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Life After Yes: A Novel

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"Music plays. Dad appears. I walk with him, eyes fastened to the floor. When I look up, something is very wrong. There are three grooms."

This is the story of Quinn—born Prudence Quinn O'Malley—a confused young Manhattan attorney who loses her father on that tragic September morning that changed everything. Now, at an existential crossroads in her life, Quinn must confront
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published May 18th 2010)
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Although it features a cast of hot, wealthy people cavorting in and around New York City, Life After Yes is much more than your typical "chick lit" offering. For one, it isn't a fairy tale. In fact, Aidan Donnelley Rowley begins her story where many in the genre end: her protagonist Quinn has already "gotten" her Prince Charming (via his romantic proposal in Paris) and the rest of the story unfolds as a sort of Reality Ever After. In Quinn, Rowley offers us a wholly realistic protagonist whose l ...more
From My Blog...[return][return][return]Deeply philosophical, sharp and witty, without a doubt Aidan Donnelley Rowley's book, Life After Yes, will be one of my top picks for the year. Reading Life After Yes is similar to spending time listening to your best friend, the one with all the wit, yet never realising they are witty, telling their story. I personally have a friend like this and I adore listening his stories so for me, Rowley's writing feels familiar and her characters quickly become frie ...more
Do you ever feel like a book comes into your life at a time when you really need it? It's like some force in the world told me that I needed to read Aidan Donnelley Rowley's book, Life After Yes, at this point in my life. The main character, Prudence (aka Quinn) recently lost her father in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has now found herself newly engaged to her man, Sage (interesting name, btw!). I felt so deeply connected to Quinn's story; I could feel her ups and downs as she tries to figure ...more
I had been looking forward to reading this book from the moment I had heard about it, and it's didn't disappoint.
I was able to relate to each character. The book brought drama, tears, smiles and laughter. This book has so many touching moments it's hard not to fall in love with it! I loved Quinn's struggles with the past, present, and future. Definitely a must read!
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Angie
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I’ll be honest – I chose to read this book based solely on the Carrie Bradshaw-esque model wearing an absolutely exquisite wedding dress; the story was just a bonus.

All of the characters in this book are overachievers, overly well off, and overly cliched, but don’t let that deter you from this book – Ms. Rowley really knows how to suck you right in and make you stay up until all hours wonderin
I found the first half of this novel nearly unbearable, but it won me over somewhat by the end. I'm frankly shocked to see so many good reviews here on Goodreads.

Protagonist Prudence "Quinn" O'Malley is a hard-drinking NY big-firm lawyer who has just gotten engaged and isn't quite sure it's what she wants. From that sentence, you might think you can predict exactly where the story will go - but that's only partially true. There were some surprises along the way.

For me, in the end, the book was
What happens the day after the wedding? Aidan Donnelley Rowley tries to answer that question in her debut novel,Life After Yes.
While everything around Quinn seems to be perfect, inside she is still struggling with the recent death of her father on September 11, 2001. As a New Yorker, she has been touched both as a daughter and an individual, and the impact of those events have left her questioning every decision she's ever made.
Quinn's an associate in a great law firm, starting to realize that t
Yvann S
Summary: Prudence Quinn O'Malley, the protagonist of Life After Yes, is whisked off to Paris by her boyfriend for a romantic weekend and a proposal. Back in her New York lawyer life with a sparkly diamond on her hand, she has doubts about her future, her fiancé and herself. Her father, recently killed in the September 11 attacks, is very present in her memory and she desperately wishes for his wisdom as she navigates that rocky period between the giving of one ring and the giving of a second.

[Book: Life After Yes] is a novel full of deeply philosophical anologies and life lessons. Although its cover and summary scream "Chick Lit", the subplots dig much deeper to make the reader analyze not just the main character, but themselves.

[Author: Aidan Donnelley Rowley] does a beautiful and seamless job of interweaving profound moments into creating a wonderful plot line. The main character, Quinn, whose first name is truly Prudence, finds herself post 9/11 trying to understand the untimely
Actually a 3.5, but the writing was too lovely to just give it 3.

I have to say, this book is COMPLETELY outside my usual genres; I'm a follower of the author's blog, and mostly picked it up in support of her. In general, I find this genre (dramatic contemporary fiction) to have a much more pessimistic view of reality than I am generally willing to take (I'm a realist with optimistic leanings, and PMS aside, I don't like to focus on the negative).

I love her writing style. There are passages when
After years together, he surprises you with a romantic getaway!! What are his intentions? Could this be the moment? Yes it is!! While in Paris he melts your heart with a romantic proposal!! You scream out "Yes!!" You're living in the moment. You are filled with euphoria!! Now what do you do? That's question haunting Prudence "Quinn" O'Malley in Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelley Rowley.

Quinn is a young, modern Manhattan attorney struggling in the aftermath of the death of her father on Sept. 11.
Danielle Morgan
Jun 02, 2010 Danielle Morgan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Let me start off by saying that I have been reading Aidan's blog,, for about a year. She has been bookmarked from day one and I anticipate her daily blog post's, well not daily, but M-F. I have always enjoyed her posts, but they are only a couple hundred words and the topics differ. I knew she had written a book and no matter what, I was going to read it, but these days it seems that anyone and everyone is a "blogger," so expecting the world from a virgin no ...more
Every now and then, a novel like Aidan Donnelley Rowley’s Life After Yes finds its way into my life, and it’s moments when I’m reading a book like this — where I feel like my own face is reflected back at me — that I experience what I can only call literary magic.

Maybe it’s that Quinn is a mere two years older than me, grappling with mortality and love and “prudence,” with safety. Maybe it’s that the book is set and firmly ensconced in New York City — and I started it on the train ride back from
Colleen Turner
Life After Yes is smart, literary chic-lit with all the right components: witty, imperfect characters, a dynamic backdrop and emotions that run the gammit. Anyone who reads this will find some of themselves in between the pages, whether that is good or bad. You cannot help but love the characters with all their flaws because they are all of us, living and surviving as best they can.

Prudence Quinn O'Malley is a smart, slightly self-absorbed Upper Westsider who works as a lawyer and drinks for a h
Lydia Laceby
Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes

Rated 3.5 Star

Life After Yes is a smart read about love, family, grief and understanding that was well written, poignant and amusing at times. I appreciated some of the laugh out loud moments amidst the uncertainty and grief Quinn was dealing with and thought her father's death in the 9/11 attacks was handled well and wasn't overly depressing. This novel held many insights into love and imperfect relationships, but unfortunately I just didn't find myself conne
Martha Davis
I started this book a little ambivalent. I thought it was going to be another Chick-lit/"Sex in the City" clone with New York girls perpetually dissatisfied with the 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
There are some books that are important because of what they have to say. There are others that are important because of how they make one feel. While it would be easy to classify Life After Yes as a book that is meant to teach readers a bit about life and becoming an adult, the true import of it lies in its emotional pull. For, it is the type of book that is easily forgotten a day or two after finishing it but it is the emotions felt while reading it that are the only thing to linger. Readers m ...more
This book is like a hug. I've been wanting to read it for a long time; I've got a hard copy waiting in my library back in Scotland but bought the e-book last week. So glad I did.

I finished this last night and couldn't get to sleep. I kept thinking about Quinn, the narrator, and how I slid back and forth from loving her to loathing her every few pages. She's a textbook flawed narrator, but she's not unreliable; indeed, I felt in safe hands throughout. Quinn's story is multifaceted, which Rowley h
I was given an ARC of this novel by the publisher, Avon, an imprint of Harper Collins.

Life After Yes chronicles the emotions that overwhelm Prudence Quinn O’Malley, a 27 year-old Manhattan attorney, after she accepts her boyfriend Sage’s marriage proposal. Her anxieties about what her “yes” will mean for the rest of her life are played out amidst her struggle to reconcile the loss of her father a year earlier in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Along the way we meet her friends, o
Aidan Donnelley Rowley is a good writer, so it's a shame that her talent produced this trite novel about attractive, wealthy, successful people living in Manhattan that is full of more cliches than actual substance.

I disliked all the characters, especially their pretentious, classic "chick-lit" novel names (Sage, Quinn, Avery, Phelps...), and found them all to be annoyingly self-centered. The novel means well - I think it is supposed to be about learning that everyone makes mistakes and how to f
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Laura de Leon
I was fascinated by this hard working, hard drinking young woman, who was far more obsessed with looking good on her wedding day than she was with her groom.

Quinn's groom was a sweet mama's boy, but the book wasn't really about him. I had trouble keeping Quinn's friends straight, but the book wasn't about them either. All the supporting characters (her family, her coworkers, her personal trainer/therapist) were fun and worked well enough.

The odd thing about this book was that I kept thinking tha
Meg - A Bookish Affair
I had found this book through a recommend on a book blog. It tells the story of Quinn, a woman in her late 20s, who gets engaged to a wonderful man but then gets cold feet. The shadow of her dad who was killed in the WTC attacks in 2001 hangs over her still (the book takes place a year after 9/11). Quinn isn't sure how to feel about her impending marriage. Is Sage right for her? What will happen to her blossoming lawyer career.

It sounds like a real chick-lit-ish book, no? While I do dabble in fl
Witty, smart, and beautifully written, Life After Yes is a book that brings you back to a time in your life when you were struggling to define who you are. Quinn, the main character, takes you with her on her journey to discovering who she is, mistakes, flaws and all. You will cheer for her, yell at her, and in the end, hope that maybe things will turn out alright. That she'll find happiness, however fleeting and in the moment, in her life. In fact, I think that's what we are all searching for.

"Life After Yes" is a beautiful book full of love and heartbreak, betrayal and surprise. Basically, it is about real-life and I enjoyed it. The author, Aidan Donnelley Rowley, has a way with words and despite the book being fairly long I went through it in a flash.

So why only 4 stars? Well my main problem with this book was the unlikability of the main character. While I appreciated the realistic nature of Quinn, I didn't not appreciate that she had far too many flaws and very few redeeming qual
What did I think? I think you should read this book. I expected it to be typical "chick lit" and it was not. It will make you think, sometimes it will make you laugh because it's so real. This debut author is truly talented. "Life After Yes" has vividly drawn, real-world characters. Set in NYC shortly after 9/11 - it is the first novel in quite some time, that has made me think about what happiness really is, and how do we know when we've found it. Quinn, a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, has ...more
A good and compelling book by this first time novelist. Life After Yes is a witty, introspective story about one woman’s (Quinn O’Malley) struggle to discover what matters most in life. As I read, I was struck by how easily I could relate to this protagonist, her moods and her anxieties. Quinn feels familiar and the connection enriched my reading experience. I nodded my head while reading, and relished her introspective (if somewhat naive) thinking.

Rowley has a done a good job of digging deep w
Dorothy Kerr
This is the type of book and setting I usually would love. It bored me to tears and I ended up giving up on it. Main character wasn't someone Worth reading about. Very disappointed.
Nicole C
A pretty interesting story of a Manhattan lawyer going through the journey of an engagement --> marriage. The death of her father as well as the death of Sage's brother gave a deeper meaning to the novel.
And though it was quite readable, overall it just seemed kind of average. Well it wasn't the normal chick-lit kind of story with a lot of maybe a bit above average then.
The end wasn't so much of a problem but it did leave a few questions hanging. Mainly, does she ever tell Sage a
A quick read by the debut author about an uptown rich girl who has everything she could ever want and still can't find happiness. She's lost her dad but this seems a blip in the grand scheme of things in the protagonist's life. Relatable because no one really knows true happiness at first, but at the same time I have a hard time relating to characters who are rich, well-off, and have no care in the world when it comes to money or where it goes. AT least the author acknowledges these things in he ...more
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