Before I Met You
By Lisa Jewell
(Atria Books, Paperback, 9781476702940, 448pp.)
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
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Jazz Age London, a passionate and forbidden interracial romance, and the unbreakable bond between a bright young woman and her eccentric grandmother come together brilliantly in this gem of a novel, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey, Twenties Girl, and The Chaperone.
Fresh out of university, Betty is ready to begin a new chapter of her life in London—one she hopes brings new friends, a big career break, and perhaps even true love. Following her dreams in bustling, grungy nineties Soho, she’s ready for whatever life has to throw at her. Or so she thinks…
In 1920s bohemian London, Arlette—Betty’s grandmother—is starting her new life in a time of post-war change. Beautiful and charismatic, Arlette is soon drawn into the hedonistic world of the Bright Young People. But two years after her arrival in London, tragedy strikes and she flees back to the country for the rest of her life.
As Betty tries to manage the ups and downs of adulthood, she’s distracted by a mysterious letter she finds after Arlette’s death—a letter written to a man Betty has never heard of but who meant the world to her grandmother. Will the secrets of Arlette’s past help Betty navigate her own path to happiness?
A heartwarming detective story and a captivating look at London then and now, Before I Met You is an unforgettable story about two very different women, separated by seventy years, but linked by a shared determination to make their dreams come true.
Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the internationally bestselling author of nine previous novels, including After the Party and The Making of Us. Find out more at Facebook.com/LisaJewellOfficial or follow her on Twitter @LisaJewellUK.
?eoeThe stories of Lydia, Dean, and Robyn are each engrossing on their own; combined with the over-arching storyline of their father, they make for an irresistible read. Anyone who has ever pondered the nature of family or imagined finding a long-lost sibling will be captivated by The Making of Us.?e
?eoeAn engaging tale of choices made and not made, families lost and families gained, this should appeal to fans of Jewell?e(TM)s work as well as such authors as Jodi Picoult.?e
?eoeJewell?e(TM)s moving novel immerses readers in the lives of these unique characters through the universal themes of family and a search for belonging. Jewell has written a compelling and entertaining novel.?e
?eoeFilled with heart and humor, this latest from British bestseller Jewell raises all those big questions about identity, family and fitting in.?e
?eoeLisa Jewell?e(TM)s writing is like a big warm hug, and this book is a touching, insightful, and gripping story which I simply couldn?e(TM)t put down.?e
-Sophie Kinsella, author of Wedding Night
?eoeFlipping between their perspectives and illuminating their desires, fears, and sometimes clumsy actions, [After the Party] entertainingly marches its characters along the path to finally growing up.?e
?eoeJewell?e(TM)s easy prose and storytelling ability make for a pleasant trip. Engaging.?e
?eoeBeautiful, moving, and unputdownable.?e
-Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You
?eoeThis is another emotional clever read from Jewell, beautifully written and populated with carefully constructed characters you?e(TM)ll be rooting for as you race through it.... I couldn?e(TM)t put it down.?e
-Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail (London)
?eoeWhat a delightful novel! I was truly absorbed by Betty and Arlette.?A wonderful perspective on the curiosity, confidences and deep affection that can exist between the generations. The story is ingeniously and seamlessly balanced within two different time frames, and the care Lisa Jewell devotes to the sense of place and the detailed fabric of each age gives her book a richness that? both charms and moves.?e
-Juliet Nicolson, author of Abdication and The Great Silence: Britain From the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age
?eoeLisa Jewell?e(TM)s latest escapist love story is heartbreakingly good.?e
?eoeGH favourite Lisa Jewell leaves the chick-lit tag firmly behind with Before I Met You, a poignant story about a young woman uncovering her grandmother?e(TM)s bohemian life in 1920s London - and finding her own place in the world in the process.?e