Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Lou Clark has kept her life small since a traumatic incident in her teens. She lives in a small town at home with her folks, and has had the same job and boyfriend for years. When the cafe she has loved working in suddenly closes, she is forced to look for new work, and finds herself employed as a carer/companion for for Will Traynor, a paraplegic after a devastating traffic accident.
Will was a high flying thrill seeker before everything changed. Not surprisingly his new circumstances have left him somewhat cantankerous. Can Lou remind him of the joy in life? Can Will open Lou's eyes to a bigger world? This is a touchingly tragic story. I really enjoyed it, and finished it, complete with snuffling and loud sobs on a late night train home from London.
Her Mother's Shadow - Diane Chamberlain
Chamberlain's books are always easy to get into and enjoy, and this was no exception. I enjoyed reading it, and flew through it in a couple of days. Slightly predictable, but satisfying nonetheless.
Afterwards- Roasamund Lupton
Grace is at her son's sports day when she realises the school is on fire. She runs towards the burning building, has a moments relief when she spots her son safely outside, but her teenage daughter is still trapped in the school. She rushes inside to try and rescue her, succeeding in getting her almost out of the school when a ceiling falls in on them.
We next meet Grace in hospital, where she has left her comatosed body. She rushes to see how her daughter is. Jenny is suffering from severe burns, and while her body is unconscious, her spirit too is free, and mother and daughter investigate the cause of the fire together. Sounds bizaare, but actually it works really well, we get a great insight into their relationship, and the way their whole family works.
Alongside trying to find out who started the fire, there are also further dramas, as Jenny's medical equipment is tampered with, resulting in her having only 3 weeks to live without a heart transplant, and Grace remains in a coma, seemingly brain dead. The book is a great crime drama, and also a hugely emotional ride and a testament to motherly love. Its bittersweet ending made me cry.
One Step Too Far - Tina Seskis
Emily Coleman gets up one day and leaves her husband and beautiful son behind, and makes a new life for herself. How will she survive on her own? Can she really just forget her past life? An anniversary looms, and that combined with a further tragedy forces her to face up to the secret she has kept hidden from everyone new in her life. Can she overcome tragedy to be happy again?
A well written, rollercoaster of a novel. I really enjoyed reading it, and had not predicted the twist at all, unusually, either I was having an off day, or it was really well done! Again more tears. Must buy happier books this month, something by Harry Hill perhaps?! But I really enjoyed this book. A bargain!
This little lot means I have now read 27 books this year. Can I manage 23 in the remaining 4 months? I doubt it, but I am enjoying keeping track of what I am reading, and am surprised I have got through this many to be honest! Back next month with an update,
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