The Love We Left Behind
by Katherine Slee
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 1 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 15 Aug 2021
Amazon Publishing UK, Lake Union Publishing
A heartbreaking, heartwarming story of two best friends—and the choices that could tear them apart.
London, 2012. With her adoring fiancé, financial independence and a close-knit group of friends, Erika should have life all figured out—but she can’t shake the feeling that there’s something missing. And when she stumbles upon a reminder of her past one day, she’s confronted with a part of her life she’s spent almost twenty years trying to forget.
1995. Smart, tenacious Niamh is in her second year at Oxford University. Unlike her best friend Erika, she’s shy and feels like she doesn’t belong, so she’s happy to let Erika take the lead in their friendship. But everything changes when she meets Leo and feels the uplifting power of love for the first time.
As Erika’s story takes us back into the past, Niamh’s brings us forward towards the present, until the two meet one fateful summer’s night that will change the path of their friendship forever.
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I have just finished reading The Love We Left Behind and I’m a mess!!! Bravo Katherine Slee, you broke my heart. I loved it and it's one that will stay with me. I loved it.
Thank you Amazon Publishing UK and NetGalley for this amazing ebook! The Love We Left Behind is a remarkable story of friendship, love and beginnings. I was immediately drawn to these characters. They were realistic and that is what brings me to the writing.... Simply amazing. How Slee can write to make it feel like you're in the pages as well. She has written a beautifully paced novel here. It was so imaginative and yet so believable. Thank you again for the opportunity to read this novel!
This book was honestly incredible. It follows the life of someone who's confronted with the truth after a life of wondering and hiding, allowing her to move forward with her friendships, love and herself. I couldn't help but relate to the main character on several occasions and I wish some characters were better explored, giving more to the story. The writing was amazing, pulling you in instantly and making you feel like part of the plot. The switch between past and present was very easy to follow and I have to say I was totally not expecting that plot twist, although the end was a bit bittersweet. I definitely enjoyed it but at the same time I'm left feeling it wouldn't be so bad to have ended up in a different way. I definitely recommend this one to everyone who is considering reading it.
I have no idea how to feel after reading this. Truly wonderful writing that has left my heart aching. I would recommend reading this book
The Love We Left Behind by Katherine Slee Niamh, Erika and Duncan are best friends at Oxford in 1995, until Niamh meets Leo and things unravel. In 2012 Erika is living in London and although she is successful, has great friends and a lovely fiance, something is missing and the past still hurts. The story gradually fills in the period inbetween. Wow what an AMAZING book - I absolutely loved it! So cleverly constructed and with a gobsmacking twist and finale. The characters were brilliant and they were at university at the same time as me so I loved the music and cultural references too. I was so invested in their story that I cried almost continuously for the last part of the book and feel bereft now I've finished it - always the sign of a brilliant book! Very highly recommended! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.
I was hooked from the first page when introduced to the characters Erica and Niamh. Such a great storyline. This author is new to me, but it will not be my last book by her! I felt like I knew the characters personally. Highly recommend! I was grateful to receive an ARC through Netgalley.
Heartbreaking! Bravo Katherine Slee, you broke my heart. I loved it and it's one that will stay with me. I loved it so much I’m recommending it to all my friends ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I do not read fiction often, but I could not put this book down. Niamh's journey is heartbreaking, but there is a bitter sweet glimpse of hope at the end. The plot is developed in an original way and the characters are well rounded. It is definitely a book I will not forget and I would totally recommend!
A beautiful love story. A stunning tale of friendship. A heart wrenching tale of loss and the things we do for love. Niamh and Erika are best friends. Meeting at university with their best friend Duncan, they meet all of life's challenges together. Only Niamh always has a small voice in her head saying if she didn't happen to look like Erika' s deceased best friend they wouldn't be friends at all. Add to that the fact Niamh is adopted and by no means from money, and Duncan and Erika have blue blood pedigrees and the finances to back it up. A chance meeting with Leo ignites in Niamh the feelings of love for the very first time. While Erika tells us their past, Niamh narrates the story of their lives now. With an earth shattering conclusion that made me gasp so loud I woke my baby, this book is one to savor. Five out of five perfect stars. 🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠 Thank you to Lake Union Publishing, Katherine Slee, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
This is a lovely novel that moves between past and present to tell the story of two friends and..no spoilers from me. These characters resonate and Slee has crafted a plot that will make you root for them. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A very good read.
The Love We Left Behind is a story of love, friendships and conquering whatever life throws in your path. I've never read a book by this author and I just loved her character development! Unexpected twists that had me saying - wow I didn't see that coming! Really enjoyed this book!
This story follows the lives of two best friends, highlighting Niahm’s perspective of their time together as Oxford University students, to Erika’s experience as a London Girl working in the city. Katherine Slee has carefully crafted the story to jump between these timelines, teasing us throughout on an unknown event that weighs heavily on Erika in post-Oxford life. As a university graduate who’s been on the road of working adult life for 7 years, there was a real element of nostalgia to some parts of the book. The friendship between Niamh, Erika, and Duncan reminded me of my own university friends and how deeply I miss those days. And whilst the cliché almost-perfect university love story between Niamh and Leo is not something I experienced, it brought up the aching feeling that I had as a 19-year-old wishing it would happen to me. It may be a romantic and dramatised version of university life, but a welcome fictional escape nonetheless. Erika’s chapters involved more filling in of gaps, and there was a point partway through when I feared the character development felt a little thin. But, let me assure you, there’s a juicy, satisfying twist that pulls everything together in the end. THE ROUND UP Read If: You want to escape into a character-driven book that keeps you hooked by the promise of a great twist. Similar books: ‘The Flatshare’ by Beth O’Leary Last Impressions: It’s easy to get lost in this book – both from the sense that it’s hard to leave, but also hard to remember where exactly you are in the timeline. Don’t let the latter put you off. I finished it in two sittings and was sad when it was over. Written by Pippa Moyle Disclaimer: We were given this book for review by Amazon Publishing UK and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review can also be read here: https://citygirlnetwork.com/magazine/book-review-love-we-left-behind
What a powerful and moving novel about those friendships we make that evolve into the family we choose to have for ourselves. Niamah, Erika and Duncan found each other at Oxford and each truly leaned on each other. Niamah never felt wanted or loved but in these friendships, she felt heard and accepted. She knew she deserved the relationship with Leo that was a plot turn in and of itself. When she reinvented herself at LSE, she was running away from.her problems which again reiterated her feelings of being unlovable despite Hector and Layla. However, when.she became herself again, that person was both loved and worthy of it. Luke was certainly a person to be celebrated. Amazing read.
A story about love, grief, loss and friendship. I loved the writing in this book, the prose is truly beautiful. I understand the pain and fear that defines Niamh's life, and how she is unable to let go. I would have liked to get to know Hector better, I think the back and forth of the narrative makes it difficult for us to really get to know the characters I really liked the ending ( though a bit fantastical) and couldn't help the tears,. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)