Book Review: Life After Joe by Ann Benjamin


When the love of your life leaves, where do you go?

When thirty-something Liz McNeil is unexpectedly widowed, she has no idea what to do

Life After Joe

with her life. After the initial shock of her husband’s death wears off, she packs up her car and sets off on a tour of the country with Joe’s urn in the passenger seat. Using social media to connect with a variety of friends and family, Liz works through her grief in a number of unpredictable methods. As she shares her experience via blog posts, on a road trip full of surprises, Liz takes what life has given her and makes the best of her situation.

Will Liz ever be able to experience love again? Readers of P.S. I Love You will definitely be interested in the journey of this courageous young woman and her struggle for a new normal.


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Life after Joe is a bittersweet story about an unexpected widow and her efforts to regain control of her life after the absolute worst thing could possibly happen. Now at this point in my life, I haven’t lost someone I am truly close too, this is something I am incredibly grateful for, especially after reading through the roller-coaster of emotions that poor Liz has to work through.

As the synopsis states, Liz begins to try and find some sense in her new life by starting a blog, which is the format for how the book was written. This is something I really enjoyed reading through especially with how well the blog posts were written. It really gave it a sense that we were following someone on a journey as they wrote down their ‘raw’ thoughts and emotions. (It also might have something to do with how much I like writing and reading blogs!)

It also wasn’t a book that just focused on the sadness and turmoil Liz was feeling but there was points of happiness, hope and understanding. It was a story where it was just as easy to laugh as it was to cry. I didn’t feel that everything that happened to Liz was completely believable, but her emotions and how she reacted to her surroundings definitely were. In regards to the characters, I did sometimes get a tad confused just because as Liz travels around we are introduced to a lot of them, and because of this not many got a great deal of character development, but I think in a book like this the development and journey of the main character was much more important, which kind of let everyone else get away with it.

Overall it was a very enjoyable read, and as the synopsis mentioned anyone that was a fan of P.S I Love You will most likely adore this book as well!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author:

A little about me? So glad you asked. I am an author and ex-pat living in Dubai, UAE. I enjoy travel, am obsessed with Pinterest, love the musical Newsies, support UGA football, and recently embarked on a career as a freelance writer. You may recognize me from my other writing persona, Courtney Brandt, author of six young adult marching novels.

If you are interested you can buy the book here or download it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

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