I have to admit I didn’t really pay much attention to the blurb about this book before I downloaded it for my Kindle to read on holiday. I’d read another book by Jojo Moyes (Love Letters) and quite enjoyed it, so thought this would be a good beach read. Wow …. It is an amazing book but quite a lot deeper than I expected.
The story revolves around Lou, a small town girl who finds herself unemployed after the cafe where she works shuts down. In desperation she starts working as a career for Will, a quadriplegic guy. Though Will is decidedly frosty to her at the beginning, over time he thaws out a little and a beautiful friendship develops. However, the relationship is tinged with sadness, for Will has decided to take his own life at Dignitas, and Lou’s employment is his parents’ last chance to get him to change his mind.
The characters in this book are incredibly strong and real and I found myself caught up in the relationship and willing things to turn out okay. All in all this is an amazing book, a love story on the surface but one that deals with some really serious issues and has you questioning your own beliefs and thinking about what you would do if you were in the shoes of Will or his parents. Highly recommended, and I’ll be reading more by this author in the future.