Title: After The One
Author: Cass Lester
My Rating: 5 out of 5
April 16th is always one of Charley’s worst days of the year.
It’s her husband’s birthday, a painful reminder of his death four years ago.
So naturally, her car breaks down.
She nearly gets run over trying to catch the bus.
And then she’s made redundant.
Her friends see the redundancy as a chance for her to start again and live the life she always wanted, but since being widowed Charley has clung to familiarity and avoided change like the plague. Then, out of the blue, her mother-in-law Pam pitches up in need of a place to stay after walking out on her 40-year marriage.
Together, Charley and Pam find themselves at a crossroad. It’s not easy to move on after The One, but they can’t stand still forever.
Such an emotional and beautiful story. The story follows Charley as she struggles to get her life back on track after the death of her husband. Just about hanging on to some sort of normality, this is rocked when Charley is made redundant from her job. Whilst all her friends see this as the perfect opportunity to make some big changes and move on in her life, Charley doesn’t feel the same. That is, until her mother-in-law Pam, turns up on her doorstep one evening. Pam declares she has walked out on her 40-year marriage and needs somewhere to stay.
Charley and Pam have both experienced loss and heartache. Both women are having to make changes to their lives, through no fault of their own. Charley has lost the love of her life, and no matter what, she can’t move on with her life without Josh. Pam has not only lost her son but has also lost her 40-year marriage to her husband, whom she believed she would be with forever. Seeing the dynamics and relationship between the two of them change and grow throughout the story is just so heartwarming.
After The One is a beautifully written and heartwarming story about love, loss and finding the courage to start again. The writing is so witty and yet packed full of emotion throughout. I totally loved every second of this story – it really is a must-read!
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