Lou is still heartbroken a year after her relationship with Will is over, and a freak accident and its aftermath are the fuel needed to restart her life. I’ve been waiting for After You for so long! (And then I handed it to Sam and had to wait for him to finish it before I could start.) This is the sequel to Me Before You, and while the two have a different feel, Lou is such a great character I’d read another one about her in a heartbeat. Highly recommended.
And then, because I was on a Moyes kick, I picked up The Girl You Left Behind. It tells two stories in parallel: the story of Sophie, a feisty young woman whose life changes when her artist husband goes to war in 1914; and Liv Halston, a widow grappling with her loss. Moyes paints loss so vividly, but she doesn’t leave her characters there, and her love stories are always multi-dimensional. Also highly recommended.
This is Birk’s third book about Terrence Reid. The layers of this mystery kept going deeper and deeper. I was wrong multiple times about who did it, and why. I have been rooting for Reid and his wife for several books now, and Less than a Treason didn’t disappoint. Great for fans of mystery and Christmas stories, especially ones in gorgeous Scottish castles.
This is my favorite Penderwicks book so far, which I didn’t expect because generally I am not a fan of adding in new characters after a book or two. Jeanne Birdsall crafts a beautiful story arc, in which all secrets are told and all resolutions are exactly right, even if you couldn’t see how to get there on your own. The Penderwicks in Spring was great, and I can’t wait for book #4.
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