After Happily Ever After

A Novel

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Pub Date 06 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 01 Apr 2021

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“A soon-to-be empty nester learning to love herself one blunder at a time. After Happily Ever After is delightful….”
Foreword Reviews

Maggie Dolin is forty-five and isn’t dealing with getting older very well. Seventeen years ago, she gave up her job in publishing to raise her daughter, Gia—but now her only child is about to leave for college, and Maggie isn’t sure what her new purpose will be. She’s been the caretaker and nurturer for so long that she can’t even remember the last time someone took care of her. She wishes Jim, her husband of nineteen years, would take that role on—but he’s been distracted and disconnected, and she’s convinced he’s hiding something from her. Her self-involved, judgmental mother and resentful brother, meanwhile, are certainly no help, and her father—the only person in her life who’s always been there for her and asked nothing in return—is dealing with increasingly serious health issues, leaving Maggie without her rock.

As all these stressors pile on, a chance meeting with a younger man causes Maggie to act in a way that is completely out of character for her. As she gets deeper in, she’s forced to make some big decisions about what she wants and deserves—decisions that could change her life forever.

After Happily Ever After deals with love, marriage, family, the empty nest, aging parents and what happens when they all come crashing down at the same time.
“A soon-to-be empty nester learning to love herself one blunder at a time. After Happily Ever After is delightful….”
Foreword Reviews

Maggie Dolin is forty-five and isn’t dealing with getting older...

Advance Praise

"Rasmussen is a freelance journalist and former TV sitcom writer and the latter is evident in the novel's sharp, funny dialogue and Maggie's wry, observational narration." —Kirkus Reviews

"Leslie A. Rasmussen has written a fiction story that most women can relate to in one way or another with compassion and love. After Happily Ever After is a wonderful read that will not disappoint. I highly recommend After Happily Ever After to women both young and old."—Readers' Favorite, five stars

"A Connecticut housewife traverses middle age with self-deprecating wit and aplomb in Leslie Rassmussen's novel After Happily Ever After."—Foreword Reviews

"Rasmussen is a freelance journalist and former TV sitcom writer and the latter is evident in the novel's sharp, funny dialogue and Maggie's wry, observational narration." —Kirkus Reviews

"Leslie A...


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Like I said in my review on goodreads I am in shock that this is a debut novel. It is just that good!! I resonate and rooted for Maggie wholeheartedly throughout the duration of the book. Leslie is a skilled author who makes you utterly fall in love with the majority of the characters in the book specifically Maggie's father. I went through a rollercoaster of emotions. Looking forward to reading more of Leslie's work in the future

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