Sep 5, 2011

After the Party by Lisa Jewell (Review and Giveaway) ENDED

From the internationally bestselling author of Ralph’s Party comes a delightful new novel about the power of starting over.

Eleven years ago, Jem Catterick and Ralph McLeary fell deeply in love. They thought it would be forever, that they’d found their happy ending. As everyone agreed, they were the perfect couple. Then two became four, and an apartment became a house. Romantic nights out became sleepless nights in. And they soon found that life wasn’t quite so simple anymore. But through it all, Jem and Ralph still loved each other. Of course they did.

Now Jem is back at work part-time as a talent agent. Ralph, a successful painter, is struggling to come up with new, hopefully groundbreaking, work for his upcoming show. But the unimaginable has happened. Two people who were so right together are starting to drift apart. And in the chaos of family life, Jem feels like she’s losing herself, while Ralph, stuck on the sidelines, feels like he’s lost his muse altogether. Something has to change. As they try to find a way back to each other, back to what they once had, they both become momentarily distracted—but maybe it’s not too late to recapture happily ever after…

Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Atria Books; Original edition (August 16, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-1451609103

This is the first book I have read by Lisa Jewell, and I honestly didn't know what to expect. After the Party is the sequel to her bestseller titled Ralph's Party.

Maybe I should have started with Ralph's Party first. I really struggled to get into this story, and I finally gave up. I have searched through other reviews of this book, and most everyone else seems to love it, so maybe it's just me.

If you would like to read After the Party, I would be happy to share my gently read copy. Simply leave me a comment along with your email address, and I will make a random drawing of all interested on September 17th. US/Canada only.

UPDATED - September 17th - There have been no interested entries in this giveaway, and comments are now closed. This book will be donated to my local library.

Disclosure: Book received courtesy of Atria Books/Simon&Schuster in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.


  1. FINALLY! Someone else who could not get into it. I feel a lot better now! LOL I gave up about halfway through. I have since found a copy of Ralph's Party at a local used bookstore, so I'll try again after that. All that to say it's not just you. Perhaps if I'd come to know the characters in the first book, I would've been able to get through the book.