Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Life After Coffee

Posted October 3, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 41 Comments

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.

Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Life After CoffeeLife After Coffee by Virginia Franken
Published by Lake Union Publishing on September 13th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction
Pages: 255
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

Review

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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About Virginia Franken

Virginia Franken was born and raised in Medway, Kent, the place where Henry the 8th sent his wives on holiday in the hope that they’d be eaten alive by mosquitoes and save him the trouble of beheading them. Most her childhood was spent wearing a dance leotard and tights, and at age 11 she attended the (sort of) prestigious dance school The Arts Education School, Tring, where she spent her teen years trying to do pique turns in a straight line and getting drunk in the village. (The inability to do the former possibly informed by too much opportunity to do the latter).

After graduating from The University of Roehampton, she worked on cruise liners as a professional dancer before deciding she’d had enough of wearing diamanté g-strings for a living and somehow managed to blag a job in book publishing. Getting fed up of having to choose between paying the rent or buying groceries, she eventually moved from London to Los Angeles where life was affordable and every time she opened her mouth she got to act all surprised and flattered when someone said they liked her accent. She then spent years trying to convince everyone else that it was them who had the accent, but this was never met with anything more emphatic than a polite, “Is that so…”

These days she lives in Monrovia, near to Pasadena, with two kids, a dog, one ever-lasting goldfish and her bearded lover, in a house that’s just a little bit too small to fit everyone in quite comfortably. She gets most of her writing done when she should be sleeping. LIFE AFTER COFFEE is her first novel. If enough people buy a copy, there’s a good chance she’ll write another…


Giveaway
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Tour Stops

Tuesday, September 13th: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, September 14th: Chick Lit Central – author guest post
Thursday, September 15th: Bibliotica
Monday, September 19th: Books and Bindings
Tuesday, September 20th: Wall to Wall Books
Thursday, September 22nd: Back Porchervations
Monday, September 26th: Write Read Life
Wednesday, September 28th: The Book Chick
Monday, October 3rd: Rebel Mommy Book Blog
Thursday, October 6th: Tina Says
Friday, October 7th: Mrs. Mommy Booknerd
Monday, October 10th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Tuesday, October 11th: A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, October 12th: Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
Thursday, October 13th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, October 17th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Tuesday, October 18th: 5 Minutes for Books
Wednesday, October 19th: Reading Cove Book Club
Thursday, October 20th: Mom’s Small Victories
Monday, October 24th: Caryn, The Book Whisperer
Sunday, October 30th: Writer Unboxed – guest post

 

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41 responses to “Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Life After Coffee

  1. oh man lol when I read the title I said the same thing you did XD
    this looks like a book I really need to read tho, as a mom I am curious

  2. Very compelling review. I am definitely putting this book on my need to read list. The plot is interesting. when the mother works more than she is parenting is she able to reverse her position and regain her position in the household.

  3. lol My first thought when I read the title was the same, Grace… What? There’s no life after coffee!! I like the premise of this story and even though my kids are older, I think I would probably relate to Amy’s ‘issues’ with being a stay home mom. I like the fact the marriage, motherhood, etc., seem to be so realistically portrayed as well. Great review!
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  4. Ooh, this sounds like a good one and even though I’m not a stay at home Mom, I love reading stories that feature Mom’s and the stuff they go through with their kids and just overall Mom adventures so this one sounds like it would be a good one.
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