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Publisher's Summary

Two people. One choice. What if?

Every love story has a beginning....

It's 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 13 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, of 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?

Me Before You meets One Day in this passionate debut novel, The Light We Lost, an epic love story about the heartrending decision that one woman must make....

Now translated into 28 languages.

©2017 Jill Santopolo (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A stunning book, perfect and unputdownable." (Jill Mansell)
"Emotional and heartbreaking. I predict a global tissue shortage. The Light We Lost will definitely join the ranks of books that make you weep." (Sarah Morgan, best-selling author of Miracle on 5th Avenue)
"Stunning." (Liz Fenwick, author of Under a Cornish Sky)
"An affecting and beautifully-written story about love and missed chances, and how global events can change the course of a single person's life." (Julie Cohen, author of Together)
"Jill Santopolo's extraordinary debut novel The Light We Lost enchanted and compelled me." (Delia Ephron, New York Times best-selling author of Siracusa)

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Amazing!

This book speaks to me in a way that I didnt know was possible. I feel like Jill made Lucy after the image of the love of my life! I loved listening to her struggle between 2 loves that pull her in two different directions but seem to always intersect. I love her relationship with Gabe and never wanted that to end but also feel for Darren and hope he forever gets to keep such an incredible women.
the fact that it was narrated by Jill herself really brought the emotion in her own words to life. she did a fantastic job.
Thankyou Jill.

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Helped motivate my walking. Great story.

really enjoyed this book. well written and thought out. would like to see what happens next.

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Shocker

Don’t do it. Even if you’re in the mood for light fluffy chick lit. Predictable and plain boring

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What a horrible women

I stuck this story out because it was recommended. The main character was an over privileged idiot that drove me crazy with every decision she made. My recommendation would be to not waste your time.

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  • Leigh Preston
  • 29-08-2019

Brilliant!

I absolutely loved this book. It is an easy read but keeps you in suspense throughout. I am not big on love stories but this one was the exception!

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  • Jane
  • 23-10-2017

Not a masterpiece but good, wholesome chic-lit

This story of the power of first loves and the difficult choices that life forces us to make, is honest, personable and often times uncomfortable. Lovers of quick weekend reads will be captivated by a carefully thought out storyline and well-developed characters.

If you can get through the medical inaccuracies, the tedious American drama, questionable morals and quite possibly the worst British accent Audible has ever produced, I would recommend this beautifully written story of true love, redemption, and submersive passion.

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  • HarrietJ
  • 24-11-2017

hated every word

most cliched book imaginable. self indulgent. couldn't have cared less about the main character. spoilt and privileged and not remotely interesting

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  • Chloe
  • 04-03-2019

Disappointing!

Dull, self-indulgent & predictable chick-lit! Managed to listen to the end as I hate to give up on a book but it was hard work! Very disappointing.

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  • ruth elli
  • 02-06-2017

broke my heart thought provoking real

broke my heart, truly thought provoking and just how real love is. I could relate to the characters

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  • Fluffity-Fluff
  • 15-04-2018

Good story ruined by the author’s terrible reading

Great story but the audio book could’ve been greatly improved by a better reader. The authors narration is a little annoying at times. Would also like to have seen a final chapter wrapping up the second thread of the story with Darren.

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  • Emma
  • 30-09-2017

Occasional cheese fest, but a light listen

This book at times is American corny, but I still somehow made it to the end and even at times enjoyed it.
Much of the dialogue between the main characters is like listening to a straight to TV film. And, although being young is about being idealistic and making your mark in the world, I didn't like either of them and their constant wanging on 'I want to make a difference in this world' 'my art is so desperately important because I don't trust people to take the pictures that need to be taken in conflict zones'. Saying that, the scene setting was good, the storyteller on audible was great and I listened to the end and was somewhere deep down a little moved. Average. Don't go expecting better than average. unless you're American in which case this might totally rock your world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-11-2020

Wonderfully moving

Just loved the book. So beautifully written and moving. Definitely recommend and you will love the narration as it feels so authentic

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  • Ms Alison C
  • 01-11-2020

lovely story

I was addicted to this book as I felt the story had you guessing where it was going!

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  • AGATA
  • 14-09-2020

Love it

Please disregard all negative reviews that book is cliche naive and shallow IT IS NOT beautiful story about beautiful love and though life choices - love it so much! Love it!

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  • Kim
  • 03-06-2020

Not great, annoying protagonist

I had high expectations but I really struggled with this book. The protagonist is so unlikeable. Her incredible self-centred worldview and whiny tone make it so hard to relate to her. An example:

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If your secret love, who you can’t stop thinking about, is staying abroad and you get a call from an unknown foreign number on your wedding day, you know darn well who it is. So save the drama and grow up!

I realise that a protagonist doesn’t have to be likeable for a book to be good. But I like to take something from a story, a new insight or idea or at the very least be entertained. Neither happened.

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  • Eber Soler
  • 21-10-2019

No idea

No idea what is book is like but I just couldn't stand the reader. A very annoying accent, it hurt my ears and I had to stop listening. I might get the ebook instead.

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