by Nancy


Getting hit by a bus is a popular euphemism for dying an untimely death, but when exactly that happens to vibrant, outgoing Sophie, the worlds of her husband Ollie and son Freddie, as well as her best friend Jenny, are turned upside down. Only Sophie hasn’t moved on after her death, watching her friends and family cope with their loss without being able to help them; the most she can do is make a smoke detector light flash.

While Sophie floats about, helpless, Jenny must find a way to move on without her best friend.  Her fiancee, after waffling for months, has finally decided to set a wedding date, and Jenny has been roped into a support group made of the other mums from Freddie’s school in an attempt to help Ollie get back on his feet.  Jenny distances herself from her fiancee and is surprised to find she likes the other mums, despite their differences, as their love of Sophie draws them together.  Jenny also discovers Sophie’s wonderful life wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and she had a few secrets she kept hidden from those she loved.

Ollie isn’t as fully fleshed out as he could be, we know he’s hot, a musician, a terrible housekeeper and quickly sickens of the lasagnas that the Help Ollie club brings to him.  It’s clear Ollie and Sophie were in love and he cares for his son, and the other mums don’t take long to swoop in once Sophie’s gone.

Afterwife is British chick lit in the vein of Jane Green or Sophie Kinsella. The conversations the mums have sound a lot like the ones I have with my friends (and definitely not G rated), even if the mums themselves are a bit outlandish. Sophie’s commentary on life going on without her are amusing yet sad, and Jenny is easy to root for once she finally figures out what she really wants.

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Nancy enjoys reading, cross stitch and carting her kids to sports practices and games. She chronicles life with her boys and books at Life With My Boys and Book

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1 Van January 16, 2013 at 9:54 am

Sounds like a good read.


2 Jennifer January 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

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3 latanya January 16, 2013 at 11:26 am

I would like a copy


4 Liz January 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

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5 debbie January 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I would love to read this book.


6 ellie January 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Thanks for this feature which would be enjoyed gratly.


7 diane January 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm

An interesting book. Thanks.


8 Annie January 16, 2013 at 6:54 pm

this book is intriguing.


9 amyc January 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Sounds like an interesting story to read.


10 Tammy Gordon January 16, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Looks like a good book


11 samantha w January 17, 2013 at 2:41 am

sounds very good, would like to read


12 Mary Havlovic January 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Sounds like a good read. Just what little I have read has me very interested in this book


13 Mary Havlovic January 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Sounds like a good read. Just what little I have read has me very interested in this book


14 Mary Havlovic January 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm

How did I get entered in twice???


15 Jessica T January 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Sounds good – I love Sophie Kinsella!


16 Lori D. January 18, 2013 at 11:30 am

Sure to be a very good book.


17 Stephanie January 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Sounds like a good story. Thanks for the giveaway.
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18 Jilleen Hays January 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I think this looks like sure a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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19 Don January 21, 2013 at 10:33 am

This is one for the misses to read.


20 Angela E. January 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

Sounds so good, would love to read.


21 Garrett January 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

This is a good book for my girlfriend to read.


22 Anita Yancey January 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Sounds like a very interesting and touching book. I would enjoy reading this one.


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