Me Before You
By: Jojo Moyes
Format/Source: Mass bound paperback; my purchase
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
Guys, I finally did it! After years of seeing this book everywhere–reviewed my book bloggers, cropping up on GoodReads and elsewhere on the Internet, seeing the billboards in the subway–I’m finally reading this book. It took the upcoming movie adaptation starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin to prompt me to pick up this book to read 😛 Contains spoilers ahead!
By: Jojo Moyes
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of Penguin Group via NetGalley
Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past. But the unspoiled beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the safety she craves—if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt’s hotel.
The mild-mannered Englishman with his too-smart clothes and distracting eyes could destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect: not only the family business and the bay that harbors her beloved whales, but also her conviction that she will never love—never deserve to love—again.
For his part, Mike Dormer is expecting just another business deal—an easy job kick-starting a resort in a small seaside town ripe for development. But he finds that he doesn’t quite know what to make of the eccentric inhabitants of the ramshackle Silver Bay Hotel, especially not enigmatic Liza McCullen, and their claim to the surrounding waters.
As the development begins to take on a momentum of its own, Mike’s and Liza’s worlds collide in this hugely affecting and irresistible tale full of Jojo Moyes’s signature humor and generosity.
I read my first Jojo Moyes novel last year, The Girl You Left Behind (review), and was curious about her latest novel when I saw it on NetGalley. The following review may contain some minor spoilers (though the big one is behind a spoiler tag). This book will be available on 29 April 2014.
The Girl You Left Behind
By: Jojo Moyes
Format/Source: galley courtesy of Penguin Group Viking via NetGalley
France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything—her family, her reputation, and her life—to see her husband again.
Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting’s true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is—putting Liv’s belief in what is right to the ultimate test.
I’ve been hearing and reading a lot of buzz about her other book, Me Before You, but I haven’t read it yet. I was however curious about this title–I enjoy historical fiction and mysteries like the premise of this novel–so I was pretty happy to have been approved of a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I think it’s already been out for a while in Europe/internationally but it’s coming out here in North America on August 20th.
This book is part of the Books on France Reading Challenge 2013 that I am participating in.
Contains some spoilers ahead!