What’s up next? After You by Jojo Moyes

After You

If you read Me Before You, you are probably wondering how Lou Clark is doing on her own, now that Will Traynor is gone. I was, and I’m glad my book club friend chose After You for one of our upcoming discussions.

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If you haven’t read Me Before You yet, here’s a basic description without giving anything away:

Lou Clark, a working-class girl in a small town in England, has lost her job.  She has trouble finding another and reluctantly accepts an offer to be care-giver for a quadriplegic man, Will Traynor.  She’s kind of quirky.  He’s bitter and has a difficult personality.  It’s a love story, but there’s a whole lot more.

Me Before You is the kind of book you have to read yourself to know what it’s about.  To read a more detailed plot would spoil the experience.  There is happiness in this story.  There are many very funny parts.  But there are also many sad moments and many difficult and moral decisions.

After You tells Lou’s story once she’s on her own. I’ve already begun reading and will tell you that Jojo Moyes is an excellent writer. She is both funny and serious in just the right measure so that, when her characters move through the hard parts of life, you know they will be lifted with the proper amount of humor and affection.

Me Before You is the kind of book you power through because the subject matter demands it. After You is also a fast-moving story and I’m sure I will be finished soon.

If you are interested in the storyline, check out my blog posts on Me Before You. There is one with no spoilers and a second one which discusses Lou’s difficult moral decision.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – No spoilers in this review!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – What would you do? – Warning: spoilers below

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You
by
Jojo Moyes

Rating:

I just finished reading Me Before You.  I read it in two days.  I did not want to put it down.  It’s original, funny, sad, and very thought-provoking.  I read the preview of this book and I didn’t really know what it was.  It sounded like a romantic novel.  A working-class girl in a small town in England has lost her job.  She has trouble finding another and reluctantly accepts an offer to be care-giver for a quadriplegic man.  She’s kind of quirky.  He’s bitter and has a difficult personality.  It’s a love story, but there’s a whole lot more.

Me Before You is the kind of book you have to read yourself to know what it’s about.  To read a more detailed plot would spoil the experience.  There is happiness in this story.  There are many very funny parts.  But there are also many sad moments and many difficult and moral decisions.

Jojo Moyes is an excellent writer.  Her characters are terrific.  She seems to have a real inside view of their feelings.  My favorite part is the dialogue between her two main characters, Lou Clark and Will Traynor.

That’s all I will say – anything else would ruin it.

Tomorrow I’ll post a review with spoilers – read that when you’ve finished Me Before You. There’s a lot to talk about in this book.

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Book Review: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans
by
M. L. Stedman

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife, who live alone on an island off Western Australia. They discover a boat that has washed ashore, carrying a dead man and a crying baby and their decisions on that day shape the rest of their lives. Despite being isolated from the world, it’s no surprise that Tom and Isabel Sherbourne’s choices ultimately affect a great many people and a complicated story emerges. But simply put, this is mostly a story of marriage and family.

I think Stedman presents a terrific plot with great metaphors and believable characters. I liked reading about the town of Partageuse and of light houses and the Sherbournes’ solitary life. I also did not know much about Australia’s involvement in World War I and the losses they suffered. I like the way she tells the story of all her characters, with flashbacks and a gradual filling-in of details. I think this type of story-telling resembles the actual way we get to know people when we meet them.

There are many likable side characters, such as Bill and Violet Graysmark, Ralph Addicott, Bluey, Gwen Potts and my favorite, Septimus Potts, who has learned from his own experiences and mistakes and knows just what to do and say. To me, this sort of character development is the type of technique that enriches the story even more.

I think this is the kind a book that lends well to discussion and its ending provokes a lot of “What if” kinds of questions. I thought it would end differently. Did you? No spoilers from me, but tell me what you think!


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