AFTERLIFE – Book Review

October 4, 2010 at 7:40 am 4 comments

Look closely. There’s a dog next to the gorgeous lady on the cover of Merrie Destefano’s novel. And he’s not just on the cover. He plays an important part in the story.

This book intrigued me because I’m usually drawn to lighter fare, but I was entertained throughout and thoughtful at the end. Merrie’s writing style is fantastic. It’s a page-turner that I couldn’t put it down. It might have been the dog on the cover that got me interested, but it was the characters and the plot that kept me riveted.

A review from Jackie at BITTEN BY BOOKS: “I’ve struggled with the best way to describe AFTERLIFE by Merrie Destefano. Simply speaking, it’s the tale of a girl and her dog, star-crossed lovers, and second chances. In a broader sense, it’s existential, hopeful, beautiful, and dark…AFTERLIFE is everything I love about fiction–there’s danger, romance, a despicable villain, and room for a sequel. A strong start to a new series!”

AFTERLIFE released just a few days ago. Run to get your copy because I already know of a store near me that sold out. Here’s a quick link to get it online, if you can wait that long to get it delivered:



This is Joshua, and that’s Merrie Destefano, author of the book AFTERLIFE reviewed above. Joshua has a friend at home, Caleb, that didn’t make it into the picture, but here’s a shout-out to all three of them. You’ll find this photo of Merrie and Joshua inside the back cover of her book.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Merrie Destefano  |  October 4, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Awww! You’re both so sweet! Thanks for the awesome review, BJ, and for the kind comment, Julie. *hugs*


    • 2. bjtaylorblog  |  October 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm

      Hugs back at ya, Merrie! Fantastic performance as a novelist. You are the bomb!


  • 3. Julie Garmon  |  October 4, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Beautiful post about a beautiful lady. Can’t wait to read this one!


    • 4. bjtaylorblog  |  October 4, 2010 at 11:22 am

      Thanks, Julie. The book totally rocks!



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