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Life After Joe

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  18 reviews
When the love of your life leaves, where do you go?

When thirty-something Liz McNeil is unexpectedly widowed, she has no idea what to do with her life. After the initial shock of her husband's death wears off, she packs up her car and sets off on a tour of the country with Joe's urn in the passenger seat. Using social media to connect with a variety of friends and family, L
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Published July 19th 2015
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Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book that made me think about just what would I do if in Liz's position. I doubt I would drive around the country with my dead husband's ashes but I enjoyed following Liz's travels and adventures as she progressed through her grief. I loved her visit with her former roommate and the extended stay that came with it. Her visit with her grandmother had me laughing at the to-do list that pretty much took over the visit. It was a sad but enjoyable book. ...more
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't imagine how I would process the death of my husband but in this story Liz was awesome. She chose to take a journey and take Joe along the way introducing him to friends and family members and in some cases allowing them to say good bye through her blog. It is beautifully written, descriptive and poignant. I voluntarily agreed to receive an ARC of this book for an honest review. ...more
julie morse
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I carry my mom's ashes in a bear shaped urn around my neck. Her ashes will be buried with me when I go. I feel that this book had a lot of good points to it and even though I haven't lost a spouse I don't think what she did was so odd. Glad you found closure.
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved jt

Such a great book for anyone that's suffered the loss of a loved one. As someone that's lost a significant other, her feelings resonate and will bring you to tears.
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting, but in a strange way

The great thing about this book is that it lets you peek into Liz's state of mind from the very start. Written in the form of 'blog posts' (are they?), she says in the very first 'blog post' of hers that "Nothing makes sense anymore." It is another matter that as a blogger myself I did not find Liz's writing style to be quite realistic (I mean, the way she writes her 'blog posts', I am yet to find any blogger write that way, and I have been reading blogs for quit
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Life after Joe is a bittersweet story about an unexpected widow and her efforts to regain control of her life after the absolute worst thing could possibly happen. Now at this point in my life, I haven’t lost someone I am truly close too, this is something I am incredibly grateful for, especially after reading through the roller-coaster of emotions that poor Liz has to work through.

As the synopsis states, Liz begins to try and find some sense in her new life by starting a blog, which is the form
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
An inspiring and facinating story as Liz, a young widow takes her husband's ashes on a journey throughout the country. She keeps a blog along the way. Very well story that really keeps the reader engaged. I can't imagine being productive in my grief, but it's beautiful. Highly recommend read. This is a voluntary review of an advance reader copy. ...more
Kerri Fernandez
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it

This was a good book but different than I thought it would be. I was expecting more story-like, while it is a story the chapters are her blog posts. Anyway, liked the way it turned out.
Kim F
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. Extremely entertaining, captivating and interesting sexy read. I could not put it down. Wonderfully written with strong, intriguing characters. I want to read more from this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The well written storyline and the well developed characters kept me totally engaged throughout the entire book!
Tracey Tranter
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book

A sad but in the end an uplifting story. Also an interesting and a different way to handle the loss of a spouse. As we all handle grief in different ways I don't for one minute suggest this is the wrong way. Just not my way - I don't think.

From different reviews lots of people can relate to this book and if this story helped anyone then this is a good book.
Mia Holland
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have a box of tissues to hand as you’ll need them. A beautifully written novel.
Carole Rae
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Liz just lost her husband and she is trying to move on and grieve. She decides to go on a roadtrip with her dog and her husbands urn. It is no normal roadtrip...shes on a mission to make a stop to key figures in both her and her late husband's life.

Feelings. Lots and lots of feelings. Lots of sad moments, lots of funny moments, lots of angry moments, and so forth. This made me feel. I was worried it would just be full of sadness, but there is hope in this and it made me happy. I had many moment
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Heather Gregg
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, although found some parts a little long and not really necessary to tell the story.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I couldn't get into this book because of the introduction and how it was started. ...more
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Ann Benjamin is an author and ex-pat living in Dubai, UAE. She enjoys travel, is obsessed with Pinterest, supports UGA football, and writes about food at her culinary and travel blog, A to Za'atar. You may recognize her from her other writing persona, Courtney Brandt, where she has authored six young adult marching novels and a steampunk trilogy, The Queen of England series, which is now complete. ...more

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