Release Date - March 22, 2022
Years ago, I read Me Before You and absolutely loved it. I worked my way through all of Jojo Moyes books after that. When I saw that The Next Thing You Know was of a similar storyline, I knew I had to read it.
Nova works as an end-of-life doula, a career that makes sense to anyone facing a terminal illness or end-of-life scenario, yet not everyone understands it. Mason, a musician, seeks Nova out, despite not really understanding her work. Mason's career as he knows it is over, due to a debilitating condition that he doesn't really tell Nova too much about.
Despite his younger age, Nova agrees to help him. It's what she does, yet this is one of the most personal, challenging clients she's ever had.
There's more to this story than I feel comfortable bringing up. A major plot twist hits and the story then goes between past and present to tell Nova and Mason's experiences together.
An end-of-life doula is a career I believe needs to be spotlighted more than it is. With rising cases of Alzheimer's, every family could use this kind of support system. For that reason, I connected with Nova.
I never found as tight a bond with Mason. As the main point of the story hits, I found myself sad, angry, and back, which impacted how I felt. I liked the story, but I didn't find it as magical as I expected or hoped. I just became annoyed with how quickly things could all change.