The brilliant new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Ralph's Party and The Truth About Melody Browne.
It's eleven years since Jem Catterick and Ralph McLeary first got together. They thought it would be for ever, that they'd found their happy ending. As everyone agreed, they were the perfect couple. Then two became four, a flat became a house. Romantic nights out became sleepless nights in. And they soon found that life wasn't quite so simple any more. But through it all Jem and Ralph still loved each other, of course they did. Now the unimaginable has happened. Two people who were so right together are starting to drift apart. And in the chaos of family life Ralph feels more and more as if he's standing on the sidelines, and Jem that she's losing herself. Something has to change. As they try to find a way back to each other, back to what they once had, they both become momentarily distracted - but maybe it's not too late to recapture happily ever after ...
“A gripping examination of all the difficulties a modern couple can face ... Well written and compelling”
“I can't get enough of Lisa Jewell's books - they're so moreish!”
Camilla Kerslake, News of the World
“Poignant and heart-wrenching, it's a wonderful insight into what can happen when the fairytale finally ends.”
“Pretty damn good ... Jewell stands out, providing insightful character studies ... and she is so readable - you can fall into After the Party as you would a particularly soft settee”
Time Out, Paperback Pick, 4 stars
“Lisa's heartfelt writing and raw, honest storytelling makes for an emotional, funny and heartbreaking journey ... but there is a glimmer of hope. Can Jem and Ralph find their way back to happiness?”
5 stars, heat
“A fascinating insight into modern relationships ... excellent writing plus characters you genuinely care about”
News of the World
“Jewell writes, as ever, with wit and verve, and the reappearance of Ralph and Jem is sure to delight those who loved them the first time around”
“Lisa Jewell's characters are as engaging as ever and their relationship dilemmas are so entirely convincing you'll be with them every step of the way. A wonderfully warm and funny read - don't miss!”