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Afterwife

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by Polly Williams
 

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Sophie Brady is a force of nature—funny, beautiful, and devoted to all the people in her life—even in death. After a traffic accident cuts her life tragically short, Sophie finds herself attending her own funeral (on time, no less) and watching the reactions of those she holds most dear.

Sophie’s darling, gorgeous husband Ollie is heartbroken

Overview

Sophie Brady is a force of nature—funny, beautiful, and devoted to all the people in her life—even in death. After a traffic accident cuts her life tragically short, Sophie finds herself attending her own funeral (on time, no less) and watching the reactions of those she holds most dear.

Sophie’s darling, gorgeous husband Ollie is heartbroken, trying to father their young son while working out how to use the washing machine. Furthermore, he’s absolutely clueless about his new status as most eligible bachelor in the neighborhood. Sophie is determined to help her husband find love again, with the right sort of woman, of course.

Luckily, she’s not the only one looking out for Ollie. Her best friend Jenny is ignoring her own pain by helping him navigate the murky waters of widower-hood. But as she grows closer to Sophie’s husband, Jenny unearths secrets that make her question how well she knew her friend, and where the line between loyalty and love ends…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British chick lit meets tragedy in this emotionally wrenching tale by Williams (Yummy Mummy), published last year in Britain as The Angel at No. 33. Vivacious Sophie Brady is having a girls’ night out with her best friend, Jenny Vale, when she steps into the street to hail a cab and is unceremoniously run over by a London bus while “wearing my worst knickers”—leaving behind her loving husband, Ollie, and their six-year-old son, Freddie. While the school mums rush to provide hot food and sympathy (and in the case of one divorcee, more than that), shell shocked Ollie, Freddie, and Jenny try to come to terms with the loss of Sophie. Jenny thinks she knows everything there is to know about Sophie—but it turns out that her best friend was keeping a potentially life-changing secret from her. Jenny, engaged to a divorce lawyer (“that’s just so romantic,” says a friend), also fights feelings for Ollie that go beyond friendly. Told from the first-person point of view of Sophie, with Jenny’s reactions and feelings relayed in the third-person, the story evokes intense emotions and a deep sense of caring what happens to all involved. An immensely enjoyable read. Agent: Lizzy Kremer, David Higham Associates (U.K.). (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"Well written, with believable and likeable characters…will have you laughing through your tears as the plot fizzles and sparkles on every page."—Red

"An escapist tale that still has its feet firmly on the ground."—Glamour (UK)

"Funny and smart but never insubstantial...A terrific read."—Elizabeth Buchan

"Bittersweet, earthy and poignant."—Jojo Moyes

“Funny, full of insight and wisdom, a wonderful writer.”—Katie Fforde

"This is beautifully written, funny and moving in equal measure . . . if you take this to the beach you won't regret it - it's honest, warm and a pleasure to read."—Daily Mail

"A brilliant talent."—You magazine

"Slickly written and very funny."—The Times (UK)
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101618868
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/31/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,153,671
File size:
761 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"Well written, with believable and likeable characters…will have you laughing through your tears as the plot fizzles and sparkles on every page."—Red
 
"An escapist tale that still has its feet firmly on the ground."—Glamour (UK)
 
"Funny and smart but never insubstantial...A terrific read."—Elizabeth Buchan
 
"Bittersweet, earthy and poignant."—Jojo Moyes
 
“Funny, full of insight and wisdom, a wonderful writer.”—Katie Fforde

"This is beautifully written, funny and moving in equal measure . . . if you take this to the beach you won't regret it - it's honest, warm and a pleasure to read."—Daily Mail

"A brilliant talent."—You magazine

"Slickly written and very funny."—The Times (UK)
 

Meet the Author

As a journalist Polly Williams writes for many publications, including You magazine, The London Sunday Times, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Red. She is the author of six novels, including The Yummy Mummy, which was a London Sunday Times bestseller. 

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Afterwife 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
AFTERWIFE by Polly Williams is an interesting British contemporary women's fiction. It is the sometimes, laugh out loud story of Sophie Brady,who is funny,devoted to the people in her life,beautiful,who just so happens to be dead following a tragic accident. And her heartbroken husband,Ollie,and her best friend,Jenny. When secrets surface concerning Sophie,Jenny,questions,do we really know the people we love after all? A funny,bittersweet story full of insight,second chances,loyalty,widowhood,raising a child after losing a parent,and love. A poignant story of love,loss,grief and loving again after a tragedy. The writer draws the reader into this story with her engaging characters, interesting and intriguing plot. Can the dead really communicate with the living? You have to read &quot;Afterwife&quot; to find out Ms. Williams take on this matter. A funny yet bittersweet,and heartwarming story of death,life,loss and love. An engaging story from beginning to end. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Berkley,the author's website,and My Book Addiction and More. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: Hot: Detailed sex scenes,profanity or graphic violence REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
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CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Sophie Brady dies young after a traffic accident.  She then attends her own funeral and watches her friends mourn her.  Sophie has moved out of her life as a human, but still can watch those she left behind.  Unfortunately, it seems that only animals will realize she is there. Sophie&rsquo;s friends, including Jenny her best friend, have banded together and are helping Ollie, Sophie&rsquo;s husband and Freddie, Sophie&rsquo;s son.  They bring meals, arrange daycare, and anything else that the grieving Ollie and Freddie need.  Sophie realizes that he needs more than just things and decided that Ollie needs to find love again and sets about finding the perfect woman.  As Jenny keeps helping Ollie and spending time with Freddie, her feelings change.  They all help each other mourn Sophie, but also become friends. Not friends because of Sophie, but friends with each other.  Although Jenny is engaged to Sam with the wedding very quickly approaching she is struggling with getting excited for her wedding.  She just feels that something is wrong.  Something just isn&rsquo;t quite right with the reasoning that Sam is pushing her to get married now, after a long relationship with no rush towards marriage.  Her feelings are also changing.  She is no longer enjoying spending time with Sam and is spending more and more time with Ollie and Freddie, which causes more conflict in her relationship with Sam. All the characters were amazing in Afterwife.   Everyone was easy to relate to and believe in.  Tash made me cringe.  She seemed to be that friend who really wasn&rsquo;t. Taking the information her friends shared and using it to get what she wanted.  When she brought drugs into the story she instantly became that character I hated.   Sophie made me wonder.  Can the dead see their life and affect what happens after they are gone?  I loved how she only wanted what was best for Freddie, Ollie, and Jenny.  The relationship between Ollie and Jenny was perfect.  At first just being there remembering Sophie, then becoming friends, and then caring more and more.  Both were cautious and not rushing into anything, actually trying to deny how close they were becoming.  It was great to see a true relationship develop, not just sex and lust.    Afterwife is a story of love, friends, grief and loss, and finally finding love again.  I was worried that it would be sad or morbid, but it really wasn&rsquo;t.  The story was fun to read, yes I giggled at some parts.  I truly enjoyed this from the beginning to the end and cannot wait to share it with my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, do not miss this on.