Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Learn to Love Again by Ellen Faith

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My Rating: 5 stars - heartbreaking

The Blurb:

Living in a small seaside village can have its perks, but after the death of her husband, Lillie Gilbert finds the people she grew up with turning against her faster than the tide rolls out.

As she grieves for the life they planned, the life they’ll never live, she leans on her best friend for support and tries to come to terms with the fact that one day, she may have to open up her heart to a new life and new love.

After losing her childhood sweetheart, can Lillie really learn to love again?

My Review:

What a beautiful story this is. I really didn't want it to end and devoured the entire novella in next to no time. Once I started I couldn't put it down.

Lillie is in deep mourning after the death of her husband. She really is in the depths of despair and doesn't know how life can ever be good again. Her family are worried about her, and the locals aren't making life easy for her. Can anyone make her see that life can go on and she can learn to smile again? Her best friend comes to her aid to try and help her come out the other side of her grief and learn to live again.

Wow! What a powerful and compelling novella this is. Ellen has created a story thick with grief and sadness that had me moved to tears more than once.  The thought of losing the love of your life is just incomprehensible and the thought of having to face life without them is heartbreaking. The way that the story is so brilliantly written took me right into the middle of it, and yes I did feel incredibly sad. But then Ellen magically pulled me out the other side and left me feeling that life and love are precious gifts that I need to enjoy and make the most of. I wasn't left feeling mournful, but hopeful that even when the darkest of times arrive, and you don't think you will ever see the light will.

The story doesn't only look at the loss, it also sends us back in time to some lovely scenes where they meet, start dating and having fun, both as a couple and also with their best friend. I felt such warmth for Lillie and wanted to take her under my wing and help her heal. But I loved her best friend. A real angel who sticks with her and brings her back to life. I won't say anymore as it would spoil the story for you.....but I loved it.

Brilliantly skilful writing, a gorgeous novella full of emotion, love and hope. I adore Learn to Love Again and would recommend it as a must read.

About the Author

Ellen lives in the wonderful county of Yorkshire, England where she spends most of her time baking, eating, baking, and eating. Occasionally she does leave the house to go to the cinema or do some food shopping though. 
After spending years with an overactive imagination, she decided to put all the magic in her head to some good use and put finger to laptop where The Story of Us was born and became her debut novel. She loves to travel, her favourite destinations so far have all been in America, hence the love of all things, and all people, American. The food rocks pretty hard too, she ate until her jeans begged her to stop whilst she was there. True fact. Aside from daydreaming and eating, Ellen is a sucker for a lolcat, penguins and monkeys - she has never claimed to be normal. 

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