After You by Jojo Moyes book review

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After You by Jojo Moyes, publisher Michael Joseph, is available now in ebook format, hardcover and audio download.

To buy link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/After-You-Jojo-Moyes/dp/0718179617/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1451899673&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Lou Clark has lots of questions.

Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.

Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.

Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.

And will she ever get over the love of her life.

What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.

Then, one night, it does.

But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions?

Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.

Open it and she risks everything.

But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .

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Its hard to put into words how much I enjoyed Me Before You, the prequel to After You, so when I heard that Jojo had written a sequel I was excited to find out what happens next to the wonderful lady we fell in love with.

I wasn’t disappointed in this book.  Its 18 months since Will died and Lou has tried to ‘live’ her life like Will had requested, she has travelled and she is now working in a bar at an airport in London.  However, she still feels empty and each day after work she returns to her little flat and thoughts of Will are always with her, she wonders whether she could have done more for him.  Lou has a near death accident which startles her family and they start thinking that Lou needs help so they encourage her to attend grief counselling sessions were she meets some wonderful characters.

Upon her return home from the accident Lou receives an unexpected visitor which rocks her world and holds a history with Will.  This new visitor causes more heartache for Lou, reliving the past and she has to help them deal with this news and more. Lou also happens to bump into the paramedic that helped her when she first had her accident.  A friendship of sorts develops but Lou is fighting her emotions on how she still feels about Will and how she feels about moving on with new friendships.

I was gripped with Lou’s story especially with the introduction of new characters.  Without revealing too much about the new characters I feel as if that it was fate they happened upon each other at this time.  They all helped each other with their grieving and moving on with their lives.

A gorgeous, beautiful, emotive story filled with love and hope.  I’m feeling slightly bereft that the story has finished but in my head I am hoping for more from Lou.  5/5*

To find out more about Jojo Moyes and her books please visit the following links:

http://www.jojomoyes.com/

https://twitter.com/jojomoyes

https://www.facebook.com/JojoMoyesAuthor

Quick Reads: Paris for One by Jojo Moyes book review

paris for oneI love the idea of the Quick Reads novels.  Quick Reads was established back in 2006 to help promote reading for all abilities.  The Quick Reads novels are shorter stories and are in a nice big print.  Alot of bestselling authors have got involved with the Quick Reads novels and the likes of Jojo Moyes, Roddy Doyle, Sophie Hannah, Adele Geras, Fanny Blake, James, Bowen, Veronica Henry, Lynda LaPlante, Simon Kernick (plus many more) have written a short story for the scheme.  I’m all for encouraging everyone, including those who are less confident with their reading ability, to pick up a book and to lose themselves in the characters and storyline.

I’ve had a selection of this years and last years Quick Reads in my tbr pile a while.  When I saw a #paperbacksummer challenge on Twitter I thought what an apt opportunity it would be to fit these Quick Reads in.

I won Paris for One in a fellow bloggers giveaway, I chose this one as Jojo is one of my favourite authors and I also love a story set in Paris.

I loved this story, it showed that no matter how many lists you make, now and again its good to deviate from them.  Nell is in her mid twenties and is in a relationship that her friends aren’t too happy about, her friends think Pete is not ‘the one’ for her.  Nell is determined to prove her friends wrong and arranges a weekend away in Paris with her boyfriend.  Nell is not known for her spontaneity, she’s a quiet, reserved person that likes to reassure herself with lists.  When Pete fails to turn up for their special weekend away Nell is left alone in a strange city, which is renowned to be the city of love.  Nell decides to continue alone in Paris and meets some wonderful new people who help her create a new adventure, her own adventure in Paris.

An enjoyable short story, 5/5*.

To find out more about the Quick Reads novels please click on the following link:

http://www.quickreads.org.uk/