Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an ordinary life who has never been farther afield than her family's tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, now wheelchair-bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life -- big deals, extreme sports, world travel -- and he's pretty sure he cannot live this way. Refusing to treat him with kid gloves, Lou sets out to show Will that life is still worth living.
Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2013: Before Louisa met Will, her plans didn't reach beyond their tiny English town. Will, when he wasn't closing multimillion-dollar deals, blew off steam scaling mountains, leaping from planes, and enjoying exquisite women--until an accident left him paralyzed and seriously depressed. When his mother hires Lou to keep his spirits up, he meets her awkward overtures with caustic contempt, but she's tenacious and oddly endearing. Their fondness grows into something deeper, gaining urgency when she realizes his determination to end his life, and her efforts to convince him of its value throw her own bland ambitions into question. Plumbing morally complex depths with comedy and compassion, Jojo Moyes elevates the story of Lou and Will from what could have been a maudlin weepie into a tragic love story, with a catharsis that will wring out your heart and leave you feeling fearless. --Mari Malcolm