On a beautiful late-summer's morning, Cate Challoner's daughter, Beth, heads to the beach with her best friend. The girls will spend the day flirting with boys and enjoying the thrill of being young. Beth is eighteen and soon leaving home for college. Her mother is already missing her.
That afternoon, the doorbell rings. Cate immediately knows something is wrong. CPR. Resuscitation. What do these words have to do with two teenagers enjoying an afternoon at the beach?
Cate's daughter is her everything. Beth's presence at home is inescapable. How can a child stop existing? How can a mother survive such loss? Can a shattered world be put back together?
'Life-affirming, tender and wise. After Beth is a vivid, often heart-wrenching exploration of grief and how we learn to carry on after the worst has happened. Get your tissues at the ready - this book is wonderful' Josie Lloyd, author of the 'The Cancer Ladies’ Running Club'
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On a late beautiful summers morning, Cate Challoner's daughter, Beth, heads to the beach with her best friend. The girls will spend the day flirting with boys and enjoying the thrill of being young. Beth is eighteen and soon leaving home for college. That afternoon the doorbell rings and Cate immediately knows something is wrong. What an emotional rollercoaster this book is. I was invested in all the characters who were all well developed. The progression of the life changing decision, the grief and trying to get on with your life after such a tragedy were sensitively written. The story then continues and tells how Beth's parents learn to live without her. At times, this story is gut-wrenching as we read of Cate's daily struggles and emotions. There's so much packed into this beautifully written story. I loved it from beginning to end. I could not put this book down. I would like to thank #NetGallley #PenguinMichaelJosephUk and the author #ElizabethEnfield for my ARC of #AfterBeth in exchange for an honest review.
This is the most emotional book that I have read in a long time. It was impossible not to be invested in it as it seemed so real. The progression of the story was great and would probably help people struggling with loss. and how to manage it. I loved the conclusion ending on a note of hope.
A gripping, emotive and heartwrenchging read I couldn't put down. I read it quicklu and it will stay with me for a while yet
Despite the good reviews I was hesitant to read After Beth as I was sure I'd find it a difficult and upsetting read..It was an emotionally challenging read but also one of the most powerful and moving novels I've read. The author portrays a mother's grief so powerfully and with such deep empathy and insight that I felt I there walking alongside Cate and her pain. Enfield sensitively explores how one family grieves and how the loss is never forgotten, the pain never goes away but life grows around the grief and loss. It is a book filled with hope and I found it to be an ultimately uplifting read . Highly recommended and one of my reads of the year. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this digital ARC.
What an absolute brilliant book this is from Elizabeth Enfield told so sensitively although it is filled with grief and loss all the characters were well developed and the storyline just unfolded so well with an excellent ending. Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Books for giving me the opportunity to read this wonderful book.