Book Review: Before I Met You, Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell Before I Met You

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Betty is from Guernsey. She has spent the past couple of years caring for her ailing grandmother, Arlene, who upon her passing leaves a strange note and beneficiary in her will, which leads Betty to London in the hope of finding her, and fulfilling her Arlene’s final wishes. Betty always thought Arlene had lived a simple life in Guernsey, but as she digs deeper, she uncovers a whole world of exciting secrets from the jazz scene 70 years before, whilst also enjoying a few London adventures of her own.

There was something about this book that really appealed to me. I don’t know if it was the glamorous jazz era of 1920s London or the cool 90s-girl-in-Soho vibes that both characters in the book epitomise, but I genuinely enjoyed reading both voices equally. Obviously, I could identify more with Betty as a single girl living in The Big Smoke and trying to make a living doing something she loves, but the glamour of Arlene’s life and the unfolding story that Betty is trying to uncover about her grandmother is mesmorising.

I looked forward to my commutes with this book!