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Me Before You: A Novel

by Jojo Moyes

Pamela Dorman Books | June 17, 2014 | Hardcover

Me Before You: A Novel is rated 5 out of 5 by 12.
A New York Times bestseller—with more than one million copies sold—by the author of The Girl You Left Behind

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?

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.29 × 6.33 × 1.23 in

Published: June 17, 2014

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0670026603

ISBN - 13: 9780670026609

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not to be Missed We don't all lead the life we want to or are capable of. For the past six years, Louisa Clark has been happly working at a small cafe. When her job ends unexpectedly, she is forced out of her safe, comfortable existence and must find a new position to help support her family. After a tiring search and several false starts, she settles in as the paid companion for Will Traynor, a recent quadriplegic. Since the accident that put him in the wheelchair, Will can no longer live he life he envisioned for himself, he is dependent on others for his every need. Then the whirlwind, otherwise known as Louisa, cones into his life and upsets everything once again. I started reading late one evening, and after only 60 pages, I was contemplating pulling an all nighter to finish the remaining 300+ pages. It was only obligations the next morning that sent me to my bed. Usually, I finish one book and immediately start another. This time I haven't been able to. I have been pondering the choices that both Louisa and Will made. Both had to make some very difficult choices with no right or wrong answers, just what they felt in their heart was the correct course. It really has me thinking about choices I make every day, both the big and small ones. I want to talk more about this book, though I feel it will give away too much. I can say that we each need to consider why and for whom we are making our decisions. It has to be right for you and not made out of fear or due to pressure from outsiders. This truly is a story unlike others I have read. It's not only a love story, but one of life itself. Thanks to author Jojo Moyes for penning such a wonderful story that kept me captivated from beginning to end. ps. before you start reading, ensure that your tissue box is close at hand, you'll be needing it frequently.
Date published: 2014-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating! I was absolutely captivated by the story of Will Traynor and Louisa Clark. Louisa is given the monumental task of re-igniting Will’s lust for life after a freak accident leaves him quadriplegic . Louisa is enthusiastic but inexperienced and their relationship sets you on an emotional roller coaster full of frustration, joy, hope and despair. You are cheering for Louisa and Will the whole way. I couldn’t put it down - a must read for the cynic and hopeless romantic alike.
Date published: 2013-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking I think it’s safe to say that I absolutely adored this book. I had read mixed reviews of it online before receiving this book from the publisher, so I wasn’t sure what to make of it. But as soon as I delved into it, I knew it was going to become an important part of my book collection. Characters are, for me, the biggest part of a book. The plot can be completely stupid, but if you have real, enduring characters, I can see past the plot issues. With Me Before You, I was invested in Louisa and Will—and the smattering of secondary characters, comprising of their families and friends—and needed everything to be alright. The prologue of the book did exactly what a prologue should do: make the reader need to read more. And after the last page of the prologue, I just had to find out what happened next. Cue me reading for hours on end. Louisa was a wonderful protagonist. Stubborn, lively, shy and content to settle for less than she deserves (which, if we want to be honest with ourselves, we all do). As she entered Will’s life, I just knew that this love story was not going to be that typical boy-meets-girl sort of love story you read about in countless novels. From Will’s attitude towards life and the people around him to Louisa’s never-ending attempts to prove him wrong, Me Before You had me rooting for them from the start—and not for the reasons one would think. Louisa had never truly lived; whereas Will had up until a certain point in his life. Through their friendship, he shows her there is a life outside of their sleepy little town and she shows him there is a life outside of his house. While I won’t divulge too much of the plot and the climax, I will say that just the premise of this book will make even the most non-emotional person become tearful and it will make you think long after the last page has been read. You’ll go through all the possible scenarios in your head—what would you do in their positions? What would say? Feel? Where does faith lie in all of this? The fact that I was crying for hours after reading this book is due to Jojo Moyes’ ingenious storytelling. She didn’t tweak plot developments or change the consistency of characters to invoke emotional responses from her readers. She, instead, used simple realism and heart-wrenching choices to inflict pain on us. It didn’t feel like I was reading a fictional story; it felt like a memoir. I both wanted this story to be real—and yet I hoped with all my might that this story couldn’t happen in real life. Moyes’ honesty was too hard to bear. But while this book was a definite “cry-me-a-river” sort of story, I couldn’t help but be uplifted by its message as well. I cannot recommend Me Before You enough to you all. Read it. Read if for the romantic in you. Read it for the cynic in you. Read it for a look inside a life that doesn’t seem worth living. Read it for a look inside a life that believes in always looking at a half-full cup. Read it to change your life. Read it for yourself. To view more book reviews of mine, visit my blog: http://booksteame.com/
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive I had no idea what this book was about. Completely impressed by this author. Thought provoking and heartfelt. This is a book that will stay with you long after you have put it down.
Date published: 2013-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A novel of compassion not to be missed I very rarely give 5 stars in my review, but this book was just incredible. I loved everything about it, never wanted it to end, was afraid of how it might end, and cried at the beauty of how it finally concluded. I cheered for Lou on her quest to give Will a reason to live. I cheered for Will and his quest to broaden Lou's horizons and make her happy. And I cheered for Will & Lou and the impossible relationship forged in the unlikeliest of circumstances. While this book deals with some difficult subject matter, it isn't preachy and you really do get to form your own opinions on euthanasia. The characters were beautifully written. This novel was a joy from beginning to end, and will stay with me for a very long time. I will be picking this book for my bookclub the next chance I get. This is a novel not to be missed.
Date published: 2013-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT book club book! I read this book in 2 days as could not put it down and now that I am finished, I can't let it go! It's a unique love story between the most unlikely pair who need each other for different reasons. Laughed out loud many times. Big, weepy ending that although made me cry, was really satisfying. Can't wait to discuss this book!
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down!! STORY DESCRIPTION: Pamela Dorman Books|January 1, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-670-02660-9 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? My Review: Louisa Clark loses her waitress job and her family is desperate for money. Her father was also laid off from his job and her sister, Treena has returned to university so she isn’t contributing any income to the family at all. Plus her Mom is at home taking care of her grandfather. Lou visits the local job seeking agency and takes on a couple of low paying mundane jobs that only last a few days at a time. Just as she has exhausted the list the agency has for her, a new job comes through that pays more than the minimum wage. Someone is needed to care for a quadriplegic man on a daily basis but Louisa doesn’t want to take on a job where she has to clean up bodily fluids and help someone to the toilet. The agency checks and finds out that none of that will be required of her as they have a male nurse who comes two or three times per day to perform those dreaded tasks. All Louisa has to do is keep Will Traynor company, never leave him alone for longer than 15 minutes at a time, and do some light housekeeping and makes Will his meals. She takes the job. The first day she meets, Wil,l she can’t stand the man. He is rude, arrogant, offensive, and belligerent. No matter what Lou does it doesn’t seem to make Will happy. He makes fun of her clothing, her shoes, what she says and even what she doesn’t say. Will finds something to complain about or to get his “poor me” message out there into the world. As time passes, things begin to change and Louisa begins to understand what it’s like for, Will to be trapped in the wheelchair 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. She thinks about never being able to scratch her own nose again, to never being able to pick up a pen and write down a quick phone number, or to just get up and take a quick stroll around the garden. Will is very unhappy and doesn’t want to live but Louisa decides before her six-month contract is up that she is going to change his mind and prove to him that life really is still worth living for. However, she didn’t expect that they’d fall in love which would ultimately ruin her longstanding seven-year relationship with her boyfriend, Patrick. Louisa begins to search the internet for activities that quads can do. She’s willing to even take him overseas on a trip if she has too just to prove to Will that he CAN still do the a lot of the things he used to, just in a different way. However, when Louisa finds out exactly why her contract to care for Will is only six-months, she completely cracks under the pressure and is totally, totally devastated. She immediately tenures her resignation and returns home. Camilla Traynor, Will’s mother, comes to Louisa’s home and begs her to reconsider and to come back because she’s the only person they’ve ever had that has been able to change Will. He has actually been happy and pleasant and quite lovely to be around. Louisa agrees to return and with a vengeance she once again restarts her search for places to take Will. In the end, will her love for Will be enough to make him really understand and realize that although he is trapped in a wheelchair that he can still have a fulfilling life and that he still has a lot to give to this world? Or, will she give up knowing that somehow she is going to be hurt too deeply? I didn’t expect the ending of this book at all, it was quite a shock to me to be quite honest and I cried for about ten minutes. The author has done a fantastic job at penning this novel and you won’t be able to put it down once you’ve started and I was sorry to see it end. I’ll definitely be recommending it to family and friends.
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible read Every once in a while, I read a book that stays with me... this is that book. What a fantastic read. I couldn't put it down. The characters are rich, and the story is a true masterpiece. Love it.
Date published: 2013-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This is the best book I have read in a very long time, if not ever! It was written so well, grabbed your attention and sucked you in so that you didn't want to put it down until it was finished. The characters were very heartfelt and human.
Date published: 2013-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than just 'Chick lit' This book fooled me..I was expecting a quick easy read, something to cleanse the palate, so to speak, in between other genres. And it seemed to start off that way, only with a more serious subject matter. When the plot thickens (NO SPOILERS HERE!) I was even more intrigued. This book could have become way too "cheesy" but it most definitely did NOT. I was very invested in these people. I will warn you, it's a tear jerker and it is also realistic in the way it presents certain arguments pro and con about serious life decisions. (again, can't say too much). I was attracted by the cover but the content kept my interest and filled my heart.
Date published: 2013-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just so good! It's been a while since I read a book which gripped me like this one did. I cared about the characters and could hardly wait to find out what happened next. This book is very special.
Date published: 2013-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly fantastic read LOVED this book! I haven't been able to stop talking about it for months. I've put together a post listing the 5 top reasons you need to read Me Before You for indigo.ca - check it out here: http://blog.indigo.ca/fiction/item/1291-5-reasons-read-me-before-you-jojo-moyes.html
Date published: 2013-01-05

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Me Before You: A Novel

Me Before You: A Novel

by Jojo Moyes

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.29 × 6.33 × 1.23 in

Published: June 17, 2014

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670026603

ISBN - 13: 9780670026609

About the Book

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 a former athlete and adventurer who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

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Praise for Me Before YouABOUT THE AUTHORTO CHARLES, WITH LOVEACKNOWLEDGMENTSThank you to my agent, Sheila Crowley at Curtis Brown, and to my editor at Penguin UK, Mari Evans, both of whom immediately saw this book for what it was—a love story.Special thanks to Maddy Wickham, who encouraged me at a point when I was not sure whether I could, or should, actually write it.At Penguin USA, I would like to thank my fantastic editors Pamela Dorman and Julie Miesionczek, as well as Clare Ferraro, president of Viking, who has been such a strong supporter of this book. At Penguin UK, I would also particularly like to thank Louise Moore, Clare Ledingham, and Shân Morley Jones.Thanks to the wonderful team at Curtis Brown, especially Jonny Geller, Tally Garner, Katie McGowan, Alice Lutyens, and Sarah Lewis, for enthusiasm and fine agenting.Huge gratitude to all on the Writersblock board—my own private Fight Club. Minus the Fighty bit.Similarly to India Knight, Sam Baker, Emma Beddington, Trish Deseine, Alex Heminsley, Jess Ruston, Sali Hughes, Tara Manning, and Fanny Blake.Thanks to Lizzie and Brian Sanders, and to Jim, Bea, and Clemmie Moyes. But most of all, as ever, to Charles, Saskia, Harry, and Lockie.Table of ContentsPrologue2007When he emerges from the bathroom she is awake, propped up against the pillows and flicking through the travel brochures that were beside his bed. She is wearing one of his T-shirts, and her long hair is tousled in a way that prompts reflexive thoughts of the
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A New York Times bestseller—with more than one million copies sold—by the author of The Girl You Left Behind

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?

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is the author of The Last Letter from Your Lover. Her follow-up, Me Before You, was a major bestseller in the UK. She is a writer for The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail, and she currently lives with her family in Essex, England.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for ME BEFORE YOU:“When I finished this novel, I didn’t want to review it: I wanted to reread it. . . . Moyes’s story provokes tears that are redemptive, the opposite of gratuitous. Some situations, she forces the reader to recognize, really are worth crying over. . . . with Lou and Will she has created an affair to remember.”—New York Times Book Review, Liesl Schillinger“An unlikely love story . . . To be devoured like candy, between tears.”—O, The Oprah Magazine“After finishing Jojo Moyes' ME BEORE YOU, you grasp why the novel, a word-of-mouth sensation from Britain, has been sold to 28 countries. . . . by turns funny and moving but never predictable.”—USA Today (****)“Funny, surprising and heartbreaking, populated with characters who are affecting and amusing . . . This is a thought-provoking, thoroughly entertaining novel that captures the complexity of love”—People Magazine“READ IT AND WEEP: Heartbreak collides with humor in Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, about the romance between a quadriplegic and his hired caregiver.”—Good Housekeeping“Masterful . . . a heartbreaker in the best sense . . . ME BEFORE YOU is achingly hard to read at moments, and yet such a joy.”—New York Daily News“There are books that you cannot put down. There are also books where you become so invested in the characters, you force yourself to stop reading to prolong the experience because you don't want the story to end, and that's what can happen when you read Jojo Moyes' latest book, Me Before
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INTRODUCTION
“The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life—or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window—is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are” (p. 58).

Louisa Clark never wanted to leave her job at the Buttered Bun. After six years, she felt secure in the routine of making tea and chatting with the café’s regulars. But when her boss closes the business, the unskilled twenty–six–year–old must take a new job as a paid companion to a wealthy ex-Master of the Universe, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Prickly and embittered, Will Traynor nonetheless opens Louisa’s eyes to the limitations she has imposed upon her life—and the infinite possibilities that only love can awaken.

A few short years earlier, Will was a major corporate player who bought and sold companies for obscene profits. He climbed mountains and dated cover girls. All that changed after a speeding motorcycle crushed his spine. Paralyzed from the neck down and even unable to feed himself, Will’s life as he knows it is over—and he is not interested in exploring a new one.

Louisa feels intimidated by Will, his commanding mother, Camilla, and the Traynors’ grand home, but the position pays a lot more than her waitressing job did and her family doesn’t hesitate to remind Lou that she has few options otherwise.

At first, Will resents Louisa’s very presence. When he destroys a shelf full of pictures, Louisa tries to repair the damage. Furious, he lashes out, “It would be nice—just for once—if someone paid attention to what I wanted. Me smashing those photographs was not an accident” (p. 56). Yet, the blowout is a turning point. Louisa stops trying to second guess Will’s decisions, but also refuses to bear the brunt of his frustration.

Louisa is accustomed to putting herself last. Her parents never hid the fact that they considered Louisa’s younger sister, Treena, to be the more intelligent sibling. Patrick—Louisa’s boyfriend of six years—is a self–absorbed personal trainer concerned only with his performance in the next triathlon. As she and Will grow closer, he convinces her that she deserves more respect from everyone in her life, including herself. Still, Lou has her reasons for wanting things to stay the same as they have always been.

When Lou learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. She begins researching technologies that can give him more autonomy and looking for outings that he might find appealing. Each for the other’s sake, Louisa and Will push beyond their comfort zones and, in turn, change each other in ways that neither could ever have anticipated.

As inspiring as it is heartbreaking, Me Before You is Jojo Moyes’s international bestselling breakout novel—and the captivating tale of two people whose improbable romance sets them both free.



ABOUT JOJO MOYES

Jojo Moyes was raised in London. She writes for the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Red and Woman & Home. She’s married to Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian. They live with their three children on a farm in Essex, England.

 


A CONVERSATION WITH JOJO MOYES

Q. What was the inspiration behind Me Before You?

It was a number of things. I had two close relatives who were dependent on twenty–four–hour care, and the issue of quality of life and how we behave around the severely disabled was high in my mind. But the novel was really spurred by a news story I heard, about a young rugby player who was left quadriplegic after an accident and who persuaded his parents to take him to Dignitas, the Swiss clinic, to allow him to go through with an assisted suicide. I couldn’t believe any parent would agree to do that—and yet the more I read up on his story, the more I realized the issue was not as clear–cut as I would have liked to believe.

Q. With Louisa and Treena, you perfectly captured the love–hate relationship that sisters often share. Do you have sisters yourself?

I have half sisters, who are much younger than I am. I’ve always been fascinated by their relationship and the relationships some of my friends have with their sisters. What I’m most captivated by is that ability to be at each other’s throats one moment and yet totally bonded and presenting a united front in the next. If you are an only child, as I was for nineteen years, that kind of relationship is pretty mesmerizing.

Q. The novel reflects an in–depth knowledge of the issues related to quadriplegia. What kind of research did you do? Were some of the characters in the quadriplegic chat rooms based on real people?

The chat room characters are an amalgam of attitudes that I heard online. And I had a lot of personal experience from within my own family and friends as to how people treat the disabled, and of some of the issues they face.

As far as other research goes, there are quads who upload footage of their daily routines to the Internet, and this was a great help in making sure I could accurately represent some of the procedures. I’ve had a lot of carers and families of quadriplegics contact me since the book was published [in the UK], and I have been relieved that they thought I had represented their lives accurately.

Q. Louisa narrates the first third of the novel, but the remainder is divided between various other characters, including Treena and Mr. Traynor. Why did you choose to organize it this way?

In the early part of the novel I wanted the reader to go through a journey of almost blind discovery with Lou, and to feel as out of their depth as she does. Later, I thought it was important for the other characters’ dilemmas to become a bit more three–dimensional. The only person whose mind I couldn’t enter was Will’s, because I wanted his intentions to be one of the central tensions of the book.

Q. Whose voice did you find easiest to write? Whose was the most difficult?

Unusually (for me), I found them all easy, possibly because they were so different, and because they were each so clear in my head. The hardest was actually Treena, because she was the closest to Lou, and I needed them to be distinct from each other.

Q. Treena can’t relate to the way Louisa feels about Will because she’s never really been in love before. She can only do so by imagining the way she would feel if her son, Thomas, were in Will’s situation. Maeve Binchy’s death revived the ongoing debate about whether a woman writer needs to have children in order to really understand the human condition. Where do you weigh in?

Oh gosh. That’s a toughie. I have writer friends who would kill me if I dared to suggest they couldn’t imagine their way into some aspect of the human condition because they’d never given birth. But all major life experiences will change you as a writer—they have to. I acknowledge that when I had children I personally felt like I’d lost a layer of skin, and I do wonder whether that visceral level of love and fear does somehow feed its way through into your writing. I know it does into other aspects of my life.

Q. You’re a two–time winner of the Romance Novelists Association Book of the Year Award. What do you think distinguishes a really great romance novel from a merely good one?

For me, it’s steering away from the obvious; also, perhaps to take the reader into settings where she might not normally go, whether that be into the past, or some extreme situation.

Q. Do you like reading romances as well as writing them? Who are some of your favorite writers?

I don’t tend to read romances per se, but I read across all sorts of genres and most of what I read has a love story at the heart of it (don’t most books?). Some of my favorite writers include Kate Atkinson, Nora Ephron, and Barbara Kingsolver. More recently I loved The Hunger Games trilogy and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

Q. You’ve been writing fiction for more than a decade, but your previous book, The Last Letter from Your Lover, won you the attention of a much wider audience. Has your suddenly higher profile changed the way you write?

It’s made it harder! I find I’m questioning what I’m doing from a much earlier stage: Is this plotline going to tie me in knots later? Is this character relatable? Is this story too slow getting going? I feel like ten books in, I’m only just learning my craft.

Q. What are you working on now?

My new book, The Girl You Left Behind, is set in modern–day London and in Occupied France in 1916 and will be published next year in the States. I’m also 40,000 words into a new book, but I’m at the stage where I’m doing as much thinking as writing.

 


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  • If you were Louisa, would you have quit working for the Traynors? If yes, at what point?

  • Were you able to relate to the way Will felt after his accident? What about his outlook on life did you find most difficult to understand or accept?

  • Discuss the meaning of the novel’s title. To whom do the “me” and “you” refer?

  • Louisa often finds Mrs. Traynor cold and judgmental. Is there an appropriate way to behave in Mrs. Traynor’s situation?

  • What is your opinion of Mr. Traynor? Did it change after you read his side of the story?

  • Why is Louisa able to reach Will when so many others could not?

  • Were you as surprised as Lou to learn of Will’s plans?

  • Compare Louisa’s relationship with Treena to Will’s relationship with Georgina. Do siblings know one another any better simply because they are related?

  • Would Patrick have asked Louisa to move in with him if he hadn’t felt threatened by Will? If Louisa had never accepted her job with the Traynors, where would her relationship with Patrick have gone?

  • Discuss Louisa’s own secret ties to the castle. Would most girls in her situation have blamed themselves? Should Treena have behaved differently in the aftermath?

  • What did you make of the way Lou’s mother, Josie, judges Lou’s decisions regarding Will. Is Josie’s reaction fair?

  • Before his accident, Will was a philanderer and a corporate raider who would probably never have given Louisa a second look. Why is it that people are so often unable to see what’s truly important until they’ve experienced loss?