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After Happily Ever After by Leslie A. Rasmussen

After Happily Ever After by Leslie A. Rasmussen

A five-star review!

After Happily Ever AfterI struggle with how to review this book! I love the style of how it was written, love the content…love the people, most of them, BUT main character Maggie is who I struggle with! Maggie is bored… Her daughter is heading to college in a few months; her husband doesn’t seem interested in her anymore, her life is a daily routine that has (long ago) run its course.

Maggie, like many people her age, is in the situation of her parents beginning to need more help and her daughter, Gia, trying to be independent, but Maggie holding on too tight. And, Maggie feels lost. Bored, but a bit overwhelmed and wanting space but feeling like she isn’t needed.

For me, when Maggie continued going her local gym, I got pretty annoyed with her and her following decisions.

Maggie…listen to your best friend!

I was given this book to read and review.

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The Blurb:

Maggie Dolin is forty-five and isn’t dealing with getting older very well. Seventeen years ago, she gave up her job in publishing to raise her daughter, Gia—but now her only child is about to leave for college, and Maggie isn’t sure what her new purpose will be. She’s been the caretaker and nurturer for so long that she can’t even remember the last time someone took care of her. She wishes Jim, her husband of nineteen years, would take that role on—but he’s been distracted and disconnected, and she’s convinced he’s hiding something from her. Her self-involved, judgmental mother and resentful brother, meanwhile, are certainly no help, and her father—the only person in her life who’s always been there for her and asked nothing in return—is dealing with increasingly serious health issues, leaving Maggie without her rock.

As all these stressors pile on, a chance meeting with a younger man causes Maggie to act in a way that is completely out of character for her. As she gets deeper in, she’s forced to make some big decisions about what she wants and deserves—decisions that could change her life forever.

After Happily Ever After deals with love, marriage, family, the empty nest, aging parents and what happens when they all come crashing down at the same time.


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