Life After Yes

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Life After Yes

In this debut novel, Ms. Rowley has definitely intriduced the true Upper West Manhattan"ites" that run wild in the Big Apple. 

We begin with Prudence Quinn O'Malley - I ask you, could anyone sound more Irish if they tried?  Quinn was so unbelievably sick of her name when she was a kid, especially when all her friends started calling her Prude, that she has used the name Quinn since she was a teenager.  She's not angry with her parents, well...maybe her mom a litte, but her dad was Quinn's hero from day one of her life, and she's trying every day to figure out a way to deal with the fact that her hero is gone. 

On September eleventh, her father was in one of those buildings, and he disappeared from the face of the earth because of those horrific planes that changed the lives of all Americans forever.  Quinn has a tendency to drink a great deal in order to dull the pain, as she tries desperately to impress her boss and hang on to her attorney position at a huge firm in the city.  She also has to figure out why, exactly, she dropped the one man she loved since she was a child.  One day, she simply up and left him by meeting a man named Sage (an attorney in the financial industry) at a bar one night.  It was as if she grew bored and restless and decided to add yet another "mistake" to her life.

Sage, however, is anything but a mistake.  He understands everything about the woman he loves, and even flies her to Paris and places an engagement ring on her finger.  Quinn says "yes," and then the fear sets in.  She's very much afraid of being bored by life; she doesn't want to end up married to Sage and pregnant, watching her life disappear before her eyes as she lives it for other people.  Her future, which she should be absolutely ecstatic about, begins to bring her down, as her mind races through all the things that could possibly go wrong in her relationships.

The biggest issue with Quinn  is that Sage is a true "momma's boy."  In fact, because of a tragedy that happened when he was just a boy, Sage seems to listen to his mother and take her advice on absolutely everything - including what engagement ring to buy to put on Quinn's finger.  As much as Quinn is a definite "daddy's girl," she still hols the whole "mom-factor" against her betrothed.

With the help of her friends, and a boss who really thinks she's a good worker and wants to be her mentor as well as her friend, Quinn will have to find a way to traverse her feelings - everything from her true love for Sage, to the heartbreak over losing her father.  This story will certainly move the reader to tears in some places, and make them angry in others.  In a way, all women will understand where Quinn  is coming from, but at the same time want to kick her solidly in the behind because she's ruining a relationship that most single ladies would kill for.  The author certainly has put her heart and soul into her debut novel, and I absolutely commend her for the good work.

Until Next Time,

Amy


Book Blurb for Life After Yes

"Music plays. Dad appears. I walk with him, eyes fastened to the floor. When I look up, something is very wrong. There are three grooms."
 
This is the story of Quinn—born Prudence Quinn O'Malley—a confused young Manhattan attorney who loses her father on that tragic September morning that changed everything. Now, at an existential crossroads in her life, Quinn must confront impossible questions about commitment and career, love and loss. Her idealistic beau desperately wants a wedding, and whisks her away to Paris just to propose. But then Quinn has a dream featuring judges and handcuffs and Nietzsche and Britney . . . and far too many grooms. Suddenly, her future isn't so clear. Quinn's world has become a minefield of men—some living, some gone, and traversing it safely is going to take a lot more than numerous glasses of pinot grigio.
 
Life After Yes is a blisteringly honest, thoroughly modern tale of life and love in chaos, marking the arrival of a truly exciting new voice in contemporary fiction.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2010 3.75