- File Size: 783 KB
- Print Length: 404 pages
- Publisher: Same Coin - Two Sides (March 16, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06W54J9JJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"After Love Leaves" was satisfying on all fronts. I got the complex characters I crave without plot tricks. The author is a student of human behavior, and her characters behave like people I know - well-intentioned, flawed individuals who struggle, and are for the most part, their own worst enemies.
The novel does not have a conventional ending, but I found the denouement genuinely uplifting, since real people managed to go past their flaws to find their modicum of happiness. "After Love Leaves" is a superior novel.
This was a GREAT book and will have me thinking about it and going on an emotional roller coaster over it for days to come. It's written so well, it really draws out your emotions and makes you think. Zoe deserved her happy ending. Everyone else got what they deserved in the end.
I look forward to reading more of Michelle's books but first I'll need to take a step back and let my heart and emotions calm down some. Phew!
The story centers around constantly-struggling-with-her-weight Zoe, who keeps falling for bad dudes, and handsome, charming Brad who goes through women like an alcoholic goes through beer. The two meet and fall in love but, without revealing any spoilers, the ending is quite surprising. Alstead's writing is excellent as always, and she held my attention from beginning to end both with her words and her complicated characters. Despite the character's sometimes confusing choices, I found myself rooting for them to find love in each other. Highly recommend this to anyone looking for an offbeat romance.
I enjoyed the overall plot and characters of this novel, with the exception of Charlie. She is quite possibly the most selfish, unlikeable character I have ever come across. I loved Zoe’s character except for her lack of self-confidence and the inability to look beyond what/who was available in order to see what/who she deserved out of a relationship. Brad and Zoe’s relationship was supposed to be so special and each other was “the one,” however, it seemed to me that she was the only one in the relationship that made an effort. I loved Paul from the beginning to end, especially towards the end. I’m sorry about the things that happened to Brad, but to steal one of his frequent lines, “he was not good people.”
Although I couldn’t tear myself away from this novel, I wasn’t blown away by the overall story. I respect the love and forgiveness aspects, by Brad never did anything that didn’t directly benefit himself. As much as I tried to love Zoe, I continuously wondered what her life would have been like with more self-confidence and higher standards regarding the men in her life. Charlie was just trash and I wish she wouldn’t have even been a part of the novel. What kept me reading and kept me going was Michelle Alstead’s writing and especially how she doesn’t do “fairy tale stories.” The things she writes are realistic and relatable which attract me to her novels. There are no fancy billionaires and flawless women, but the characters are real people that you could easily have encountered during your life, living in very realistic situations. I was not blown away by Brad and Zoe’s love story but hoped that her love life and overall life became more fulfilling based on the ending of the novel.
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