Life After Coffee by Virginia Franken

Life After Coffee by Virginia FrankenLife After Coffee by Virginia Franken
Published by Lake Union Publishing on September 13, 2016
Pages: 255
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via TLC Book Tours for review consideration.
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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.


What a fun read! The first-person narrator in Life After Coffee is the protagonist, Amy. She’s hilarious and incredibly blunt. Something about her personality could have become hideously annoying with the slightest change in tone, but Virginia Franken knows how to write a totally flawed, but always interesting, main character. Amy is a little bitchy, and definitely clueless (at best) a lot of the time, yet I couldn’t help but have a soft spot for her.

There is a little predictability to the storyline, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in an “escape” kind of book like this. I did feel like things were wrapped up a little too quick and tidy at the end. It’s okay, though, because like I said, reading this was so much fun!

Look, the choices Amy makes throughout the book…she’s a mess most of the time, but she also constantly admits that. This keeps her from sounding judgy or haughty about the decisions she makes for herself and her family. It really seems to be what she thinks is best for her family alone, not a commentary on anyone else. In a climate of hostile mommy wars, this is a difficult line to skate, but Franken succeeds.


Thanks to TLC Book Tours, one lucky reader (US or Canada only) will win a copy of Life After Coffee. Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18. Check out what other readers have to say about this title by visiting other stops on the tour!

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  • Amanda

    My first thought was – is there life after coffee? This dose sound like a good fun read though! Sometimes predictability is just what you need in a book after all.

  • HeatherTLC

    That’s a fine line to walk, not being judgy in the mommy wars. It is refreshing to see a novel that succeeds so well at it!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.