters immediately. I loved how when we met them, Lucy and Gabe were wide-eyed and impressionable students. Open to everything, and yet drawn together on the darkest days in America’s history, the relationship they develop is complicated and swathed in memories from the outset. Jill Santopolo has written their development beautifully and captured the raw emotion they experience.

The Light We Lost is a really vivid love story and once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. I loved how it chronicled the lives of Lucy and Gabe and the directions that their lives took as a result of their decisions. The emotional fallouts from their decisions, coupled with the beautiful writing from the author made this book special.

I’m not going to lie, I definitely found myself getting caught up in their sweeping love story. I am not good with any sort of emotional books, and The Light We Lost is definitely one of them. It made me happy, it made me cross, it made me cry, but it made me feel. That’s the thing. That’s what got me. I became invested in Lucy and Gabe’s story, and ultimately, it got me in the end. The Light We Lost is a beautifully-written and compelling story with real heart.

Highly recommended! 

11 thoughts on “The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

  1. Sometimes I find a significant change of pace book to be just the thing to pull me out of a slump, Kate!

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