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AFTER 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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My Review

Occasionally, a good, smushy, lovey dovey romance book is right up my alley. More often than not, they have perfect characters who fall neatly together – all wrapped up in a pretty bow. Zoe and Brad gave me an afternoon of enjoyment in that hey were completely opposite! A believer in fate, I loved how the pair found each other, again and again. True connections are rarely recognized and while both knew the depths of the connection, they couldn’t let go of the baggage surrounding it. I was incredibly angry at how “bad” Brad truly was and the extent of Zoe’s naivety in that he could be good. Seeing how broken she was made me wish that Brad could have easily taken all that pain away for her but the lessons learned prepare her for the next journey in life. While I was a bit sad that Brad couldn’t pull it together and give Zoe the happiness that she deserved, he did give her such a beautiful gift in the end. It made tears run endlessly down my cheeks!

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Author: Shelly

Shelly is a Tennessee wife, mom and author. She loves to spend time with her family, cook/bake, write, clean and work on their mini farm. She loves the small town life and wouldn't have it any other way!

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