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Peek Inside After Always

There’s a presence at the inn Lydia can’t quite reconcile—and it feels like it’s hunting her. Can she uncover the evil before it takes another victim?

After Always

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Lydia’s life felt like it ended when Tristan died. Sure, they had their problems and he could be a little…intense at times. But he’d promised to love her forever…

When her parents propose a summer across the country with a music teacher who runs an inn, Lydia agrees. But it’s different from what she expected. There’s a presence there she can’t quite reconcile—and it feels like it’s hunting her. It seems Tristan’s promise followed her…and may have graver consequences than she could have known.

Then there’s Michael Malone, the one light spot in an otherwise dark existence. Lydia can’t help but be drawn to him, and as they try to uncover the evil plaguing the inn, they grow closer. But guilt over Tristan’s death still consumes her. Can she and Michael uncover what evil lurks in the inn before it takes another victim?


"It is written beautifully and has an interesting plot as well as likable characters." ~Heather C.,NetGalley

"This was a great, fun read! My first read from this author, and it won't be my last." ~Mandie G., NetGalley

"I'd definitely recommend this book - a good, engaging read." ~Sudha K., Goodreads
"This book took me for a ride! I was expecting a YA Contemporary love story, but it ended up also having a paranormal aspect to it which added a whole new level to what was already going on. If you are fan of creepy inns, hauntings, and learning to trust and love again then this book is for you." -Joanna B., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636811
Release Date: Oct 1, 2018
Page Count: 252
Imprint: teen
Genre: mystery & suspense, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, overcoming odds

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By Carrie (brightbeautifulthings) September 30, 2018

I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Entangled Publishing, LLC. Trigger warnings: death, abuse, abusive relationships, domestic violence, violence against women, blood. Spoilers will be clearly marked.

When Lydia’s boyfriend, Tristan, is killed in a boating accident, it fe ...more

By Stephanie October 09, 2018

'After Always' is a great new young adult paranormal thriller that readers are going to want to pick up. The description doesn't really make it sound paranormal, but it definitely is. I was happily surprised by the huge supernatural aspect and it definitely made my reading experience better. I don't ...more

By Teresa February 12, 2019

Thank you to NetGalley, Entangled Publishing, and Barbara J. Hancock for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

I call this new adult because the narrative perspective is that of an eighteen-year-old girl who has already had her fair share of life experiences, including t ...more

By Heather October 03, 2018

(This review will be on my blog All the Ups and Downs soon).

There was something about the synopsis about After Always by Barbara J. Hancock that caught my attention, so when the opportunity came about to review it, I jumped at the chance. I'm glad I did.

I felt like the pacing was a little all over t ...more

By Sally September 11, 2018

Thank you to Entangled Publishing, LLC.for the arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This book held me from he beginning, I had difficulty putting it down, I really enjoyed it, but I do feel a little bit flat about the ending, I am not sure what I was expecting but I feel a little let do ...more

By Vesper October 13, 2018

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Content Warning: Story has mentions of previous physical abuse and manipulation.

I initially came across this book on NetGalley, but wasn't too sure I wanted to put this on my shelf at the time because I'm pretty much swamped at the moment, but whe ...more

By books are love October 11, 2018

This book was freaky deaky but a very very good freaky deaky. A great October read.

When you begin the book Lydia isn’t exactly your favorite person. You see her obsession with Tristan and the world she was in with him. She seems to be disconnected from everyone and the reader as well. But as you re ...more

By C.C. January 19, 2019

*I received an ARC copy via NetGalley and Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review whatsoever*

With YA Thrillers, they seem to be a hit or miss for me, especially if romance is tied into it as well. This book holds a strong in every department I look for in a th ...more

By Kirstian October 24, 2018

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

After Always was a surprising read for me and thankfully it was in a good way. What I was expecting to read was a simple love and loss story about a girl who ends up finding love again, but I ended up getting some much more.

I enjoyed g ...more

By Sudha September 18, 2018

I'm writing this review in response to a copy of the book provided to me by Entangled Publishing, in return for an unbiased review.

I really liked this book. It started out as just another YA novel - with a main character too in love with her boyfriend. Worryingly, it seemed to me to be following the ...more

By Destiny February 01, 2019

 I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This is a very emotional novel. It goes from sad and tragic to dark, creepy and kind of depression. That is after the death of her boyfriend in an accident. That is when her mother suggests that she goes across the country to Stonebridge ...more

By Joshualyn December 28, 2018

I received an ARC copy from netgalley for my honest review, so thank you netgalley and publishers for offering me this book! ♡
The cover and title is what originally drew me to this book.
Lydia’s life felt like it ended when Tristan died. Sure, they had their problems and he could be a little…intense ...more

By Michelle September 30, 2018

This book starts off pretty depressing and just an FYI there are triggers regarding emotional and physical abuse. It starts out with Lydia's boyfriend, Tristan, having recently died via drowning. Lydia has been mourning him and decided to go away for the summer to help out at a sea side inn with her ...more

By Katherine October 10, 2018

“‘… when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine, That all the world will be in love with night, And pay no worship to the garish sun.’”

Before, Lydia was in an all consuming relationship with Tristan, quietly abusive which she refused to s ...more

By Joanna September 25, 2018

I was approved to read an advanced copy of After Always by Barbara J. Hancock from NetGalley. I am so glad I had the opportunity to read it! Here is my thoughts on the book and why I think you should read it. 

"Lydia Li’s life ended when Tristan died. At least, that’s how it felt. Sure, they had prob ...more

By Felicia November 27, 2018

Being a cross between a ghost story, abusive relationship, and romance, this book kept my attention until the end. I love the way the author only gave you bits of need to know information. It kept me guessing and eager to see what happens next. ...more

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Barbara J. Hancock

About the author

Barbara J. Hancock

Barbara J. Hancock lives in a cabin in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her many rescued pets and the guy who lured her into the wilderness with promises of lots of peace and quiet for writing. To this day, the Appalachian wildwood is the best gift she’s ever been given. Her favorite pastime (besides animal rescue) is bringing darkly romantic stories to life by firefly light.

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