After Love Leaves by Michelle Alstead

AfterloveleavesbannerAFTER LOVE LEAVESWhen Brad Sorenson crossed paths with Zoe O’Loughlin at a high school graduation party, the connection was undeniable. He noticed her when no one else did; she inspired him to want more out of life. But it would be years before they’d meet again…and in the most unlikely of places. Brad was looking for a good time online, not love. But Zoe was so sweet, so kind. Everything about her was perfect—until she fell in love with him. Zoe doesn’t know why Brad left her standing in an airport; he won’t return her calls or texts. With her self-esteem and dreams shattered, she can’t imagine ever loving anyone else. A single phone call changes Brad’s life forever. Now he wants just one thing: to make amends with the only woman that’s ever mattered.

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Michelle Alstead is a single, divorced mom of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, who tries to promote autism Michelleawareness and advocate for gender equality while raising Sheldon Cooper and searching for some semblance of a love life. Michelle has experienced a wide-range of reasons for being dumped by the opposite sex (her favorite reason of all time – “she wasn’t crazy enough and crazy girls are so much fun”). She maintains that she is both Irish and Spanish and can bring the “crazy” just as good as the next woman. This author copes with the difficulties of raising her challenging child and failing at love, by eating copious amounts of chocolate, binge watching Netflix late at night, and writing novels about characters who find happy endings. Every great story has a grain of truth. Truth inspires freedom. Michelle has decided to free herself by acknowledging that life can be ugly, brutal, and wickedly unfair. Her stories aren’t the typical romances or the standard young adult fare. She seeks to be honest in her storytelling rather than playing it safe. Blending in wasn’t much fun anyway.

 

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I was able to review this book for Ms. Michelle Alstead.  I love love stories especially ones with happy endings. This story had some frustrating moments in it, like pull my hair out and shake my fist frustrating and yelling why in the heck did that just happen.  There were stupid moments where the character just acted like an idiot or just missed their chance to be happy completely. It did show the common mistakes we take in finding love or just rush into love head first and expect a good turnout, sometimes it works but other times it’s a complete disaster.  

There were a couple errors that I saw but she may have fixed them, like a mix up of characters just a couple times I was like what?! Why are they here? They weren’t in this I thought?! haha Had to reread it, nothing like keeping me on my toes. Other than that I did like her writing, you did get emotionally involved with the characters.

I did find it to be a page turner…. I was all “I must find out what happens next!!”  Is time yet? Come on… I was so rooting for Zoe to find her happily ever after though the whole book, but you have to read it to find out how it ends. The ending is great and when I was finished I was left with a complete feeling, not left hanging. So it was a good frustrating feel good read.

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