Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
I just flipped the last page of the book and holy wow. I’m speechless. I’m not sure how to begin writing or if it’s even sane to write a review when I clearly haven’t recovered from the book yet and tears are still streaming down my cheeks. I certainly agree with most people who said that the cover didn’t do justice to the book. It totally did not. At first glance, I thought that this was just another bland romance novel but was I wrong!! There’s definitely more to it, so much more than romance.
This is the kind of story that would have bored me out in the beginning because to be honest, the plot is somehow predictable and the way it was told is pretty much straight forward. Instead, I stick to it and I’m glad I did because I’ve grown to love the characters more as I get know every single one of them, tied up with their terrible fates and eventually got lost in transition.
This book is a very beautiful paradox of love and life. Here is something that is plainly written but in context has raised so many controversial and humane issues. I can’t help but consider myself as well if I were in their situation, what would have I done? The way the story was told wherein the characters are so relatable; it is likely that I would do the same exact things. This is my first Jojo Moyes novel and by the looks of it, I’m already anticipating the upcoming books.
I would recommend this book to anyone in all walks of life. It’s engaging and it has a beautiful love story, tragic but beautiful. And a friendly advice? Maybe you want to prepare a dozen boxes of tissue once you start reading. No kidding. 🙂
Rating: 4/5 ✯✯✯✯