This is the first book I’ve read by Author Jojo Moyes, but I promise it will not be the last!
Allow me to introduce Louisa Clark, an excruciatingly ordinary girl who’s never left her small English tourist town. Her lackluster days are filled with mundane yet enjoyable work at a cafe, her steady boyfriend whom she has very little in common with, and supporting her close knit family that are all crammed together in one house.
When her boss, the owner of The Buttered Bun, announces that he will be closing his doors Lou finds herself suddenly unemployed. As a primary financial contributed to her family and grossly under trained, she takes on the overwhelming task of finding a new job. After a few failed attempts at ordinary work, Lou reluctantly accepts a 6 month job contract as a companion to a quadriplegic. Skeptical at first, Mrs. Traynor convinces Lou that her chatty, quirky and eclectic personality is exactly what her son needs to lift his spirits.
But Will Traynor is not the easiest bloke to get along with. His accident, two years prior, has left him bitter and despondent. He acts overly put out by Lou while reminiscing of his spent traveling the world and adrenaline filled holidays. Although she does not like him at first, Lou does not back down. She does not treat Will with “kid gloves” that she observes others, including his family, do consistently. She encourages Will to get out of his comfort zone, which is limited to his small attached apartment to his parents main estate house.
After learning the secret reason for her employment, Lou has 6 short months to make a positive difference in Will’s life. Little did she know that during all the researching and planning to bring some adventure back into Will’s life, she begins to fall in love with him. As Will’s deadline approaches and Lou realizes that she “failed”, she is faced with the ultimate internal battle: How far would you go to fulfill the wishes and desires of someone you loved?
Just as Will gives Lou the courage to do more with her life, Lou gives Will happiness that he hasn’t experienced in a very long time.
Jojo Moyes has written a beautiful story. She compassionately delves into controversial topics without ever preaching. She surprises me at every turn. I cried bucket loads of ugly tears. Be prepared for Me Before You. Moyes will push you to think and feel every beautiful, heart wrenching emotion. This book is life affirming, powerful, heartbreaking and sublime. 5Stars!
Read this book. You will be glad you did. Then you will thank me. 😉