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"Ms. Cozy has a definite gift for writing that allows the reader to intimately know her characters...There is so much going on, throughout, that it could have been a bit overwhelming, but instead, it drew you even more into the lives of the characters. I fell in love with them. A beautiful story by a talented writer." - Literary R&R

"This novel captured both my attention and my heart.  The characters are realistic, multi-faceted, and endearing. I shared in both their laughter and their tears, and was saddened to reach the end of their tale.  Ms. Cozy's masterful look into the human condition provides a message of hope and understanding for anyone that has experienced a loss, or knows someone who has.  I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading any future ones." -Mary Smith-Fuller, Flurries of Words

About the Author

Kelly Cozy lives in California with her husband, son, and cats. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, watching movies, and attending nerdy conventions. She is also the author of the Ashes suspense series. Her next novel, Undertow, will be available in Fall 2014 from Smite Publications.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Smite Publications (March 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985123400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985123406
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,412,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kelly Cozy became hooked on books in early infancy, when she turned one of her parents' paperbacks into a teething ring; she's been reading voraciously ever since. She wrote her first story at age 9, and has been writing ever since.

She lives in California with her husband, son, and cats. When she's not writing or reading, she enjoys cooking, watching movies, and attending nerdy conventions.

Kelly is currently at work on her next novel; she hopes you enjoy reading her books as much as she enjoys writing them.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard Moore on May 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
"The Day After Yesterday" explores how people pick up the pieces of their lives after losing the people they love most in a horrible, unforeseeable tragedy. For anyone who enjoys a strong, healthy marriage, this novel paints a picture out of a nightmare. Musician Daniel Whitman's family is gone forever, and he wishes he were too, in a weird way. Plagued with guilt, he goes off the grid, then returns to confront his feelings through the only way he knows how - writing songs. Months later, a woman he met briefly on the road, Elaine, comes back into his life. She has her own scarred past, the details of which Cozy relates to us like a punch to the gut (a tasteless simile in context, perhaps, but applicable regardless). Together they rediscover joy in their lives. This is a hauntingly beautiful novel with genuine and entertaining supporting characters. I would love to see this author attempt a comedic work in the future.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dmolberg@earthlink.net on May 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The journey from brokenness to wholeness is part of every human experience. It's a journey begun when the soul itself has been shattered, and the individual is left with only pieces-shards, of what life once was.
In Day After Yesterday, musician Daniel Whitman's, entire life is destroyed. Like the giant, and once-beloved, cedar tree that crashed onto his house killing his wife and son and destroying their home, Whitman is wrecked; his emotional pain splayed like the grotesque limbs of the fallen tree.
In straight-forward, and deeply nuanced prose, Cozy uncovers the heart of seemingly inconsolable loss and grief. Whitman, a sympathetic protagonist, battles inner demons as he journeys away from his physical home in a pristine Southern California beach town. Alone, he loses his emotional and psychological grounding. While his friends at home deal with losing Whitman, he is fighting for his emotional life, only to almost lose life itself when, ironically after being released from a care-asylum, he has a near-death experience and almost drowns in the Pacific Ocean.
Whitman's journey is riveting, thanks to Cozy's control of character and story. In her skillful prose, Whitman's return to his friends, to his music, to himself, turns this tragedy into a journey of hope, faith and love. This is a novel not to be missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loy on May 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
this is a very emotional story.. It was almost too much but turned out to be perfect.

Daniel Whitman loses his whole family. He is full of guilt and goes off the grid. He starts to write music again which helps with his loss. while gone he meets another woman who has trouble in her life. together they heal and begin again.

the story is interesting in the way it is written. It goes between Daniel and the people he left behind. They all grieve in different ways.
in the end he returns to his circle and brings his new understanding back with him.

a good book -- very moving . I did receive this story for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Granfors on March 1, 2014
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A day after finishing Kelly Cozy's moving portrait of grief and redemption, THE DAY AFTER YESTERDAY, I am still thinking about the characters and the moments that changed their lives.

Daniel marries happily. He's a musician with a happy family, wife Sarah and son Jake. They live in a California town, Los Cielos. There is much to be thankful for. Until. . .

Until death comes calling while Daniel is out of town. Daniel cannot bear the grief because he cannot bear the guilt that he should have been there to protect them or to die with them. His burden of grief becomes so great that he walks away from his life. His closest circle of friends fears the worst has befallen him. He has a whole support group of people who would listen to him, console him, and he walks away.

In doing so, he sets up the second part of the book. He wanders into a diner on the night of a terrible rainstorm. A woman sings to him. A man provides him with shelter and warm clothes. Maybe life can go on?

His time after that night is still a time of confusion and terrible grief, but at least he is open to change, one step at a time. He throws his grief and guilt into music, the music the woman sang to him. His new album touches many lives.

So okay, that's all I can tell you without divulging a number of plot twists and surprises and the ending of the book. Someone told me when my mother died, "The price of love is grief." I loved this book. I am mourning that I have turned the last page. I will read it again. It is a beautiful tribute to those qualities that make us human, friendship, missteps, words unspoken, words misinterpreted, and the power of music to say what we mean when words fail us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Hendershot on April 16, 2014
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I thought the story had a very good beginning with good character development. Daniel, especially, was a very believable main character. That is exactly why I did not like the story's conclusion. I enjoyed the family members, and the quaint small town setting. Without giving away crucial information, the last quarter of the book did not work for me. I could not connect--at all--to the epilogue, which was disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
Along a stretch of Hwy. 101 in California, a straggling collection of people linger in a diner, while the rains pound ruthlessly and the few customers are reluctant to breach the torrents of the outside world. A rain-drenched and soaked man enters, looking battered and beaten by much more than the rains....

Thus begins our story, and as the prologue reveals, life has changed dramatically for this man; we soon learn that his name is Daniel Whitman, and that horrific things have happened to him.

Flash back five months, and we see his life before. And what tragedy led Daniel to this place. We know before the story begins that his family is taken away from him: a wife and a son. What we learn now, slowly, is what his journey will look like now. And how he, inexplicably, or so it seemed to those he left behind, walked out of his life.

The Day After Yesterday is the tale of that journey, but it reveals much more: after the events of Daniel's life following his tragedy, people and events reshape his life view and even his choices. And eventually he does go home, but everything is different.

The story alternates between Daniel's journey and what happens to those he seemingly abandoned.

Then later, the story moves ahead and shows us what this newly reshaped life looks like. We meet new characters, we see miraculous events unfold...and in the end, we are left filled with a wide range of emotions.

At least that's what I felt for the first 300 or so pages.
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