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After Isabella Paperback – 6 Apr 2017

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Main edition (6 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1760292427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1760292423
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In After Isabella, Fiore has created a compelling and provocative read, nicely paced and thoroughly absorbing. At times, both heart-warming and poignant, it's impossible not to feel a sense of loss on turning the final page. Irish Independent A beautiful, heartfelt novel that swept me up and held me tight until the end. I was lost in this powerful, poignant tale. -- Amanda Prowse A heartfelt novel about how messy life is, and how relationships and families change over time. Both heartwarming and sad, it's an insightful, thought-provoking glimpse into female friendships, love and loyalty. -- Julie Cohen After Isabella is a beautiful, absorbing novel that deals with the issues at the very heart of what it means to be a woman. I was drawn in from the very first page and loved the way Rosie handled both the harsh realities, and the beauty, of the friendships and family relationships that define us. I can't wait to read more from her! -- Tracy Buchanan Heartwarming and beautifully written, it's a story of crossroads and choices, friendship and family. Daily Express on Wonder Women Touching and funny - an emotional roller-coaster of a read. Closer Magazine on Babies in Waiting

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When you are at your most vulnerable, in whom do you put your trust? The powerfully moving new novel from the much-loved Rosie Fiore.

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The characterisation in this book is extremely good.
Friendship is explored in a profound way and I found myself reflecting on my own relationships with friends.
I would recommend this book and look forward to reading other stories by this author.
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It was great.
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I was lucky enough to get this advance reading copy through TBC on Facebook. The book starts with the devastating death of Esther’s best friend Isabella, it jumps forward 8 years when Esther is facing up to the onset of middle age and being a divorced single parent to 12 year old Lucie.
Living her life around work and bringing up Lucie, Esther social world is shrinking. Well meaning colleagues start to try to make her change the way she lives her life, telling her she needs to get out more, meet you people, go looking for love but do other people really know best? Is Lucie starting to live her life according to how other people think would be best for her and if so she needs to realise that although friends and colleagues may think they have her best interests at heart but they really may be best leaving Esther to find her own way in life.
A series of tragic events bring back ghosts good and bad back from her past, will Esther be able to seek help and comfort in new friends or will she be best fighting her own corner?
A lovely moving story of the importance of recognising that others may not always know what is best for you, whilst also exploring female friendships and that as a women you can have many different types of friendships and relationships. It also explores the difficulty of finding a second long term love after a divorce, the ending of a long term relationship or when you reach a certain age and often that this love is something that will fall into your arms when least expect it.
I had never read a Rosie Fiore book before but now her other novels have somehow fallen into my Amazon wish list!
Overall a very enjoyable read..I will certainly be recommending this a summer (or any other time) read!
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After Isabella
Rosie Fiore
A&U

The opening chapter of this book is a grabber. Emotional and affecting it hooked me immediately as it will to any one who has lost a dear long standing friend at too early an age.
The setting is familiar to many of us who have attended funerals when amusing incidents often occur that you just know would amuse the person you are mourning. That is the moment when the loss of Isabella really hits home to Esther.
Eight years later and Esther is content with her life as a professor of English, living with her teenage daughter, Lucie. She is not lonely but sometimes reflects that a man in her life might be rather nice.
Relationships feature strongly in this book. Esther is on good terms with her mother who lives on the Isle of Wight. Until the teenage angst hits Esther and Lucie are extremely close but the gradual breakdown of their relationship is documented realistically. When romance becomes a possibility for Esther the author has great fun with the awkwardness of mature people in such situations. The dialogue is hilarious as often is the behaviour. The manner in which the relationships fluctuate and change with circumstances and time is so well defined and portrayed and with great sensitivity.
There is something refreshing about a book featuring people facing the usual ups and downs of life, facing adversity with varying degrees of common sense. Esther is a perfect example of a woman who shoulders all the blame for family problems and does not always make wise decisions refusing to acknowledge that sometimes other people do know what is best for her and have her interests and well being at heart.
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After Isabella…the title and plot synopsis suggested a tale of loss and reinvention, stirring emotion and provoking memories from the cover. The novel began as expected, opening with the melancholic death of a beloved friend, sister and daughter, forming the backdrop of the story. Isabella then served to provide the silken thread woven into the intricate story following the complexities of her best friend Esther’s life.

The novel bravely tackled sensitive themes, namely those of loss, love and euthanasia. Rosie Fiore’s passion for the concepts resonated through each page of her writing, deserving appreciation and admiration for the honesty with which she wrote this beautiful story. However, the book appeared as a tale of two battling halves. The former, a gripping intricacy of prose travelling through the multi facets of Esther’s commitment to her loved ones; whilst simultaneously honouring her guilt and compunction with regards to the very same. The latter half of the novel, however, I felt ravaged Esther’s character. Evidently she was a complex and multi-dimensional woman with emotions and aspirations; nonetheless Esther almost became a scapegoat to the woes of the tale, crippled under the weight of the other characters’ flaws and inadequacies.

Praise and gratuities must be paid to Rosie Fiore for the creation of a beautiful novel, which will undoubtedly reverberate with many readers, particularly those who have suffered from the loss of a loved one. Lamentably I found the defamation of the main character and the diminishing of her spirit overpowering in the midst of an otherwise complex and sincere tale.
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