After Happily Ever After by Leslie A. Rasmussen (Book Review)



Maggie Dolan finds herself at forty-five at a crossroads in her life. Once a high-level executive, she’s chosen to be a stay-at-home mom for the last seventeen years. But now with her daughter, Gia, soon leaving for college, and her husband, disconnected and with secrets he hasn’t shared, Maggie decides it’s time to figure out what she wants for the rest of her life. As she begins her journey, she has to deal with a narcissistic mother, a brother who doesn’t like her and most damaging of all, the news that her father, her rock, has medical issues that may take him from her. Overwhelmed by all these issues, she’s led in a direction that could destroy what she’s built and make her question the choices she’s made. She’s torn between the life she’s always known and something more exciting that she never expected.


The story of After Happily Ever After revolves around Maggie who is 45 year-old. She gave up on her job as an editor so that she could raise her daughter. Now that her daughter has turned 17 and is preparing to go to a college, Maggie wonders how her life would be and who she will become once her daughter will leave.

On the whole I enjoyed the story line and as far as the characters are concerned, I could totally relate to Maggie. It’s hard to believe that it’s a debut novel because I could not put it down. This book was a complete rollercoaster ride full of emotions.

This is my absolute favourite kind of book, where the characters are so realistic that you feel they have always been a part of your life as if you know them, as if they’re out there in the world somewhere going about their everyday lives. I could completely relate to each and every character.

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