Tuesday 6 February 2018

Still Me by Jojo Moyes @jojomoyes @PenguinUKBooks #StillMe

Lou Clark knows too many things . . .
She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London.
She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to meet someone who's going to turn her whole life upside down.
Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it'll hurt.
Lou won't know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.

Still Me by Jojo Moyes is published in hardback by Penguin on 25 January 2018. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review.

Welcome back Louisa Clark! We missed you.
Fans of Jojo Moyes' Me Before You and After You will welcome the return of her heroine Louisa Clark with open arms. She's back, with a bang. Just as funny, just as kind and getting herself into just as many pickles as in the previous two books of this series.

Still Me finds Louisa in New York. She's there for a year, to work as a personal assistant to the very bored wife of a very rich man. Her boyfriend Sam is back home, still working as a paramedic and prepared to wait for Louisa. She's knows exactly how far away he is, and how long they'll be apart, but for Louisa, this is something she has to do.

Whilst Louisa is still the quirky, fashion-conscious, sweet, kind girl of the previous novels, there is a maturity to her and her thinking that has come about through her recent experiences.  Will Traynor will always be with her; his words echo around her head, advising her, telling her off, making sure that she takes the right path. Yet Louisa is still her own woman, and sometimes Will's voice is just not loud enough for her and she makes decisions that can have drastic consequences.

Louisa has decided that she's going to say 'Yes' more often, she's going to take life by the balls and live it to the full. New York is going to be her adventure, it's her way of dealing with the past and preparing for the future. She's ready to take on new opportunities.

Jojo Moyes has captured the essence of New York perfectly and placed Louisa smack bang in the middle of it all. The reader is treated to the excesses of the incredibly wealthy, along with the stark reality of the lives lived by the people who are the beck and call of the rich. The two opposite sides of this city, and its inhabitants are seamlessly woven together, with Louise as the thread that ties them together.

As would be expected from Moyes, and indeed from Louisa, Still Me is often an emotional rollercoaster of a read. This author doesn't spare her reader and we are exposed to the sadnesses and injustices that Louisa experiences along the way. We are also treated to a wealth of beautifully created characters who are an absolute joy to meet, and who, together, create the most perfect support for Louisa, who is undoubtedly the main and most important character.

Still Me is an absolute triumph. It is my favourite of this series, without a doubt. Louisa Clark is a character who stays with the reader, who worms her way into the heart and who we cheer on and love through every single page. This is such a joyful story, with an ending that is absolutely pitch perfect.

I loved it!

Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and grew up in London. After a varied career including stints as a minicab controller, typer of braille statements for blind people for NatWest, and brochure writer for Club 18-30, she did a degree at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London University. In 1992, she won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to attend the postgraduate newspaper journalism course at City University.
Jojo worked as a journalist for ten years, including a year at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and nine at The Independent where she worked variously as News Reporter, Assistant News Editor and Arts and Media Correspondent.
Jojo has been a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed.
Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide.
The film adaptation of Me Before You starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was released in June 2016 and was a huge box-office success. The screenplay was written by Jojo.
Jojo lives (and writes!) on a farm in Essex, England with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.
For more information visit www.jojomoyes.com
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