From the bestselling author of The Man Who Didn’t Call, The Love of My Life is a story about what happens when you discover the person you trust most in the world isn't who they say they are . . .
I have held you every night for ten years and I didn’t even know your name. We have a child together. A dog, a house.
Who are you?
Emma loves her husband Leo and their young daughter Ruby: she’d do anything for them. But almost everything she's told them about herself is a lie.
And she might just have got away with it, if it weren’t for her husband’s job. Leo is an obituary writer and Emma is a well-known marine biologist, so, when she suffers a serious illness, Leo copes by doing what he knows best – reading and writing about her life. But as he starts to unravel her past, he discovers the woman he loves doesn’t really exist. Even her name is fictitious.
When the very darkest moments of Emma’s past life finally emerge, she must somehow prove to Leo that she really is the woman he always thought she was . . .
But first, she must tell him about the love of her other life.
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So good. So clever. Devoured in a day because I needed to know exactly what happened next at every stage. A really excellent read.
I don’t think I’ll be able to articulate quite how good this book actually is.
I loved it and I’m disappointed to have gotten to the end. I think I might go and read it all over again!
It’s beautifully written, emotional and engaging. I’d probably say it’s one of the best books I’ve read and I get through lots of books.
If I could give it 10 stars I would.
Just like her first book, this new one takes the reader on a page-turning ride with lots of twists and turns. Just when you think you have it figured out, she throws in something else to keep you guessing.
Leo thinks he knows his wife of 10 years very well, but all that changes when he stumbles upon some papers she has kept hidden away that just don't add up to the story of her life he has been told. Written from different characters' perspectives, Emma's real story gradually emerges. This is a very clever story that tackles sensitive issues extremely well. Highly recommended.
A totally gripping story which is a real page turner with so many twists and turns keeping the reader totally engaged. Good portrayal of characters which develop as the plot unfolds with a rollercoaster of emotions whilst dealing with some really serious issues. Another excellent read from Rosie Walsh and a definite 5 star.
I loved Rosie Walsh's first book, The Man Who Didn't Call - a romantic story about ghosting, of all things! I didn't think this one would live up to it, but actually I like it better than the first. Obituary writer Leo discovers that his wife's name isn't Emma, but Emily; that she didn't graduate from the university she always mentioned; that she has a restraining order against her and other, even bigger secrets. When a local actress, Janice Rothschild, goes missing, Leo is drawn into the story of her family, which turns out to be far closer to his than he'd ever imagined. With wonderful depictions of both North London and the Northumberland coastline, plus some warm, intelligent humour to lighten the difficult subject matter, this is a really lovely literary novel masquerading as a commercial romance.
An astonishing book which sends you down one path and then another until you realise the terrible truths of a beautifully tender and suspenseful story. Brilliant.
This is honestly one of the most heart wrenching, gut turning, absolutely devastating books I've ever read.
Honestly, the thickening in your throat and the constant dry gulps to try clear it only make trying not to allow the feelings of those words on the pages of TLOML drip down your face.
As a parent, a partner, a daughter, a friend and foe of some; this is a traumatic and life altering dive. You are every single character involved in this story of life. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE! It's absolutely wondrous. A book of total surprise. Like TOTAL SURPRISE though.
I'll tell you straight at 85% in it didn't matter the outcome. It could have gone either way in numerous situations. It would not have mattered. It would not take away the height and depth and utter insight this book has given already. There is no taking away from that. It could only build. I obviously carried on and finished it of course. I couldn't not have. I still needed to know everything. I still needed the words to drink as if it water and I was absolutely dehydrated.
RW has hit such a fantastic high standard with this. I know it's going to be one that will be in my favourites forever more.
Truly one for all to read. One you must read in fact. Emotional, compelling, utter brilliance.
An extraordinary book! I can’t remember the last time I wept this much! Absolutely adored Emma & Leo
The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh is an extraordinary novel. While I was reading it, I genuinely couldn’t bear to put it down. I honestly think it’s even more gripping and twisty than The Man Who Didn’t Call, and I don’t know how that’s even possible. This book is an absolute triumph.