In The After, by Ashley Mackler-Paternostro
There is a reason fairy tales end when they do ... because happily ever after is just the beginning of real life.
Once upon a time in the quaint, forgotten coastal town of Joyce, Washington Emmy Burns existed in the middle of an inconsequential life that resembled a small-town fairy tale; days filled with caring for her daughter Avery, running her small but thriving pottery store, married to the only man she had ever loved. But all of that changed when the fog rolled out one beautiful morning, leaving emptiness where Emmy had stood only the day before. She had seemingly and without a sound vanished into the thick misty air of the Pacific Northwest, taking with her a lifetime of secrets.
In the aftermath Stephen Burns is content telling the police his wife must have simply chosen to walk away from him and their daughter. But Sidney Ruth, Emmy's closest friend, knows the truth. Sidney is the one person who had watched as the vines grew around the dark forest that was the Burn's marriage.
Years of abuse has to led to this moment. As the days unfurl so do the secrets Emmy kept walled away, leaving the people of Joyce wondering: What really happened to Emmy Burns in her happily ever after?
Meet the Author
Ashley Mackler-Paternostro was born in Naperville, Illinois, where she still lives with her husband Mark and their three dogs.
"I often say I left my heart in Seattle and that's true. Yes, I live in the middle of the Midwest, but if you've ever read one of my books, you know I'm a Pacific Northwestern girl at heart."
Ashley considers herself a bit of magpie, picking up parts of her stories from everyday experiences and observations. This coincides peacefully with her life long love affair with novels, and what she describes as an "insatiable appetite for good books." She decided to merge her love of great stories -- both told and written -- into her own brand of story telling.
Ashley's novels include The Milestone Tapes, the best-selling novel In The After and The Winter Song, a short story featured in the charity collection Holiday Wishes.
More on Ashley can be found by visiting her website: www.ashleymacklerpaternostro.com
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