This time, Lou has moved to New York city to work for the super rich Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. But with her new job comes secrets, secrets that wreak havoc upon her newly crafted life in New York, and the life in England she’s clinging to.
Part of what makes this series so special is how charming the characters and their relationships with one another are. The strong sense of family in particular has been a recurring theme in this series, and this is no different in Still Me. We get updates on all of Lou’s family – her parents, her grandfather, her sister and nephew, and it is these little subplots and the intricacies of their lives that make this book so relatable.
It’s not often that a book can transport me so clearly to its setting, but this is something Jojo Moyes has done particularly well in Still Me. Like most novels set in New York, the city is almost an additional character in this tale. Set to the stunning backdrop of this city, Lou’s adventures had me reminiscing on my own trips, and had me desperately wishing I too could be walking along the bustling streets of New York City.
The true gem of this novel though is Miss Louisa Clark herself. We’ve been there for her highs, and we’ve been there at her lowest, and now we get to be there whilst she figures out who she is and how to stay true to her wants and desires. Lou is the kind of character that is so relatable that it’s hard to not want her to succeed. She’s funny, and friendly, and loyal, and clumsy. She’s at times awkward, whilst at other times so charming. It is impossible not to like her, and it was refreshing to finally see her step foot on a path of her own choosing after all the tragic events of her past.
And of course it couldn’t be a book in the Me Before You series without a dash of romance. Ambulance Sam and Lou try to keep their love aflame despite their living on different continents – expect some romantic gestures on a grand New York City scale. Meanwhile, there are also relationships for the lively Lily, and for Lou’s sister Treena who has been a favourite of mine since book one. All in all, there are several relationships to get caught up with in Still Me that will leave you feeling satisfied.
Funny, charming and touching, Still Me is a lovely addition to a beloved series. Here’s hoping this isn’t the last we see of Lou Clark… Learn more.
Me Before You Series: Book 3
The third Lou Clark novel, following the number one international bestsellers Me Before You and After You.
Lou Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is hurled into the world of the super-rich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world...
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