Book Buzz: The Light We Lost

Always in search of a great read, I love getting recommendations from other bookaholics.

“You must read The Light We Lost,” insisted several of my bookie friends. “You won’t be able to put it down.”

They were right. I was swept up in the romance and emotion of Jill Santopolo’s The Light We Lost from the get go, and if you love page turners, this is certainly one.

Book Buzz: The Light We Lost

The Light We Lost might inspire you to ponder your own life decisions. Were they made based on love, on instinct, or on practicality?

The Light We Lost

The novel, set in New York City, begins with the tragedy of 9/11. Columbia University students Lucy and Gabe are in their Shakespeare class when the word comes in about the twin towers attack. Although they are virtually strangers, they find comfort in an embrace. For just a few moments they cling to each other, gathering strength while reflecting on the fragility of life.  They are surprised by the electricity in that embrace, but separate and move on with their lives.

They don’t realize it yet, but they have found their soul mates that day. They also will someday learn that the darkness of that tragic event was a harbinger of the pain and regret to come in their own lives.

A year after graduation Lucy and Gabe run into each other in a bar and that spark is still there, and this time the stars are aligned for them. They fall deeply in love, passionate about each other, and certain that their destiny is to be together. But they are also passionate about their careers. Gabe aspires to be a photojournalist in dangerous areas of the world, to capture the political turmoil and struggles of war-torn countries.   Lucy is equally driven in her position as a television producer and won’t give it up. These circumstances force them to make an anguished decision to part ways.

And then, life goes on. The next 13 years bring marriage and children for Lucy, and worldwide professional recognition for Gabe. Lucy loves her husband, Darren, but jealousy, heartbreak, and unfulfilled dreams consume her each time she thinks about Gabe. As for Gabe, he also struggles with the despair of giving up the woman he truly loved. Ultimately, Gabe and Lucy are forced to confront their true feelings for each other.

This is a dramatic story of love found and lost and found again, and I can attest to tearing up at the end. I will say that the three characters sometimes acted in ways that were self-centered, and that was a bit of a distraction for me. However, I still recommend the book, and fans of JoJo Moyes in particular will enjoy it.

Narrated in the second person (Lucy addresses Gabe throughout), The Light We Lost will remind you of the powerful and lasting effects of first love.


I am partnering with Putnam to give away a copy of The Light We Lost. Please leave a comment and a winner will be randomly selected. USA addresses only, please.


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23 Thoughts on “Book Buzz: The Light We Lost

  1. Delia Ephron is at it again, eh? Sounds like a great summer read with all the elements of a book you don’t want to put down. (BTW she’ll be at my mom’s book club again.)

    Sounds like a winner, Helene! Thanks for another wonderful book review.

  2. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies and I am always on the lookout for new book recommendations and new authors to follow. The Light We Lost sounds like a wonderful book and I am adding it to my reading list.

  3. I love books that promote self-reflection! With action and a love story, this book looks like it has it all!

  4. I love any books that have you reflecting. This seems like a great book for me to add to my collection.

  5. I’d love to win! I’ve been wanting to read this. I am on a wait list at the library but I’m like number 80 so it’ll be a while. I’d love to win!

  6. Claudia Krusch on June 2, 2017 at 7:53 pm said:

    This sounds like an interesting book to read. I will have to add it to my summer book list.

  7. I’ll add this to my must read list. Shamefully it’s getting pretty long because I can’t find the time to do much extra these days😩

  8. Love a good romance. I will need to check this one out.

  9. I’m always looking for great new reads, especially for taking on trips to read on vacation. This looks like a fantastic book with a great storyline. It reminds me of a similar real-life love story from a couple in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: artist Ramiz Barquet and his wife Nelly Barquet. Their love is forever captured with a bronze statue on the Malecon, PV’s beachfront boardwalk.

  10. Agentizerozerosetter on June 3, 2017 at 8:40 am said:

    I love reading so much, and I’m always searching something new! This book now is definitely in my list!

  11. This seems like a great book and I do love recommendations of new ones. It seems like a good read and pretty entertaining for me.

  12. Tragedy and romance are two of my favourite themes, especially when it comes to reading! I like the sound of ‘the light we lost’.

  13. It sounds like an interesting book! I like reading books that have deep messages and can touch our lives in some ways. I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading it 🙂

  14. Elizabeth O. on June 5, 2017 at 2:05 am said:

    It sounds like a novel to watch out for. It’s definitely going to bring on some tears. What a love story this is! I would love to find out how it all ends.

  15. It’s tough to let go of a person you love so much. I think this novel is going to be a great read! It’s definitely going to keep you reading until you finish the entire book.

  16. Sounds like a good love/tragedy story, not my cup of tea 🙂 but it does sound like a great book.

  17. Megan on June 5, 2017 at 10:08 pm said:

    This sounds like a really fascinating book. Does it really go into the tragedy of 9/11? I have a lot of family in NYC and D.C. and we are still feeling the impact of it.

  18. This sounds like an interesting read! I hope I can find a copy in our local bookstore since I am in dire need of another book to read!

  19. My friend also read it. She recommended me but I haven’t find time to go get the book.

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