After Happily Ever After

A Novel

Fiction - Realistic
272 Pages
Reviewed on 09/08/2020
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Author Biography

Leslie A. Rasmussen is the author of the novel, After Happily Ever After. She graduated with a bachelor’s in communications from UCLA and went on to write television comedies and is a member of Writers’ Guild of America, West. She wrote for Gerald McRaney, Burt Reynolds, Roseanne Barr, Norm McDonald, Drew Carey, and Ralph Macchio as well as The Wild Thornberrys and Sweet Valley High. Later, she earned a master’s degree in nutrition and ran her own business for ten years. Most recently, Leslie has written over twenty essays for online magazines such as Huffington Post, and MariaShriver. She loves dogs and besides having two adorable Labradors, she is a member of The Alliance of Therapy Dogs and has volunteered at her local animal shelter. Leslie lives in the Los Angeles area and has two sons, and a husband she has been with since college. This is her debut novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

Maggie is a feisty, funny, mixed-up, stressed-out woman and the star of After Happily Ever After by Leslie A. Rasmussen. Maggie is forty-five, dealing with her only daughter, Gia, going off to college, and the fact that she has been out of the workforce since Gia was born and is no longer needed as a caregiving mom. She will have nothing to fill her days. Her once-loving husband Jim is not giving her the attention she so badly needs, and her beloved father is ill. When she meets Michael, a tall, handsome younger man who finds her attractive, she turns to him for advice, attention, and approval. We share with Maggie in her everyday encounters, her best friend, the frustration of dealing with her mother and brother. We feel both her joy and pain as she has to make decisions about what the future will hold for her.

After Happily Ever After is a mixture of happiness and drama that reflects real-life feelings and issues in a kind and caring way. I immediately liked Maggie and found myself rooting for her and wanting the chance to talk with her up close and personal. I wanted to yell at Jim and Gia and wasn’t sure what I wanted to tell Michael. Leslie A. Rasmussen has written a fiction story that most women can relate to in one way or another with compassion and love. After Happily Ever After is a wonderful read that will not disappoint. I highly recommend After Happily Ever After to women both young and old.