We call the male protagonist in a romance the "hero." But what is a hero and what is a heroic life? That's just one of the many questions Moyes' book poses to her readers in this story that tips the scales into the incredibly weepy zone. The plot is fairly simple: Twenty-six year old British working class Louisa Clark is made redundant when the coffee shop where she works closes. Since she has only basic schooling, no job qualifications, and lives at home with her parents, she applies as a caretaker/companion to Will Traynor. Thirty-six year old British upper middle class Will, once a man who had it all--powerful job, regal fiancé, and passion for extreme sports--is now wheelchair-bound due to a severe spinal injury, leaving him unable to use one arm and his legs. Will has given up on his life and wants to die via assisted suicide in Switzerland, but his mother has persuaded him to live for six more months in an effort to prove to him that life's worth living. To this end she hires Louisa (who at first doesn't know of the six-month limit) because the young woman is vibrant and lively.
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