Love is a Curse

Love is a Curse: A mystery lying buried. A love story for the ages

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 25/04/2024
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Bookseller Reviews

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Love is a Curse
The Path Of True Love......
I’ve really enjoyed this author’s previous work but I’m not sure if this one was really for me. I enjoyed the storytelling and the characters but the main ... READ MORE
Chrys - Plymouth

Synopsis

'A modern Gothic novel unlike any other, about love and loss echoing through the ages. Sad, sweet, funny and hopeful' --- Emilia Hart (author of Weyward)

From acclaimed author Keith Stuart, author of A Boy Made of Blocks and The Frequency of Us, comes a daring and unique story of heartbreak and hope.

A single sentence was all it took to define Cammy's life. They came as her beloved artist aunt was dying, a teenage Cammy standing by her bedside: 'Did your mother ever tell you about the curse?'

Cammy is warned that the women in her family are destined always to lose the one they love. She thinks nothing of it - until the day when, in her late twenties, her new boyfriend is hit by a car. Convinced she is to blame, Cammy begins to investigate the one-hundred-and-fifty-year story of a family that is both ordinary and remarkable, tragic and beautiful.

But is the curse real, or is there an answer lurking in the letters, diaries and paintings of generations of women whose hearts were broken?

'An original yet entirely universal story - sweeping in its scale, yet sweet-tempered, moving, and just the right amount of spooky. I loved it' --- Samuel Burr (author of The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers)

'Love Is a Curse uses Gothic so cleverly. I binged the ending in one sitting and was absolutely gripped (and may have had a tear or two in my eye!)' --- Sarah Brooks (author of The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wasteland)

READERS ARE IN LOVE WITH LOVE IS A CURSE

'One minute I'm on the edge of my seat and the next I'm reaching for tissues. Love, love, LOVED IT!'
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'Full of twists and drama and all you need from a good book, a fantastic novel once again bravo!!!'
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'This has to be my favourite of Keith Stuart's novels so far. It is an absolute celebration of the pursuit of love through adversity'
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'This whole book is an entire feeling. It's raw, gothic, suspenseful, thought provoking and an emotional read. Loved it'
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'Stuart has a gift for storytelling. Not a word is wasted and it reads beautifully.'
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'I loved this book. It had everything, suspense, horror, love. You name it this book had it!'
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'What a fantastic read, everything you'd expect from Keith Stuart and more'
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'Very well written, with great characters, in whom you become fully invested'
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  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780751572995
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 860g
  • Dimensions: 152 x 234 x 33 mm

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Love is a Curse
Can Camille find love, or be forever cursed?
This book is the fourth I have read by Keith Stuart, all have been very well written, with great characters, in whom you become fully invested. While ‘A B... READ MORE
Rosemary Standeven
Love is a Curse
Very emotional story
This was a very emotional story with different threads running through. A family plagued by the past and a misinterpreted history and trying to find a way... READ MORE
Patricia Moren
Love is a Curse
An Unusual Love Story
Having previously read The Frequency of Us by the same author, which I also very much enjoyed, I was happy to be offered an early copy of Love is a Curse b... READ MORE
Alyson Hilbourne
Love is a Curse
Love is a Curse
I loved this author's previous books so I was very excited to get my hands on this, his latest. Even without reading the blurb, which I maybe should have d... READ MORE
Ashrae
Love is a Curse
The story of a family curse!
Marnie Walsh works as a freelance copy-editor/proofreader in her flat in London, Michael Bradshaw lives in York and is a Geography teacher, both living sol... READ MORE
Joan Clapham
Love is a Curse
Curious love story
This was an unusual love story about Cammi who was told by her aunt on her deathbed that the women in her family have a curse upon them which means they'll... READ MORE
Sarah Goldthorpe
Love is a Curse
This Story Has Gothic Vibes.
3.5 stars rounded up. A single sentence was all it took to define Cammy's life. It came as her beloved aunt was dying, a teenage Cammy standing by her. ... READ MORE
Louise Wilson
Love is a Curse
An unusual gothic tale
Cammie is told by her aunt that the women in their family are cursed and destined never to have a happy love life. So, she is afraid anyone who becomes clo... READ MORE
Brenda Birkett
Love is a Curse
A multi-layered and involving novel
Camilla Piper has known for a long time that she is not destined to be happy in love. There's a curse on her family that runs down the female line and she ... READ MORE
Nicola
Love is a Curse
Dark and spooky
I read this book courtesy of NetGalley. A dark spooky read with the underlying message of pure love but how the past and what we are led to believe by fami... READ MORE
Grey Lady
Love is a Curse
A joy to read
This is Keith Stuart’s fourth novel novel and while they are all very different, what they all highlight is how good a storyteller he is. I don’t generally... READ MORE
Homeburd
Love is a Curse
Simply superb!
Superb. A little bit of everything all rolled into one. One minute I’m on the edge of my seat and the next I’m reaching for tissues. Love, love, LOVED IT!
Deborah Johnson
Love is a Curse
A cracking, creepy story! Loved it!
A cracking creepy tale from the author!! I love his character creation and storytelling style, so was eager to pick this up and I've not been disappointed!... READ MORE
Karen Mace
Love is a Curse
An unusual gothic tale
Cammie is told by her aunt that the women in their family are cursed and destined never to have a happy love life. So, she is afraid anyone who becomes clo... READ MORE
Brenda Birkett
Love is a Curse
Captivating
Cammy is 15 when she attends the deathbed of her Aunt Lorna and learns about the family curse that has blighted the women of her family for generations: th... READ MORE
Alison
Love is a Curse
Very enjoyable and well written
Having read, and enjoyed, A Boy Made of Blocks and The Frequency of Us, I was very excited to read this book. Whilst I enjoyed it immensely, this was nothi... READ MORE
Madeline Cordell
Love is a Curse
Celebration of the pursuit of love through adversity
This has to be my favourite of Keith Stuart’s novels so far. It is an absolute celebration of the pursuit of love through adversity. Don’t be fooled by th... READ MORE
Sal Barn
Love is a Curse
Great Read!
Overall I enjoyed this book although I did get a little muddled with all the generations of women in the family. It was really suspenseful and I liked t... READ MORE
Helen Doroszkiewicz
Love is a Curse
Spooky love story
I really enjoyed The Frequency of Us, so was happy to read this when asked by the publisher. This took me a little longer to get into. It’s a modern day... READ MORE
Sharon Anderson
Love is a Curse
Captivating
Love is a Curse by Keith Stuart is a captivating modern gothic tale that weaves together mystery, suspense, and a little romance in a hugely compelling way... READ MORE
Athena Bingham