Sunday 21 August 2011

The Woman He Loved Before by Dorothy Koomson

First of all, please excuse the gushing that is about to commence.

Second of all, wow. And I really mean it.

The Woman He Loved Before tells the story of Libby and Jack and Jack's first wife, Eve. Libby fears Jack can never love her the way he loved his late wife and will never be able to let Eve go and when Libby discovers more and more about Eve, she begins to understand why.

The book was given a great review on Novelicious so I was looking forward to reading it. As soon as I began, I could see why it had been so highly praised.

Dorothy Koomson is a beautiful writer who manages to describe the simplest things so perfectly. You are drawn into the story straight away and there is intrigue throughout, compelling you to keep reading even though it is one am and you know your two year old will come bounding into your bedroom at stupid o clock in the morning.

Both Libby's and Eve's stories are touching - heartbreaking at times - and through the writing, you feel for them and join them on a rollercoaster of emotions.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough and urge anyone who hasn't read it yet to do so. This was the first Dorothy Koomson book I have read but I will be searching out her previous ones.

Verdict: Best book I have read in a very long time


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed the book as much as I did.

  2. Oh, I did. I think in my pre-children days I would have read it all in one go and caught up with sleep at a later date.


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