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‘Life After You’ by Sian O’Gorman

Life After You: A heart-warming story of love, loss and family by [Sian O'Gorman]

Synopsis

What if the person you’ve lost, is the one you need to find?

Milly Bryne’s world came crashing down when she lost her beloved Dad and boyfriend in a matter of weeks.
Losing her Dad broke her family. Losing her soulmate made her give up on life and love.
After swerving from stability to chaos to despair, Milly finally believes she has her life back on track when the unexpected return of a familiar face to Dublin throws her life into a spin.
Milly is forced to decide if her new life is the one for her, or if there is another path that will bring even greater riches of joy, excitement and fun.
Life just isn’t worth living if your heart isn’t in it?

My Review

I recently read and enjoyed one of Sian’s previous books so when I was offered the chance to read and review her latest book called ‘Life After You’, I knew that I just couldn’t refuse!  The book just sounded like my kind of read.  I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Life After You’ even if it was a bit of an emotional read for reasons that I will explain shortly.

I absolutely loved the character of Milly and I really felt for her.  She has well and truly had the rug pulled from under her.  Her father died suddenly and on the day of his funeral her boyfriend left to  live elsewhere.  She misses her father desperately, which is understandable.  She is also grieving the end of the relationship, which in a way is a bereavement in itself.  I warmed to the character of Milly from the start and I felt empathy towards her.  My Dad died suddenly and unexpectedly nearly 16 years ago so I could understand the difficulties Milly was having in accepting her Dad’s death and all the emotions that came with it.  Milly is a junior lawyer in a large company.  To say that she works hard is an understatement.  She often goes above and beyond the call of duty as it were.  Her boss is woman called Catriona, who sounds like a bit of a dragon to start with.  Milly does start a new relationship but to be honest he sounds like a nightmare and as for his mother, well let’s just say that I would love to jump inside the pages of the book to slap her silly with a wet flip flop for the rude way in which she treats Milly.  Milly tries hard to get her life back on track.  Does she manage it?  Well for the answer to that question and so much more you are just going to have to read the story for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.

It took me no time at all to get into this story.  In fact by the time I got to the end of the first page, I knew that I was going to find it increasingly difficult to put the book down for any length of time.  I think part of the appeal of this book was Milly and how well I had taken to her.  I just had to know if she got the happy ever after ending that she so deserved.  The pages turned at a fast pace as I worked my way through the story.  At one point the pages were turning that quickly that the page numbers became a blur.  I found ‘Life After You’ to be an absorbing, emotional tale with the odd funny moment- usually from the character of Catriona and the shenanigans that she got up to.  I reached the end of the book, which I had mixed feelings about.  I wasn’t displeased with the way in which the story ended but I had been enjoying the story and the characters so much that I just didn’t want the story to end.

‘Life After You’ is really well written.  The author has one of those writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with.  Reading one of Sian’s books is more like a chat between friends than an actual book.  I hope that makes sense.  Sian grabbed my attention and drew me into the story pretty quickly.  Once Sian had my attention there was no way that she would let me have it back until the moment I read the last word on the last page.    Not that I wanted it back I hasten to add.  Sian uses such vivid and realistic storytelling that I felt as though I was part of the story myself.  I also found that I went through every emotion that the different characters yet.  The characters were so well described that they seemed just as real as you and I.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Life After You’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.  I will be reading more of Sian’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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