Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"The Afterwife" by Polly Williams Book Review...

"Sometimes love lasts forever…and sometimes love ends too soon. In the tradition of P.S I Love You and the many love stories that have come before, authorPolly Williams writes one for the books; a heartwarming story that will have you laughing, crying, hoping, and dreaming. THE AFTERWIFE (Berkley Trade Paperback; December 31, 2012; 9780425259436; $15.00), a novel about the undying bonds of love and friendship, will leave you breathless.

Sophie Brady is a force of nature—funny, beautiful, and devoted to all the people in her life—even in death. One January evening, she kisses her adored husband Ollie and young son Freddie goodbye, and closes the door of the house where they all live. At 10pm she's sitting with her best friend Jenny in London's Soho, polishing off a second bottle of wine. By midnight, she's dead, the victim of an out-of-control bus accident. Her life tragically cut short, Sophie finds herself attending her own funeral and watching the reactions of those she holds most dear.

Sophie’s husband Ollie is heartbroken, trying to father their young son Freddie while working out how to use the washing machine. Luckily, she’s not the only one worried about her family. Sophie's best friend Jenny is helping them by ignoring her own pain. But as she grows closer to her friend’s husband, Jenny unearths secrets that make her question how well she knew Sophie, and where the line between loyalty and love ends…

The AFTERWIFE is funny, tragic, poignant and hopeful; reminding us to live life to the fullest with the ones we love. Some say that the best love stories are those which make us feel again, and Polly Williams teaches us that even after tragedy, love can find a way.

As a journalist Polly Williams writes for many publications, including You magazine, The London Sunday Times, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Red. She is the author of six novels, including The Yummy Mummy, which was a London Sunday Times bestseller."

What we thought:  I really loved this book!  It is so bittersweet and the characters are incredibly lovable and easy to relate to.  "The Afterwife" is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It is funny and honest and easily sweeps the reader into the story all the way to the end.  It didn't take long to read this book, because I couldn't put it down.  ABCD Diaries gives "The Afterwife" and A+!  A terrific read for the new year:)  

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a copy for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

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