Who do you betray: the man who might be your father, or the one who could be the love of your life? And what if they're related? Following a trail of clues from a box of love letters her mother wrote but never sent, Isabelle Cavalera steps into a world of English aristocracy, one which years ago forced her mother to choose between her obligation to her musical gift and the obligations the man she loved had to his family, title, and estate. It's a world of secrets and masquerades, of parental heartache and romantic betrayal. And in the midst of this world, Izzy finds a young man who feels as broken as she does herself. The two become inseparable--only to discover that who their parents are and their own preconceptions may create an insurmountable obstacle between them.
Thrown together on a journey of discovery that spans two lifetimes and takes them from a grand estate in the Cotswolds to a hospital bedside in India and ultimately to the Taj Mahal, Izzy and Malcolm try desperately not to fall in love. But some things are impossible...
And some loves may be worth any sacrifice...
Uplifting, funny, tragic, and unforgettably romantic, Love for Two Lifetimes is a tale of two generations of love, a lifetime of friendship, a history of sacrifice, and one last, heartbreaking and hopeful choice revealed in prose and love letters. If you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice, Everything, Everything, John or Jane Green, Inglath Cooper, Elin Hilderbrand, Sophie Kinsella, or any story by Nicholas Sparks, this luminous and twisting novel from the award-winning author of Compulsion and Lake of Destiny will have you thinking, smiling, and crying late into the night.
"Heartwarming, lyrical, soulful, and with just the right amount of humor: this book sparkles with authentic, layered characters and beautiful, thoughtful prose." -- Jodi Meadows, NYT bestselling co-author of My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane
★★★★★ PRAISE FOR MARTINA BOONE ★★★★★
"Skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure. . . . Impressive." -- Publishers Weekly
"So swoon-worthy that it's ridiculous." -- RT Book Reviews, RT Editors Best Books of the Year
"Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series." -- #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
"Charming and steamy on the surface, with cold-blooded secrets buried down deep." -- #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake
"Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old feud, and romance that leaps off the page. Not to be missed." -- Megan Shepherd, New York Times bestselling author
"Delightful, charming, and heartwarming!" -- New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins
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About the Author
Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She’s the award-winning author of the romantic southern gothic Heirs of Watson Island young adult series, including Compulsion, Persuasion, and Illusion, from Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse. She’s also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a three-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers Site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site dedicated to encouraging literacy and reader engagement through a celebration of series literature. She’s on the Board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and runs the CompulsionForReading.com program to distribute books to underfunded schools and libraries. She lives with her husband, children, and a lopsided cat, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thank you to Martina Boone for a copy of the book! This book is a major roller coaster of emotions. Love For Two Lifetimes is told in dual perspectives of Izzy and Malcolm. This dual point-of-view is done amazingly well as always by Boone and really helps make the story so special. First, we have Izzy who loses her famous piano-playing mother in a car accident her senior year of highschools months before she graduates. Her mother's death leaves her heartbroken, lost, and confused. While going through her mom's papers to pay the bills, she finds a box full of unsent letters her mom had written to a mysterious guy Izzy had never heard her talk about before. The more Izzy reads these letters the more she learns about her mom's life before her. With the clues in the letters and some internet searches, she finds out where the guy lives. After that, she decides to see why her mom loved him so much and if he could give her any clues about the part of her mom's life she knew nothing about. Izzy also has a faithful best friend Elli by her side through the book rather it be in person or through texts she is always cheering her on and lending a helping hand when needed. I loved Elli so much throughout the book and I am so glad that Izzy had such an amazing best friend by her side that was so supportive. We also have Malcolm who is so kind, caring, and just so easy to love the more you get to know him. I loved seeing things from his point of view and getting to know him and his life. It was such a vast difference from Izzy's that it made the two of them work so well together as a team to try and figure out this mystery of her mom's life. Overall I really did love this book. We all know Contemporary that leads more towards the romance genre isn't my typical favorite type of book, but this one just did something for me. We had the mystery aspect as well of figuring out her moms past which I loved, and then we had Malcolm's family history and all that they do to help keep history and knowledge alive. Boone did an amazing job as always with this book and I am so glad she wrote another YA book! I can't wait to see what she comes out with next.
Love for Two Lifetimes is an inspiring, heartwarming book, and one of my favorite reads in this genre this year. Izzy’s mother passes away in a car accident, and Izzy has no idea how she will ever cope with the loss. When she finds a box full of love letters written by her mother but never sent out, Izzy follows the trail of her mother’s history, and the love she cherished for so long but did not act upon. This leads Izzy into the world of English royalty, where she finds someone who is as broken as she is, Malcolm. The two of them have instense chemistry, and soon enough, they can no longer deny the passion between them. As they discover more about Izzy’s family history, they grow closer and closer together. I loved Malcolm. He was caring, loving, and capable of putting others’ needs in front of his own. I also really liked Izzy’s personality, she was complex and emotional, but all in a good way, and easy to relate to. I particularly envied the relationship Izzy had with her mother, and it reminds me a lot of the relationship I have with my mother. Fans of love stories, especially those that span generations, should definitely read this book. It’s an excellent read, and will leave you wanting more.
4.5 Stars! Love for Two Lifetimes can almost be defined as two love stories in one. One being a star-crossed love that paves the way for new love in a second generation. Full of lyrical prose, as well as book and music references, this story filled nearly all my senses. Angsty, but not overwrought, the story is replete with longing, crushing, and sacrificing heartbreaks. The more I read the more I wondered if there could possibly be any kind of satisfying happily ever after? I longed for it, but could not comprehend the plausibility. Fortunately, I wasn't left wondering. The story wrapped up nicely with a somewhat open ending shaped by the conversations between Izzy and her best friend Elli, as well as Izzy's own reclamations. Overall, a compelling YA/NA novel that will satisfy the both the young adult and discerning older adult romance reader.
Love for Two Lifetimes by Martina Boone (5 stars) I don’t give 5 star reviews out very often; I want them to mean something. This book, for me, was beyond 5 stars and I’ll be re-reading it as a favorite go-to novel. The characters in this book are young, but wise beyond their years and so an older reader can glean as much wisdom from these characters’ insights as a YA reader. We’ve all lived through trials, grief, and loneliness. I’ve always found it difficult to put into words what I feel during those times, especially when the numbness of shock gives way to feeling again and one has to cope with those feelings. Ms. Boone describes with such eloquence the emotions that the characters are feeling, that I relate to them on a level that’s more personal and intimate because they are describing my feelings as I went through those emotional upheavals in my own life. Luckily, she is not only good at describing grief and heartache, but love in all its forms. This book is all about love. There is parental love, friendship love, romantic love and unconditional love. Her descriptions are so very real and relatable, they pull one into the world of her novel. There is humor interspersed and Ms. Boone has some very clever texts going back and forth between Izzy, her main character, and her best friend. There is wisdom and depth and it will take more than one reading to really process the insights she shares about life through her characters (this is actually true of her other books, as well). I love that on one of its many levels, this is a book about young people on the cusp of adulthood, finding out that their parents are human and that the ‘mistakes’ their parents made were made out of unconditional love for them. It is not a given that there will be an HEA in the end and if that would stop you from reading it, then let me assure you that the ending is all that is wonderful! I could go on and on. I’m sure as I read it a 2nd, 3rd and 4th time, I’ll feel that my writing in this review doesn’t do the book justice, but then I’m no Martina Boone ;-) *poor, **ok, ***good, ****very good, *****something special
After finding some love’s letter from her mother when she died, Izzy can’t help but go to Halford, in England to find the truth about her mother and herself. This will be a journey to discover the power of true love and the sacrifices we do to love and protect the ones we care the most. A powerful read. I got a free copy of this books and I voluntarily review it
This author does a great job of placing you in the story. She is great with imagery and words that take you to that time and place. Imagine living a life not knowing or feeling the emptiness of not having a father only to find something different when you mother passes. For Izzie an innocent find of letters her mother wrote but never mailed sends her on a quest to meet the man and find his truths. She had no idea what would happen when she met the illusive Ian. She wasn't prepared for Malcolm. Truths and lies come to the surface and when tragedy strikes it's time to lay it all out come what may. The complications of love and time and tradition collides and lives come unraveled and what was truth no longer has precedent over what's right. Awesome story, intense and emotional. This author does a wonderful job of piecing it all together and healing hearts at the same time. Yes it's a clean read but truly a page turner filled with tidbits that bring the country to life.