Jojo Moyes before, and the only reason why I picked this one up was because I kept seeing reviews for it everywhere.
This book for me is a perfect example of why I steer clear of synopses at the back of books. If I were to read the synopsis of this one I probably would've steered clear. Well, that and the cover. I mean all that red, white, and the title, - at first brush it seemed a bit contrived for my tastes. But I'm ever so glad I by passed all that and picked this one up.
Louisa Clark's life is a small one. Her family consists of her "Golden Child" little sister, who even with a son out of wedlock can still do nothing wrong, and her parents and grandpa, all crammed into a small house they can barely fit into. Louisa has a waitressing job, a boyfriend who is more of a place holder than the actual emotionally involved type and due to her small but vital financial support the family depends on has never been beyond the confines of her little town.
After losing her waitressing job, she is able to find a temp position caring for a paraplegic, Will, who before his freak accident was a successful, charismatic, adventure seeking, sports fanatic. Through her time with Will, Lou finds the desire, strength and courage to explore who she is and see the world beyond the confines of her small little town, and Will, though stuck in a wheelchair finds the adventure he would've never found outside of it.
As I started the book with Will's description being just so, and his sexy girlfriend with her 'carmel-colored' arms, I was about to write this one off as another harlequin romance and move on, thankfully I stuck with it. The writing and story is good, and bitter sweet. The characters here could meet and all be tied up in a contrived happily ever after ending, but Moyes is better than that. I can't say I bawled with this book, but with tears in my eyes I definitely cried. I can't remember the last book I did that with. Though limited it was good but harrowing to see and learn about assisted suicide. Moyes is unflinching with the realities of an injury like Will's. Nothing clears your rose colored glasses like the reality of the life of a paraplegic. The care, and immobility of it all, being un able to do the simple luxury of shifting in your sleep from one side to the other to make yourself comfortable. The story is sweet and I really enjoyed the characters and Lou's family. Definitely a good read, one that'll have me searching out Moyes' other works.
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