Book Review: After You

Sunday 14 February 2016 by

After You, Jojo Moyes, Penguin, Book, ReadingAfter You by Jojo Moyes

Published by Penguin

Lou Clark has lots of questions.

Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.

Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life.

What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does.

But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything.

But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in…

~*~

There are times in your reading life when you just need something easy, sweet and simple to escape in to and every so often I indulge in a spot of JoJo Moyes therapy so when this sequel to Me Before You popped up, I couldn’t resist. The first book had really got me thinking about being honest in life and I was intrigued to know how the truisms would be played out in the sequel.

In After You, we find our heroine living in a city, working in an airport, surrounded by life and people but feeling very lonely. Then one evening life comes crashing back in on her. The new characters are a little clichéd in appearance but once again JoJo Moyes weaves a believability around them, using conversations you can hear in your own life. The honesty theme continued to run through and it did get me thinking once again. We see characters struggling with issues that we all encounter at different stages of our lives and each rings true.

I enjoyed reading the book and finding out about what happened next and, in suitable marketing style, the ending was left open for another sequel which I have no doubt I will indulge in when it pops up!

Cathy is a wife, mother and portfolio career woman; she loves reading and would happily spend every hour of every day with her nose buried in a good book. A bilingual and word-whizz, she can also complete The Times Su Doku in 10 minutes flat… if it’s easy.

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