The Woman He Loved Before

The Woman He Loved Before

by Dorothy Koomson
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The Woman He Loved Before: She's Out of His Life, But Is She Out of His Heart?. by Dorothy Koomson 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite Dorothy Koomson's The Woman He Loved Before is one of those stories that you might read about in your local newspaper. Libby Rabvena and Jack Britcham didn't have that 'first love-sparks flying' in a good way upon first meeting. He was a jerk and she had no problem letting him know it. His persistence in chasing her until she finally allows him into her life proves to be love after all. A short courtship and they are married. The only problem is that he is still deeply smitten with his deceased first wife..and has a bagful of secrets that he intends to keep hidden. Eve's death was an accident, but there are those who believe it was murder. When Libby and Jack are in a horrible car accident, Libby spends her time healing and digging into the past and who Eve was. The secrets that spill from the pages of her once well-hidden diary open Libby's eyes to the possibility that the man she married is not the man she thought. What is unleashed by her discovery will alter her future and potentially not in a good way.  The moment I started listening to Dorothy Koomson's audio book, The Woman He Loved Before, I was hooked. The prologue itself is enough to make you park somewhere or extend your road trip so you do not have any time gaps in between. The author does an amazing job leading the reader quickly and efficiently to the gist of the story, then pulls the rug out from under him/her with a plot twist that causes some rethinking about what will happen next. Don't even try...Dorothy Koomson will surprise even the best ending-guessers!
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MaryGramlich More than 1 year ago
Libby never expected to find love and laughter in her life but Jack provided both and filled her days with joy.  The one bump in their marriage was a lack of conversation around Eve, Jack’s dead wife.   Libby always wondered who this woman was and what has caused her death but Jack never wanted to answer the questions so they just sat there unresolved and not discussed.  When Libby is home recovering from a horrific car accident she stumbles upon Eve’s diaries and begins a journey with a woman she would never meet but was drawn to learn everything about her.  Eve meticulously wrote down her life’s experience in every gritty detail and what a life she was forced to live  Eve left nothing out and Libby felt like she was walking in this woman’s shoes experiencing all the ups and mostly down twists and turns while Eve did whatever it took to stay fed and housed.  The most lurid of what Eve had written was about the man who went from savior to monster and would not let her free from his control.  Eve did escape him and her salvation turned out to be Jack, or so she hoped.  But as it always does the plot thickened for Eve to stay ahead of the devil that was still chasing her without involving Jack.  The more Libby reads the more secrets come out and the closer she comes to believing that Eve may have been murdered.  What scares Libby to her toes is she also with almost certainty thinks the person that committed the crime is sitting in the room right now.  Libby must choose who she can trust, what she will talk about, and then what does she do with this knowledge.