After You by Julie Buxbaum is a wonderfully powerful novel. Ellie Lerner’s world is shattered the day she receives the call that he best friend of over three decades, Lucy, has been brutally murdered. Lucy left behind an eight-year-old daughter named Sophie who is mourning the loss of her mother, made worse because she witnessed the death. Ellie drops everything in her life to rush to across the ocean to England to help Sophie and Lucy’s husband, Greg. When Ellie decides to stay in England for a while, her husband, Phillip, isn’t so understanding. She soon learns that nothing will ever be the same again with any of the people in her life.
This story really moved me; I just loved the characters and I felt like I really knew them. I could associate with what Ellie was going through and I fell in love with Sophie. She was such a real eight-year-old. She was grieving, but at times still showed the child that she was. The author wrote it so realistically that I could feel the pain that Sophie, Ellie, and Greg were in. Despite his actions, even Phillip was a likable character. When he was thinking of leaving Ellie, he still took the time to make sure that she was okay. Lucy turned out to be the biggest surprise, and not a pleasant one. What she was about to do before she was murdered shocked Ellie (and me as well). It just goes to show that you never really know people as well as you think you do.
And as for Ellie and Phillip, the ending of the story was just right–it wasn’t perfectly wrapped up, but it left you with a feeling of hope. I can’t wait to read the next novel by Julie Buxbaum!
Andrea is a huge Gators fan who loves to read! Her favorite genres are Chick-Lit, YA, and Paranormal. Visit her blog So Many Books, So Little Time.