Published by Pamela Dorman Books on January 30th 2018
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“I think at some point, dear, you’re going to have to work out who Louisa Clark is.”
I don’t think there needed to be a trilogy. I really don’t. Let me start by saying I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Me Before you. It literally blew me away. I read it twice and have seen the movie three times. I think it is Moyes Swan song. It doesn’t get any better than that – which is why the two books which followed could not live up to their predecessor.
In this book we see our much-loved Louisa Clarke moving to New York City to be the “assistant” to a wealthy young socialite. A socialite who is not much liked by others in her social circles as her husband was once married to their friend. A friend he divorced to marry his much younger massage therapist. Before she is even over her jet lag, Louisa is running in central park, shopping and attending fancy social events. She is thrown into a glamorous life one that is much different from the life she lived in England with her paramedic boyfriend, Sam.
While out and about she meets a man named Josh Ryan who bears a striking resemblance to someone from her past. They form a friendship while Louisa pines for Sam and throws herself into the NYC high society social circle. Louisa continues to be quirky and finds herself in various situations both comedic and sad. There will be misunderstandings, new friends, broken hearts, miscommunication, deceit and mayhem.
In this book, Louisa takes Will’s advice from Me Before you: “You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” She does take chances and tries to be her own person but sadly, it didn’t really pay off for me in this book. It was a solid 3-star book for me. I hoped it would be better. I can’t fault he writing, the writing is good but the story lagged in places for me. Again, I think she should have left well enough alone. Good not great.
Thank you to Penguin Group Viking and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.