The Light We Lost

Updated: Mar 17, 2018

By: Jill Santopolo BUY BOOK HERE

This story caught me from the first page. New York City, Columbia University, the Attack of September 11th. I could immediately imagine myself being there with these characters. This love story has not left my mind since I finished it (and re-read it a second time!). The author writes in present tense and past tense all at once--you're living their love story but you know something doesn't end well. I found myself torn and heartbroken alongside Lucy. How does one choose between the wildfire and the hearth-fire? Is there a right answer?

“Some relationships feel like a wildfire-they're powerful and compelling and majestic and dangerous and have the capability to burn you before you even realize you've been consumed.....some relationships feel like a hearth fire-they're solid and stable and cozy and nourishing.”


He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last? Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story--their story--at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated--perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts.

“I hope you find a love like that–one that is all-consuming and powerful that makes you feel like you're going slightly mad. And if you do find that love, embrace it. Hold onto it. When you give yourself over to love like that, your heart will get bruised. It will get battered. But you will also feel invincible and infinite.”

I hope you enjoy it! Recommended by Reese Witherspoon February Book Club Pick

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