AN UTTERLY COMPELLING READ
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.
When choosing a bottle of wine it is often the pretty label that appeals to me and its the same when exploring the book shop- If the front cover catches my eye I’m pretty much sold. Bland front covers do nothing for me, so firstly the front cover ticked all the boxes and then the title resonated with me.
However despite my love of beautifully designed packaging, what a disappointment if the content didn’t live up to its initial visual appeal… Luckily this was not the case and it seems there is method in my madness and my criteria for book picking once again did me proud. This book is a corker!
A complex love story that is both heart-breaking and funny, with a strong storyline and characters that are both credible and engaging. Be prepared to ride a rollercoaster of emotions as you become absorbed into the story of Will and Lou, crying on minute and laughing out loud the next.
Compelling and moving this book was impossible to put down, its gritty with well observed scenes that will absorb you from start to finish. Its true to life and not your average chick-lit fairy-tale, love story of girls meets boys, but one which is complicated,brutally hone but ultimately life affirming.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough- Its the perfect book to buy as a gift for any female friends who enjoy a good read- but make sure you include a box of Kleenex to mop up the tears!
JoJo Moyes is most definitely on my radar now and I have just picked up ‘The one plus one’ one of her newer titles. I plan to work my way through all her titles… ‘The girl you left behind’ and ‘The last letter from your lover’ having now been added to my ever lengthening Christmas wish list!