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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: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,329,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

The characters and story lines were well developed.
Lori
The Day After Yesterday is a story of loss, grief, hope, love, family, friendships and the restorative power of music.
Louise Jolly
And yes, I will admit that when reading parts of this book, I did have tears in my eyes.
Susan R Schleicher

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9 of 9 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 7 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tia Bach on May 29, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Through a blur of tears, I'm sitting down to write this review. Like most reviews, I want to provide those who read this a nice succinct summary followed by a few thoughts on the book. I'm all about structure. But this book has touched me in a way I didn't expect and will never forget. Even as I'm typing these words, it's all I can do to contain the emotions I'm feeling.

But let me try the traditional route...

Daniel Whitman has lost his wife and young son, and the unbearable pain has made him unafraid of dying. More than that, he wants the release. So he runs. His friends and family are devastated and want him back, but he's on a journey he must take alone.

After crawling out of his dark hole, he heads back to his hometown. He still has a lot of pain to deal with as well as the disappointment of those who love him and were hurt when he left. A talented musician, he finds solace in his music -- and the memory of a woman's voice, one who sang to him during his recovery. Will he ever see her again? Can he survive the pain?

Okay, summary achieved. The words above don't do it justice, but that's where I'd like to go back to the emotional journey I had with this book. It's not that I've never had a tear slide down my face while reading a book. But I can honestly say there have been only a few times that the tears clouded my vision. This book did that.

Kudos to the author for writing with such raw honesty that I could feel each character's pain and loss. But please don't think the book is only about that, it's also about the journeys each of these characters must take to try and overcome these losses and trust the good things in their lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barrett L. Keller on September 13, 2012
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This book reads real.
Kelly Cozy's characters are down to earth and genuine. They are not archetypical cut outs. Instead they are multifaceted, having a spectrum of admirable and less than admirable qualities.
She twines these characters in a story line where the complications are not the extraordinary events so often used to elicit seemingly superhuman responses. These event could easily come from the pages of our local newspapers. In this grounded strata, she is able to explore the emotions of those who experience tragedy and loss and find the courage to rise above in a way that I found I could relate too as if these characters were my neighbors.
Bravo Kelly, you have a real achievement here!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pauline on June 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm going to come back later to elaborate, but I must at least share my immediate enthusiasm for this book now so that others may pick it up. Ms. Cozy created such a tangible world for me, from the characters to the environment, I longed to live in her fictional world along with the characters in her book. More than just an escape, I took the feelings of hope and meaning with me back to the real world. A quick read, this book is worth your while.
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