Saturday, January 11, 2020

Book Blitz and Giveaway: The After Wife by Melanie Summers

Title: The After Wife
Author: Melanie Summers

Publisher: Indigo Group
Publication Date: January 10th 2020

Print Length: 339 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction

From bestselling author Melanie Summers, comes a heartfelt and uplifting tale of love, loss, and letting go…

After losing her husband, writer Abigail Carson has all but given up on life. Having spent the last year cocooned in her Manhattan apartment, Abigail is suddenly forced to find a new home where she can stretch her dwindling savings. Intent on isolation, she moves to a tiny village in Nova Scotia where she’ll have no one to interrupt her solitude.

Little does Abigail realize that small-town life offers far less privacy than the big city. With neighbors knocking on the door bearing homemade treats and invitations, Abby soon finds herself immersed in the lives of the people of South Haven. She forms an unlikely friendship with Liam Wright, the handyman renovating her dilapidated cottage, and his daughter, seven-year-old Olive.

As the dark cloud engulfing Abigail lifts, she begins to believe she may have found love again. But just as Abigail is ready to leap, she discovers Liam carries with him a shocking secret that will ultimately cause everything to unravel. Abigail must decide if she will turn away from his pain or open her heart in the most hopeless of circumstances.

Insightful, enchanting, and filled with hope, The After Wife reminds us of the importance of human connection and the inseparable nature of love and survival.

Olive is still giggling as I slide off her bed and replace the book on the shelf. I watch as she takes off her glasses, then carefully folds them and puts them into their case. She switches on a night light, then flips the switch on the wall to turn off the overhead light. Immediately the room is filled with the peaceful magic of thousands of stars glimmering against the walls and ceiling. We’re transported to the world where she dreams of fairies fluttering over fields of tall grasses and mermaids twirling and leaping out of the sea.

“Abby, if you were my mom, what would you say when you tucked me in?”

The question guts me and I have to fight not to look emotional. I put off answering directly in hopes of getting myself together. “What do you mean, honey?”

“Well, I always imagined that if my mom were here, she would say something really lovely to me when she put me to bed. Or maybe she’d tell me some secret things I need to know about boys and being a woman and stuff.”

“Oh, well, yes, I suppose my mother did that from time to time.”

“You would do it all the time if you were a mom, I just know it.” She looks up at me adoringly and I can’t help but run my palm over her soft cheek.

She lays down and snuggles into her pillow while I tuck her quilt up around her neck.

“Abby, what do you think my mom said when she tucked me in? When I was little, and she was alive?”

I’m on the verge of tears and I pretend to be thinking as I look up at the low ceiling. “I bet she told you that you’re perfect just the way you are, and that there is nothing she would ever want to change about you,” I say, stopping just before my voice cracks.

Olive stares at me expectantly, and I assume she wants me to go on.

“And that she can’t believe her luck to get you for a daughter.”

“She definitely said that.” Olive beams up at me. “I think I remember it, actually.”

“I’m sure you do.” I smile and cup her cheek with my hand. “It’s late. Time to sleep.” Then, I lean down and give her a kiss on her forehead.

When I straighten up, she grabs my hand before I can take it off her cheek. “Abby, can I tell you something?”


“You’re my best friend. I wish you were my mom.”

I wish I were too.

I tuck her hair behind her ear. “If I had a daughter, I would want her to be exactly like you.” I kiss her on the top of her head. “You better get some sleep now.”

Melanie Summers also writes steamy romance as MJ Summers.

Melanie made a name for herself with her debut novel, Break in Two, a contemporary romance that cracked the Top 10 Paid on Amazon in both the UK and Canada, and the top 50 Paid in the USA. Her highly acclaimed Full Hearts Series was picked up by both Piatkus Entice (a division of Hachette UK) and HarperCollins Canada. Her first three books have been translated into Czech and Slovak by EuroMedia. Since 2013, she has written and published three novellas, and eight novels (of which seven have been published). She has sold over a quarter of a million books around the globe.

In her previous life (i.e. before having children), Melanie got her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, then went on to work in the soul-sucking customer service industry for a large cellular network provider that shall remain nameless (unless you write her personally - then she'll dish). On her days off, she took courses and studied to become a Chartered Mediator. That designation landed her a job at the R.C.M.P. as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for 'K' Division. Having had enough of mediating arguments between gun-toting police officers, she decided it was much safer to have children so she could continue her study of conflict in a weapon-free environment (and one which doesn't require makeup and/or nylons).

Melanie resides in Edmonton with her husband, three young children, and their adorable but neurotic one-eyed dog. When she's not writing novels, Melanie loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. She also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken 'from above'. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something--more like just staying until they turn the lights off.

She is represented by Suzanne Brandreth of The Cooke Agency International.

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  2. This excerpt is so heartwarming yet sad. This really sounds like a wonderful book.

  3. I love the Crown Jewels Romance Series. I read them all.

  4. love the cover!


  5. This sounds like a very interesting premise for a good novel to read!

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  6. Sounds like an awesome book... Tina

  7. I enjoyed the excerpt!

  8. This sounds like a great book that I would enjoy reading.

  9. I love the cover and after reading the excerpt I think I would enjoy reading this lovely book. Thanks for sharing.

  10. The cover is lovely and I like the idea of a heartfelt and uplifting tale of love sounds right up my alley a good book enjoyed from cover to cover Im hoping for ;)

  11. This sounds like a wonderful read! I'm excited to try it.

  12. The excerpt is very touching and the cover is enchanting. I would give this book more than a second glance!

  13. Sounds like a wonderful story. Did you have to do much research on Nova Scotia?

  14. I liked both the excerpt, and the book cover.

  15. This sounds like an awesome romance. Looks like a wonderful read.

  16. Very nice excerpt. I go through spurts of reading. I will stop for about 3 months.. then just pick up a book and read for a few months. I believe it that time again to pick up a book.

  17. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway! This looks like a good read!

  18. I love the cover. Sounds like a fab read.

  19. What was your favourite first date?

  20. The book really sounds good. I can’t wait to read.

  21. I'll be looking for this title...It's great to find Canadian authors.

  22. I like the use of blue on the cover. Congrats on the release.

  23. This sounds like a great read! Thank you!

  24. This sounds like it's going to be a good book! I've added it to my wishlist!

  25. Blue reminds me of the ocean. The ocean reminds me of summer. I miss summer. Thank you

  26. I am looking forward to reading this.

  27. This book sounds really good. Would love to read it!

  28. The book looks really good. The excerpt is so sweet! Thank you for the giveaway!

  29. Really looking forward to reading this!