Me Before You

Me Before YouLouisa Clark was let go of her job and needed a new one quick to help support her family. Knowing nothing about caregiving she is given the job and will find out that this was not the average job. She will learn to live her life and try to save Will.

Will Traynor was an adventurer, he never thought he would be stuck in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. He doesn’t want to live and for the next six months his caregiver will try to change his mind.

I have liked going to my book club because its a good way to read books I would never have thought to pick up. Once again a book I never would have picked up peaked my interest. I truly wasn’t sure I would like Me Before You and not because of the writing or characters which were both done well. It was the plot where you were wondering the entire time if a sad ending was coming. I didn’t wonder the whole time. I actually was being optimistic about the situation but had a feeling that optimism would be for nothing.

Now even though the ending was sad there was an uplifting part to the story. It was sad and funny at the same time and Moyes really stayed in tuned with her characters especially of Louisa and Will. Neither of them were acting out of character and did everything they did because it was who they were. I really liked that consistency.

I loved Louisa’s character with her fashion sense, saying what she thinks, feeling things too deeply and giving adventure a chance. You wanted her to live the life that Will was trying to get her to experience. Now Will’s character was not an easy man to handle. He was hard and bitter but you liked him. He was a good man who went through a horrible ordeal. You know what his plan is at the end of the six months, but hope that is not the end.

The one character I disliked was Patrick. He wasn’t the man for Louisa as he didn’t really care for her until it was too late and I was not sure he truly cared even then.

The story itself is very good and you are brought into the story pretty quickly as you learn about each character. There is some great banter that happens between Louisa and Will and of course some sparks but it is not really a romance novel. There is compassion, friendship, letting go, finding yourself, and yes love but it is not the focal part of the story. There is also sadness throughout the story obviously and it gets sadder as you go further. The story is a heartbreaker and I definitely felt the tears slipping down my face in several parts of the book, I couldn’t help it. So yes the ending is sad but worth the read because there is an underlining happiness in the book that brought a smile to my face even through the tears.

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Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts

In the last lazy days of summer, the merciless two-week heat wave is the biggest story in Washington, D.C. But the weather is finally knocked off the front pages when a young woman is found strangled to death-a priest’s white silk amice pulled taut around her throat.  Pinned near the scarf is a note that simply reads Her Sins are forgiven her.  It is a chilling crime, made even more terrifying when it is followed by a second murder…and then a third.  Suddenly every headline is devoted to the killer the press has dubbed “the Priest.”

The slaying have piqued the interest of Dr. Tess Court, a top-notch psychiatrist dedicated to treating the problems of the human mind.  And when the police make little headway in solving the crimes, Tess is reluctantly thrust into the very heat of the investigation.  Called in to create a detailed psychological profile of the murderer, she comes up with a disturbing and frightening portrait of a twisted soul who believes he is not murdering-but ministering.

Detective Ben Paris doesn’t give a damn about the killer’s soul or his psyche, and he makes it clear that he thinks calling in a psychiatrist is on a par with ringing up a psychic hotline.  What he can’t dismiss so readily is his immediate and irrestiable attraction to Tell.  Tall, dark, and good-looking, Ben has a reputation with woman that is legendary, and with good reason.  But the coolly elegant Tess doesn’t react to Ben like any other woman he’s ever known-and he finds the challenge enticing.  Now, as the two are thrown together in a perilous quest to stop a serial killer, the flame of white-hot passion flares.

But someone else has his eyes on the beautiful blond doctor…someone who dreams of saving her and cleansing her soul with his special brand of absolution.  And while Tess is confident she can help him, Ben can only pray that when the madman strikes, he’ll be able to stop him before it’s too late…

It really shouldn’t surprise me any more when I pick up a Nora Roberts book.  She has this way of writing that I seem to be drawn too.  Her characters are dynmic and her plots.

I was impressed with the suspense which was going on in the novel.  I wasn’t sure the killer and happy that our heroine would be able to make amends of a tragedy she couldn’t prevent.

There was romance which was fantastic to read but the plot held my attention.  There is something about suspense which gets your heart pounding a little faster.

Nora Roberts is a master storyteller.  What is your favorite Nora Roberts book?