The After Wife
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 vil ...more
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 fi ...more
I was so curious to read The After Wife because it's so different from Melanie Summers' previous works and I wasn't disappointed.
Hours after I have closed this book it's still difficult for me to write a review because whenever I think to this story the only thing I want to do is to curl up in a fetal position and cry, but I'll try because it deserves to be shared and recommended to all people who love beautiful, emotional, heartbreaking, humorous and realistic tales.
Abby has lost her husband o
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
If I didn't cry every day anyway this book would have left me in bed for days.
I fell in love with the characters from the beginning. The book was slow but a fun story and all of a sudden it wasn't! It stopped being slow and stopped being fun all at the same time and I couldn't stop reading it, I had to know! I was thinking 'there's no time for the ending to be natural and logical as well as happy. Well, curveball!
The After Wife was so good. I hope Melanie Summ ...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
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 fel ...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
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 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 tiss ...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
Be sure to have a very large box of tissues available when you read this. Melanie Summers delivers the story of a woman, Abby, trying to cope with the death of her much older husband. She can’t seem to get her writing muse, or her life, to work anymore and ends up moving into a fixer-upper in a small Canadian town. Enter the widower general contractor, Liam, and his adorable daughter. As Abby finds herself, again, so does the relationship with Liam and his daughter. But he has some s ...more
I absolutely LOVED this book! I loved the characters, the setting and just the entire story line.
Heartwarming and yet bittersweet.
My first book by this Author and won't be my last. ...more
Abigail who has lost her husband to cancer, is a writer, has no children, and her family lives across the country. She is easily able to shut herself in her apartment and hide from reality. Due to circumstances she must sell her apartment and return her book advance. She finds herself li ...more
I honestly don't know what to say as I finished this book 2 minutes ago. Maybe I should wait and process the story more, but I'm going to try to forge ahead with a review. My heart and head is all over the place with this book. It has a little humor, some tense moments, and a lot of angst. I guess I have to say that I am in love with the characters, flaws, and all. They were real, very real, to me. The personal journey that Abby finds herself on, not by choice, is one that you thi ...more
Melanie Summers resides in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband, three sporty nerd children, their adorable no-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 and ...more