Friday, 4 March 2016

Book Review - The Years of Loving You by Ella Harper - RNA Awards Week

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Title: The Years of Loving You
Author: Ella Harper
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 15th October 2015 
Rating: 4 Stars

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 best friend 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 very different directions. They could only ever be friends.

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

When Molly recieves her heart breaking diagnosis quite early into the book, I feared this would be an incredibly sad story, about a degenerative disease. Thankfully although the disease is featured heavily and in detail as to what the character can expect from it in the future, its actually a heart warming tale of love, and missed chances. 

The Years of Loving You tells the story of Ed and Molly, both in the present and in alternating chapters from key moments in their friendship. It shows their misunderstandings, their true thoughts at all stages, and just proves that communication is a powerful tool and should be done more! 

Each chapter moves the story on, either a few months in the case of the present story, or up to a few years in the "then" chapters. It was great to see the story from two different perspectives of the same events without it being repetitive. 

Ed and Molly both have a multitude of other relationships but are always drawn to each, and I loved the ending of this story. It is a fabulous book that I really enjoyed, and although clearly emotional in places, was sweet and hopeful in others. 

Ella Harper is a fabulous story teller and this book had me gripped, to such an extent I didn't mind the heavy bus delays as I was so happy to be living Molly and Ed's story. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Avon for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

Congratulations to Ella Harper on her nomination for the RoNA Epic Romantic Novel award. Which of these books did you love? Which do you think should win the award?


  1. I like a really good moving story. Especially if it is well researched. I think I will add this to my wish list.

  2. Sounds a wonderful story - so many good books and not enough time to read them all! Angela Britnell


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