Friday, February 15, 2013

Free Book Giveaway for ME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes

This book made me cry and at times laugh right out loud. Louisa Clark is a quirky lady. She lives in a small tourist town in England. Her small life consists of; living with her family at age 27; a job at the small cafe; and a boyfriend she's been with for seven years. She is comfortable in her secure life. This all changes when the cafe closes down and she has to go on a job search. With no skills or training she takes a job as a caregiver for a rich effluent family.

Growing up in the same small town Will Traynor is everything Louisa isn't. He's bold; an adventurer. He lives life on the edge and travels the world. He has a great job he loves and an extremely beautiful girlfriend. He lived a full life until one cold rainy England morning he was hit by a motorbike and became a quadriplegic. 

Two years after the accident all hope for recovery is lost and Will’s drive to live is gone. The only thing he has to look forward to is more sickness and being completely controlled and dependent on his family. They hire Louisa as his caregiver because she is bubbly and talkative and they hope it would be bring Will out of his depression. Will and Louisa clash instantly and have nothing in common. Will is mean and rude to Louisa and she wants to quit, but her family depends on the money she is going to make. It's only a contract for six months and she figures she can endure his rudeness for at least that long.

Over time Louisa begins to understand Will's frustration with his lifeless body and hopeless situation. She tries to plan activities to help him enjoy life again. Will's resistance, he has not spent much time outside of his home except for hospital visits. When Louisa learns of Will's plan to end his life with his parents consent, she is determined to change his mind. Spending all their time together Will and Louisa begin to enjoy each other and a familiar friendship grows. Will encourages Louisa to step out of her comfort zone and live life. You could never imagine in six months time a relationship grows between these two complete opposites. 

This is an unusual love story. JoJo’s writing is engaging and funny. You really get inside two very different families lives. It will pull at your heart strings like you could never imagine. I like the question the back of the book asks. "What do you do when making the person you love happy means breaking your own heart?"

The Free Book Giveaway ME BEFORE YOU will run through Monday February 18th (it will end at midnight). Leave a comment for a chance to win this wonderful love story. 

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Drum Roll Please... Time to announce the free book giveaway for Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles by Ron Currie JR

Jon Stevens! 

Congratulations Jon, your book is in the mail. I'm glad Jon won as he's a big fan of Ron Currie, JR. He told me that my Hemingway comparison was pretty apt for Ron as he's one of his favorite writers. 

Just in time for Valentine's day, my next review and book giveaway will be ME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes. Check back for your chance to win a free copy and a cool poster that goes with the book.

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?