I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I believe I would have to recommend this book to others as reading it was an experience unparalleled in my lifetime.
Lu was my favourite character. This is such a complex book but Lu's transformation throughout this book was inspiring. She began as a naive, inexperienced and narrow young girl who was somewhat two-dimensional. Her journey with Will helped her grow into a fully dimensional human being.
I believe that the final scene where Lu was sitting in Paris enjoying a Croissant and reading a letter (no ruining the story here) was my favourite.
A life fully lived.
I have never read a book quite like this. The name of the book certainly did not give any clue as to the depth and beauty of the contents.
Lu starts out as a young girl who has lost her job working at a small cafe in a town in the English countryside. She takes on a job as caregiver/companion for a gentleman who has been involved in a motorcycle accident and has, as a result, sustained a spinal cord injury rendering him a quadriplegic... unable to move any of his limbs save slight movement of some fingers. The story is not sugar coated and the characters are very real- beautifully developed and ones I will not forget. This is the type of book that stays with you long after you have finished the last chapter. Don't be fooled by the "daytime soap" title... this is a wonderful and deeply rewarding read.
Believable. Heartfelt. Real. Easy to find some part of yourself in each of these charactors. Beautiful story.
Powerful, thought provoking, and beautifully performed. You would have to be made of stone not to be moved by this book.
Yes, but not too soon. Took me through a lot of emotions. I wanted a different outcome, yet I gained sympathy for Will's feelings.
Lou because she evolved through the story.
I could tell who was speaking by her voice changes.
Yes, I stayed home most of the weekend to finish the book.
I wonder if the writer based the book on a similar experience.
I simply loved this book. The author does such a good job of helping the reader to understand every aspect of the situation and the love and desperation that the situation brings with it. I loved Louisa and I loved Will and Nathan. I would recommend this book to anyone. I am already missing all of the characters and imagining where they go next.
When I first downloaded this book I dismissed it as chick lit, not exactly heavy lifting, and thought it would be something mindless to listen to during my commute.
Once I got further into it, I realized the book had a lot of depth, and I could not put it down. I brought my iPod in from my car so I could listen to it at home 3 nights. I finished it a week ago, and still can't stop thinking about it. This was a really engrossing book. I can't remember the last time I've been so personally invested in fictional characters, or that I've cried so hard over a book. I just wish I hadn't finished it so I could still be listening to it!
This book is so unbelievably predicable and formulaic, I found myself knowing what would happen or be said before each and every syllable came out. Surely it is a carbon copy of a dozen other chick flicks. After only a chapter or two in, I wanted to stop listening and it only gets worse. I have never written a review before but feel it necessary to warn others. Save your credits for something else, you've heard this all before.
This is the first book I've read by Jojo Moyes and I'll be on the look-out for more. The characters sprang vividly to life, their voices and personalities unique to themselves. And they are memorable. It will be a long time before I forget Louisa Clark and Will Trainer. The pacing was intense too. The story grabbed me on page one and never let go.
The one cautionary note I have to add is that looking at the cover design, this book looks to me like a fairy tale romance. It's not. In my opinion, it's so much more. But I think if you are looking for a formula American romance, you may be disappointed.
In these reviews, I always try to think of another writer to whom I can compare the style of the work. Moyes reminded me a little of Liane Moriarty, a little of George Elliot and a little of Kurt Vonnegut. But really, she's in a class all her own.
Jojo Moyes is a gifted writer; she has a good sense of story, writes fine dialogue, and knows how to use detail.
But she doesn't have any business distorting a world that millions of brave people live in every day for the sake of an imaginary and silly "hero." Knowing just barely enough to write coherently about spinal cord injury shouldn't be license to exploit other people, and that's what she's done. For some of us, this isn't fiction. It's not dramatic potential, it's life.
As a clinician I found this novel trite, overly Romantic, inadiquetly researched and Harlequinesque.
The medical aspects; of both the condition and the care, were poorly researched and grossly inaccurate, the primary caregiver; who was never identified as the professional he clearly was; no doubt a “Trained Nurse”, failed to warn our protagonist against the pitfalls of romantic involvements which; for all the wrong reasons, sometimes develop between patient and caregiver; and which almost always end in disaster; which is why medical professionals avoid them like the plague.
But more disturbing than the romantic silliness, was the selfish, overzealous, anti “self-deliverance”, position taken by both the caregivers and the parents. That position was so out of line with current position on self-deliverance and the concept of the “Advanced Directive” as to make this story completely implausible.
I found it very difficult to handle the intensely, selfish, attitudes toward the right of a patient to make an end of life decision without being burdened by the judgment of all those around him!
I did stick with this story to the end. The transparent episode with the visitor from London was exactly what I expected it to be, and the end was exactly what I expected it to be.
This story was very formulaic and delivered no surprises.
My only objection to the reading, which was quite good in general, was the introduction of the primary caregiver, who's voice boomed onto the scene as if out of nowhere; abrupt, too loud, and generally out of sync with the gentle flow of the narrative.
My guess is that, if you’re a woman, and a romantic, with no medically training, and you are oblivious to the current trends on end of life issues, you will probably love this book .