Before I Met You book pdf download for free or read online, also Before I Met You pdf was written by Lisa Jewell.
Lisa is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author who has published in more than 25 languages worldwide. She lives in the north London with her husband, two teenage daughters and the bestest dog in the world.
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After the death of her grandmother, Arlette, Betty is finally ready to start her life. She’d given up college, parties, boyfriends, summer jobs, and all the usual worries of a woman her age to take care of Arlette in her shabby but charming home on the English island of Guernsey.
His will included a beneficiary unknown to Betty and her family, a woman named Clara Pickle, believed to be at a London address. Now, after ending up on a rather seedy street corner in 1990’s Soho, Betty is determined to find the mysterious Clara. She is fully ready for whatever life throws at her. At least that’s what she thinks…
In bohemian London in the 1920s, Arlette De La Mare begins her new life in a time of post-war change. Beautiful and charismatic, she is soon drawn into the hedonistic world of bright young people. But two years after arriving in London, tragedy strikes and she flees back to her childhood home and stays there for the rest of her life.
As Betty navigates the ups and downs of city life and takes a job as a nanny for a rock star tabloid, her search for Clara leads her to a man, a totally stranger to Betty, but someone who meant the world to her grandmother. Will secrets from Arlette’s past help Betty find her own path to happiness in the present?
Before I Met You is a rich detective story and a compelling look at London then and now. It’s an unforgettable novel about two very different women, separated by seventy years but united by big hearts and even bigger dreams.
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Before I Met You is one of those books that successfully tells two stories at once, one set in the 1920s and the other in 1995, and engages the reader in discovering the great mystery that has been hidden for 70 years. Sounds fascinating, right?
Jewell piques her readers’ interest by slowly revealing bits of Arlette’s secret past, and I enjoyed that! It cleverly uses split narration between Betty and Arlette in two different eras to tell the story that helped keep that sense of tension high. Just as you find out more about one of the women, the narrator changes and you stay hooked and anxiously awaiting to learn more. The women’s voices were so different that changing between their stories didn’t slow the pace of the book.
This book was very characterful for me. We are introduced to the two main characters, Betty and Arlette. While these two women were portrayed realistically, with flaws, and I liked them both, it was Arlette, Betty’s grandmother, that really intrigued me. That’s not to say I didn’t like Betty, yes, but her story and the struggles with her job, dom, etc. they distracted me a bit and weren’t as interesting as what happened to Arlette when she was young.
That’s probably because I don’t find the numbers from 1995 as interesting as the “Roaring 20s”. But what really made Betty a good leading actress for me is to see her come into her own and grow from being a scared, naive young woman, alone in the world for the first time, to a much stronger person, who takes responsibility for the things she ends up doing She realizes they are important to her.
One of the things I loved about this book is the setting. I loved being transported to 1920’s London where the story of Arlette’s youth comes to life. The clubs, the parties, the clothes, the music… I loved seeing what kind of woman Arlette was growing up before she became Betty’s old grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease. I really enjoyed seeing her character in two very different lights (the young and the old) and gradually discovering the parts of her life that made her what she was when we first saw her book met.
I had my own predictions about how things would turn out for Arlette, but there were enough twists in the story to keep me interested throughout the book (not to mention my initial predictions turned out to be wrong).
I think if I had to pick a negative I would have to say there isn’t enough out there about Godfrey, the musician who’s almost too good to be true. I really wish I had found out more about him or even gotten his perspective on certain key points. He was a compelling character and I loved how he and Arlette were together. I wish we could have gotten to know him a little better.
Before I Met You is a fascinating story about two young women coming of age, finding friends, true love and discovering what is really important. It has a bit of everything: a bit of romance, a bit of mystery, and even a bit of suspense. I would classify this as an easy read. Great for a lazy Sunday afternoon in front of the fireplace. 🙂
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