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4.52  ·  Rating details ·  872 ratings  ·  160 reviews
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 vil
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Paperback, 338 pages
Published January 10th 2020 (first published December 23rd 2019)
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TeriLyn
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 fi
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ItaPixie
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 5-stars

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

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Melissa Borsey
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Sunny (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
What a beautiful story written by Melanie Summers. The difference in Abigail from the beginning to the conclusion of The After Wife was amazing. The self-discoveries she made with the help of the little Canadian town, in particular, Liam and Olive, were well-written. The parallels in Liam and Abby’s life were notable, yet how they handled them was vastly different. The contrast was real and had such an impact on the transformations that took place, especially in Abby. So many characters brought ...more
Robin Bielman
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It's going on my list of all-time favorites. Heartbreaking and real and funny and truly fantastic writing. Abby, Liam, and Olive are characters that will stay with me for a long time to come. ...more
Ayekah
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Holly
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I laughed and chuckled and was so touched the entire ride through. Then I cried just a little. I was mesmerized by Olive, who stole my heart. I really hope there’s a next chapter to continue their story. It was real and yet magical.
Andrea
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Rounding up to 4 Stars

For me, this was the right book at the right time. A beautiful look at grieving and moving on.
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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Betsie Erickson
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Happily ever after....

This book....

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
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Konny
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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 fel
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Jackie D
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Mindy Martinez Borda
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. ...more
Jan McClung
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Annette
Judging by the many glowing reviews, I must be missing something. I found the story predictable and full of cliches. The contractor guy with the blue eyes, the successful author whose best friend is her literary agent. Right. The writing is skilled and smooth, but the story for me lacks depth. I did not find the story emotional, which means I was not really pulled in, did not feel sad. And I'm a rather emotional person who cries when I watch animal videos and ads. ...more
Tracey Doerrer
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Cori
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ANNE
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 tiss
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Erin Remen
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 you ...more
Eunice Coorlas
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The After Wife by Melanie Summers an uplifting, romantic, heartbreaking, laugh filled read. Abby, a romance writer unable to write since her husband’s Issac’s death last year, Longing for solitude. Unable to keep her Manhattan apartment she decides to move to a village in Nova Scotia where she and Issac thought they’d retire. Wanting to be left alone Abby finds herself falling under the spell of Liam, her contractor who’s trying to restore her cottage, and his seven-year-old daughter Olive.
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Patty
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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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Susan Hutchinson
What a book!

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
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Doreena Silva
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women's fiction
Recommended to Doreena by: Netgalley
Shelves: kindle, net-galley
Thank you to Netgalley, Expressobooktours and the Author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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Seaside Book
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You all know I LOVE Melanie Summers' novels. Did you know that The After Wife is not what I would call Melanie's normal genre (its not chit-lit)? Like all of Melanie's books, I didn't want it to end. I LOVED it!

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
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Susanna Mcboyle
May 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Crushingly disappointing read. The book started off shallow and continued in this vain to the end with a cringe worthy and obvious plot. Every page filled with unnecessary telling thus obliterating any intrigue and the character's were either mis-observed (stylish moms sipping coffee, in small town Cape Breton as viewed by a New Yorker?) Or at the other end of the spectrum, cliched like Eunice the real estate agent in a cotton candy pink pant suit wearing White Diamonds perfume and ‘Nosy Nettie’ ...more
Charlotte Cherry
Where to start?

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
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Linda
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 which direc ...more
Linda
Nov 28, 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 which direc ...more
Margie Shaw
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The After Wife by author Melanie Summers really took me by surprise. It was so much more than I had anticipated it would be. It’s a story about love, loss and learning to live again. I loved this authors writing style. It was easy reading and I can tell by her writing that she must have a great sense of humor. There were lines in the story that actually had me laughing out loud. Although parts were funny, the storyline was actually quite sad. It’s about a woman named Abby, who after losing her h ...more
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Melanie Summers also writes under the name M.J. Summers

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
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