Summery: A young woman deals with the aftermath of her father’s death while she struggles to commit to a future with her fiancé in Life After Yes, the poignant, wry, and very accomplished debut novel from Aidan Donnelley Rowley. A story of hope and light in the darkness in the bestselling vein of Juliette Fay, Cecilia Ahearn, and Jacqueline Sheehan, newcomer Rowley has captured all the angst and pain of truly becoming an adult, and has done so with unusual heart and grace, inspiring Julie Buxbaum to rave, “Her flawed and complex characters will stick with you long after Life After Yes’s final pages.” — Harper Collins
I started this book a little ambivalent. I thought it was going to be another Chick-lit/”Sex in the City” clone with beautiful girls perpetually dissatisfied with their mostly perfect lives.
Well, it was and it wasn’t. Quinn/Prudence, our heroine is leads a somewhat “only in books” like. Great job, perfect boyfriend, great New York apartment, and no money worries what so ever. So, what’s she got to complain about, right?
First off, she lost her beloved father in 9/11. A plot device which could have been, in bad taste, schmaltzy or just plain gimmicky. But instead is handled with care and restraint and really does work in this story. Second, she’s not a “Oh, I can’t wait to get married” kind of girl and is a little panicked about whether or not she’s happy about being engaged. Finally, she’s not sure she’s over her first love, she’s not sure her fiance hasn’t just cheated on her with her best friend, she’s not sure she loves her career, and she’s really not sure what she thinks of her future Mother-in-law.
Now, I’m not usually a big fan of books where the girl has everything but she’s “just not happy” (that part should be said in a whiny voice). But, this book works. Rowley makes her main character some one with whom you can relate and all the secondary characters are believable and endearing. I ended up staying up way to late to finish which is always the sign of a good book.
I also want to mention the absolutely beautiful cover. It really is captivating. I know this book just came out yet, I’m really looking forward to see what Rowley does next.
Thanks to Book Club Girl and Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book.