I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Life After Coffee by Virginia Franken
Published by Lake Union Publishing on September 13th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction
Last week, high-powered coffee buyer Amy O’Hara was trekking through the Ethiopian cloud forest on the verge of a discovery that could save the coffee bean from extinction. This week, she’s unexpectedly fired.
Suddenly Amy’s days are no longer filled with meetings and upscale tastings, but with put-together PTA moms, puke-ridden playdates and dirty dishes. Her husband has locked himself in the garage in order to write the Great American Screenplay, while both kids are steaming mad at her because she insists on dressing them like normal people and won’t give up sending them to school with healthy lunches.
It’s becoming clear that Amy may just be the world’s most incompetent mother, and she’s beginning to wonder if the only thing she’s good for is bringing home the bacon. When salvation appears in the form of a movie mogul ex-boyfriend who wants to employ her husband and rekindle their relationship, Amy starts to find she’s sorely tempted. . . .
One thing is certain: whatever happens, she’s going to need a lot more caffeine.
"Laugh-out-loud funny, startlingly poignantly, and eminently relatable. I loved every minute of LIFE AFTER COFFEE." Kate Hewitt, USA Today best-selling author of the Hartley-by-the Sea series.
"Only a truly talented writer can make you laugh out loud at disasters waiting to happen. Virginia Franken is that writer. Her light touch and her warm and engaging voice make Amy's story a joy to read. LIFE AFTER COFFEE is witty and heartwarming all at once and as addictive as the bean itself." Hope McIntyre, author of How to Seduce a Ghost.
"Hilarious, original and poignant. Virginia Franken's debut is a perfect blend." Barbara Bos, managing editor, Women Writers, Women's Books.
My first thought after reading the title of this book is that there is not life after coffee!! I need at least two cups or life every morning does not start. Of course, this book takes a slightly different look at coffee than my own.
Amy is a buyer of coffee which sends her on long trips to places like Ethiopia to find the best coffee bean. That is until she is fired. Then she becomes the stay at home mom while her husband goes off to try and pursue is writing career. Amy soon finds out she has never really been at home too long alone with her two kids and it shows. Now she is dealing with her kids, trying to find a job, her husband attempting to write and sell something and throw in her ex-boyfriend being involved in all that for good measure.
This book was a lot of fun. Amy was hysterical in dealing with her children. As a stay at home mom so much of it rang true to me. Especially with trying to connect with other moms. It is tough man! Plus it is so overwhelming with kids and getting everything else done so I loved relating to all of that. Her son does appear to have some sensory issues which is kind of brought up but I would have loved so much more on that because I thought it was interesting.
The issues Amy and her husband had were very real and understandable. Life post kids and when you are just in the routine of work and life can really get you stuck in a rut. Again I totally could understand and relate to it. I really wish the ex-boyfriend stuff wasn’t there though and there was another way to end up where it did.
The best part was of course all the coffee talk! I found the whole process of getting the beans and all that so interesting. Her job was amazing and such an adventure. I do see how it was difficult to have kids and have to leave them to go on these work trips though. Watching Amy try to sell makeup in a direct sales job after she was fired was hysterical. I see all those people selling stuff and I think if I tried it would end much like Amy’s trying did.
I will say that I found the end very satisfying. I would love more of Amy and her family’s story as I think it would be super interesting in where it would go after the book ended. This is a really quick read with lots of laugh and lots of heart.
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