Reading After You felt like being reacquainted with an old friend. I’m not sure why I waited so long to read this book, I’m just really glad that I finally did.
I fell back easily and comfortably into Louisa’s life. It takes place eighteen months after Will’s death and Louisa is still struggling with her grief. It brought everything back to the forefront of my mind. I remembered their short but meaningful time together, his wishes for her, and their final goodbyes. Will wanted Louisa to live her life to the fullest, to get out there and experience the world, but after traveling around Europe for a spell, she found herself back in England feeling as lost and stagnant as she ever had. To make matters worse, a horrific accident meant that she had to return to her family’s home to recuperate.
I’m not sure what I was expecting from the sequel, but it was certainly full of surprises. I can honestly say that I was completely shocked by some of the elements in this novel. I do love it when an author can surprise me. I genuinely enjoyed the direction that Moyes took this novel in. While I felt as though I was revisiting familiar faces and locations, I was eagerly flipping the pages to see where the story was going to go next.
It’s fair to say that I wanted Louisa to succeed at life. I wanted her to move on, to find success, to find love and happiness, and to finally be at peace with herself. She was just as quirky, funny, loyal, and sweet as I had remembered, and I was rooting for her all over again. I was also rooting for Ambulance Sam.
After You was a lovely story that was filled with plenty of emotion, charm, wit, heartache, and hope. I smiled, laughed, and wiped my tears throughout this book. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these characters, and I promised myself that it wouldn’t take me as long to revisit them again in Still Me (which I already have on my Kindle).