After Happily Ever After by Leslie A. Rasmussen

Publication Date: April 6, 2021

Description from the Publishers

Written by the TV screenwriter behind Drew Carey and Ralph Macchio among others, After Happily Ever After portrays the struggles that millions of women in the “sandwiched generation” face. This story will resonate with anyone who questions whether they made the best life choices, wondering if this is all there is; perfect for fans of Jennifer Wiener and Something’s Gotta Give

Seventeen years ago, Maggie gave up her blossoming publishing career to be the perfect wife and mother. But as her daughter Gia gets ready to head off to college, her husband is becoming more distant and keeping secrets, and her father is quickly deteriorating from Lewy body dementia. Now forty-five and feeling lost, a chance meeting with a hot stranger at the gym sends her down a tempting spiral of what ifs and maybes as she imagines a better life, one where she’s appreciated. After Happily Ever After is about second chances and a new lease on life that will having readers glued to the last page.

My Review

I was able to connect with Maggie for the most part with her life as a wife and mother. Although I was not a stay at home mom, Gia’s attitude was sometimes relatable. Maggie’s relationship with her husband had me both nodding in agreement with her and in disagreement with her decisions. Although this story does involve infidelity, at its’ core it is a story about family and relationships.

Maggie’s parents are aging and those were some of the most difficult parts to read as they were an honest look at that experience. I can’t say that this is my favorite read, but it was a one that I enjoyed (obviously not for the infidelity).

I gave this book 4 crowns.

Thank you to Sparkpoint Studio for the ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

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