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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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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
  • 11-24-17

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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  • ruth elli
  • 06-02-17

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
  • 04-15-18

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
  • 09-30-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-18

Awful narration

Can’t really judge the book because the narration was incredibly irritating. The worst case of vocal fry of I have ever heard . It was so bad I couldn’t concentrate on the story. By far and away the worst audiobook narration I have ever encountered. I’d go as far as saying to avoid this book at all costs or run the risk of screaming in public or wherever you normally listen to your audiobooks !

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  • Rachel
  • 04-05-18

Brilliant

I loved this book. Would not have chosen it but was part of Reece Witherspoon’s book club. Well written and well read.

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  • Rebecca
  • 03-24-18

Are you kidding? This is just the worst ending in the history of endings

I’m so annoyed at the ending. Completely disregarded one of the main characters. Lucy doesn’t realise how lucky she is.

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  • Mrs Hannah
  • 07-17-17

Good read

If you could sum up The Light We Lost in three words, what would they be?

Relationship decision Love

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I keep trying to see it coming no great surprise

What about Jill Santopolo’s performance did you like?

I liked the performance I think having the author read the book gave it greater depth and helped me to understand the characters better.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It makes you think about life and love and relationships. Can't say too much or it will spoil the story.

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen however I found it very fluffy in places.

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  • Best
  • 04-11-18

Loved

Very Relatable and eye opening especially for young people figuring out the complexity and meanings of love

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-18

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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  • Brennan
  • 04-09-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-18

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.