Before I Met You PDF/EPUB ↠ Before I PDF or


Before I Met You ❮EPUB❯ ❂ Before I Met You ✽ Author Lisa Jewell – Thomashillier.co.uk After her grandmother Arlette s death, Betty is finally ready to begin her life She had forfeited university, parties, boyfriends, summer jobs all the usual preoccupations of a woman her age in order After her grandmother Arlette s death, Betty is finally ready to begin her life She had forfeited university, parties, boyfriends, summer jobs all the usual preoccupations of a woman her age in order to care for Arlette in their dilapidated, albeit charming home on the English island of Guernsey Her will included a beneficiary unknown to Betty and her family, a woman named Clara Pickle who presumably could be found at Before I PDF or a London address Now, having landed on a rather shabby street corner in s Soho, Betty is determined to find the mysterious Clara She s ready for whatever life has to throw her way Or so she thinks In s bohemian London, Arlette De La Mare is starting her new life in a time of postwar change Beautiful and charismatic, she 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 her childhood home and remains there for the rest of her life As Betty navigates the ups and downs of city life and begins working as a nanny for a rock star tabloid magnet, her search for Clara leads her to a man a stranger to Betty, but someone who meant the world to her grandmother Will the secrets of Arlette s past help Betty find her own way to happiness in the present A rich detective story and a captivating look at London then and now, Before I Met You is an unforgettable novel about two very different women, separated by seventy years, but united by big hearts and even bigger dreams.


10 thoughts on “Before I Met You

  1. Stacia (the 2010 club) Stacia (the 2010 club) says:

    He was not a boss eyed sailor Or a rapist He was a legend. and that folks, is where I cried There is something about a story where the truth comes out of hiding that really does something to me While I didn t quite make it to Jellicoe Road snot inducing tears, there were still plenty of buried hormones which bubbled up to the surface enough to produce a steady stream of tears to run down my face for a couple of minutes.I was about due for a book to stir up some emotions in me He was not a boss eyed sailor Or a rapist He was a legend. and that folks, is where I cried There is something about a story where the truth comes out of hiding that really does something to me While I didn t quite make it to Jellicoe Road snot inducing tears, there were still plenty of buried hormones which bubbled up to the surface enough to produce a steady stream of tears to run down my face for a couple of minutes.I was about due for a book to stir up some emotions in me Sometimes the apathy can actually get tiring Experiencing Before I Met You felt like a jump start to my soul I needed these feelsThe words were so pretty I kid you not, I was lying on a screwdriver in my bed and was vaguely aware of something poking me, yet I kept on reading because I was completely enraptured by an extremely beautiful scene.The story is set in motion when an aging woman named Arlette dies, leaving behind an inheritance to a mysterious woman named Clara Pickle Arlette s step granddaughter Betty is due the money should Clara not be found within a suitable amount of time Instead of Betty waiting out the time and collecting her inheritance, she decides to go on an adventure to find the recipient of the willShe was here.She was here.Her life had finally begunNow we re at the point where I d normally say adventures ensue In the case of Before I Met You, I might have to word things differently For the best adventure is not focused around Betty, even though it is her mystery to solve All of the excitement comes from finding out about Arlette s past The reader is hurled back in time to the 1920 s as we get the pieces of Arlette s life which were unknown to the people who knew her best at the time of her death.In the case of many books told from two viewpoints in two different time periods, there s always one viewpoint which seems to stand out as stronger than the other At first, I would have sworn that Betty s tale would be farfascinating She was on her own in a new city, she had a handsome and mysterious market man take an interest in her, and she had also become a nanny for a big name musician And while that was all well and good, Betty s story was merely the catalyst for us to find out about all things Arlette I never really warmed up to Betty or her cares Betty s potential musician love interest was meh I only liked Betty s part of the story when John was in it because he was quite yummy.Arlette stole the show Her story captivated me I could imagine the vividly painted picture of 1920 s London, with the music and the frolicking yes, dammit, people frolicked and the dancing This was not a prohibition tale, for the atmosphere wasopen in London during the time period than it was in the states I fell in love with Godfrey, the charming musician who Arlette couldn t stay away from This was a time where inter racial romance was not widely accepted, except for in the clubs and dance halls, where it was all about living life to the fullest Arlette found herself wondering if she should buck the rules in order to follow her heart, or if she should stick with the man who would be easier to have a life withHere she was, torn between the man who kept her safe and the man who made her feel mad with wantingSo how does Arlette s story tie in to the unknown Clara Pickle Well now, I can t tell you that The book is about following Betty on her journey to find out who Clara is By the time we get there, I felt like I d been put through the ringer My little heart was palpitating like crazy when the pieces finally started to come together.This was my first book by Lisa Jewell but it will certainly not be my last This woman can write passages which make me want to reach into the pages of the book and see the images for myself, which is so wonderful to experience If you ve read and loved Jojo Moyes Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind, etc and like books which bring together the past and present, this is going to be one you won t want to miss


  2. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I m the only person on Goodreads so far to give this book one star I have read all of Lisa Jewell s other books and thoroughly enjoyed them But I just didn t care about this one The writing was formulaic, you knew exactly what was going to happen, the characters were one dimensional and stereotypical, and overall it was rather boring Maybe I ve just out grown Lisa Jewell, but I m sure if she wrote this novel as her first, it wouldn t have been published.


  3. Britany Britany says:

    I ve been on a Lisa Jewell kick, and enjoying reading through her backlist I have to say, this one is my least favorite by far I almost had a hard time believing this was the same author Two alternating timelines, one Arlette post WWI England, falls in love with a famous black musician but chaos ensues The other Betty Dean Great name in the 1990 s cares for Arlette on her deathbed and then goes out to search for the person named in Arlette s will Clara Pickle How are these characte I ve been on a Lisa Jewell kick, and enjoying reading through her backlist I have to say, this one is my least favorite by far I almost had a hard time believing this was the same author Two alternating timelines, one Arlette post WWI England, falls in love with a famous black musician but chaos ensues The other Betty Dean Great name in the 1990 s cares for Arlette on her deathbed and then goes out to search for the person named in Arlette s will Clara Pickle How are these characters all related Secrets, racial tension and pop stars all get in the way I have to admit I was muchinterested in Betty s story than Arlette s Which almost never happens who ever likes the present day better than the historical This one just missed the mark for me I wasn t super invested in the characters, there were a couple of things that I found hard to believe as actual connections The writing wasn t as strong and what tension existed was weak and uneventful If I quit books, this would be one in that category Still not giving up on my Jewell renaissance, but happy to move onto the next one


  4. Hilary Tesh Hilary Tesh says:

    A good idea for an interesting plot, but the author couldn t get far enough away from her usual chick lit style to do it justice The result was much too twee for me and also littered with silly and avoidable inaccuracies Of these, for me, the worst was on page 430 a big, empty house on a cliff, with distant tantalising views towards the white cliffs of Dover The house was in Guernsey, Dover is over 200 miles away And if distance and the earth s curvature were not a big enough obstacle, t A good idea for an interesting plot, but the author couldn t get far enough away from her usual chick lit style to do it justice The result was much too twee for me and also littered with silly and avoidable inaccuracies Of these, for me, the worst was on page 430 a big, empty house on a cliff, with distant tantalising views towards the white cliffs of Dover The house was in Guernsey, Dover is over 200 miles away And if distance and the earth s curvature were not a big enough obstacle, the Cherbourg Peninsula in between the two would certainly block the view So an easy read but not my type of book


  5. Hannah Fielding Hannah Fielding says:

    For me, curling up with a Lisa Jewell novel is like curling up with a coffee in front of a warm fire comforting, cosy with the guarantee that it will warm the cockles of my heart This book did not disappoint Well written, vivid and at once warm and funny and poignant and moving It s amature read than some of Lisa s earlier novels even with a relatively young heroine, it is less chicklit in feel and deals with some serious rather than frivolous themes.I especially enjoyed the dual For me, curling up with a Lisa Jewell novel is like curling up with a coffee in front of a warm fire comforting, cosy with the guarantee that it will warm the cockles of my heart This book did not disappoint Well written, vivid and at once warm and funny and poignant and moving It s amature read than some of Lisa s earlier novels even with a relatively young heroine, it is less chicklit in feel and deals with some serious rather than frivolous themes.I especially enjoyed the dual points of view explored in the book of Arlette, a young woman in 1920s London, and her step granddaughter Betty, in 1990s London There are wonderful parallels and also juxtaposition of the women s experiences that made for a compelling and powerful read The characters are multi faceted and realistic and likeable, and I was rather sad by the end of the book that their story had come to an end.For me, the best part of this book is the sense of place that the author creates I love the island of Guernsey, so I enjoyed the descriptions of that setting, but it is London that really comes alive on the pages Having read this book soon after finishing The Paris Wife, which depicts 1920s Paris, I found myself drawing parallels and enjoying the glimpse of life in bohemian London during that era I think the author does a marvellous job of capturing the heart of London Soho without over romanticising it Take the following extract All she knew was that the day was dying and the night was giving birth to itself, and there was something electric, something magnetic pulling her down Carnaby Street, past self consciously crazy boutiques, past grimy pubs, through the throngs of tourists and teenage girls just like her, girls from somewhere else with overblown ideas of themselves, girls having a special treat with dowdy mothers and bored father, a day in town with an early lunch at Garfunkel s, overfilled bowls from the salad bar, tickets for a West End show tucked safely in Mum s bum bag It wasn t real Even to Betty s immature, small town eyes she could see through the fakery and the stage setting There was something both murky and beguiling beyond this plastic street of Union Jacks and Beatles posters, something grimy and flittering.By the end of the book, I found myself wanting to visit London and the locations that feature in the story, so alive did the characters feel to me.Of course, at the heart of the story is romance that of Arlette and of Betty and indeed all sorts of relationship are explored in the novel The result is a touching and memorable book that I recommend to any reader who enjoys romance


  6. Susan Susan says:

    I ve read and enjoyed Lisa Jewell s books forthan ten years, and I highly recommend both One Hit Wonder and A Friend of the Family But Before I Met You left me cold Jewell does a good job of portraying the combination of wide eyed wonder, tinge of fear, and naive determination that both Betty, in the 1990s, and Arlette, in the 1920s, feel as young women on their own in a big city for the first time She also keeps the pages turning to find out the mystery behind the beneficiary in Arlett I ve read and enjoyed Lisa Jewell s books forthan ten years, and I highly recommend both One Hit Wonder and A Friend of the Family But Before I Met You left me cold Jewell does a good job of portraying the combination of wide eyed wonder, tinge of fear, and naive determination that both Betty, in the 1990s, and Arlette, in the 1920s, feel as young women on their own in a big city for the first time She also keeps the pages turning to find out the mystery behind the beneficiary in Arlette s will who Betty is determined to find But the narration is strangely distant from the characters, and I never felt fully connected to them The object of Arlette s passion isof a paragon than a real person view spoiler It was difficult to believe, even in those short enlightened years between the World Wars, that almost nobody batted an eyelash when Arlette became the lover of a black musician hide spoiler In fact, none of the male characters work, with the exception of the taciturn young man who is one of the first people Betty encounters in her new life All in all, not my favorite Lisa Jewell by far


  7. Tara Chevrestt Tara Chevrestt says:

    I bailed at 72% I just really hated this book and its heroines I will give it points for keeping me intrigued After all, I kept plunging along even though I disliked its heroines I kept thinking, Well, I want to know what happened even after I figured out who the mysterious Pickle lady was It was so obvious.But the heroines just totally suck While I don t expect them to be perfect..they must have flaws as we all do, can they possibly beunlikable and STUPID The modern day girl she I bailed at 72% I just really hated this book and its heroines I will give it points for keeping me intrigued After all, I kept plunging along even though I disliked its heroines I kept thinking, Well, I want to know what happened even after I figured out who the mysterious Pickle lady was It was so obvious.But the heroines just totally suck While I don t expect them to be perfect..they must have flaws as we all do, can they possibly beunlikable and STUPID The modern day girl she constantly wants to remind us she gave up her life to care for an old lady What does she want, a medal She likes one guy but beds another She can t wait for the old lady to die but then just sells the stuff she looked forward to acquiring And the Soho bitwhy the obsession with living in a place that is a kingdom of sirens and neon and filth and chaos and double yellow lines as far as the eye could see To say I don t get her or like her is an understatement And the past story The heroine is likable until she lets a man destroy her life She is so weak it s disgusting I hate women who allow themselves to be victims, who don t fight back I wanted to throw up And the romance was so dry I failed to FEEL the love they supposedly had Granted, he speaks politely to her and says things like violent urge but it s so dry and his character is so flat when it should be passionate and the romance totally misses the mark.Just a total miss for me, but I dedicated four days to it so I m posting my two cents I hated it


  8. Anne Anne says:

    I enjoy well written chick lit, but I ve always avoided Lisa Jewell I have no idea why, but I always thought she was at the fluffy end of the spectrum This book is so good it really moves her out of the chick lit camp for me, it was a wonderful and really different read If I say it reminded me of the best of JoJo Moyes, I mean it as a real compliment Betty s 90s story part love story, part investigation of the past is interspersed with the story of Arlette and her life amid the bohemi I enjoy well written chick lit, but I ve always avoided Lisa Jewell I have no idea why, but I always thought she was at the fluffy end of the spectrum This book is so good it really moves her out of the chick lit camp for me, it was a wonderful and really different read If I say it reminded me of the best of JoJo Moyes, I mean it as a real compliment Betty s 90s story part love story, part investigation of the past is interspersed with the story of Arlette and her life amid the bohemian set in the 1920s The transitions are effortless, and both timeframes have a depth of detail that is absolutely captivating Both Betty and Arlette are wonderfully drawn characters, and both stories with their overlaps are totally engrossing It s a tribute to Lisa Jewell s writing that I never felt any wrench moving from one story to the other either thread would have kept me hooked I understand this dual time narrative is a bit of a departure for the author, but I do regret not discovering her writing earlier back catalogue, here I come


  9. Holly Holly says:

    I was expecting this to be better than what it was It started off great but then somewhere in the middle I kind of lost interest I wanted to know what happened so I kept reading but I didn t really get into the characters Just finished with a lukewarm feeling overall Just a little disappointed The use of the f word was over used as well, which became very irritating


  10. Deanna Deanna says:

    This felt like a departure from other Jewell novels I ve read It s not a romance, but it was essentially a study of how the romantic missteps of two women in different periods shaped the development of their lives and personalities And very oddly, they both seemed fairly ordinary except for the siren like effect each had on men around them, men who found them devastatingly attractive, a characteristic that felt manufactured and out of place with the way you otherwise see the two women in their This felt like a departure from other Jewell novels I ve read It s not a romance, but it was essentially a study of how the romantic missteps of two women in different periods shaped the development of their lives and personalities And very oddly, they both seemed fairly ordinary except for the siren like effect each had on men around them, men who found them devastatingly attractive, a characteristic that felt manufactured and out of place with the way you otherwise see the two women in their worlds Their extraordinary and inconstantly portrayed beauty seemed manufactured to place them in situations and relationships necessary for Jewell to go where she wanted in the story, wheninteresting and authentic set ups could have worked as well It was just odd I was disappointed by how little of the search to learn to the identity of a mysterious woman occupied the story, and how predictable the eventual results were Still, despite my complaints, I enjoyed being immersed in a Lisa Jewell book Characters and dilemmas arereal than not, the writing is deft and sometimes lovely, and the story lingers well after it s over


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *