I read this book for book club, which means I went into it completely blind. I hadn’t read the book jacket and knew nothing about it at all. This is how I love to read, with all surprises intact. It’s inevitable that even the description gives something away, but in this case in particular, I’m so glad I went in blind because it made everything so unexpected.
Heart-wrenching, heart-breaking, and just ahhh. There’s a fabulous love story, plenty of pain along the way, and a beautiful journey of life and its biggest questions. Were you in their position, what would you choose? I wish I could say more, but I can’t without giving things away. I’ll just say, this story gripped me from the beginning and didn’t let go.
I think Will is supposed to be not likable, but I couldn’t help loving him anyway! And with Lou as a perfect juxtaposition, we saw each of the main character’s flaws and good qualities in vivid detail. I loved that the relationships between Lou and Will and their families felt so real. The sisters fought, but would do anything for each other. Will’s mother was hard and cold on the outside, but was deep down trying desperately to help her son. Even Patrick and Lou drifted apart over time and it was easy to see where things started to go wrong.
Just perfect. Beautiful in descriptions and prose, beautiful in every way! I will read everything Jojo Moyes has ever written in the past and the future, hoping for a story even half as amazing as this one. From the characters to the plot, every page was compelling and intriguing.
Well, usually, if a book can make me both laugh and cry, it wins in my world. This story not only made me laugh and cry, but made me mad and sorrowful, joyful and hopeful, all at the same time. Such a tangle of emotions and questions was this book!
The Goodreads Description
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
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