Sunday, August 15, 2021

After Happily Ever After by Leslie A Rasmussen


2021 Next Generation Independent Book Awards for the category of Chick Lit.

Finalist in the 2021 Book Excellence Awards for the category of Marriage.

 Release Date: April 6, 2021

About The Book:

 Maggie Dolin is forty-five and isn’t dealing with getting older very well. Seventeen years ago, she gave up her job in publishing to raise her daughter, Gia—but now her only child is about to leave for college, and Maggie isn’t sure what her new purpose will be. She’s been the caretaker and nurturer for so long that she can’t even remember the last time someone took care of her. She wishes Jim, her husband of nineteen years, would take that role on—but he’s been distracted and disconnected, and she’s convinced he’s hiding something from her. Her self-involved, judgmental mother and resentful brother, meanwhile, are certainly no help, and her father—the only person in her life who’s always been there for her and asked nothing in return—is dealing with increasingly serious health issues, leaving Maggie without her rock.

 As all these stressors pile on, a chance meeting with a younger man causes Maggie to act in a way that is completely out of character for her. As she gets deeper in, she’s forced to make some big decisions about what she wants and deserves—decisions that could change her life forever.

 After Happily Ever After deals with love, marriage, family, the empty nest, aging parents and what happens when they all come crashing down at the same time.


My Thoughts

This book gave me all the feels. It definitely was an emotional roller coaster for me...I laughed...probably many times!

Maggie suddenly finds her world unraveling...her daughter is going off to college...her husband won't give her the time of day..and her dad is getting forgetful..she wonders how she got here..

Oh Maggie..I feel you girl! I loved this author's witty writing. I seriously did find myself laughing...when I shouldn't. I found Maggie so relatable..she felt pushed to the brink, invisible and full of regrets...however it was balanced off with humor so it made it a fun read. Who hasn't looked back and wondered...what if?! I know I have..

I did yell and scream at Maggie a couple of times..but she didn't listen...step away from the hot guy at the gym...there is nothing to see here! I ended up liking Maggie and appreciating what she was going through...basically life... 

This is a fantastic debut that I was fully invested in! Thank you so much to @shewritespress for my gifted copy!

About The Author:


Leslie A. Rasmussen is the author of After Happily Ever After: A Novel. She graduated with a bachelor’s in communications from UCLA and went on to write television comedies and is a member of Writers’ Guild of America, West. She wrote for Gerald McRaney, Burt Reynolds, Roseanne Barr, Norm McDonald, Drew Carey, and Ralph Macchio as well as The Wild Thornberrys and Sweet Valley High. Later, she earned a master’s degree in nutrition and ran her own business for ten years. Most recently, Leslie has written personal essays for online magazines such as Huffington Post, MariaShriver, and SheKnows. She loves dogs and besides having two adorable Labradors, she is a member of The Alliance of Therapy Dogs and has volunteered at The Burbank Animal Shelter. Leslie lives in Los Angeles and has two sons, and a husband she has been with since college. This is her debut novel.


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