Afterlove: The Wholesome Lesbian Story You Need (A Mini Review)


Ash Persaud is about to become a reaper in the afterlife, but she is determined to see her first love Poppy Morgan again, the only thing that separates them is death. Car headlights. The last thing Ash hears is the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars. But she made it, she’s still here. Or is she?

This New Year’s Eve, Ash is gets an RSVP from the afterlife she can’t decline: to join a clan of fierce girl reapers who take the souls of the city’s dead to await their fate. But Ash can’t forget her first love, Poppy, and she will do anything to see her again… even if it means they only get a few more days together. Dead or alive…


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Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book from Netgalley . This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.

Afterlove: The Wholesome Lesbian Story You Need

This is honestly so perfect. It really is the lesbian story to die for. Afterlove introduces us to two beautiful protagonists, Ash and Poppy. Ash is tired of just kissing girls in the dark or having casual relationships where girls are too afraid to be out in the open. She wants a real relationship but she’s also tired of putting her heart on the line and getting it broken. Enter Poppy, this free spirit who takes Ash on the ride of her life. I absolutely stan Ash and Poppy. They both make such an adorable couple and I absolutely couldn’t stop reading about them. I had a huge smile on my face as I watched the two of them fall in love in the most wholesome love story ever. It was so refreshing to see two lesbians having a happy love story and I loved every bit of it.

All that time she wasted being too careful or too polite or too scared, when, in the end, nothing is as scary as watching your whole life narrow to a single moment that’s about to pass, whether you’re ready for it to or not.

I also really loved Ash’s family and how desi it was. The family dynamics felt extremely relatable and homely and I especially loved reading about Ash’s little sister who always has her head buried in the book. I was so absorbed in the book I almost forgot what the plot was. Halfway through the book we embark on Ash’s journey as a grim reaper and it’s absolutely devastating and heartbreaking and good lord I cried buckets of tears over this book.

But at the same time we get some really quirky and well-written side characters like Esen and Dev who are there to guide Ash through this journey. But of course Ash refuses to let go of Poppy and it’s really interesting to see how the two struggle to stay together. I just find this book to be very beautifully written. It’s about hope, love, family and grief and so much more. I hope you all give it a chance!

What’s a sapphic book that you loved reading about?

Are you planning on reading Afterlove or is it on your TBR?

I love reading books centering around the afterlife! What about you? Do you have any recs?

6 thoughts on “Afterlove: The Wholesome Lesbian Story You Need (A Mini Review)

  1. Oh my God this sounds so wonderful! I’m crushed that my library doesn’t have it — it doesn’t look like Tanya Byrne’s books have been published physically in the US maybe! I am going to have to do some tricksiness to acquire this one! Have you read anything else by her?

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    • Right?! Oh my god yes, I freaking loved The Infinity Courts and ugh the wait for the next book is going to be so longggg. I’m really loving that more and more fiction and fantasy books about afterlife are being published 🙂


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