Born on August 4, 1969, in Maidstone, Kent, England, Jojo Moyes (born Pauline Sara Jo Moyes) worked as a journalist before beginning her career as a romance writer. After having three of her manuscripts rejected, Moyes found success and became a full-time novelist in 2002. She twice won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has been translated into twenty-eight languages.
How to read Jojo Moyes’ Books in Order?
Me Before You Books in Order
- Me Before You (2011) – Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. 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.
- After You (2015) – After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding-the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future.
- Still Me (2018) – Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life. She steps into the world of the super-rich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you find the courage to follow your heart-wherever that may lead?
The Girl You Left Behind Books in Order
- Honeymoon in Paris (2015) – novella available in Paris for One and Other Stories. A tale of the early days of two marriages in both 1912 and 2012
- The Girl You Left Behind (2012) – Paris, World War I. Sophie Lefèvre must keep her family safe while her husband, Édouard, fights at the front. When their town falls to the Germans, Sophie is forced to serve them every evening at her hotel. From the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie’s portrait-painted by her artist husband-a dangerous obsession is born. Almost a century later in London, Sophie’s portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston. After a chance encounter reveals the portrait’s true worth, a battle begins over its troubled history and Liv’s world is turned upside all over again.
Stand-alone novels by Jojo Moyes
- Sheltering Rain, also known as Return to Ireland (2002) – Estranged from her mother since she ran away from her rural Irish home as a young woman, Kate swore a future oath that she’d always be a friend to her daughter, Sabine. But history has a way of repeating itself, and Kate now faces an ever-widening chasm between herself and her daughter. With Sabine about to make her own journey to Ireland to see the grandmother Kate abandoned, Kate is left wondering how they ever made it here, and what she can do to close the gap between them.
- Windfallen, also known as Foreign Fruit (2003) – For Lottie Swift, Arcadia has always been magical. The breathtaking art deco house perched above the shoreline of the well-ordered village of Merham seems to stand still throughout the years. It has never changed, not really, but Lottie’s fate and fortune have been inextricably linked with that of the beautiful house. Years later, as a designer hired to make over the now-empty Arcadia, Daisy Parsons seeks a new beginning, as Lottie once did. Daisy finds refuge in the house, and something more-a love she thought she would never know again and a friendship unlike any she’s experienced before.
- The Peacock Emporium (2004) – In the sixties, Athene Forster was the most glamorous girl of her generation. Thirty-five years later, Suzanna Peacock is struggling with her notorious mother’s legacy. The only place Suzanna finds comfort is in The Peacock Emporium, the beautiful coffee bar and shop she opens that soon enchants her little town. But only by confronting both her family and her innermost self will she finally reckon with the past–and discover that the key to her history, and her happiness, may have been in front of her all along.
- The Ship of Brides (2005) – 1946. World War II has ended and all over the world. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England-aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. For Frances Mackenzie, the complicated young woman whose past comes back to haunt her far from home, the journey will change her life in ways she never could have predicted-forever.
- Silver Bay (2006) – Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past. But the unspoiled beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the freedom and safety she craves-if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt’s hotel.
- Night Music (2008) – The Spanish House has long been known as an architectural folly to locals, and is now nearly derelict to boot. When its reclusive owner dies, the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For Isabel, recently widowed, the house is a potential lifeline. But for neighbour Matt McCarthy, the house is revenge – on the family who ruined his father. For his wife it’s the key to the perfect family life. As desires clash and intertwine, lives and loves are demolished – and the Spanish House becomes a true folly indeed…
- The Horse Dancer (2009) – Natasha, a young lawyer, is reeling after her failed marriage: her professional judgment is being questioned, her new boyfriend is a let-down, and she’s forced to share her house with her charismatic ex-husband. Yet when the willful fourteen-year-old Sarah lands in her path, Natasha decides to take the girl under her wing. But Sarah is keeping a secret-a secret that will change the lives of everyone involved forever.
- The Last Letter from Your Lover (2010) – In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing-not the car accident that put her there, not her wealthy husband, not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an impassioned letter, signed simply “B,” from a man for whom she seemed willing to risk everything. In 2003, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles upon the letter and becomes obsessed with learning the unknown lovers’ fate-hoping it will inspire her own happy ending.
- The One Plus One (2019) – Jess Thomas has two jobs and two kids and never enough money. And when life knocks her down she does her best to bounce right back. But no one told her it’s okay to ask for help. Ed Nicholls is the good guy gone bad. He had it all, then one stupid mistake cost him everything. Now he’ll do anything to make it right. Ed doesn’t want to save anyone and Jess doesn’t want saving, but could Jess and Ed add up to something better together?
- The Giver of Stars (2019) – Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve, hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.
- Someone Else’s Shoes (2023) – Sam has not got much, but she’s grateful for what she has: a job she’s just about clinging on to and a family who depend on her for everything. She knows she’s one bad day away from losing it all – and just hopes today isn’t it . . . Nisha has got everything she always dreamed of – and more: a phenomenally rich husband; an international lifestyle; and . . . she’s just been locked out of all of it after her husband initiates divorce proceedings . . . Sam and Nisha should never have crossed paths. But after a bag mix-up at the gym, their lives become intertwined – even as they spiral out of control. Each blames the other as they feel increasingly invisible, forgotten, lost – and desperately alone. But they’re not.
IV. Short Stories
- Paris for One and Other Stories (2016) – A collection of 11 short stories, included In Honeymoon in Paris, Crocodile Shoes, Love in the Afternoon and A Bird in the Hand.
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