On a dark, rainy night in the East End of London, nine-year old Katie Carson witnesses her mother jump from a bedroom window trying to escape the demons in her mind, and her life is changed forever.
Her path is inextricably linked with Simon's, when her kindly grandparents welcome him into their home after his mother dies. It's a bond that endures throughout the years, even after Simon moves to Yorkshire to be reunited with his father.
Friendship turns to love, but childhood traumas leave them both with fears and insecurities and nervous of committing to each other. Can they allow their fragile hearts to open and risk being hurt again?
When a dangerous man they know from their schooldays (with an obsessions for Katie and a hatred of Simon) re-enters their lives, they are both in grave danger. With a vengeful antagonist intent on causing devastation and family secrets hampering their future together, will Katie and Simon ever find the peace and happiness they truly deserve?
The Essence of Love is a deeply compassionate romance with heart and soul that will make you laugh and cry.