After You

Finished After You by Jojo Moyes.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.”

I was very nervous about reading this because I loved Me After You so much, and I was not expecting there to be a sequel.  And I was excited for the same reason.

In a letter that came with my review copy, Jojo Moyes asked that readers/reviewers keep details to themselves, so this is going to be a pretty flimsy review.  But all you need to know is that I loved Me After You and I loved After You.

This is not Me After You.  But I loved the chance to spend more time with Lou and with her family.  I’m grateful that I got to spend more time with these people and that I got to see how Lou was doing.

Highly recommended.

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