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The Years After You

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An affair. Wife, mistress, the man in the middle. Laugh it off only to lie awake worrying later. Is this really happening? When it implodes, what then?

The assistant didn’t mean to fall in love and become “the other woman.” The wife was just venturing her first steps into life beyond the roles of mother and partner when her suspicions about another woman took root.

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Published September 10th 2019 by Amberjack Publishing
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Mandy White
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The Years After You by Emma Wolfe was a quick Sunday afternoon read for me. The story is told in 3 points of view and it was certainly a page turner. I enjoyed the story but I think I was expecting more. Some parts were quite predictable and others were a bit far fetched. Overall I did like it but there was something missing to make it great for me.

This is story of an affair.. The Wife Pippa, the assistant Lily and the husband/boss in the middle Harry. It is told from the points of view of all i
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was ok

A story that started off strong but then lost its mojo about mid way through. I had high hopes of this being the type of women’s fiction that pulls at your heart strings and makes you feel a million different emotions. But no...didn’t do that for me. And I think the reason was because I couldn’t connect with Lily, the mistress. I found her segments incredibly dull and tended to skim through them. As the book focused more heavily on her, I lost interest completely. I felt connection with the wife
Lisa Aiello
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
3.5 stars. There is nothing earth shattering here - nothing so profound or disturbing or mind-blowing. This is just life and how decisions and actions (or inactions) have ripple effects into so many lives around you. Lily and Harry are having an affair. Harry is desperately in love with Lily, unhealthily so, and done with his marriage but sticking around "for the kids". Lily doesn't want to be the other woman and has no illusion about a happily ever after with Harry. She loves him, but she doesn ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, ng-reviews
Lily is 30 years old and single. Well, sort of single. She’s been involved in a long term affair with her boss Harry. It’s not really a secret. Most of her coworkers suspect and her family knows, in fact, he’s even attended some family events. But his wife only suspects. Yes, his wife Pippa is suspicious, but as yet doesn’t have any hard proof of the affair. Just Harry’s bizarre behavior and constant absences. Not to mention when he is present, he’s not really present, always on his mobile phone ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I have been known to ugly cry over a book; however, this one was more a teary-eyed weepy kind of crying for me. The husband, the mistress, the jilted wife, the father who left his family years ago. These are the main characters, and even though this may seem like a plot you've read before, it's definitely NOT. Told from multiple perspectives, the novel relates the bittersweet moments between Lily and Harry; Harry's fallen out of love with his wife and his assistant Lily never meant to fall in lo
The Years After You tells the story of an extramarital affair from the viewpoint of each party - the wife, the husband and the mistress. Regardless of your opinion going in, it's easy to be pulled into each character's thoughts and feelings and in doing so, you find at least a little bit of empathy for their situation.

Harry has fallen "out of love" with his wife, Pippa. This is made all the easier when he falls "in love" with his assistant, Lily. However, when it comes down to it, he doesn't wan
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I love books I can lose myself in for hours, books that touch my emotions, books that continue to stir my thoughts after I've lain them down. This is that type of book. My heart still aches as I write this not just for the characters in the book but for the broader issue of mental health and addiction awareness.

The institution of marriage is re-purposed several times throughout the text in a way that challenges one's preconceived notions of what it means to be committed and love so
Lolly K Dandeneau
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
via my blog:
'There’s something going on. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but Harry’s been acting weird all evening. And there’s something else- the house feels different.'

Relationships truly are a mystery, Lily’s is that much more complicated as ‘the other woman’. Desire takes us where it will, Lily knows this better than anyone when she falls in love with her boss married Harry, twenty years her senior. He isn’t in love with his wife anymore, she isn’
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Stuck with indecision, Harry falls in love with a woman he hired while still married to Pippa. He’s torn between destroying one woman’s life and destroying his own family.
Harry’s not the man Lily thinks he is. When he’s with her he’s alive and thriving. When he’s away he’s riddled with jealousy and loneliness.
Pippa and the boys have noticed him drifting away with excuses of work and travel. Pippa senses something else.
Lily’s happy in her little bubble with Harry perfectly content to keep their
Tracy Wood
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
This is a beautiful story, written in an easy, flowing, style which brings everything to life. Lily is 'the other woman' and Pippa 'the wronged wife', roles neither of them saw in their futures when they met Harry. This is the story of how those three lives merge together,  move apart, and eventually affect not only those three but also those who love them most.

Pippa's story is written as a blog of her life, a smaller part but as devastating as both Lisa and Harry's which are written in the thir
Margaret Duke-Wyer
The opening of The Years After You finds us witnessing Lily and her boss Harry making love on the floor of his study in the marital home. When his wife Pippa returns unexpectedly, Lily is forced to escape through the back door. Our introduction to Lily gives a false impression of a selfish, foolish young woman but the unfolding story reveals the truth of her nature.

Lily is in love with Harry, but does not want to wreak his marriage and hurt his two sons. For his part, Harry is over his head capt
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read by Emma Woolf. It took me a little while to get into the story line, but then I was hooked. Lily and Harry are having a affair after meeting at work. Harry's wife, Pippa, has worried something was happening with Harry but just can't put her finger on what is happening. But she finally figured out Lily was more than a colleague. This book is so much more than a book about an affair. It delves into what happens with the wife and the mistress after a suicide. How do the partie ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Years after You is about illicit romance, suicide, healing, and moving on. Harry is married but having an affair with coworker Lily. His wife suspects and then finds out for certain. And then she does nothing, which makes her character wishy washy. Harry takes matters into his own hands which changes everyone's lives. Lily encounters a surprise of her own and also reconnects with her long lost father, adding more change to her life.
The writing was decent. I thought many of the characters wer
Sep 09, 2019 added it
Reading this book demonstrates the fraility of human nature and how love and control are intertwined. Although I found the book well written and it certainly captured my imagination i also found it disturbing. The charaters are all very real and the reader gets the sense that they all know where they are going in life. How wrong can you be?

The author shows how mental illness can easily be disguised and how it is so easy to misread the signs of others every day behaviour. Mistaking neediness for
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emma Woolf’s novel The Years after You is a moving story about love, family, infidelity and death. The book shows a marital affair from all three sides: Lily, Harry and Harry's wife, Pippa. Rarely are there books that show you point-of-view of each of the involved characters, this was done so well. The way this book is presented allowed you to have sympathy for all three people in the affair. The only ones passing judgement were the characters themselves. Like the expression says there are three ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is about heated affairs, love, heartbreak, loss and rebuilding. It was a quick read told in a triple narrative between Lily, Pippa and Harry. It also deals with some darker topics like depression and suicide. It was a good drama and it flowed well.

An affair. Wife, mistress, the man in the middle. Laugh it off only to lie awake worrying later. Is this really happening? When it implodes, what then?

The assistant didn’t mean to fall in love and become “the other woman.” The wife was just
Cheryl Sokoloff
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Lily finds herself romantically involved with her "married" boss Harry, she knows she is getting in over her head. She tries to keep things as "uncomplicated" as she "hopes" is possible under the circumstances, but Harry, can not be without her. He becomes obsessed with Lily. Meanwhile, Harry's wife, Pippa, discovers Harry's affair, but her love and faith in her husband leads her to believe that it is just a "phase", a "mid-life crisis", so she leaves it be, hoping it will resolve itself. H ...more
Sandra Herrera
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, thank you the NetGalley, Emma Woolf, and Amberjack Publishing for the advanced copy of The Years After You. Not to give to much away, but never did I think that I would enjoy reading a story about a couple having an affair, let alone end up rooting for the mistress. The way that Emma Woolf tells the story of main character Lily, you can’t but help but understand her position and want to see the best turn out for her. Also, as much as the reader should probably not like Harry, the man in t ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Affairs never end well do they? Anyway you spin it, someone will be on the losing end. The story begins with Harry having an affair with his assistant. His wife Pippa takes awhile to catch on. The story is told mostly in the voice of Lily but perspectives are told by Harry and Pippa as well, giving a rounded view of how each is affected by the transgression.

The writing was good, clear and concise. Without giving anything away, I feel Ms. Wolf lost an opportunity to detail the hardships that fol
Kathleen Gray
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lily, Pippa, and Harry are in a triangle of a relationship. Told from each of their perspectives, this is about an affair- between Lily and Harry- that ends in both tragedy and renewal. Pippa's known that Harry and Lily are involved; she writes about in on her blog. Lily is deeply in love with Harry but she doesn't want him to leave Pippa and then she meets someone else. This sends Harry into a tailspin and ultimately to his suicide. Lily's unexpected pregnancy leaves her thinking about how she ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I have some mixed feelings about this one. For starters, it's the first book I have read with no chapters. I wouldn't have thought that would bother me, but it did. It felt like a run-on sentence the whole way through.

The story itself had a good premise. Love. Affairs. Betrayal. I enjoyed Part 1. The build up was a good one. Then Harry took his own life. Part 2 felt like a separate story. It was told from two perspectives, the wife and the mistress. However, their stories no longer intertwined.
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Years After You by Emma Woolf is a standalone full length novel. It's an emotional read that had me in knots.
I really truly liked the writing, it's excellent by the way and I easily connected with the characters. It's the storyline that gave me some head - and heart - ache.
The Years After You is a book that gave me all the feels. I was sad, I laughed and at some point I was angry at the characters. My heart was bleeding for the characters and I wanted to love them, but their actions prevent
Margie C
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Years After You follows the story of Lily, a single woman involved in an affair with her boss, and the fallout for all parties involved. Emma Wolfe does a great job weaving the story together from all of the character’s different viewpoints, Lily, Harry, and Harry’s wife Pippa. I felt as though I sympathized with each character during their narration periods and though it felt like Lily should be a villain in the story, her character was likable and showed a lot of growth throughout the book ...more
Beth Moylan
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful story and an easy read. Lily is a 30 year old single woman who is seeing a married man, her boss Harry. She is getting in over her head. Most of the C0-Workers suspect about the affair. His wife, Pippa, suspects he is having an affair. Harry became very jealous when Lily saw and ex-boyfriend and thought she would leave him. The book addressed how it effected all 3 lives and their families. The book also talks about the years after the affair and how they continued in life. Ve ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: drama
Lily is having an affair with Harry, who is the supervisor of her company.
Harry is married to Pippa and they have 2 kids.
Harry wants to leave Pippa and live with Lily, but somehow he doesn't see how this is going to work out.
The first half of the book is devoted to Lily, Harry & Pippa

The 2nd half of the book is devoted to Lily's family.
Lily has 2 sisters and a brother, and her father left them when they were small.

I thought it was a really well written book.
A good quick read.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
A book about 2 women and 1 man. The part with Henry in it was little but the book was more how the two women coped and lived with afterwards, well mostly how his girlfriend lived. I liked how the division of the women was done in italic and the other font. Easy read, good story.

Thanks NetGalley for this ARC.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is so much more than chick lit. The raw emotions of what the characters are feeling was so well written. It felt like an autobiography. Lily though did frustrate me at times but isn't that what real people do. It discusses male vulnerability, mental health, depression, and suicide. What suicide does to loved ones and how it can impact the future.
Simonne Lambert
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an easy quick read but I don’t mean to take anything away from the story or the author’s writing. Ms Woolf writes beautifully and the characters are so well developed. This is a story of abandonment, love, betrayal, and learning to love and live again. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting read! It was a faster read about the entanglements of life with Lilly,Pippa and of course the man in the picture Harry. When an affair comes to light all must deal with the fall out and make life decisions tha is best for each of them. Not my usual reading material but I quite enjoyed it. well written.
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book . Characters well developed. Good storyline.

Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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