How about something that wrings you out emotionally? That is definitely the case with Me Before You and its sequel After You by Jojo Moyes. Both novels follow the experiences of Louisa Clark, an ordinary British young woman leading a pretty ordinary life until she loses her job and finds herself working as a companion to Will Traynor, former business shark and current quadriplegic with, frankly, little will to live. The six months Louisa spends with Will completely changes her life, and those changes follow her into the sequel After You. Without completely giving away both books, Louisa finds herself suddenly acting as a mother-figure to Will's daughter (a daughter Will was never informed he even had) and trying to figure out how to find ANY other job than that of barmaid at an airport Irish pub, complete with micro-Irish wench costume and hideous wig. There were parts of this book that I literally laughed out loud--the segment where her mother comes to visit her in London and is completely excited about having a ticket for the Underground for the day was eerily similar to my visits to Marissa in Chicago! Two completely satisfying books which left me emotionally drained but happy for Louisa and the next chapter in her life.
I did not know that the first novel had recently been made into a movie, so that is definitely high on my "must see" list!
I listened to this book on Overdrive (and if you don't know about THAT yet, you need to get yourself a library card and check it out!) Overdrive allows you to check out e-novels and audiobooks from your library through an app, so great books at no cost--bonus!
OK, Overdrive advertisement aside, this was a book I just picked up because I was between books and needed something to listen to. Lo and behold, I've just found myself a new favorite author! Raybourn completely captures London in 1887, and her depiction of Vernonica Speedwell and her reluctant protector Stoker has definite overtones of Holmes and Watson--with the added fun of distinct sexual tension. Never fear--nothing happens in Book One on that front. However, much murder and mayhem ensue as Veronica seeks to uncover her true identity--and the identity of her father. A lot of great action forced me to once again miss my exit to work and have to backtrack, but it was definitely worth it. Since this was just published last year, I'm looking forward to more installments of Veronica and Stoker's adventures!