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The After Wife: A Novel

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From author Melanie Summers, comes a heartfelt and uplifting tale of love, loss, and letting go...

After losing her husband, writer Abigail Carson has all but given up on life. Having spent the last year cocooned in her Manhattan apartment, Abigail is suddenly forced to find a new home where she can stretch her dwindling savings. Intent on isolation, she moves to a tiny
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Published January 10th 2020 by Indigo Group
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    TeriLyn
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    **The After Wife generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

    4 "Those are cold, hard facts of love." Stars

    This book really is something. It kept me engaged and glued to the pages. To review it is difficult because I really enjoyed most of it, even the hard parts, but the ending threw me a bit and left me a little unsatisfied. Despite that, because I believe it's just personal preference, this story resonates with me on many different levels. A women's
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    Melissa Borsey
    Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This was my first time reading a book by this author, but it certainly won't be my last. I loved everything about this book, the story was excellent and heartwarming, the characters were exceptionally done. Highly recommend! I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this great book.
    Megan
    I was sent the book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    The premise of this book sounded great. A great little read filled with atmosphere, healing, and a Hallmark worthy love story.

    Firstly, and this is not a spoiler, this is not a Hallmark worthy love story, the author basically tells you this in the opening note to the reader! Not all stories have a happily ever after and this book may or may not have one of those, so be prepared.

    The After Wife focuses on Abbie Carson, a young
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    Donna Hines
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, netgalley
    The healing power of love, forgiveness, fate and dare one say belief in oneself to overcome.
    Imagine losing your husband, moving, and falling in love with a handyman all in the same time frame.
    Seems quite a bit to encounter yet our main character is choosing to move forward and with this release of pain comes openness to all things comforting.
    Comfort is a good word to utilize as it embraces all that's unknown but possible.
    In this case so much can move or sway a belief or ideal but it's what's
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    Ayekah
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Worst book hangover ever..... I loved this story so much. This isn't women's fiction-it's women's real life. Melanie, you are a rock star.

    Full review coming
    Mindy Martinez Borda
    Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The author has destroyed me with this book... My soul can't take it... Anyone who has experience what Abby has gone through with Isaac and Liam will love and hate the story in equal amounts. I applaud the author for writing such a heartfelt story... It's a book everyone, and I really mean everyone, should read.
    Tracey Doerrer
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I received a copy of this book from the Author and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I should not have started this book last night, because I ended up with only 2 hours of sleep. I had to keep returning to the book to learn more. Summers is a new author to me, but I will be searching out her other works.

    This was a bittersweet novel about love, life, loss, family and a courageous woman's return to herself.
    We meet the protagonist Abby who has really become lost following the death of
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    Konny
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The After Wife by Melanie Summers is a full length, stand alone novel. This is a new to me author and oh boy I'm so glad I gave this book a try.
    The After Wive is an emotional read, - have tissues at hand and consider you warned, I had more than one ugly cry.
    Meet Abby Carson. She's a 39 year old widow who's still grieving the loss of her beloved husband. To top it off she has to move - so why not start over. She moves from Manhattan to a village in Canada, new scenery, new people, new house, new
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    Erin Remen
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The After Wife was a great read that dealt with the many faces of loss and how we deal with our grief, no two are the same. One woman has struggled immensely for the last year to deal with the loss of her husband, shutting her self away from the world until she realises that why she was there, her life completely fell apart. Now having decided to sell and flee her grief she moves to a little town in Canada hoping for a simpler life. Small towns however, even in Canada, have a way of changing ...more
    Cori
    Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    ANNE
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Have tissues at hand and consider you warned. Emotional read.
    by Anonymous

    The After Wife by Melanie Summers is a surprise for me. I'm a big fan of the author's Paradise Bay series. I really enjoyed her storytelling style.
    I prefer romantic comedies but I have to admit I also loved this book. It was painful to read because it deals with death, grief, and guilt. This is not your classic boy meets girl and they live happily ever after.

    This was a bittersweet novel about love, life, and loss. Have
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    Courtney  Hagel-Swinson
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Melanie Summers was a new author to me so I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I started reading this story. It turned out to be so much more than I could even imagine. The character and world building in this book are perfection. I was truly immersed into these characters’ lives, especially Abby since it’s told only in her POV. You know a writer is fantastic when you can feel the other characters’ emotions and feelings without even getting in their heads. This isn’t your typical, run of the ...more
    Jackie D
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I'm not crying you're crying-
    Phew, that was a wringer!
    One of those beautifully devasting hearts wide open raw stories I wanted to hate, but I just couldn't!
    Emotionally charged, brimming with chemistry, laughs, broken hearts and the savagery of ripping off the bandage, to find time doesn't heal all wounds, life isn't always fair and last but not least " thats the way love goes " --- for all the *ahem* 9O's folks around!
    An all-encompassing story that feels like it needed to be written!
    I encourage
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    Patty
    Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

    I completely enjoyed this book. A woman who, on the surface, has a wonderful life, experiences a terrible loss, sending her into a spiral that she tries to hide. Her career goes downhill, and then she has one more blow that breaks the author’s back, so to speak.

    She goes to a far away place that she recalls fondly from happier times, and tries to settle in, while still keeping up her very tall, very strong walls. The rest of the book deals with her life in Canada, her relationships and family. It
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    Laurie
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    "The After Wife" by Melanie Summers was one of the best books I've read in some time and I did not want to put it down. It was a very emotional story, alternately heartbreaking and humorous, but ultimately uplifting in its depiction of the power of love. I've read books by Ms. Summers before so I already knew that she is very good at weaving humor into her stories, but even so, given the focus on two widowed main characters, I wasn't expecting this story to be as funny as it turned out to be. I ...more
    Kelly-Jo Sweeney
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    There are some books that I really enjoy, but I forget almost as soon as I've read them, there are others, like this one, which seem to stay with me for a long time. Although I've only just finished it, I already know that this is one of the ones that will linger in my mind.

    The other books that I've read by Melanie Summers have been her humorous books, written under the name of MJ Summers. The After Wife is a more serious read. It deals with love and loss, the way that the happily ever after
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    Ogunsina
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The After Wife is a profound story of love, loss, fear, what ifs and more. Melanie Summers does a good job in the character growth of Abby. We are first introduced to her reclusive self; one who repels human contact, had not the best relationship with her family especially her mom and also would rather bask in memories of her husband than live life. She is angry, sad, depressed and not honest with herself, especially when it comes to how she feels. I love how Abby grows to be better and stands ...more
    Linda
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Abigail has to make some hard choices after she finds herself grieving the loss of her husband. She's not even forty yet. Will she be able to let go of her past and move forward again? Even if she knows it might be the biggest mistake of her life? I really enjoyed the simple act of reading this book. I hadn't read any of this author's books before, but I'm a fan now. The banter between characters was effortless and fun, but weighted and serious when it needed to be. You're never sure of which ...more
    Leanna Mattea
    Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This was a unique human interest story, with interesting, likable characters. Abby Carson is 39 years old when her older husband dies of cancer, leaving her devastated and broken. She’s an author, who is now unable to find that next novel, unable to shake the grief and mourning that consumes her.
    She leaves NY and her small circle of friends, after buying a fixer up cottage on the water in Canada, sight unseen, with the forecast of months of repairs and a flatter wallet.
    Moving to a small
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    Kathy
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020
    I stumbled on Royal Treatment last year and went on to finish the series and the devour the Paradise Bay series by Melanie Summers. It’s safe to say I enjoy her books so much that I pre-ordered “The After Wife” and made sure I finished whatever I was on at the time. I knew she would write a great novel!

    I was proven right (love to say that). It was thoughtful, heartbreaking and also gave you that cozy warm loving feeling with the perfect amount of humor and fun anecdotes. Great characters and the
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    Melena Torretta
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arcs, 2020
    This story is very different from Melanie Summers other books, but it is wonderfully written.

    Abby lost her husband and finds herself needing to make other big changes in her life. One of those is moving from New York City to South Haven, a small village on an island in Canada.

    Her journey through the grief of loss, finding herself again, and learning to move forward was beautifully chronicled. She meets a number of people who she slowly befriends and opens up to. At the top of that list is Liam,
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    Romi Sigma
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The After Wife is the story of a woman, Abigail Carson, who loses her husband and has to get on with life. At the beginning of the story, Abigail is still deeply depressed and hiding in her apartment. She misses her husband and has frequent dreams involving him, which she treasures. But she can't go on like that forever and she decides to move away and start a new life in a place where nobody knows her, but things don't go to plan and Abigail has to face her denial and has to learn how to let ...more
    Letty
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc, 2020
    Melanie Summers is a new author to me, and after reading this book, I'm thinking I'll be reading more of her books. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I don't know why I didn't think I'd love it, thought it'd be another okay Hallmark-ish type book. Yeah, it could possibly be a Hallmark movie and that's fine. Okay, I admit I do watch Hallmark movies and like most of them, predictable as most of them are, but putting that aside now, this book was heartwarming but bittersweet, and I just ...more
    Laura
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Not your typical “Hallmark movie” romance. Though it does start out like one. Abby tries for a fresh start in a new town, after tragedy has instilled itself in her being. There, despite her best efforts, she makes nice with the locals and becomes a part of the community. All is not well, though, and Abby must decide if she’s going to barricade herself away from society (as was her original intent) or take a chance again.

    This is not the type of Melanie Summers book I’ve become accustomed to by
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    Cathy Garrison
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    When I received this book I did not read anything about it prior to starting. I liked the cover and the title and I love new to me authors. Melanie Summers did not disappoint! I opened to the first page and literally did not stop reading this book until I was finished. Abby’s journey made me cry, laugh and do both at the same time. I loved her journey yet at times I hated the journey she had to go through to emerge as her own person. Melanie takes the reader on an incredible roller coaster of ...more
    Maria
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this book. It made me sad and mad me happy in some parts of this story. The heroine was a young strong women who lost but also found herself. I lived her every emotion. This author writes a great story which makes you feel like you are actually living this tale. I lost myself in her words and emotions. This book stayed with me even after I finished reading it. This book is one of those books that I will reread for many years to come. I recommend that you read this book you will love it ...more
    Laurel Loves Books

    Okay at first glance I figured it would be a quick beach read... wow, it swept me off my feet.

    I started right before bed thinking I’d get a few chapters in and ended up staying up all night to finish it. It is definitely a serious book, not like many of her other books I’ve read, so I was a little thrown off by it at first, but that didn’t matter once the story grabbed me. Still made me laugh, just cried also.

    It’s an awakening, a journey to realizing that no matter what life throws at you,
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    Kris Rubi
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The After Wife by Melanie Summers
    How does one deal with loss? With grief? For Abigail it was to shut herself off from the world in her Manhattan apartment. She decides to escape the big city and move to a small town in Nova Scotia, where she thinks she can “hide away”. But little did she realize that small towns can be less private than the anonymity of a big city. But it is here that she meets Liam and his daughter Olive. Can Abigail learn to live and love again?
    Pick up this book and begin
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    Melanie Marnell
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A charming story about a woman's emergence from a cocoon of grief and learning to live again within a new reality. Having to face a few hard truths gives Abby some startling realizations. Living an honest life is not always easy but it's the best way to live her life. A laid back handyman and his adorable daughter as well as renovating a house finally set Abby on the right path to happiness. Because of Liam and Olive, Abby learns to shun sorrow and embrace the joy of living and loving. Do Abby, ...more
    Laura
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Not the usual story from this author. I started this book thinking it was a lighthearted funny book as I started reading I realized that this wasn’t that type of book. I wanted to put down the book multiple times but I could bring myself to do it. The story is well told and the characters loveable. I did laugh during a few pages, but I kept reading because this author brings you into the story and keeps you entertained. I absolutely loved this book and I was surprised by the ending but it was ...more
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    Melanie Summers resides in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband, three sporty nerd children, their adorable one-eyed dog, and one tiny puppy with a cute little brown nose. When she's not writing novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn
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