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After You Left by [Mason, Carol]
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I first read After You Left almost a year ago, and I still remember it as vividly as if it was yesterday—I was astounded by the relatability of the characters, the clarity of the author’s prose and the poignancy of her words.

The novel begins with newly-wed Alice waking up to a note from her husband, Justin, saying he’s left. With no explanation for his disappearance and unable to get through to him, Alice is left reeling, with nothing but questions. As Alice struggles with her new reality, she meets Evelyn, and although she is forty years her elder, her heartbreaking story has haunting parallels with Alice’s.

Both storylines are equally compelling, and I was struck by the similarities between these two women from different generations and how they share the experience of suddenly having their life’s plans thrown into disarray. I marvelled at the way the author communicates the depth of their experiences, and how Alice and Evelyn are able to take solace in each other’s situations, bringing clarity to their own lives.

As the mystery of both storylines unfolds, After You Left provides a powerful exploration of the devastating nature of relationships. It reminded me of the immediate and enduring fallout of the heartbreaking choices we make for love. It’s a story that, a year on, continues to resonate with me.

- Sammia Hamer, Editor


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An Amazon Charts bestseller.

You want to know what the worst thing is? It’s not the embarrassment, or the looks on people’s faces when I tell them what happened. It isn’t the pain of him not being there—loneliness is manageable. The worst thing is not knowing why.

When Justin walks out on Alice on their honeymoon, with no explanation apart from a cryptic note, Alice is left alone and bewildered, her life in pieces.

Then she meets Evelyn, a visitor to the gallery where she works. It’s a seemingly chance encounter, but Alice gradually learns that Evelyn has motives, and a heartbreaking story, of her own. And that story has haunting parallels with Alice’s life.

As Alice delves into the mystery of why Justin left her, the questions are obvious. But the answers may lie in the most unlikely of places…


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2813 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LYT8IKV
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Fantastic read loved the twist and turns in the story. Did not want it put it down.
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A well written, heartfelt memoir style read. Loved it.
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Loved it.
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By Kjane TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 March 2017
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This book unfolded into a beautifully told story about love, loss, grief and forgiveness. Alice and Evelyn are generations apart and yet have both had their hearts broken and find great comfort in sharing their heartbreak. I am really hoping there is a sequel to this book, it was like having a beautiful chocolate unwrapped in front of you, you can smell it, then it is gone.
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This story has so much content and real factual depth, I didn't think I could find a novel so utterly different from all that's on offer! There are so many incidents and outcomes I didn't guess, it was such a treat to be surprised! I need to see what else this author has written, I am so impressed with her style.
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Carol Mason is new author to me however I thoroughly enjoyed 'After You Left' - I would go as far to say it's one of my favourite Kindle First's in a long time...
It is unusual to read women's fiction that is both realistic and heartfelt. In fact it is so much more than Women's Fiction - it is romance, mystery and a bit of suspense rolled into one. Fabulously well executed I felt I knew Alice (our leading lady) by the end of the book... her thought processes, her mannerisms, her heartbreak all just connected with me. It is also unusual for Women's Fiction to have you on the edge of your seat - yet I was for most of this novel as I was fascinated with Alice's predicament and trying to unravel what actually happened.

The novel begins with newly-wed Alice waking up on her honeymoon to a note from her husband, Justin saying he’s left. The note simply reads... 'I’ve made a terrible mistake. I can’t go on, for everyone’s sake. I’m sorry' ... and an empty wardrobe.
As Alice goes on with her life, we feel what she feels trying to figure out what she missed. This is incredibly well written, the descriptions of her emotional rollercoaster are excellent... 'There is a flurry of doubts and questions –endless questions –but they just float there like dots unable to join before my eyes; I can’t grasp on to them or make them add up to an answer.'

Enter Evelyn an elderly lady who Alice strikes up an unexpected friendship with, despite the generational gap, we see the story unfold in the most unexpected way. Evelyn shares her story of the love of her life Eddy, who has dementia, and her own fascinating rollercoaster. Weaving together two stories from different time periods, Carol Mason adds another level to this beautiful tale and when both stories meet in an ending that will not only surprise you and shock you, it will also warm your heart and stay with you for some time to come. 5+ Stars from me.
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With a twist
Actually didn't see the twist coning
Love story of a different type
Pleasant read
Highly recommend it
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Lovely story which hooked me in from the beginning. I hope a second book is written, as I feel the story isn't finished.
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