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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

STILL ME by Jojo Moyes

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're finishing up our look at Jojo Moyes Me Before You trilogy with the final installment.  It brings the story of Will and Lou full circle, and don't roll your eyes at me because yes, there is still a way to do that with him being long since gone.  Ready to shed your doubt and reopen your heart to living in the moment?  Join me as we get to know...

Jojo Moyes
Penguin Books

About the book...
Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life.

As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you find the courage to follow your heart—wherever that may lead?

Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she discovers who she is and who she was always meant to be—and learns to live boldly in her brave new world.

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I really felt like we had our old Louisa Clark back. I lost her in book two, but book three delivered her once again, even if it was in a newish light. I was curious to see how the paramedic and she survive her time away...I mean, he DID push her to do it...but there was so much more to discover, uncover, and survive that I didn't know where to turn! 

The quick version...
...initially the Gopniks are fairly sainted, but soon that golden sheen wears off and it actually lays bare a pair of total arses.  Really, I've never wanted to smack the face off someone so badly as these two!  They have the world at their feet and yet still with the secrets, and deviances, and bald face lies!  Ugh!  Next up, Dean Martin and Mrs. De Witt aren't what they seem.  I could see it from the start, even when she was berating Lou's very presence in the lobby, or going on about Mrs. Gopnik's piano playing, and what not.  There was definitely more there than met the eye and by book's end, I was proven totally right!  Continuing forward, Sam.  Oh Sam, our paramedic Sam.  You blew it big time...time and again.  It wasn't just once, it wasn't just twice, but the whole distance makes the heard grow fonder bit only works if there is TRUST on both sides and once things are muddied, it's REALLY hard to move beyond it.  Then on the other side of the male coin, we have Josh.  Yeah...he may seem like a blast from the past, and I admit, I was sort of rooting for him towards the beginning, but, yeah...those true colors.  Oye!  I mean let's just say most people don't want to become a Stepford Wife, okay...and expecting someone like Louisa to conform like that is utterly stripy bumblebee tights ridiculous!  Then we had the heartbreaking news that pretty much crushes our poor Louisa.  Just as we've gotten her back, she's ripped away again.  No, I'm not talking about the loss of that one, but of a different one that I can't really say, but trust's big, it's sad, and you'll want to hug her through the page.

Okay, well that was precisely MORE than a quick version, but there you have it.  All in all, it was a marvelous way to draw everything to an end...and what's more in many ways it's really a beginning! I so enjoyed catching up with Louisa once again, and commend her emphatically for her courage, drive, and HUGE HEART! I adore her from her innocent please others first ways to her gorgeous stripey tights. The lives she touches along the way are made the better for knowing her, just as she is them. ♡  I was really teetering on the edge of hope with the ending because I wanted her happy, but I wanted her loved, and I wasn't so sure that the one was for her, but the other had done some stomping of their own, and well, really...the final scenes were PERFECT.

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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!

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

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