Is it Only Me, or does anyone else get totally confused with some of the titles of Jojo Moyes’ books? Ho hum. However, having successfully purchased the third in this trilogy – Me Before You, After You and Still Me – I was delighted to find the Jojo Moyes can still spin the magic in her latest novel.
Having been totally smitten by her first novel of this trilogy, the Me Before You one, I went on to read many of Moyes’ other great reads such as The One Plus One, The Last Letter From Your Lover and The Girl You Left Behind. I also read a couple of her earlier novels which didn’t have me feeling quite so enthralled but as an aspiring author they at least, gave me hope as they seemed to show that authors’ writing can improve with practice. However, getting back to where I was, the second book in the trilogy, After You (that is after Me Before You and before Still Me) didn’t quite meet my high expectations of Ms Moyes and so I was slightly trepidatious rushing out to buy this latest, Still Me (still with me?). I can happily say, although it did not crush my fragile heart in the way that Me Before You did before, it was still a really great heart-warming read and I still love Moyes’ character Louisa Clark for all her quirky, humorous ways.
Still Me sees Louisa working as an assistant in a fish-out-of-water scenario to the super-selfish and super-rich Agnes Gopnik. She is a Polish masseuse who has married into the New York elite, lives in an apartment inhabited by old moneyed New Yorkers and has a heap of problems of her own that she is trying to hold down with no-one noticing. As ever Louise shows her complete integrity which we love her for, but also makes ones toes curl because of the situation it puts her in (don’t want to give too much away here). In terms of potential love on the scene, the novel features her boyfriend of the previous novel, Ambulance Sam, friend of old Nathan and a new distraction. I have to admit there was a small part of me that was hoping she would accidentally fall into a romance with Nathan – maybe in the fourth book…Forever Me Thinking of You…Hmmm.
Anyway, for any of you of the same opinion as me and Still Stalling this story may not quite reach the dizzying heights of her first Me Before You, but after all is said and done it is Still a Romping Read!