14.10.15

BOOK REVIEW: After You by Jojo Moyes

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can't help but feel she's right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding- the paramedic whose business is life and death and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will's past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future...
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply and where both changes and surprises await.

Publisher: Michael Joseph
Pages: 416

After You is a fantastic sequel to Me Before You! Jojo Moyes will not disappoint her readers with this next instalment, I read the whole thing in one day. I laughed, I cried and I generally marvelled at what a brilliant author she is.
Louisa Clark is really struggling without Will Traynor. She is still dealing with her grief but also the huge pressure to do him proud. And that is not proving easy. How does she move on? Where is the right place for her and what exactly should she be doing? An accident brings Louisa back home; a home that holds so many memories and connections to Will. The accident also introduces her to paramedic Sam Fielding. But how do you let someone new in when you haven't completely let another go?
I'm not going to lie, I did miss Will but Sam was an excellent male lead. The interaction between him and Louisa was just lovely and natural and so many of their conversations made me smile.
Jojo Moyes tackled the loss of Will so well, she showed the devastating effect of Will's death, especially the myriad of emotions that accompany grief.
I love, love, love the way in which Jojo Moyes creates characters that you want to invest your emotions in, even those that are not particularly nice. Louisa, for me had not lost any of her sparkle; she is one of life's good people and I was rooting for her from the very beginning.
If you loved Me Before You then you have to read After You, bravo Jojo Moyes, this is a fantastic book!

Many thanks to Michael Joseph for allowing me to read this book via Netgalley.  

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