I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.After You by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #2
Narrator: Anna Acton
Published by Penguin Random House Audio on September 29, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 11 hours, 6 minutes
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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.
STOP! Don’t read this unless you’ve read Me Before You!
When we last saw Louisa (Lou) Clark, she was reeling from the death of Will Traynor but determined to finally live her life with purpose. She vowed to use the resources he left her to expand her horizons, spread her wings…all that.
It’s two years later and Lou is struggling. She’s still a bit rudderless and can’t stop missing Will. When circumstances force her to move back home for a time, it brings her full circle and she sees her family through fresh eyes. And, someone from Will’s past emerges, along with a new man in her life, to further complicate her feelings.
The narrator was not the same as in Me Before You and though she did a great job, the contrast was obvious. In retrospect, the new voice fit who Lou is two years later.
I enjoyed the story though it lacked the magic and rawness of the first. I’ve taken time to reflect after finishing and conclude that a follow up to that story could never measure up to the hopes and dreams we had for Lou. Perhaps my imagination encapsulated the optimism Will had for Lou and this story brought the reality. It’s likely more consistent with who the character is versus who we (I) may have hoped she would be. It’s well written and thoughtful, the ending not quite as poignant as its predecessor.