Finalist in the 2021 Book Excellence Awards for the category of Marriage.
2021 award winner for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Release Date: April 6, 2021
About The Book:
Maggie Dolin is forty-five and isn’t dealing with getting older very well. Seventeen years ago, she gave up her job in publishing to raise her daughter, Gia—but now her only child is about to leave for college, and Maggie isn’t sure what her new purpose will be. She’s been the caretaker and nurturer for so long that she can’t even remember the last time someone took care of her. She wishes Jim, her husband of nineteen years, would take that role on—but he’s been distracted and disconnected, and she’s convinced he’s hiding something from her. Her self-involved, judgmental mother and resentful brother, meanwhile, are certainly no help, and her father—the only person in her life who’s always been there for her and asked nothing in return—is dealing with increasingly serious health issues, leaving Maggie without her rock.
As all these stressors pile on, a chance meeting with a younger man causes Maggie to act in a way that is completely out of character for her. As she gets deeper in, she’s forced to make some big decisions about what she wants and deserves—decisions that could change her life forever.
After Happily Ever After deals with love, marriage, family, the empty nest, aging parents and what happens when they all come crashing down at the same time.
Maggie’s life is changing. She is not sure where she goes from here. She gave up her job in publishing years ago to take care of her daughter, Gia. Well, Gia is flying the coop. This leaves Maggie with nothing to hold on to. Her husband is distant, her father is in a difficult stage of Alzheimers and Maggie needs a focus. And it SHOULD NOT be what she focuses on…you have to read this to find out!
Maggie is a character which struck a chord with me. It may not have been a good chord…half the time I wanted to jerk her bald headed (especially over the hot guy!). And the other half, I wanted to hug her and tell her it was going to be ok. Maggie definitely created some huge feelings in me!
This is a tale most women can relate to at one point or another. The aging parents, the life we thought we would have, the children…it is all in this novel. I laughed in places, I probably should not have laughed! And I definitely felt like crying in others. I enjoy a good emotionally creative novel!
Need a book about life changing issues with sweet twist! THIS IS IT! Grab this one today!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
About The Author:
Leslie A. Rasmussen is the author of After Happily Ever After: A Novel. She graduated with a bachelor’s in communications from UCLA and went on to write television comedies and is a member of Writers’ Guild of America, West. She wrote for Gerald McRaney, Burt Reynolds, Roseanne Barr, Norm McDonald, Drew Carey, and Ralph Macchio as well as The Wild Thornberrys and Sweet Valley High. Later, she earned a master’s degree in nutrition and ran her own business for ten years. Most recently, Leslie has written personal essays for online magazines such as Huffington Post, MariaShriver, and SheKnows. She loves dogs and besides having two adorable Labradors, she is a member of The Alliance of Therapy Dogs and has volunteered at The Burbank Animal Shelter. Leslie lives in Los Angeles and has two sons, and a husband she has been with since college. This is her debut novel.
Twitter – @leslierauthor