Review of Me Before You.

Photo: Currently reading this.  Very thought provoking.

The story centres on a Quadriplegic, Will Traynor, and a woman employed to keep an eye on him for six months, Louisa Clark. Will is difficult to get along with at first but Louisa doesn’t let that deter her. She does her best to make their days interesting. Then she learns the terrible truth behind her employment and spends all of her time trying to prove to Will that life is worth living, even if it isn’t very much of a life.

Louisa is determined to change Will’s mind, without letting on she actually knows what he plans to do.  She sets about organising days out, hoping to ignite a spark of renewed interest in his own life, hoping to prove to him that life in a wheelchair is not the bleak, desolate place he is perceiving it to be.  She finds an online forum for disabled people and feels that she can turn Will’s thinking around.  If these people – people from all over the world – can manage to find interest in life then surely Will can.

Louisa is on a mission and this plays havoc with her love life.  She also must remain tight-lipped about what Will has planned, nobody must know.  She finds this hard at first because her instincts are screaming that this is so wrong.  She confides in her sister, who helps her with the daunting task of finding things that a Quadriplegic can actually do.  Before Will’s accident, he was a successful lawyer, an adrenalin junkie and had a healthy interest in the opposite sex.  In short, his life was filled to the brim with work and play.  It is because of this that Will has given up on life and Louisa knows it must be extremely difficult for him to have gone from one extreme to another, in terms of quality of life.

Undeterred she continues with her plans, consulting Will’s carer and parents along the way.  She devises an action packed holiday for him in the States.  A holiday where he can bungee jump and go white water rafting.  A holiday package that a former stunt man, now also a Quad, has created so that fellow disabled people can have as good a quality of life as possible. A package that shows that life doesn’t have to be all about remaining at home, whiling the years away.

But tragedy strikes just before the holiday, Will is rushed to hospital with Pneumonia.  Once he is out of the woods he and Louisa decide not to cancel the holiday altogether, they just won’t be going to the States, instead they will be going to a place where they can relax and Will can recuperate.

Throughout the book I found myself thinking he was never going to change his mind, only to find I actually thought Louisa had cracked it.  The book is very thought provoking and insightful.  It is quite an emotional read, I gained an insight to why severely disabled and terminally ill people choose to take their own lives.  I still do not think assisted suicide should be legalised, life is precious, even a life that is so very limited. But at least now I understand what drives people to such a point.

A very thought provoking read and I strongly recommend everyone reads it. ***** 5 stars.

Review Of Voodoo On the Bayou

Craig Thibodeaux is the ultimate ladies man.  Commitment is a dirty word to him.  That is until he dates the granddaughter of a Voodoo Priestess.    Madame LeBieu casts her magic on Craig, he will be a man by night and frog by day, unless he finds love.  The one snag is he must do so by the full moon – which is only a couple of weeks away!!!  If he doesn’t find love by then he will remain a frog forever.

Elaine Smith is a scientist in New Orleans.  Involved with a man who is cheating on her she decides to come to Bayou Miste after receiving an anonymous sample claiming there is pollution in the lake and it is killing the wildlife.  Elaine sees it as an opportunity to get away from her cheating ex, by burying herself in her work.

The story is fun and entertaining.  Madame LeBieu’s granddaughter sounds awful and I felt sorry for Craig; he was trying to do the right thing by her, but his reputation as a ladies man meant Lisa’s lies would be believed, causing the ultimate trouble for Craig.It is heartwarming to see Elaine come out of her shell, as well as Craig fall hook, line and sinker for Elaine.  There are some really great characters in this novel, as well as some slimey toads!!!

This is a great and fun read for lovers of this genre.

Rating = 4 stars ****

Recommended for all lovers of this genre.

Review of the Trouble With Charlie.

 

 

The Trouble With Charlie had me gripped right from the start. I began reading this book quite late one night, reluctantly fell asleep half way through, and just had to finish it the next morning!

 

The book tells the tale of Elle, who finds her soon-to-be-divorced husband dead in her house. Elle has no recollection of what she was doing for a couple of hours the afternoon Charlie was murdered and she almost convinces herself that she must be the killer.

With the support of her three friends and a shrink Elle begins to piece together the story of that fateful afternoon. I found myself trying to work out who the murderer was, and have to confess that I even believed it might be Elle at one point.

A well written, gripping novel that you just won’t be able to put down. A must read!!!

Highly Recommended.

***** 5 stars

Review of The Black Stiletto: Stars And Stripes.

 

 

It was only after I had requested this book from netgalley that I realised it was part of a series. I was worried that I would not be able to follow the plot and that the story would make no sense to me.

I was wrong.

The Black Stiletto series is about Martin Cooper and how he deals with the revelation his mother was the Black Stiletto – a female vigilante in the 1950’s/1960’s.
This installment sees Martin wrestle with his conscience as he debates whether to tell his girlfriend Maggie about his mother’s secret identity.

The story is exciting, the characters realistic – although I am not entirely sure Judy as the Black Stiletto is all that convincing, but if you suspend your disbelief you can enjoy the tales.

My biggest regret in regards to this book is that I have yet to read the first and second installment; again, it is easy enough to read this book without getting too lost, should you not have read the first two. However, there are characters in this book that felt quite secondary to me, but I knew little about them having not read the earlier books.

I would highly recommend reading the first two books and then moving onto this one. The series seems gripping and quite the page turner. Definitely worth your time.

Recommended.

5 stars *****