Rachels Random Resources & Boldwood Books presents
Life After You
by author Sian O’Gorman
published September 15, 2020
Here is a little about the book:
Meaningful and moving, a beautiful story with life-affirming qualities.
Milly Bryne’s world came crashing down when she lost her beloved Dad and boyfriend in a matter of weeks.
Losing her Dad has broken her family. Losing her soul mate made has made her give up on life and love.
After swerving from stability to chaos to despair, Milly finally believes she has her life back on track when the unexpected return of a familiar face to Ireland throws her life once more into a spin. Milly is forced to decide if her new life is the one for her, or if there is another path that will bring even greater riches of joy, excitement and fun into her world. Life just isn’t worth living if your heart isn’t in it?
Perfect for the fans of Cecilia Ahern and Cathy Kelly
Sian O’Gorman wrote a book that I will remember forever.
Milly is a corporate lawyer in a high pressure job. Still dealing with the grief of her fathers passing 5 years ago and her boyfriend moving to Italy one week after the funeral, she pours herself into her work. No matter how much she overtime she consumes to smother her pain, Milly is still very unhappy with her life. When her boyfriend suddenly moves back to Dublin and opens a bar right by her home, it turns her into an emotional trainwreck, and sparks Milly to take a really good look at her life and try to figure out what she really wants.
This is such a well written and emotional story. The way Sian writes about Milly’s feelings is beyond relatable for anyone who has gone through multiple types of loss. There is a heartwarming sense of healing that comes from reading this book, but you have to go through Milly’s trials and tribulations to get there. The story is magnificent and the secondary characters play such a major role in the various plots throughout the book that you’ll find yourself not wanting to put this one down til the end. Sian O’Gorman incorporates important topics such as grief, strength, anxiety and soul-searching in this heartening read with a generous splash of humor to make it one of the most fulfilling books I’ve read all year. 5 stars, highly recommend.
Thank you so much to Sian O’Gorman, Rachel Gilbey from Rachels Random Resources, Boldwood Books, and Netgalley for my gifted copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.
Siobhán looked thoughtful. ’What did you say Catriona’s star sign was again?’
‘Capricorn.’ I’d worked it out when Catriona went to Paris for a long weekend with her husband, Noel, and she admitted that, much as she hated going away, he’d made her because it was her fortieth.
Siobhán nodded sagely. ‘Yes, that makes a lot of sense, she exhibits a lot of Capricorn tendencies…’
What exactly are Capricorn tendencies?’ Horoscopes were one of Siobhán’s latest passions and in the last few months she’d made me fill out several charts, plotting exactly what my constellation was and she was delighted – ‘I knew it!’ – to find that we were a perfect match. Siobhán oscillated between several horoscope apps on her phone and her interest had ramped up recently, these days relying on them to guide her through life. I wished I could find something to believe in so wholeheartedly.
‘Oh, you know…’ she said airily this evening, with the wisdom of a woman who has been around. ‘Workaholics, generally. But I’m worried about you,’ she went on. ‘Being a Libra with multiple moons in Taurus.’ She shook her head. ‘You need to take advantage of Mercury going retrograde in the next few weeks. Things have been known to go crazy.’
‘Oh God…’ I had to pretend to take this seriously, that’s what friends did, right? Siobhán, after all, had been the very best of friends to me.
‘Just be careful.’ She smiled at me, and drained her glass of champagne.
Siobhán looked around at our fellow guests, most of them corporate bankers, international investment types, all cloned, manicured, preened and primped within an inch of their indeterminate life, faces smoother than a baby’s bottom. ‘It’s like being at a convention for people who are half toddler, half pensioner,’ she said. ‘It’s unsettling.’ She drank more of her champagne. ‘So, what’s this evening all about then? Why are we being plied with free fizz and nibbles?’
‘Dublin Investments, Ryan and his mother Carole’s company,’ I explained, ‘is entertaining potential new clients for their new development.’
‘You mean apartments?’ Siobhán rolled her eyes. ‘Like Dublin needs more overpriced shoeboxes. I mean, our flat is an overpriced shoebox, but I’ve seen smaller, and more expensive.’
‘No, this is different,’ I said. ‘They are looking for old properties, heritage sites, that they can buy for next to nothing and then do up. It’s all luxury living, with a concierge service and a gym in the basement.’
Siobhán tried and failed to arrange her face into a polite expression. ‘I’m sure it will all be very nice,’ she said. ‘Anyway…’ She swiped two glasses of champagne from another passing tray, ‘… it’s just nice to be out of the house. George is probably already asleep on his sofa in front of EastEnders, his curried chips cooling on the plate resting on his stomach.’
About the Author
Sian O’Gorman was born in Galway on the West Coast of Ireland, grew up in the lovely city of Cardiff, and has found her way back to Ireland and now lives on the east of the country, in the village of Dalkey, just along the coast from Dublin. She works as a radio producer for RTE.
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