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When you are at your most vulnerable, in whom do you put your trust?

When Esther’s childhood best friend Isabella dies of cancer, she is devastated. Years later, she is brought together with Isabella’s sister Sally, who cared for Isabella in her last days, and who subsequently nursed their mother through years of dementia.

English Professor Esther sees shy, innocent Sally emerge from a life of isolation and loneliness. But as Esther herself suffers blow after blow, and sees her carefully ordered life collapse around her, she is forced to contemplate the notion of friendship and trust. Do the ones we hold dearest always have our best interests at heart?


‘A beautiful, heartfelt novel that swept me up and held me tight until the end…[A] powerful, poignant tale.’
Amanda Prowse, author of No Greater Love and No Greater Courage series

‘An insightful look at female friendship… You’ll enjoy it, and might shed a tear or two.’
Julie Cohen, author of Dear Thing

After Isabella is a beautiful, absorbing novel that deals with the issues at the very heart of what it means to be a woman. I was drawn in from the very first page and loved the way Rosie handled both the harsh realities, and the beauty, of the friendships and family relationships that define us. I can’t wait to read more from her!’
Tracy Buchanan, author of No Turning BackThe Atlas of Us and My Sister’s Secret

‘A compelling and provocative read… both heart-warming and poignant, it’s impossible not to feel a sense of loss on turning the final page.’
Irish Independent