Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes. Both of these books, though entirely different, are wonderful. In Me Before You, a young English girl down on her luck, Louisa Clark, takes a job tending to a handsome, wealthy and adventurous businessman who was sadly struck down and is in a wheelchair. His disability has caused him to be depressed, demanding and gruff. Realizing that the end of her six-month work contract coincides with his planned assisted-suicide propels her to dream up adventures that Will can enjoy and hopefully make him want to continue to live. Through their relationship, both Will and Lou are transformed in this heartwarming, but not maudlin, story.
Two women separated by a century; one in France and the other in America and a painting that has united them through tragedy. Compelling read that explores the provenance of the painting and the question of “Who does it really belong to?”
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson is an engrossing read about a woman born in the early 20th century who dies over and over only to be reborn in a new life. It may sound far-fetched or confusing, but in the skillful hands of Atkinson the story is mesmerizing.
Ursula’s first death occurs at childbirth…the story changes and she lives. She has many deaths over the course of the book and the most interesting part is during the second World War when she befriends Hitler. Of course, she dies in Germany but then is reborn and again living in her childhood country English home.
It is a book that will engage you on many levels…just think if you could rewrite Anna Karenina’s life after her fateful death!