Love’s Long Road by G D Harper: a gripping, gritty novel

Love’s Long Road

Glasgow, 1975. How do you cope when your boyfriend kills himself because of you?

When Bobbie Sinclair’s boyfriend commits suicide and blames her, she vows never to love again. Instead she chooses to lead a double existence, kind-hearted by day and promiscuous by night. She increasingly struggles to maintain the balance between light and dark and soon finds herself sucked into the world of a controlling and ruthless crime lord from which she must escape.

Set against a vibrant but seedy 1970s Glasgow backdrop, Love’s Long Road plots Bobbie’s desperate plight. Starting a new life but constantly afraid of her past catching up with her, she battles danger, adversity and drug addiction on the long and perilous road back to love.

Love’s Long Road is about dealing with the guilt of terrible events in your past and the risk of being corrupted by the world around you; it is a story that captures to perfection what it was like to be young and single in the 1970s.

My review

This is quite a challenging, dark novel. Our heroine Bobbie undergoes a traumatic experience which sets her down a self-destructive, self-centred path. These choices take her into dangerous territory.

There’s plenty of drama that’s set in the seedier side of life. This is well portrayed, and the general atmosphere is quite menacing and stifling. This helps emphasise how hard it’s going to be for Bobbie to escape from this place she’s chosen to inhabit – if she can escape it at all.

Bobbie is a complex person. She’s not especially likeable but the author is successful in making us care about her, about what happens to her. She’s strong and determined and those are good qualities.

There are other troubled individuals to meet, as well as some loyal, genuine people who help us keep a moral perspective.

An interesting, eventful book. The author has a very readable style, and has come up with a gripping, gritty plot to entice you.

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Author Bio –

I was placed third in the 2015 Lightship Prize for first-time authors, won a 2016 Wishing Shelf Award Red Ribbon, been shortlisted at the UK Festival of Writing for Best First Chapter, longlisted in the 2017 UK Novel Writing Competition.

In 2017, I was one of twelve authors selected for Authors in the Spotlight at the Bloody Scotland book festival in Stirling, showcasing who they considered to be the best emerging talent in crime fiction, and was the only self-published author to be chosen. I have spoken at numerous other book events, including Blackwells’ Writers at the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a stand-alone slot at the Byres Road Book Festival in Glasgow, and the Aye Write! Book Festival, also in Glasgow.

I went to Glasgow University in 1975 and lived in the city’s West End, the time and place for the setting of the majority of Love’s Long Road.

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1 comment

  1. Thanks for a great review. Glad you understood the Bobbie character. You saw exactly what I was trying to do, create a flawed character who is many times her own worst enemy, but still manages to find her true self in the end.

    GD Harper

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