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Me for You

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,067 ratings  ·  290 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Grief comes a richly poignant and stirring story that asks: How soon is too soon to fall in love again?

The last thing Rudy expected was to wake up one Saturday morning, a widow at fifty-four years old. Now, ten months after the untimely death of his beloved wife, he’s still not sure how to move on from the defining tragedy
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Gallery Books (first published December 4th 2018)
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Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free e-copy of Me for You by Lolly Winston from Goodreads for my honest review.

A very emotional book of love, loss and grief. Rudy and Bee are happy married and in love. But, one morning, Rudy wakes up and finds his wife, Bee dead. He is shocked and can't believe it.

Rudy becomes very depressed and his friend, Sasha becomes his biggest emotional support through it all. Rudy and Sasha both have personal problems and end up leaning on one another to cope. Will they find love as well?
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
The best way I can capture my review is to say: it couldn't keep my interest. I didn't dislike it. The characters were fine. The plot addressed grief and processing grief in a way that wasn't heart wrenching but wasn't disconnected. Even though I thought the little plot twist was weak and odd and the daughter's role a bit delayed to develop, I don't have any harsh comments. Simply didn't engage me as I anticipated.
Jenna Bookish
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this novel from Booksparks in my role as a Winter Reading Challenge ambassador. All opinions are my own.

Me for You was in the 2.5 star range for me. There was a lot of potential in the story and I loved the concept, but something about the execution just never really grabbed me. The book opens with Rudy waking up in bed with his wife, who has died in her sleep. Most of the story then takes place almost a year later, after the initial shock of the loss has faded as Rudy
Genevieve Trono
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Touchstone and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. I loved the premise of this book but this just didn't work for me. I thought that Rudy's grief over the loss of his wife was relatable and accurate and I enjoyed reading about the initial slow build of Rudy's relationship with Sasha. Unfortunately, a lot of new elements were introduced a little later on into the story and it all turned from a charming story about a widow to a lot of absurd ideas t ...more
Lisa Bowen
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying l love this author. I know she only wrote three books. I wish she would write more. This book had some funny lines but mostly had grief. It was a very good story. I also the love the music notes on the page.
Sheri Joyce
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an ok book for me. Not for the topic of grief but more for the clumsiness of the book. Its flow was choppy at times and the last half of the book felt long and disjointed. I did appreciate the awareness it brings to mental health, though, as one grieves or goes through a difficult season in life.
Denise Westlake
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good, clean, victorious love story. Truly enjoyed, and no jarring ending, ither.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Toni
Shelves: general-fiction
*Review is of an advanced copy

Lolly Winston's Good Grief was one of those books that took me by surprise. It was an unexpected pleasure; sad, funny, relatable. Therefore, I squealed in delight upon spying a third novel from the talented author. I didn't even bother to read the back cover, merely plucked it from the ARC shelf and raced home.
At first, it seemed as though Me for You might simply be a retelling of Good Grief albeit this time with the roles reversed. However, although there are defi
Donna Hines
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Moving on takes courage, losing the one you love takes tenacity, finding yourself in the chaos takes heart.
This is the story of Rudy who was widowed and is quickly trying to replace the broken pieces of his heart and soul.
Finding his passion, uncovering his truths, seeking companionship is only part of his story.
Life isn't always as it seems as the bumps in the road sometimes makes an achievable into an unattainable goal.
Rudy learns the hard way that life doesn't go as planned.
When two imperfect
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This book should have been nothing but a depressing sad downer of a book--but it wasn't! It was really quite lovely and wonderful. Yes, it is sad because the book opens with Rudy's beloved wife unexpectedly dying and then you see his grieving process. But it was lovely because, well, it seemed so real and sweet. I think I especially liked it that Bethany, his wife, was really great for him and that would never change, even as he finds comfort, friendship, and even romance with someone else. I fo ...more
Savannah (readingandsunshine)
This book started with so much potential for me, but then fell really flat for me. There never seemed to be much of a story besides following around a grieving man - grief is powerful and could have made a great book, but there was nothing insightful to me about the story or the characters. It didn't seem that the character grew at all. I enjoyed the writing at first, but the story became extremely dull about 3/4 of the way through and never redeemed itself
Jan 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
Me For You wasn't what I hoped it would be. It's really sad and depressing, and I just can't read sad stuff anymore. I recommend if you're okay with bleak. Unfortunately, this story was not for me. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Kathy McC
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to Gallery Books for the Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it. I didn't find it as engrossing as her first two novels.

The patients are not that much different from you or me. They are people who stepped off a curb and got run over by life."

"And then it was time to be alone for the first time in weeks. Then he felt his face droop, heard the depression scratching on the windows to get in."
chels marieantoinette
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a sweet, sweet book. Not a lot really happens, but it’s still very thought-provoking and interesting. The idea of moving on after losing your spouse, wether from divorce or death, is a tough topic which Winston addresses beautifully. Anyone who’s suffered any sort of grief should find takeaways in this book and the stance taken on healing and moving on. I really enjoyed the simplicity. Well-written and hopeful.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The last thing Rudy expected was to wake up one Saturday morning, a widow at fifty-four years old. Now, ten months after the untimely death of his beloved wife, he’s still not sure how to move on from the defining tragedy of his life—but his new job is helping. After being downsized from his finance position, Rudy turned to his first love: the piano. Some people might be embarrassed to work as the piano player at Nordstrom, but for Rudy, there’s joy in bringing a little music into the world. And ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Lolly Winston definitely knows how to take a sad thing like grief and make it into a beautiful story. As she did in Good Grief (I highly recommend it), she has done again in this lovely book.

Rudy wakes up one morning at the age of 54 to his wife lying next to him. He goes about chattering about breakfast and things, as one does, and after a while, realizes she still isn’t stirring. His beloved wife Bethany has passed away in her sleep. Rudy is lost. The wo
Janet Fiorentino
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I have been waiting for a new book from Lolly Winston for years, ever since I read “Good Grief.” When I saw a chance to read an advanced copy of this book, I swooned with delight. Unfortunately, as many reviews have noted, “Me For You,” is like the less desired sister of “Good Grief.”

In this novel, Rudy’s wife dies unexpectedly in her sleep just as the two of them are looking forward to the adventures of retirement. As a result, Rudy falls into grief and depression (much like did in Sophie did
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I have liked Lolly Winston books before, especially Good Grief. In fact, I loved that book but this one seems to want to revisit similar emotions with different characters and a bit of an unbelievable plot. Too many coincidences and "surprises". It does try to visit grief and moving on but that fell flat as well. I really enjoy Winston's writing style but a new topic would be welcome.
Thanks to NetGalley for ARC.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
++Thanks to Gallery books and Goodreads for the ARC in exchange for an honest review++

The subject is grief and how one man, Rudy struggles to deal with it. His grief stems from the unexpected loss of his beloved wife Bethany who he finds has passed away peacefully in her sleep. His depth of loss equals the depth of his love for her and for a year he keeps his head just above water. He goes to his job as a department store pianist everyday where a co-worker, Sasha, helps to
Ashley Houser
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Expected publication March 12th! Pre-0rder from Amazon here!

Book #3 "in the books" for the Booksparks Winter Reading Challenge! #WRC2019

Eek. I'm not having the greatest luck with these Winter Reading Challenge selections. Sorry!

Caution: there may be some spoilers as it's challenging to share my thoughts on this one without some more detailed discussion of the plot.

Me for You is a charming story of a middle aged man named Rudy who wakes up one morning to find his wife lying beside him dead, havin
Cyndi Becker
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first read Lolly Winston wayyyyy back when. At the time I didn't write reviews, I only rated books. Both Good Grief and Happiness Sold Separately garnered a "Favorites" from me and I wouldn't change a thing. I was ecstatic to see she had a new release and am happy to say that I really enjoyed it, it warmed my heart and soul. The story is shared through multiple perspectives but the focus is on Rudy Knowles as he begins the grieving process for the sudden death of his his best friend and wife, ...more
Debi Lantzer
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: wrc2019
Earlier this year, I was super excited to find out that I had been selected to be included in the BookSparks' Winter Reading Challenge 2019 (#WRC2019)!  Today's post is about the fourth book of the challenge  - Me for You by Lolly Winston.  The book arrived and it is beautiful - I love the cover but to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect since I had never heard of the author, Lolly Winston.

Now that I've had my read of the book, I will say that throughout Me for You, the characters share a st
Megan Leprich
Thank you so much to Touchstone Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This was my first book by Lolly Winston and after hearing numerous good things about her I was intrigued by this one.  It wasn't amazing to me by any means, it was just okay.  I felt that the book was a little choppy and all over the place at times and then drug on in areas that didn't really need to be so long.

This book is about Rudy who wakes up one morning to fin
Arlena Dean
Title: Me For You
Author: Lolly Winston
Publisher: Gallery Books
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"Me For You" by Lolly Winston

My Rationalization.....

I found "Me For You" a pleasant read giving the reader some 'pleasure moments, funny, sad and by the end very relatable.' The two main characters gave this story some substance that will carry one through till the end where we find Rudy a fifty-four-year-old man who was struggling to move on after the death of his wife Bethany. Having ha
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure at first when I heard the premise if this book would be for me. It is a little different genre than my usual books and the characters are all at a different stage in their lives. I was so happily surprised by how beautiful and touching this book is. I fell absolutely in love with Rudy as he was playing piano in Nordstroms. I remember going there as a kid and I was always in awe of the piano music being played. It really brought back lovely memories.

The best part of this book though
Andrea Nourse
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever found an author whose voice and style resonated and stuck with you? For me, Lolly Winston is one of those authors. Thirteen-ish years ago I read her first two books, Good Grief and Happiness Sold Separately and loved them. I kept looking for a new book from her and was beyond ecstatic when Me For You popped up on Bookstagram. What are the odds a past favorite author releases a new book at the same time I rediscover my love of reading?

Winston has a knack for weaving humor into heavy
Pennie Morgan
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This one was just okay. Rudy woke one morning to find his wife, Bree, had died in the night beside him. I wouldn't wish that upon anyone. The first part of the book tried to make this into a murder mystery but then seemed to just let it dissipate somewhere. Rudy falls into a depression and a year later is working in a department store as a pianist and Sasha works there and they start a romance. Sasha has an abusive ex-husband and there is apparently a story there that falls apart also. Too many ...more
Crystal Zavala
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksparks
Thank you to Book Sparks for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Me For You is about a widower named Rudy who is in his mid-fifties when his wife suddenly passes away. Up until the one year anniversary of his wife's passing, he is just going through the motions and taking things day by day. After about 10 months he becomes closer with a friend at the department store where he works and starts to develop a crush on her. About the same time a policeman visits him at work to tell h
Lori Boyd
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Though not a light read, there are some light moments to make you smile. Glad the story used a mature (54) as protagonist. Rudy is dealing with the sudden death of his beloved wife, Bethany. He is trying to navigate as a widower, and finding it difficult as the Bethany’s first anniversary is coming. Your heart will break for Rudy, but will clearly see how realistic his situation can be. Navigating his mental health, his daughter and dating.

It is a story to tug at your heartstrings. Myheart brok
Lori Tatar
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This started out well and I enjoyed he first part but then it became an infomercial for mental heath and institutional care. There was way too much sadness before we reached a glossed-over happy ending. There was more depth to the gloom than to anything uplifting here. Between the death of a child, the death of a spouse, an abusive alcoholic and a couple divorces along with an affair, there was just too much sorrow and sadness here for my tastes.
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Born and raised in the glamorous insurance capital of Hartford, Conn., Lolly Winston holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she wrote a collection of short stories as her thesis.

Her first novel, Good Grief, published in 2004, was a New York Times best-seller, a #1 Book Sense pick, and was translated into 15 languages. The film rights have been optioned by Universal St

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