Still Me

Still Me

by JoJo Moyes

Overview: 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 steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life.

As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you find the courage to follow your heart—wherever that may lead?

Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she discovers who she is and who she was always meant to be—and to live boldly in her brave new world.

Deanna Boe (05/12/18): Unbeknownst to me when I picked up this book at the library that it was the 3rd of a series. While reading it and the constant references to a previous man in the main character’s life, I found myself wondering if this was the case which proved to be true. No matter, this can be read as a “stand alone” novel, anyway it worked for me. The previous two books were: ME BEFORE YOU and AFTER YOU. In fact a movie was made about the first one. Interestingly enough, when checking on reviews of these two books, the 2nd one did not receive as many positive comments and so I am simply happy reading this one and not the other two. I still might check out some of Moyes other books.

First of all, this is a great summer read novel. Secondly, it is a woman’s book. Normally this style is not my first choice in reading, but I did enjoy it as a change of pace. The main character, Louisa Clark, lives in England. She decides to take a job in New York City as an assistant to a very young 2nd wife of an extremely wealthy and well known businessman. The wife, Agnes, is from Poland and met her husband when she was his masseuse. Naturally, she is beautiful and turns this rich businessman, Leonard Gopnik, on in a way his “old” wife hadn’t in years. Agnes is not happy with the pressures she feels as wife #2. Louisa’s job is to make sure she is happy and feels comfortable at all times.

Taking this job is a big step for Louisa. She has never been to the United States, let alone to live in such a big city like New York! Only one fly in the ointment, she has just fallen in love with ambulance Sam which is a big deal after mourning the death of Will, her previous lover. Sam encourages her to take advantage of this opportunity, so off she goes. They feel their love will survive this year apart but like all love stories we know there will have to be bumps in the road ahead.

We get a glimpse into the life of the very rich and how they live. In this case they own a condo located at a very exclusive address across from Central Park. Louisa has her own small room. Moreover, the cook and the assistant to Mr. Gopnik, also live in this condo; in fact it was his assistant who had gotten Louisa her job. They knew each other in England.

Louisa must stay at Agnes’s side at all times, which means attending some famous balls, after all, Agnes does not feel at ease being under the scrutiny of everyone as wife #2. It made me wonder if this is how Melania Trump has felt since marrying Donald. Agnes keeps telling Louisa she is her “friend.” As her “friend” she is asked to do something that eventually gets Louisa into big time trouble and she is let go from the job. Agnes does not step forward to save her. Now what? Never fear, Louisa lands on her feet simply because she is a really kind person who had helped a neighbor of the Gopnik’s. Even her love life manages to turn out the way we want it to – after all this is the end of a series and the main character deserves happiness in her life!
Rating: ****

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