The Light We Lost - Jill Santopolo

The Light We Lost

By Jill Santopolo

  • Release Date: 2017-05-09
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 63 Ratings


*Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club pick!*

Shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book ‘Prima Page-Turners’ Award 2018

‘A one-sitting kind of book. Fans of One Day by David Nicholls will love this.’ Stylist Magazine

Two people. One choice. What if?

Every love story has a beginning…

Lucy and Gabe meet in New York on a day that will change their lives – and the world – forever. As the city burns behind them, they kiss for the very first time.

Over the next thirteen years they are torn apart, then brought back together, time and time again. It’s a journey of dreams, of desires, of jealousy, of forgiveness – and above all, love.

And as Lucy is faced with a devastating choice, she wonders whether their love is a matter of destiny or chance.

…what if this is how their story ends?

Me Before You meets One Day in this passionate debut novel, The Light We Lost, an epic love story about the heartrending decision that one woman must make…

Now translated into 28 languages.


‘A stunning book, perfect and unputdownable.’ JILL MANSELL

‘Our book of the year to date!’ HELLO MAGAZINE

‘A proper heartbreaker of a novel… Warning: you will big ugly cry while reading this one.’ RED MAGAZINE

‘An epic love story.’ PRIMA MAGAZINE

‘A one-sitting kind of book. Fans of One Day by David Nicholls will love this.’ STYLIST MAGAZINE

‘Surely the next great romantic epic… It is a novel that lives with you long after the final page. A book for a generation and a future classic.’ THE SUN

‘Emotional and heartbreaking. I predict a global tissue shortage. The Light We Lost will definitely join the ranks of books that make you weep.’ SARAH MORGAN, bestselling author of MIRACLE ON 5TH AVENUE

‘Beautiful writing. An unputdownable tearjerker.’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

‘Your new tearjerker has arrived: Fans of Me Before You and One Day will love/weep over this elegant novel.’ NEW YORK POST

‘One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag.’ THE SKIMM


‘An affecting and beautifully-written story about love and missed chances, and how global events can change the course of a single person's life.’ JULIE COHEN, author of TOGETHER

‘A heart-wrenching love story… impossible for the reader to put the damned book down!’ IRISH INDEPENDENT

‘An emotional rollercoaster.’ US WEEKLY

‘It’s the epic love story of 2017.’ REDBOOK

About the author

Jill Santopolo received an MFA in fiction writing, is the author of three successful children’s and young-adult series, and works as the editorial director of Philomel Books. An adjunct professor in The New School’s MFA program, she travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. You can visit her online at or follow her on Twitter at @jillsantopolo. She lives in New York City.


  • A real page turner

    By Col123456789
    I loved every bit of this book! Had me hooked and I have re read it twice already. Can’t say too much about the story but do give it a go!
  • Is there anything worse...

    By Cavalieryouth
    Is there anything worse than a writer that uses a tragedy to capitalise on to sell books? Would hate to think that the thousands of people who lost their lives were to be used as a plot line in a fictitious romance book...yet here we are
  • Such an amazing read

    By Marcels.girl
    I read this book in 2 days as it was impossible to put down! I was heartbroken by the end but it is 100% a book I'd recommend to my friends and family!!!!!
  • The light we lost

    By DebWilson
    Great book, but slightly ruined by reviewers plastering all over it the comparison to ‘one day’
  • Great read

    By tgh667
    Excellent book. Very engaging and enjoyable.
  • Cc

    By xyfyry👍
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