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 has been hired by the superrich Gopniks—Leonard and his unhappy, much younger second wife, Agnes—and finds herself amid a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. But Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and this very privileged New York life.
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?
The plot of this book really surprised me, I definitely didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I did. After reading After You, which was mediocre, I didn’t have high hopes for this one.
The plot was a bit predictable, as I find with a lot of romance/contemporaries, however, this didn’t take from the enjoyment.
The first half was a bit slow, Louisa working as an assistant wasn’t the most interesting storyline but it wasn’t super boring. The story definitely picks up when Louisa’s job takes an unexpected turn.
I liked the New York setting, with Louisa being thrown into a new place and job, still trying to find herself after losing Will. I really liked the fashion aspect, since that is a huge part of who Lou is and after the last book where we see her dressing completely unlike herself.
There were some emotional parts to this book, which reminded me of the tone of the first book and why I was so attached to that story. I didn’t expect to tear up at all, I don’t cry at books often but Me Before You made me sob. I didn’t cry or feel any emotions for After You so it was unexpected when I teared up reading this!
Louisa: She is just as lovable and funny as she’s always been. I adore her personality and I find her really realistic and relatable. She always finds herself in a mess and nothing seems to go right for her, she’s always facing some kind of obstacle.
Sam: Since Louisa moved to New York, Sam is struggling with their long-distance. As Sam gets a new partner at work, Katie, this causes Lou to be jealous and untrusting of Sam.
Josh: Josh is introduced as a rival of Sam, he reminds Louisa of Will and this causes more tension in Lou and Sam’s relationship. I liked Josh as first but he’s definitely not as he seems.
Agnes: Lou’s employer. Thought her character was a bit stereotypical, she’s an immigrant married to a millionaire and everyone thinks she’s with him for the money. She was a horrid character, regardless.
Lily: The super immature, annoying daughter of Will, introduced in the last book. I hated her in After You and hated her just as much in the little part she played in this.
Overall: It was an entertaining read, I enjoyed my time reading it. Was it necessary? Not really. Do I think Me Before You needed sequels? No. I’ll be discussing my thoughts on the whole series in another post. (Coming soon)
Rating: 4 Stars