Today I welcome author Michelle Alstead to Andi's Book Reviews. Her standalone romance After Love Leaves is not your conventional love story, because love is messy and complicated. which has made it even more enticing for readers to devour. Here she shares a bit more about the story.
This is a novel for women who understand that love is messy and complicated. There are no perfect people in After Love Leaves. Just real human beings struggling to overcome their insecurities and find lasting love in the process. Some characters you’ll root for and others you'll want to shake your fist at.
My inspiration to write this novel came from the kind of break up that rocks your soul and leaves you wondering how you didn’t see the train coming before it hit you. That relationship ended with a two-sentence text message that left me confused, heart-broken, and very much alone. After a couple of years passed and I realized that my former significant other was never going to give me that one last conversation that answered all of my questions, I decided to write a fictional novel where the characters get to have the conversation I never had. It gave me a profound sense of closure and peace.
Compared to my other novels, this is my first true romance novel. There is no secondary plot. It’s all about Zoe and Brad. Unlike the other adult novels I’ve written, After Love Leaves is meant to stand-alone and there won’t be a sequel. The character of Brad however, was introduced in Before It’s Done, which is a prequel to After It’s Over. All four of my adult novels take place in the same universe so if you like one, hopefully you’ll read the others and enjoy the stories of the characters that cross over between novels.
I enjoyed writing After Love Leaves more than any of the other novels because I felt the characters were relatable. Zoe struggles with a lot of the same issues we all face. She battles her love of Oreos and simultaneously her disdain for the gym. She wants to find the right guy but has a terrible habit of attracting the Mr. Wrongs of the world. It’s my hope that women will read this novel and be able to commiserate with the difficulties of dating and the struggle to find love and acceptance.
After Love Leaves
When Brad Sorenson crossed paths with Zoe O’Loughlin at a high school graduation party, the connection was undeniable. He noticed her when no one else did; she inspired him to want more out of life. But it would be years before they’d meet again…and in the most unlikely of places. Brad was looking for a good time online, not love. But Zoe was so sweet, so kind. Everything about her was perfect—until she fell in love with him. Zoe doesn’t know why Brad left her standing in an airport; he won’t return her calls or texts. With her self-esteem and dreams shattered, she can’t imagine ever loving anyone else. A single phone call changes Brad’s life forever. Now he wants just one thing: to make amends with the only woman that’s ever mattered.