Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review: After You

After You After You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Louisa Clark is grieving for Will Traynor. She loved him deeply, but I think the love she felt was deeper than romantic love and how do you move on when you were so close to someone who had made the decisions that he had made.

After Will died, Louisa wondered for several months in Paris and was basically just hanging on by a thread. She finally returned to England and bought a condo in London with the inheritance that Will left her and lands a job in a bar at the airport. Will wanted her to "just live".

Louisa is just going through the motions, drinking too much, not eating properly and just barely living when a terrible accident happens to her and new people come into her life and everything changes.

I loved the first book in the series, Me Before You, and was a bit nervous to read this one. I shouldn't have been worried because this was excellent. Moving on is not an easy task. Louisa had faced a very upsetting episode with Will in the first book and she was a very sensitive person with a history of her own. Will was the one that brought her out of her shell and gave her confidence. How could she let him go! She had wanted him to live.

A great read and especially for anyone who has lost someone. A helpful reminder that we must all "move on".

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Review: Memory House

Memory House Memory House by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three and a half stars. This was a shorter story. If you read the notes from the author at the end you will see that the memories come from characters in her other novels. I have read most of them. The stories are longer and more involved and IMO, very good.

I am not sure if I am a fan of the "memory" of an article as described in the book, but it was an interesting concept and the story came together quite well, albeit predictably. It was lovely to visit Ethan Allen again and to see the path his life had taken.

I would definitely recommend reading Spare Change at the very least before reading this book.

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Review: The Other Side of the Bridge

The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson My rating: 5 of 5 stars A beautifully written novel. A book ...