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After You Left

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An Amazon Charts bestseller.

You want to know what the worst thing is? It’s not the embarrassment, or the looks on people’s faces when I tell them what happened. It isn’t the pain of him not being there—loneliness is manageable. The worst thing is not knowing why.

When Justin walks out on Alice on their honeymoon, with no explanation apart from a cryptic note, Alice is left
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Published April 1st 2017 by Brilliance Audio
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Megan Johnson
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was very strange and hard to read. There was a husband that walked out on his new wife on their hunnymoon. Then the now Ex-Wife met a new man who fell in love with her. Problem was, he was married too and willing to leave his wife and children! Too Jerry Springer for me.

On to the next book, and to be honest, it couldn't have came fast enough!
Malia
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
3.5 stars
This book was more or less what I expected given the reviews. It was well written, but the story was a little flat and predictable. Still, this was an easy and ultimately satisfying read. I think what made it fall a little short of great for me was simply that it reminded me so much of many other books of a similar ilk like Before I Met You or The House at Riverton and I think they will probably live longer in my memory than After You Left. That being said, I would read books by this au
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Nancy Baker
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-goodreads
My favorite line: "a person often meets his destiny on the road he took avoiding it."

This was such a heart-wrenching story about finding love, losing love and following your heart's desires. It surrounds two women with much more in common than the surface shows.

Evelyn is an aged woman who met the "love of her life" at a wedding of a friend. A chance encounter left such an impression on her soul that the image stays with her through her adult life. Years after the encounter, and with her current
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TheFormerAstronomer
Kindle first pick from March (I think)

Honestly if I wanted to read about tedious relationship faux-dramas that could be solved if people would just use their words like adults I'd spend more time on Facebook.

most boring book I've had the misfortune to read in a while
Therese Gillies
Mar 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tedious

I'm sorry but this is the worst book I've read in a long time. I should've go entering up a chapter or so in but trudged through to the e d feeling a absolutely nothing for any of the characters.
Jax
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started this on Kindle on 5th March 2017. Strangely intriguing story of woman abandoned on her honeymoon & she has no idea why. Quite a gripping read as she tries to discover why and then she also meets an older woman who too has a complex tale to tell. Add into the mix the potential effect of great art on those with dementia. A fascinating read
Bookread2day
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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As all my Goodreads followers know I love reading about husband and wife fictional drama. This is my first book by Carol Mason who I am now following. Take a deep breath. Whose husband walks out on his wife on their honeymoon? Justin leaves after writing a note to Alice saying I've made a terrible mistake. I can't go on. Did Alice really know Justin that well after meeting him a year ago then marrying him? Why did Justin leave his wife after just marrying her? I recommend
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Dana
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every line of this long, well thought out novel is perfectly written. Two storylines fill its pages, storylines which are connected in ways that becomes clear late in the novel, and which I did not anticipate. The ability to keep me from correctly guessing the relationships between the characters is, to me, a sign of really good writing. Alice is in her thirties, and has been abandoned by her husband, Jason, on their honeymoon. She knows he loves her, and that there is no one else, so what could ...more
Demelza
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Took me while to read as I kept getting bored, then something would happen and I'd read some more, then I got bored again. A bit of a see-saw read. I found most of the characters unbelievable. Would anybody in Alice's position really react like that? Would Justin?

The parts of the book about Evelyn's life could, I feel, have been turned into a novel on it's own. For me, the two stories did not gel.
Michael
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice is living her life as a fairy-tale, leading up the matrimony to Justin. Taken back by his importune meeting, she is smitten that he is attracted to her from the first sight. Even though that Alice has her reservations about taking his offer to date, she gives in to the stirring temptation. Whirlwind of passion causes them to fall in love quickly, but things changes drastically when Justin leaves without notice on their honeymoon. Now she must trace back what attracted her to him in the fir ...more
Zohre
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
دلتنگی به معنای تمنای بازگشت است. دلتنگی، درد و حسرت است. برخی دکترها می گویند دلتنگ گذشته بودن نوعی بیماری روانی است. می دانی چرا ؟ چون آرزوی بازگشت به زمانی را داری که دیگر رفته است. خودت می دانی که نیست اما امان از خاطراتِ خوش گذشته که دو دستی به آنها می چسبی و رهایشان نمی کنی. نمی دانم چرا وقتی از گذشته حرف می زنیم ، تجربه های دردناک را فراموش می کنیم یا ترجیح می دهیم از آنها چشم پوشی کنیم ؟
Shawn Bird
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read a few Carol Mason books (Lives of Married Women, The Love Market) and enjoyed them, so I was settling in for a pleasant read. Instead, I found myself on the edge of my seat, fully engaged with Alice's predicament. Abandoned by her new husband on their honeymoon, as the story unfolds, she has to figure out why he left and determine what she is going to do with the rest of her life. Interactions with an elderly lady whom she meets in an art gallery, and who has her own fascinating romant ...more
~ Cariad ~
Well, that was about as boring an audiobook as I've ever listened to and I'm easily over the 200 mark.

Luckily, or perhaps, no wonder, it was one of the new 'KU with free narration' books, as I'd have been gutted if I'd wasted a credit on it.

Authors please note and trust me on this, the narrator can make or break your book. Choosing a fairly posh/well spoken, one dimensional voice, with no ability to bring characters to life? ...yeah, not your best move.
Renita D'Silva
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful and sensitively written. Loved it.
Nicola
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Very repetitive. Couldn't care less my Justin left. And gave up on Eddy and Evelyn halfway through. Guessed the ending.
Vikki Vaught
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Musings

Interesting story. I don't normally read women's fiction, but I enjoyed this one. The characters had a great deal of depth and the plot was good. I did get confused when the story switched to Evelyn so abruptly, but then I figured out that there must be something that would the it together, and I was right. While this book did not have a HEA, it does have a satisfying conclusion.Happy ☺reading 📚!
Lady Delacour
Two unique storylines
centered around love.
Narrator and story
were both ok.
The Barefoot Crafter
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
An interesting, enjoyable read with an intriguing concept. The "twist" felt a bit forced and the premise to uphold it as possible was just a shade unrealistic for my liking. And a minor nitpick was the formatting where age was mentioned and the second half was capitalised - i.e. Seventy-ONE - I found jarring and pulled me from the story. It was still a good read and one I would recommend to friends.
M E Martin
Not a dynamically riveting book

A story of love found and lost in the past and the present. Although the concept was interesting I found myself skipping pages to hurry it along. Evelyn and Eddy and Alice and Justin both stories intertwine with a surprising outcome.
Melinda Elizabeth
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an audiobook I have been listening to, and oftentimes I'm listening to audiobooks in transit, whilst I'm driving and so I'm looking for something to relieve the boredom of being stuck in traffic. After you Left had the misfortune of being so boring, I turned it off a few times and preferred to sit in the traffic sans distraction, than listen to another chapter of this book.

Alice gets married and her new husband leaves her shortly after. No reason, no communication, nada. So of course y
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Kim Hornsby
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Book Clubs
After You Left is not just women's fiction (a woman's journey of self-discovery) but Mason added elements of Suspense and Mystery to this novel that had me turning pages well into the wee hours.
A husband leaves his wife mid-honeymoon, forcing her to fly home alone and be plagued with a driving need for answers. Mason has hit the target square-on with this one giving it an edge that drives the reader forward in gorgeously voyeuristic fascination. What the hell happened to make a happy, loving hu
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Suzanne Kelman
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this wonderful story by Carol Mason. Set in the U.K, it takes the reader on a nostalgic journey of two women in the midst of emotionally tumultuous relationships. The book slowly winds their stories together in a way you won't see coming. What I loved about Carol's writing is the situations she has her characters work through feels very honest and true and you are never really sure how they are all going to end up till the very last page. She also has a wonderful way of depicting her cha ...more
Em
Jul 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook
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The Reading Cove Book Club ❦
210th Cove Pick: AFTER YOU LEFT
Chosen By: Mary
Trivia Winner - Erin

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~COVE OPINION: C, Okay story
Fyrephoenix
Two stories going on at the same time. One in the past and one in the present. Nice concept if the author can pull it off. She didn't. It was lopsided, and very boring. I struggled to finish this one, only making it by skipping the "past story".
Lesley
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

What a wonderful, heart warming story. The intertwined stories had me guessing who was who (and once again I was wrong!) Lovely, lovely story.
Luciano
It was a mistake for me to read this book. For one, I'm male and two I'm exceptionally cynical. Although I give the author a lot of credit for putting together such an amazing story, I spent a lot of my reading time hoping it was going to end soon.

The only thing I thought of while I was reading was the level of hurts, tears and anguish I had to ingest. There is so much wretched pain, so much disappointment, so much.....fucking drama. There I said it. I would never have put up with so much malark
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Theresa Leone Davidson
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I chose this novel to read because I thought it was a mystery but it is not, not in the traditional sense, though there is something of a mystery surrounding why Alice's husband has fled in the night, abandoning her on their honeymoon. There is also a parallel story of an older character telling what happened to her when she was young, and some of it was interesting but the novel is more of a romantic story, something I never read, and I found it difficult to get into, which is why it took me so ...more
Ginia
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, at first I was really intrigued by this book. It starts off with Justin suddenly packing up and leaving in the middle of the night while on his honeymoon with Alice. But then a new character, Evelyn, is introduced. The book then flashbacks to about 40 years ago and starts telling her story. At the time I was thinking what in the world does this have to do with the story and I was bit confused for a while but decided to stick it out and I am so glad that I did. It all finally makes sense, I e ...more
Vicky D.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ok this was my favorite of the Carol Mason Books. A much more accurate look at dementia (unlike the notebook). Very romantic not smutty, with believable twists and turns. I found the characters to be people you could care about in spite of their faults. As I go to my facility and see my little dementia residents I will wonder if they are somebodies Eddy that has yet to be found.
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