BOOKS: The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo

“Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story–their story–at the very beginning. Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated–perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love … Their journey will take Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away?”




I’m not a major fan of romantic novels. I usually tend to read them to get a break from my thriller/mystery overdose. But I definitely don’t regret reading this because it left me in tears. I related to this on a very personal level as it reminded me of a certain individual from my past and in my opinion, if you can relate to a story, that story automatically becomes ten times better and that is what happened here.

I read this in one sitting because every single page kept me captivated. The romance, the emotions, the nostalgia, the various bittersweet sensations & most of all there was an element of realism which made the whole story just so very beautiful. The manner the story is narrated in ignites your curiosity & just makes you want to keep flipping to the next page. Simply put, if you’re a fan of romance and a bit drama, this novel is a must read. But spoiler alert, the ending will leave you with a broken heart.

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