Thursday, June 23, 2011 Posted by Dina N
When Natasha Kapoor returns to her grandparents’ idyllic coastal home for Granny’s funeral, her life is at a turning point. She thought that by now she would be a successful jewelry designer in London with a perfect marriage. Instead, she has mounting bills and a soon-to-be ex. After the funeral, Natasha’s grandfather gives her the long-lost diary of her Aunt Cecily. No one in her large and complicated family has ever discussed the tragic accident that took Cecily’s life as a teenager, and within the diary’s pages, Natasha finds a gripping and shocking tale of forbidden love, rivalry, and heartbreak.
Nearly fifty years later, will Cecily’s diary finally explain her family’s dark past and the terrible secret her aunt left behind? Could this be the inspiration Natasha needs to take a fresh look at her future - and maybe even give love a second chance?
Natasha, the main character of Love Always, is at a low point in her life. Her marriage is in trouble, her finances are a disaster, her business is struggling and her creative inspiration is gone. Fate delivers yet another blow: the death of her beloved grandmother. Natasha heads back to her grandparents' home, a place that had always seemed magical to her. This time, she has to say goodbye - to her grandmother, to that magical place, to the memories she's cherished her whole life.
As Natasha's life hits rock bottom, she receives an unexpected gift: the diary of her young aunt who lost her life in a tragic accident decades earlier. The old diary turns Natasha's world upside down, changing everything. Natasha uncovers family dynamics she never knew, secrets she never suspected, and strength she thought she lacked. She finds the inspiration she needs to rebuild her business, her relationship with her mother, and her love life.
Love Always was a lovely story that stayed with me long after I finished it. Harriet Evans writes with deep insight and understanding of family and emotion. Her new novel makes a great summer read and lands Ms. Evans on my must-read list.
Love Always is new this week from Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.