The After Wife: A Novel
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
This is not the type of Melanie Summers book I’ve become accustomed to by ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more