Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well and as excited as I am about this post! I finally gave in and read the third book about Louisa Clark’s life. It all started with an absolute masterpiece – Me Before You. If you’ve not read it yet or seen the film then boy are you in for a ride! So far there’s 3 books in the series. I already mentioned the first one – Me Before You, then there’s After You and coming out in a week is Still Me which is the one this post is about.
by Jojo Moyes
Blurb: 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 is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.
Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets–not all her own–that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?
What I thought: Oh my wow! I absolutely loved the first book in the series (I mean, if a book makes me bawl like a baby it’s got to be a good one) and I even loved the film that featured Emilia Clarke as Louisa (I don’t tend to love book adaptions unless they’re really well made). I wasn’t that keen on the second book which was about Louisa trying to get on with her life after the events in the first one. I do think it could be because I really liked the first one, so the second one had really big shoes to fill.
Now the third one… At first I got to read the first chapter of it and boy could I not wait to get my hands on the rest of it. I was immediately hooked. It had the same vibe as the first one, which I think is what captured me. To my immense pleasure I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy of the whole book shortly after reading the first chapter and – this may sound weird, but bear with me – I didn’t want to start it because I didn’t want it to end. So I read a little bit of it over the holidays and then a little bit more in the beginning of January but then there was no stopping me. I think I finished it in a day once I let go of my fear of it being over. No regrets.
I felt like Louisa was back to being herself and I thought there was a lot to the story that I could really relate to. It was well written, with some rather unexpected turns (I was waiting for a few typical ‘twists’ that never happened!) and an overall brilliant feel-good book.
If you liked the first, or both of the previous books in this series, I highly recommend you pick this one up as well. You won’t be disappointed.
Expected publication: 25th of January 2018
Genres: Fiction, romance
What a great read this was! I can’t believe I managed to hold myself back and not read it in one go. I guess it depends on the book. It is by no means an indication of whether I liked the book or not though. Sometimes I like to take my time and sometimes I like to whizz through.