Reviewed by Jennifer J.
Ever since Prudence Quinn O’Malley lost her father in the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, she has inwardly struggled to let him go. On the outside, Quinn leads a perfectly wonderful life. Her boyfriend Sage has just proposed to her in Paris, and they are now planning the perfect wedding. She is a promising attorney with high aspirations for her future. She has a devoted personal trainer who is molding her figure into the most desirable form. Although events in her life are pushing her to move forward, Quinn is stuck in her past. The more she starts noticing Sage’s flaws, the more she questions if she made the right decision in answering “yes”.
Taking her frightening dreams too literally, Quinn is ready to self-destruct. To Sage’s dismay, Quinn begins drinking herself to the point where everything is a blur and she becomes numb. An encounter with a past flame leaves Quinn wondering if she made the right decisions in her life. Will Quinn leave her past in the past, or will she walk down the aisle and become Sage’s wife?
In Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelly Rowley, her protagonist Quinn goes on a painful journey of recovering from past losses and heartbreak, and moving forward to embrace an uncertain future. Quinn is a perfectly flawed heroine; it is both easy to hate her and to love her, but just as easy to forgive her. The decisions Quinn faces are common relationship dilemmas, and certainly many of readers have had to make a similar decision in their own lives.
Although Life After Yes tackles some heavy issues such as a parent’s death, reconsidering an impending marriage, engaging in an affair with a past lover, and betraying a friend’s trust, it is still overall an uplifting story. It is not what I consider to be a fluff read; Rowley is very knowledgeable in philosophy and it is apparent in this novel. I absolutely fell in love with her passages on Plato and true love and marriage. Ever since finishing this novel, I have pondered those paragraphs and shared them with friends. This book is highly recommended for readers who enjoy intelligent women’s literature.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
A review copy was provided free of any obligation by Avon A. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.