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Life After Coffee

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,449 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Last week, high-powered coffee buyer Amy O’Hara was trekking through the Ethiopian cloud forest on the verge of a discovery that could save the coffee bean from extinction. This week, she’s unexpectedly fired.

Suddenly Amy’s days are no longer filled with meetings and upscale tastings, but with put-together PTA moms, puke-ridden playdates and dirty dishes. Her husband has
Paperback, 266 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
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For Amy, life after coffee consists of really getting to know her two young children for the first time and learning to handle life as a stay-at-home Mom. Something that doesn't come easy as she used to be a coffee buyer travelling the world until she was sacked. Life is made more difficult because Amy was also the family's breadwinner while her husband took care of house and kids and attempted to write and sell a screenplay, without any success.
Maybe I would have appreciated this book more if I
Laura Rash
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a fun fast read! As a SAHM it was kind of funny to picture a mom try to figure it all out by winging it!
Theresa Alan
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved this book. The world needs more of these kind of books. It’s funny and fast-paced; it’s great.

The premise is that Amy has a five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter, but Amy has spent most of the five years since she had her first kid traveling the world sourcing the finest coffee beans while their father stays at home as the primary caregiver. He’s a screenplay writer, but he’s infuriated the Hollywood community because he won’t make any changes to his work, so he’s never ac
Camille Maio
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the kind of book that had me ignoring other things in my life in order to finish it. While I was initially intrigued by a cute cover and compelling title, Life After Coffee is actually a story about the reality of working-mom dynamics, the breakdown of the family, and all the ways we are torn as women by what is needed and expected of us. Put all that against the occasional backdrop of Africa and it had this travel-loving, working-mom hooked. Highly recommended!
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Hilarious, fun and so relatable LIFE AFTER COFFEE is a must read! I seriously was laughing out loud several times. Franken has found a way to perfectly capture daily dialogue of both family and self. It is such a refreshing take on life...the real side of life, not the side that people try to show the world, but the real day-to-day stuff that makes us human. It is so fun to read a book that shows characters with imperfections, but those you cannot help but root for, laugh with and cherish the ti ...more
DJ Sakata
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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She is so beautiful that ‘beating them off with a stick’ isn’t going to cut it when she’s older. Peter and I are going to have to keep her in a smooth-sided cloud-high tower surrounded by a team of elite ninjas.

‘Mommy! Come and wipe my butt!’ Knowing better than to ignore a demand when Violet’s wearing the tiara, I race to the bathroom to find her in downward dog, bottom offered toward the sky. There’s poop on the seat, the sink, her butt, her hands, the floor; I th
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, 2016, for-review
So, is there life after coffee? Amy is a laid-off coffee bean buyer who realizes that stay at home life isn't what she thought it could be. Figuring out how to be a full time mother again has its challenges. I'm not a huge coffee drinker, but I was intrigued by the premise of Life After Coffee. The debate over working mother versus stay at home mom is decades old and both sides have their strengths and weaknesses. This book does make you think about personal priorities.

I so wanted to love this b
Alice 🌙
5/5 ⭐
Fun, quick and quirky. This book made me lol multiple times. To give the mom credit she really had no clue what she was doing, but that's what makes the story great I guess. I honestly wouldn't be much better if I had kids that I had no clue how to parent.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amy O'Hara is a buyer for a company in the coffee industry. Seeing how she is forced to travel all the time, there is no point in her trying to focus on finding a work-life balance. She has none to speak of because she leaves her two children with her husband back at home, in Los Angeles, while she consistently searches for the perfect coffee bean, the one that can save them all from extinction. Just when she is about to make this discovery, she gets sacked. That's when she finds out that her fa ...more
Linda Zagon
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed "Life After Coffee" by Virginia Franken.and I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced ARC. I would recommend this amusing and unpredictable novel.The characters are unusual,quirky and likeable. After losing a high powered executive position in the coffee industry ,travelling for high quality fair market coffee beans,, the heroine Amy is forced with the reality that she is now a full time mother. Despite the fact that Amy had faced adverse and dangerous situations in h ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Life after Coffee by Virginia Franken.
I really loved this book.
You feel for the honest and industrious Amy and her impossibly conflicting lifestyle, torn between the demands of her emotional and demanding young family and her high flying career.
She is outwardly a strong character but we quickly begin to be aware of the contradictions, dilemmas and heartaches her lifestyle has created.
So fresh, wickedly funny and cleverly written, all the characters, both within and beyond the immediate family
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the cover, this is the 1st book I have read by Virginia Franken, loved it, couldn't put it down. Such funny moments, touching at times too. I will be checking into more of Virginia's books asap for my TBR list. WAIT??!!? I just noticed, this is Virginia's 1st & only book? Say it is not so? Well, I guess I will be waiting for more reads, hopefully soon?? please? ( : ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bobc
I did not care for this one. I found the protagonist quite annoying and it was hard to listen to all the whining from such a privileged person. Don't get me started on the savior complex.... I also didn't find the other characters that likable or believable. I also didn't like the plot, or the ending, quite frankly. So no, I did not enjoy this book and do not recommend this book. LOLOLOL! ...more
Gabrielle Clissold
Best book I have read in a very long time!

Best book I have read in a very long time! I loved the honesty and bravery of the story. I loved the realism of what mothers who work have to go through. It was a great ending!
Danielle McGregor
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
At times I found this text a little wordy and predictable but overall I sympathised with the protagonist's plight. It was heart wrenching as she realised what she was missing with her children. All in all an easy read that, in the most part, was very enjoyable! ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite reads this year so far!
Bshayer Alkuwari
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was super adorable!
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and fast-paced, I loved this book!
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
I'm a coffee lov-ah from way back and was in the mood for a light read.

Enter Life After Coffee.

My favourite part of this book was the humour. Franken gives readers some great one-liners, and delightful snippets of witty, dry humour. My favourite kind. The tone of the book is light even though some bigger issues are broached --- stay-at-home versus working-outside-the-home moms, parenting roles, fidelity, finances ...

While I generally enjoyed Franken's writing style I can't say I liked her chara
Lynn (Smile24k)
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This book is a winner! I would love to give it 4.5 stars if I could. I like the fact the book is fiction, but deals with a real life struggle in a humorous and heartfelt way.

The book is about a working mom and a stay at home dad. The mom travels a lot for her job and is often away from her two kids for weeks at a time. Without warning her job is gone and she has to face being a mom. I won't give away anymore of the plot.

What I liked most about this book is how relatable it is. The struggle of
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
First, I would like to thank Netgalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I can almost always find qualities in a character that I can associate with. In this book, however, I connected with the main character Amy on a much deeper level. It may have started with my almost snobbish love of good coffee, but the more I read the more I realized that with a few slight changes, this could be the story of my life. It's not a deep, insightful read by any s
Atila  Yumusakkaya
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amy has to work as a coffee expert to earn her family's livelihood and pay for the mortgage. Her husband is unemployed for his awkward manners even though he is a good script writer. Amy, who has two children, has to stay abroad for a long time. But one day bad fate left her unemployed too. When she came home, she discovered that she did not not know enough of her children. Things did not go as they wish for her and her husband. They were on the verge of losing their house because they could not ...more
MM Finck
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't drink coffee (love the smell though), but this book made me want to pick up the habit! Impeccable research of coffee beans, brewing, manufacturing, and industry. A great gift for every coffee loving woman you know. If her wit can be acerbic, even better. This protagonist is snarky, smart, and doing her very best as mother, wife, and a woman with a passion. ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
When I read a book that is this bad, it makes me question the faith I put in Goodreads ratings. Oh my. This was so bland, so predictable and so blah. I actually read 50% just because I was mildly curious to see how the couple was going to get it together. If anyone finished this, you can put me out of my misery by letting me know if they ever got over their pathetic situation.
Kirsty Dummin

A quick, enjoyable read. I liked that it dove straight into the action and was fast paced. There wasn't a lot of padding. However, I struggled to relate to or even care about any of the characters & found them a little predictable & inconsistent at times. The ending was a highlight and left me smiling.
Jason Whigham
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laugh out louf funny

I cried laughing in parts of this book. It truly tells the story of what working women actually go thtough. It also reveals that there is nothing wrong with a fresh start.
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I really enjoyed this book. I'm not a critic. I just know that I couldn't put it down until I finished.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Life After Coffee tells the story of world traveler/coffee buyer extraordinaire. It begins just as she's about to jet off to her next coffee buying venture...and the ritual that her family goes through as she leaves. Shortly after leaving her family, she gets a world shattering phone call...her boss calls her into the office to let her know that he has sold the company and she is no longer employed. After going back home, the real adventure begins. Her stay-at-home/struggling writer husband dash ...more
I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Amy O'Hara, coffee buyer, has just lost her job. It wouldn't be se bad if she wasn't the sole income of her family. Her husband, usually the one to take care of the kids and the house while Amy is away trekking through the Ethiopian cloud forest, has now holed himself up in the garage to write the next bestselling screenplay. Unfortunately he has already alienated all his Hollywood contacts so Amy isn't sure who he plans on selling to.
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Virginia Franken was born and raised in the United Kingdom. After traveling the world as a professional dancer, she now lives in Los Angeles with her family. She works as a copy editor by day and gets most of her writing done when she should be sleeping.

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