Aidan Donnelley Rowley is one of us. I discovered her blog Ivy League Insecurities late last fall and was immediately drawn in by the artful way she spins her words.
She is a wife, a mother of two little girls, a blogger, and a lawyer who left her job to write. Gutsy? Daring? You bet.
On May 18th, her very first novel, Life After Yes, hit the bookstands. Aidan and her publisher were kind enough to make some copies available pre-publication and I got to read it last week.
Like her blog, it did not disappoint.
Life After Yes is the story of Quinn O'Malley, aka Prudence, a young lawyer who's just gotten engaged to Sage, the guy of her dreams. The setting is Manhattan only months after 911, and Quinn's dad was among the many who died in the Towers that day.
From the moment she gets engaged Quinn starts to question everything about her life and the direction in which it's headed, tumbling, she fears, beyond her control.
The novels characters are sincere, three dimensional. Aidan's use of language weaves a hypnotic spell with passages like this:
And I stare at that ring. Study it. And my mind takes a delirious, poetic detour. If only there were relationship cleaners like there are ring cleaners. If only you could take a good relationship, one that is in fact quite beautiful and robust, but dulled in spots (because of a lost brother or father, or a meddling mother) and just drop it in and wait. And then it would come out glittering and new. Because real life tarnishes even the most stunning gems. If only.
Will Quinn marry Sage or reunite with her old flame Phelps? Will she continue her climb up the corporate legal ladder or walk away? Can she get over losing her dad and find true happiness? Does that even exist?
I loved Quinn, with her many imperfections and her self absorbed angst, and I loved Life After Yes. I was sad when I read the last page because I didn't want it to end. Way to go Aidan! And thank you for the early peek.
I've never done a giveaway here on IslandRoar. But Life After Yes is too good to keep to myself. So leave a comment between now and Monday, and on Monday night I'll do a random drawing. The winner will receive my copy of Life After Yes.
If it isn't you, I highly recommend you order or go buy a copy for yourself. I know I'll definitely be buying another. Daughter #1 is waiting rather impatiently to read it. But I think she's going to have to get in line.