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Advance Review- Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Still Me

Title: Still Me: A Novel
Genre: General Fiction
Author: Jojo Moyes
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books, Jan. 30, 2018
Pages: 400
Rating: 5
Sexy rating: 4
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:

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 is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.

Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, 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?


This is the third book in a series that started with Me Before You and then After You. Louisa is the heroine in all three books starting with her ill-fated romance with quadriplegic Will Treynor and then finding love with Sam the Ambulance man and in this book she throws herself into the NYC scene by taking a job as an assistant to a very wealthy NY socialite. She is finding it difficult to maintain her own identity when there are so many forces that seem to want her to reinvent herself. Through the ups and downs can her love affair with Sam survive?

Another page turner from Jojo Moyes. Louisa is every woman who has suffered tragedy and the determination to move forward. You will laugh and cry at the curves life throws at her but you will admire her fortitude. I highly recommend this standalone book but you will enjoy it more if you read the previous two books first.



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Review- The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

Title: The Ship of Brides

The Ship of Brides

Genre: Literary Fiction/Romance

Author: Jojo Moyes

Publisher: Penguin group

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 2

Description from Amazon.com:

  1. World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they wed in wartime. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England—aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. Rules are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier’s captain down to the lowliest young deckhand. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy’s ironclad sanctions. And for Frances Mackenzie, the complicated young woman whose past comes back to haunt her far from home, the journey will change her life in ways she never could have predicted—forever.


Jojo Moyes writes superbly nuanced characters. There is Margaret, pregnant and leaving behind a loving family. There is Frances, harboring secrets. There is Joan, too young and immature to know the ropes. Finally there is Avice, a society lady who has much to learn. All are brought to life in exquisite prose that leaves the reader enthralled with each woman, and captivated by their fates.

Jojo Moyes has obviously researched the life aboard this type of ship so that we the reader also feel the rolling sea and the vastness of the huge ship.

I highly recommend this book as well as Jojo Moyes’ other novels.

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La Deetda Reads Top Reads in 2013

Deet’s Best of The Best Reads for 2013

There are two on this list that were not published this year but I just found the time to read them.  The others were published this year.  Of course, there are many good books out there.  I have enjoyed many more than are on this list. (You can see all of my favorites by clicking on the header above “Deet’s Favorite Reads”)  This list is, in my opinion, the best of the best that I have read out of a total of 134 books since last January.  If you want a good read, you can’t go wrong with any of these. Now in no particular order…..drum-roll please…

The Rosie Project by Grame Simsion,  reviewed  September 13, 2013

The Rosie Project

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan, reviewed  July 19, 2013

(Brothers Sinister Series)

The Heiress Effect

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, reviewed September 2, 2013

The girl You Left Behind

It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long, reviewed August 30, 2013

(Pennyroyal Green Series)

It Happened One Midnight

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean, reviewed February 6, 2013

(The Rule of Scoundrels Series)

One Good Earl deserves a Lover

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, reviewed February 27, 2013

Pride and Prejudice

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox, reviewed April 12, 2013

About Last Night

Untie My Heart by Judith Ivory, reviewed July 29, 2013

Untie My Heart

To find my review of each you can go to the month of the review in the “Archives”  to the left or you can put the title or the author in the “search” box.


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Recent Release Review- The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

Title:  The Girl You Left Behind

The girl You Left Behind

Genre:  Historical/Contemporary Romance

Author: Jojo Moyes

Publisher: Penguin, Pamela Dorman Books, Aug. 20, 2013

Source:  Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5 (not explicit)

Description from amazon.com:

France, 1916:  Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything—her family, her reputation, and her life—to see her husband again.

Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting’s true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is—putting Liv’s belief in what is right to the ultimate test.


Jojo Moyes does it again, an absolutely stunning book. The book see-saws between the early, war torn twentieth century France and one hundred years later to today in London, England. What links the two eras is a painting and , not unlike some other books I have read about the art world, the obsessive nature and power a painting has on the lives of its owners.

The romances in this book are powerful but they tend to take a back seat to the story. And what a story, not so much romance but a story of love. Jojo Moyes kept me riveted to the book to find out what had become of Edouard the artist, Sophie his wife, Herr Kommandant the German officer, Liv the modern day owner of the painting and Paul her lover. Those were the major players in this novel but side characters were also pivotal to the plot and so very well characterized.

If you are looking for a superbly constructed plot and wonderful prose, look no further. This book illuminates the personal devastation that war brings and the legacy of that devastation. It also illuminates the absolute power of hope, love and endurance.

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Review-Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title:  Me Before You

Me before you

Genre: Literary Fiction/love story

Author: JoJo Moyes

Publisher: Penguin, Dec 2012/Jul 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from amazon.com:

Before Louisa met Will, her plans didn’t reach beyond their tiny English town. Will, when he wasn’t closing multimillion-dollar deals, blew off steam scaling mountains, leaping from planes, and enjoying exquisite women–until an accident left him paralyzed and seriously depressed. When his mother hires Lou to keep his spirits up, he meets her awkward overtures with caustic contempt, but she’s tenacious and oddly endearing. Their fondness grows into something deeper, gaining urgency when she realizes his determination to end his life, and her efforts to convince him of its value throw her own bland ambitions into question. Plumbing morally complex depths with comedy and compassion, Jojo Moyes elevates the story of Lou and Will from what could have been a maudlin weepie into a tragic love story, with a catharsis that will wring out your heart and leave you feeling fearless. –


Do not start this book unless you intend to finish it in one day.  I could not put it down.  The romance is a long time unfolding which makes the actual confession of love so much more profound.  This book raises questions of euthanasia, and it does present the moral arguments for and against.  The characters presented are not always admirable but they are totally understandable even if at times we doubt them.  I thought the presentation of the trials of a quadriplegic was well done although I have limited personal knowledge with which to judge.  This book delivers laugh out loud moments as well as tears.  A wonderful book.

Note: This book, written by a British author, uses many British slang words and colloquialisms.  I did not find them difficult to understand although I had not heard many of them previously.


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