The years of loving you – Review

The years of loving you –  by Ella Harper.
Published
19th November 2015 by Harper Collins Publishers (Avon books)
ISBN: 978-0-00-758184-9
Available on Amazon in multiple formats (paperback and kindle).

‘What if your first love was your only love?

When Molly is diagnosed with a life-changing illness, it feels like her whole world has come crashing down. She hopes the news will make her marriage to Sam stronger. But why does Molly always call Ed in a crisis?

Ed, the very same Ed that Molly fell in love with at a party when they were teenagers, underneath a star-filled sky. Then life took them in different directions.

Molly starts to question every decision she has ever made. What if they could turn back the clock? When the only certainty they shared was each other….’

Stop for a moment and think about YOUR life. Have you ever had to break devastating news about yourself to any of your loved ones? Or have you been the one to receive the terrible news, getting told that lives will never be the same again? Yes? Thought so. Me too, except that I was the one breaking the horrible news…..multiple times. So was Molly…
The story begins in the present, lots of laughing, drinks and a hint of tension. Throughout the story you not only follow Molly’s life, you follow Ed’s life as well. Ed and Molly have known each other for many years, they share a history and a connection so deep that they have remained friends right into their adulthood. Ed has had a troubled life with secrets and problems he is too embarrassed to tell anyone, even Molly. Unfortunately for Ed, his life comes crashing down and he ends up making one of the biggest mistakes of his life….
Molly is married to Sam, a man who has his eyes firmly focused on the prize….his business. Molly has to compete with it, even when she has to sit down and break the news to him that she has a chronic illness. An illness that will not only change her life, but her loved ones lives too. They will see her grieving over a life she has lost, whilst also trying to adapt to a life that is unpredictable…very unpredictable. Unfortunately, Molly finds herself battling with extra problems and becomes lonelier than ever.
Who will come through for Molly in her darkest times? Sam, or Ed? Or nobody?
The book stood out for me because of the illness situation. I had to find out how other people reacted to life changing news. Why? Because I relate to it in more ways than one. I have multiple chronic illnesses. Reading about what Molly went through and how other people reacted to the news, had me in tears. It’s a topic that people don’t want to talk about and I am very pleased to find Ella Harper putting it in her story. It is real life. People go through it every single day. Personally I found that to be my connection to the storyline and to the characters. Also, I was hooked on finding out whether the girl got the guy, or the guy got the girl!
In every chapter there is something that will grab your attention, whether it’s something funny, or sad. Ella Harper’s style of writing is very engaging and I found myself in the story like I was someone watching everything unfold right in front of me. Depending on your beliefs about certain situations within the story, you might find yourself siding with a certain character and their own decisions. I know I did. ‘The years of loving you’ is an emotional rollercoaster of a book because it takes you on a journey of love, life and self discovery. Personally, I found the ending to just appear, like it was too short, and I think that is because I was incredibly engrossed in the gripping story that I didn’t realise it was coming up!
Ella Harper has managed to capture the soul of each character, bringing them to life in a way that I have never experienced before. A wonderful book that will bring out every emotion possible. A book that will open your eyes to different eventualities, good or bad. A book that will make you think anything is possible. Ella Harper, thank you. It has been an absolute pleasure to read and I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

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13 thoughts on “The years of loving you – Review

      • I’m so sorry to hear you are suffering in that way. I have suffered with chronic illness in the past and it was one of the most overwhelming things I’ve ever dealt with. I haven’t yet channeled this experience into my writing but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before I write a book that deals with it.

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      • May I ask which one you suffered with? Thank you, I have joint hypermobility syndrome, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, ibs, anxiety and depression. The first three being more unknown and ignored. I would be refreshing if you do and if you wanted, you could base a character on myself if you needed some help 🙂

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      • The worst thing about mine? The doctors couldn’t diagnose it. I’ve never been so frightened in my life! I suspect it was stress-related but the symptoms (including severe abdominal pain) lasted nearly four years. I was told oh so helpfully that it wasn’t going to kill me but they had no idea! I can’t believe you’re dealing with all that. You’re so brave! Thanks for the offer of fueling my research when I get round to that particular story. I’m always very grateful to anyone who shares their experiences with me. It helps me do justice to the characters and the difficulties they’re facing and hopefully brings hope to others facing similarly difficult circumstances.

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      • Geez!! Yeah while it’s obviously good it won’t kill, when you’re in a lot of pain constantly, you feel like you are! Sorry to hear the doctors were numpties!! Been suffering with pain for over 11 years. The jhs was diagnosed in 2007 when I was 17 and everything else followed suit. Never going away and I’m a single mum. You’re so welcome, I’d love to be involved! I’m hoping to make writing and involvement with authors a career so I can work at home because I’m too poorly to work outside so to speak.

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      • Well if you ever want me to read an opening chapter of something you’ve written, I’ll be happy to offer some feedback if it helps. Anything to help you on this very demanding journey you’ve found yourself on out of nowhere. To be dealing with that since you were 17, I can’t even imagine it. I really hope there is something that at least helps to relieve the pain for you and manage it even if there isn’t something that can make it completely go away. Gosh I’ll be thinking about you all night you brave thing. Thanks so much for opening up and sharing about this. Hx

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      • That would be lovely! Thank you. Just need the confidence to start! Oh it’s hard, and unfortunately because my weight is low and being on my own with my toddler, I can’t be given any strong pain relief or sleeping tablets. My only escape is through books. None of these will ever go away, stuck with it all. So if you ever come across a home working job or you want to employ me haha, I’d be forever in your debt!! More than welcome. I have a rocky past with many issues that don’t get talked about really elsewhere. If I can help you in any way, my email is on the contact page so feel free to pop me and email whenever you wish. Appreciate the company x

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      • You can guarantee my eyes will be peeled for opportunities for you. I’m sure I’ll be in touch with you soon enough. My email is also on my contact page if you think I can be of any assistance in getting started – or if you just want to rant about something 🙂 I’m also a lover of company. x

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