Elizabeth and Arlette have one thing in common, an appreciation of all things beautiful. When Elizabeth finds this common link with the elderly mother of her mom’s boyfriend, she begins a relationship that will literally change the course of her life. As she struggles to grant Arlette’s last wish, her journey to London will uncover both a past she never would have suspected and a future she didn’t anticipate.
Lisa Jewell is an absolute master craftsperson of words and her story will pull you in and make it nearly impossible to put the book down. Compelling and exquisitely human, “Before I Knew You” explores race relations in London in the early Jazz Age as well as the pitfalls of coming of age in any era. Told with a wonderful narrative voice, the tale is beautifully balanced. We are as eager to see Elizabeth’s progress in modern London as we are to uncover the secrets of Artlette’s past. Both women come to life on the pages with beautiful prose and fabulous turns of phrasing that will have you laughing out loud one moment and sighing the next.
“Before I Met You” is due to be released from Atria Books on October 15th, 2013.
This book was provided to me by Atria Books for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!