Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: After the Party by Lisa Jewell

After the Party by Lisa Jewell
Published Date: August 2011
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Adult

The Story: Eleven years ago, Jem Catterick and Ralph McLeary fell deeply in love. They thought it would be forever, that they’d found their happy ending. As everyone agreed, they were the perfect couple. Then two became four, and an apartment became a house. Romantic nights out became sleepless nights in. And they soon found that life wasn’t quite so simple anymore. But through it all, Jem and Ralph still loved each other. Of course they did.

Now Jem is back at work part-time as a talent agent. Ralph, a successful painter, is struggling to come up with new, hopefully groundbreaking, work for his upcoming show. But the unimaginable has happened. Two people who were so right together are starting to drift apart And in the chaos of family life, Jem feels like she’s losing herself, while Ralph, stuck on the sidelines, feels like he’s lost his muse altogether. Something has to change. As they try to find a way back to each other, back to what they once had, they both become momentarily distracted—but maybe it’s not too late to recapture happily ever after…

My Review: I enjoyed reading After the Party! It kept me engaged until the very end. Jem and Ralph's story, at least to me, seems very realistic. Some call it the 7 year slump, etc. Well, Jewell's characters do take on a life of their own. You laugh with them, espically the interactions between Jem and her clients, and you cry with them. Maybe that's just because I get real emotional... In any case, I highly recomend this book!

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