Life After Coffee

life-after-coffeeAuthor: Virginia Franken

Publisher: Lake Union

Release Date: September 13, 2016

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Being a mom is hard! When Amy O’Hara loses her job and has to stay home with her kids, she finds out just how hard that life can be.

Amy O’Hara has been the bread winner for the family for as long as they have been a family. Just when she is on the verge of a breakthrough discovery that could save the coffee bean from extinction, she loses her job and her self-worth.  Now her days are filled with carpools, PTA meetings, and cleaning puke off of everything.  Her husband, Paul, locks himself away to write the next great screenplay and leaves her to figure out how to be a parent.  It doesn’t take long for her to realize she has no clue what to do with her time with her children.  As they are running out of money and options, Amy’s ex-boyfriend comes into the picture asking to give Paul a job with his movie company.  This offer doesn’t come with no strings attached; her ex now wants to rekindle their past romance.  The choice is even more difficult than trying to live without the caffeine she has come to depend on in so many ways.

Being a mom is one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs there is in life. I have two young boys and there are times I don’t know what to do to just make it through the day.  Amy has never had to deal with that.  Always rushing off to work and leaving Paul to handle the kids.  I know a lot of working moms, some chose to go to work when they could stay home.  Others it’s not a choice, they have to go to work in order for their family to make enough.  I stay home, I’m one of those people that it is just who I am, I have to stay home with my kids.  In that aspect, it was hard for me to relate to Amy at the beginning of the story.  I found it difficult to believe that Paul would immediately go from 100% with the kids and doing things around the house to zero, only wanting to work on his screenplay and not do anything with the family or around the house.  A transition period as Amy worked her way into finding her groove staying home and Paul working would have been a nicer way for the story to play out in my opinion.  The dynamic with the kids and their mom played out nicely throughout.  Amy herself had a nice transition from beginning to end.

There was some language throughout that could have been cut while keeping the story’s intent. With that in mind, I would recommend for mature readers only.  It was a very quick read that I think working moms in particular will enjoy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from TLC book tours in exchange for an honest and thorough review. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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