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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

AFTER YOU by Jojo Moyes

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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A quick BOOK BIRTHDAY shout out to author John Herrick as his latest release Mona Lisas and Little White Lies hits bookstore and virtual shelves today.  (Woot woot!)  If you don't have it on your radar, I highly suggest you change that status in a hurry because it was REALLY good, just as his others works have been, but I digress...

Today, we're continuing our exploration of the Louisa Clark trilogy by author Jojo Moyes available via Penguin Books.  Now, it's a commonly known affliction with trilogies...the second book is a connector and often times fails to shine as brightly as its predecessor, or its follower.  Did that happen here?  Um, well, you know...there's sort of more to my opinion than a simple yes or no, so let's get this show on the road as we catch up with Louisa Clark post Will in book two... 

Jojo Moyes
Pamela Dorman Books

About the book...
You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.” 
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.

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First reaction...
Oh, Louisa. You're not who you found yourself to be with Will, and yet you don't seem to have figured out a new version of yourself. ...I'm worried and a little heart broken.

Final thoughts...
Reflecting back on the story after turning the final page, I can appreciate it more than when I first started, but that's about as far as I get.  I suppose I didn't feel as secure in Lou's world when she truly lost sight of herself, not to mention the fact that the teenage interloper and instant reminder of Will was so much more than a handful I quite literally wanted to put her out on her rump!  By book's end, I'd made a sort of peace with her, as with so many characters her story actually runs deeper than the shaken snow globe version she presents, though I wouldn't go quite as far as to say I was fond of her.  I accepted Sam for the person he was and respected his openness with Louisa, though I was a bit concerned (while still touched!) by his ability to just let her go.

All in all, a lovely bridge between our initial meeting and the grand finale, but still it rates lesser on my totem pole of book love.  I missed her brilliant nature.  I missed her personality.  I missed her being her without a care nor a second guess...and that loss felt too personal...which actually speaks to the author's ability to draw us into her worlds (nice job!).

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About the author...

Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.


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Special thanks to me, myself, and I for the review copy as I repurchased this as one of the titles for the rebuild of my personal library.  Same said title is available now via Penguin Books, so feel free to scoot out to your local bookshop, box store, or click over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today!  Stay tuned for more fun with Louisa Clark as we explore the third and final installment VERY SOON!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

1 comment:

Giselle said...

This series really sounds great and solid overall! I like how characters driven it sounds especially!

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