The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh #BookReview #BlogTour #Mantle / PanMacmillan #NetGalley #4*

I have held you every night for ten years and I didn’t even know your name. We have a child together. A dog, a house.
Who are you?

Emma loves her husband Leo and their young daughter Ruby: she’d do anything for them. But almost everything she’s told them about herself is a lie.

And she might just have got away with it, if it weren’t for her husband’s job. Leo is an obituary writer and Emma is a well-known marine biologist, so, when she suffers a serious illness, Leo copes by doing what he knows best – reading and writing about her life. But as he starts to unravel her past, he discovers the woman he loves doesn’t really exist. Even her name is fictitious.


When the very darkest moments of Emma’s past life finally emerge, she must somehow prove to Leo that she really is the woman he always thought she was . . . But first, she must tell him about the love of her other life.

Certainly Different!

Not quite what I expected!

Emma and her husband Leo are very happy together with their daughter Ruby; like everyone else, they’ve had their tough times but they’ve come through them and life is good. However, Emma is harbouring secrets – well, downright lies actually – and, as a well-known marine biologist she is a person of interest. Unfortunately for her, Leo is an obituary writer and as she recovers from a serious illness he needs to prepare one for her – just in case. But as he delves into her past, he realises that the woman he is married to doesn’t really exist – so who is she?

It was lovely to read a story where the married couple are happy together from the very beginning but it didn’t take long for questions to arise. As someone who has no secrets from her partner, I struggled with the idea not only of keeping secrets but of having ones of such magnitude and hiding things for so long! There’s quite a build up before the revelations start to unfold and the waters get murkier before they run clear. I must admit to having worked out a good part of this one before it was shown on the page, and I became a little irritated at waiting so long for confirmation that I had it right. There is no doubting that this is a good read, but I didn’t love it as much as I expected to. For me, 4*.

My thanks to the publisher for both my copy and spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: romantic suspense

Author Details

Rosie Walsh is the internationally bestselling author of two novels, the global smash hit THE MAN WHO DIDN’T CALL, and – new for 2022 – THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, a heart-wrenching, keep-you-up-all-night emotional thriller, which was an instant New York Times bestseller and stayed in the German top ten for several weeks.

Rosie Walsh lives on a medieval farm in Devon, UK, with her partner and two young children, after years living and travelling all over the world as a documentary producer and writer.

The Man Who Didn’t Call (UK) / Ghosted (US) was her first book under her own name, and was published around the world in 2018, going on to be a multimillion bestseller.

Prior to writing under her own name she wrote four romantic comedies under the pseudonym Lucy Robinson. When she isn’t parenting or writing, Rosie can be found walking on Dartmoor, growing vegetables and throwing raves for adults and children in leaking barns.

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