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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Life That Follows is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama, slice-of-life, and relationship subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author David Hartshorn. In this compelling novel filled with deep emotion, an interpersonal drama that really tugs at the heartstrings, we take a close-up look at how people rebuild their lives after a tragic loss. Our protagonist Owen McGivney finds himself suddenly directionless and grieving when life doesn’t work out quite as he’d planned. As he interacts with three newcomers to his life, Owen undergoes a journey of acceptance and hope as he lets go of the past and looks to a brighter tomorrow once more.
Author David Hartshorn has crafted a truly compelling and intricately penned interpersonal drama that is sure to warm the hearts of all who read it. One of the things that really struck me about the tone and approach of this novel was how hopeful it felt even when discussing the most distressing aspects of life, love, and loss, and how important and beautifully realized the human connections were at the center of the tale. I really genuinely liked Owen in the central role of the tale, and his character development and dialogue felt like a real person forging a new path for himself when life has closed several doors in his face all at once. The palpable sense of hope runs like a lifeblood through the core of this novel, and overall I’d recommend The Life That Follows to all drama fans for its emotional impact and accomplished storytelling.