Monday, January 29, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway: Still Me

By Melissa Amster

**Synopsis and review may contain spoilers for After You**

Louisa 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 thrown 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.

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. In
Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets--not all her own--that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself "Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?" (Courtesy of Amazon.)

After putting down After You, I was thrilled that there would be a third book in this series. Still Me picks up where After You left off. However, I enjoyed this part of Lou's journey even more! It was like if Nora Ephron directed The Devil Wears Prada.

Lou was just as fun and eccentric as ever and I really enjoyed spending more time with her in this novel. The story made me feel like I was right in the middle of New York City. I enjoyed seeing it through the eyes of someone who had never been there before. Even with all the stress and drama she had to put up with as Agnes' assistant, she found ways to make the city her own.

There was one aspect of the story that I wish more had been done with. Joshua reminds Lou of someone from her past, but I feel like there should have been more of an explanation behind why, or some kind of connection. I felt like I was just left wondering about that.

Overall, Still Me was very hard to put down and had a lot of great moments and interesting new characters. It was a sweet way for Jojo Moyes to tie up the series, even though I am hoping for another book about Lou's adventures. (A girl can dream!)

For casting, I didn't want to change anyone from the movie of Me Before You and could only picture Emilia Clarke as Louisa after that.
Agnes: Yael Grobglas (she can do some good accents and she has the right look for the part)
Margot De Witt: Gena Rowlands
Ashok: Kumail Nanjiani
Lydia: Michelle Trachtenberg
Sam: Jai Courtney (he's even acted alongside Emilia before)
Lily: Landry Bender

Thanks to Viking for the book in exchange for an honest review. They have TWO copies to give away!


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33 comments:

Janine said...

The first thing I think of when I hear the word romance is true love.

Linda May said...

The first thing I think about when I hear the word Romance is my late Husband. He was the love of my life & I lost him to Kidney Cancer 15 months ago. I knew from the moment I met him that he was the one for me. He was cute, honest, easy to get along with, great personality, great carpenter and handyman & he would do anything to help somebody in need.

Suburban prep said...

Comfort and hand holding. Knowing that the person is there for you no matter what. (in other words my husband of 20 yrs).

traveler said...

Romance means true, neverending and long lasting love.

Kelley B said...

I loved this series!!!

Kelley B said...

Unconditional love is what comes to mind.

Milena Mutter said...

I think of love, kissing, and HEA

JULIE CURTIS said...

My husband 💕

S.Sabia said...

The first thing I think of is my husband cooking me a late night dinner after the kids have gone to bed.

Rita Wray said...

I think of happy endings.

Bonnie K. said...

When I think of romance, it's happiness with someone you love.

Carla S. said...

To me, romance is happy moments with someone you love.

dstoutholcomb said...

true love with a happily ever after

denise

Mary C said...

Happily ever after

Dianne Casey said...

Romance to me means the special times between two people and the development of a relationship.

rubynreba said...

I think of my husband and how much I love him!

Suzy said...

The word romance always makes me think sappy. :-(

Danielle said...

To me romance is the thought behind an action. The thought that the other person wants to do something special for you, to make you feel loved and special. Romance can be any simple, even ordinary, action that is done with the sole intention to make you feel loved.

Linda Kish said...

The first thing I think of is not for me. After my failed marriages, I gave up on it.

jean602 said...

Caring for someone.

Mary Preston said...

I think flowers and all those special moments.

Anonymous said...

The first thing I think of is love. Then, it would be red wine on a candle light table.

Lesley McIntosh said...

The first thing I think of with romance is fun, love, committment, and passion.

dawn obrien said...

Candlelit dinners and holding hands!

Tatum Rangel said...

Adventure. :)

Anonymous said...

Falling in love!

Patricia said...

Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Melanie Backus said...

Romance means thoughtfulness, caring and love.

bn100 said...

flowers

Lisamarie said...

Special moments

Liza Wiemer said...

I think of walking hand-in-hand on the beach with my husband.

Dianna said...

For me, romance is synonymous with thoughtfulness.

Carole said...

This one is now zooming up my list. Thanks