AFTERLOVE
by Robert Rosenblum

March 2003
ISBN: 0-451-20786-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Putnam
Hardcover
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Afterlove begins when a set of seemingly unimportant, unrelated incidents combine to drastically and tragically alter one woman's life. Kate Weyland can't live with the fact that her obsession over trying to find a lost earing could have perhaps played a factor in the accident that took her husband and twin children from her. She would do anything to change that horrible morning - just one minute more or less could have made everything turn out differently. But since that is beyond her power, Kate decides to try to heal her grief by consulting a psychic who could perhaps assure her that her family is happy and at peace wherever they are, in result freeing her from the all-consuming guilt she feels.


Gabriel Farr is used to people scoffing at his abilities and being called a scam artist and a fake. In fact, Gabriel himself doesn't understand his abilities (or sometimes even want them) so when Kate shows up at the door of his rustic Nantucket cabin, he tells her that he won't be able to give her what she is looking for. However, Kate, living off of tranquilizers and sleeping pills, is at the point where she no longer feels the desire to live herself without having some type of closure and she is not about to take no for an answer. So Gabriel reluctantly offers to try to help her, even though he is afraid that he could lose his heart to a woman who feels her own has died with her family.


Mr. Rosenblum so excellently portrays the grief a mother must feel at losing a child, that I was moved to tears more than once throughout Afterlove. But despite all the sadness in the plot, Afterlove leaves you with a feeling of contentment and even joy. It shows the strength of the human will to not just go on, but to love again despite tragedy. Afterlove also touches upon the hope of what becomes of loved ones when they die, in manner that is both tasteful and non-denominational, leaving enough mystery to make it believable.


Afterlove contains an excellent combination of a long-standing love lost and a budding romance, paranormal possibilities and the heart wrenching realism of grief. The characters are well-written and believable, the setting is richly detailed and the plot is a definite page-turner. Don't let this remarkable, touching story pass you by!


Reviewed in March 2003 by Nicole.

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