Every once in a while you come across a story which makes you ask yourself What if? This is one such story.
Title: The Years of Loving You
Author: Ella Harper
Publisher: Avon [An imprint of HarperCollins]
Published: October 2015
Format reviewed: eBook
Professions of main characters: Artist and Writer.
Rating: 4 stars
From the award-winning author of PIECES OF YOU comes this enthralling love story, guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and dream upon a star…
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 …
Start of the book has an Epigraph which goes like this:
Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born:
you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.
A lucky few people get to experience Love, as mentioned in the lines above.
This story is about the never ending love between Molly and Ed, the main characters. Ed is short for Edison and I quite like it rather than Ed, just like Molly. They fell for each other right from the start. The proverbial ‘Click’ happens and in their heart they know that the other person is their ‘Special One’. Rarely but definitely do we all meet people, sometime 1 or more, who inspire or force us to be a better person or at least not be a jerk to them. We may scream equality or some other reason and say ‘It isn’t Love if it changes you’; but we all change a little, some better and some as worst versions of themselves. Life throws us all curve balls and I like to think a few extra ones for people in love. They are tested and have to weather time and everything that love throws their way. Some survive some don’t, they just move on to the next in line and begin the whole journey again. The couple in this story go through life as friends, secretly harboring pure, endless love for each other in their hearts. When one of them is hurt, confused, sad or happy they turn to each other to share it, not their romantic partner. This is where life tests them and to the reader it makes us bang our head and scream ‘you are meant to be together, just tell each other already’. As a reader it is crystal clear that their other romantic involvements are mere that and nothing to do with Love; Love like they have for each other.
So when the going gets tough the so called lovers try to brave it, for the sake of it and the moment it gets harder they run for the hills. Yes, makes you think what would your better half do, if or when faced with a similar situation in life. Since we know our others half a bit better than the common folk, we already know the answer and have a fair idea of what their reaction will be towards us, to the relationship in tough times. If you are married to that person and don’t like the answer you still make sense of it and try to soothe yourself. For those not in a committed relationship, it’s your chance to leave comfortable and find that someone who will not only rock your world but will also be your rock and vice a versa. I know God has stopped making eternal romantics but Hope is still alive, you may find one right under your nose.
What makes Molly and Edison’s story a bit overwhelming and tears inducing is their missed opportunities, their silences and single minded approach of making sure the other person is happy even at the cost of their own happiness. If that ain’t love, I am not sure what else is. Of course another heartwarming moment is how Ed stands by Molly, without a shadow of doubt in his mind, in the face of her medical condition. It would be easy for me to just tell you what Molly suffers from but then you will miss out on the experience of it and remembering your own first loves. I don’t want that, I would love for you to relive and enjoy with the characters, their ups and downs of falling in love, building a solid friendship with the one you love, living those ‘for better or worse, in health and sickness, in poor and rich’ moments. Once you read about the friendship in this story you will see how comforting and blessing friendships are even if you have only 1 friend in the whole wide world. Like love, friendship too needs work and has to be treasured to make your life richer and content.
So get those old photos or memories out and dust them to relive the magic while you read The Years of Loving You and don’t forget to have a box of tissues handy if you are the emotional romantic types or like Edison in the story says, dirty romantic.
This story reminded me of Cecelia Ahern’s stories and I look forward to picking up more titles by Ella Harper especially ‘Pieces of You’ which comes highly recommended by fellow bloggers [Super Blogger Ana from the Blog: This Chick Reads swears by how good it is] and I bet is another teary eye story. Also, do you know Ella Harper, that’s the author of this story, also writes under the name – Sasha Wagstaff, true. Find out the other stories written by her on her website and tell me in comments if you have read any of her books or would you pick up The Years of Loving You after reading my review.
Reviewed by Bharti