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‘After You’ by Jojo Moyes

After YoustarstarstarstarSequels are tricky. They are often highly anticipated if the original story was great, but sometimes can be disappointing. I loved Me Before You, so I was a bit hesitant about reading After You, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is just as good as the first book!

It is absolutely essential to read Me Before You first, because After You is what happens to Louisa Clark in the aftermath of the first book. Both books are entertainingly unpredictable, funny, poignant, and real. Louisa and her family are so quirky and endearing that it is easy to warm up to them. And I’m so excited because I think Moyes has left the second book wide open for a third. I am also looking forward to reading other books by this author, something I have not done yet. She makes me care about the characters and it’s easy to get lost in the story. She also deals with some really important life and loss issues along the way.

‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes

Me Before YoustarstarstarstarThis is the first book I’ve read by Jojo Moyes and I loved it! A compelling, easy read with a thoughtful and moving message. The story is written in an unsentimental voice yet conveys deep emotion. And it is not entirely predictable. I had a completely different ending in mind! It deals with a difficult moral issue that would be good for discussion. Perfect for book club.

Louisa lives a quiet ordinary life in a small town. She doesn’t have high aspirations but is content. When she loses her job, a series of events are set in motion that will change everything, even her own version of herself.

Will Traynor was a high flying rich, successful entrepreneur and world traveller, until the accident that changed his life. His new situation is joyless and sad and no one seems to be able to reach him, until Lou stumbles onto the scene.

This novel is romantic but not a ‘romance novel’. It’s probably best enjoyed by women, but I hesitate to label it ‘chick lit’. It’s better than that. I’m excited to have discovered this author and will definitely read her other books.