Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelly Rowley – Book Review

Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelly Rowley
Published by Avon A, an imprint of Harper Collins

A successful young lawyer, it seems that Quinn’s life should be perfect when her handsome, loving investment banker boyfriend Sage whisks her to Paris for the weekend to propose. Shortly after she tells him ‘yes,’ however, the doubts begin with a dream in which she feels trapped and finds herself at the altar facing three grooms, including her ex-boyfriend and her trainer from the gym. Her doubts, exacerbated by her grief of losing her father in the World Trade Center during 9/11 just a few short months earlier, lead her to be nasty to Sage and drink entirely too much, not to mention flirting too much with other men. It is time for Quinn to really consider what she wants from life, and it won’t be easy.

I’m afraid you all are going to get sick of my raving about books, but here is another one that I L.O.V.E.D. loved.

Quinn’s voice was just so completely authentic that I got completely caught up in her story and finished the entire 300+ page book in one weekend day, staying up far later than I had intended because I couldn’t bear to wait to complete this journey with Quinn. Some of the things she did I very much disagreed with, but I could empathize with how she arrived at every decision. Parts of the basic storyline – girl gets engaged, has doubts, boozes it up – may make “Life After Yes” sound fluffy, but Rowley brought a great deal of depth to Quinn and her storyline. I also thought that the death of Quinn’s father in 9/11 was done very well. It brought an added layer of gravity to the story, but I never felt that Rowley was using it in a way that felt manipulative of people’s 9/11 sentiments or cheapened the event.  Instead it informed Quinn’s character and her actions in very believable ways.

I really loved this book, and very highly recommend it. We will be discussing it with Aidan Donnelly Rowley and the rest of the SheKnows Book Club on Thursday, December 9th 8-11pm Eastern. Plenty of time to grab it and get it read, so I hope to see some of you there!

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14 comments to Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelly Rowley – Book Review

  • I could never get tired of you loving books, I am excited for you, don’t we all want to just love the books we choose to read :-)

    I have this one on my Wishlist, the cover is also so beautiful.

    • This last month or two has been an amazing time of reading. Hopefully people accept that I just keep getting fabulous book after fabulous book and don’t think I’ve just started giving glowing reviews to everything.

  • I think I’m getting old… Or maybe I was just born that way :-).

    I’m glad this book worked for you! I couldn’t connect with Quinn at all, but it sounds like far more women are able to relate to her and why she made the choices she did.

  • This looks like one that I would check out based on cover alone, but it sounds really interesting too. And I always love the finish-in-a-day-because-you-can’t-put-it-down stories!

  • Woo hoo! I’m glad to see you loved this one since I won it not too long ago.

  • Wow — so many people are loving this book. I’ll have to check it out :)

  • kay

    Wow, great review! I won a copy of it a couple months ago and I really want to read it soon.

  • Pam

    This cover reminds me of the Luxe covers. So pretty! I think that this is one of those books where we’re allowed to, vicariously live through someone acting on the things we think but can’t really do, ourselves. I’ll look into it. It looks like fun.

  • I do have this one and was considering reading it in time for the book club discussion. I suspect I know what your answer is going to be. 😉

  • Crystal

    Love your review – I also really enjoyed this book. I loved everything from the amazing cover (whoever designed that deserves an award) to the beautiful writing! I also love your new blog makeover!

  • Amanda

    It’s interesting how differently people react to books. I just could not get into this one. I almost make it halfway and finally gave up because I felt like it sounded so unauthentic…I guess I’m just from a different part of the world…

  • It looks fluffy–I think I might just pass it by based on that. Good to know that this is not one to pass up.