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The Life O’Reilly by Brian Cohen Is a Strong Debut Novel

March 26, 2010

The Life O’Reilly by Brian Cohen
published by iUniverse October 21, 2009

Nick O’Reilly has devoted his adult life to making sure he wouldn’t end up as his father had — laid off a few years before retirement and practically destitute. He’s achieved success — and even wealth — as a partner with a large law firm. But his entire life is consumed by his work. He is so busy defending corporate giants from litigation he doesn’t have time for his real love, negotiating deals for creative people. He and his best friend work with musicians and independent movie makers. His friend believes it’s time for them to leave the firm and launch their own practice. Is Nick ready to take the risk?

Just as Nick is questioning his life, his firm begins taking on pro bono cases in an effort to rehabilitate its tarnished image. Nick represents Dawn, an aspiring pharmacist who’s seeking a divorce from her abusive husband and sole custody of their two-year-old son Jordan. Nick becomes determined to keep Dawn and Jordan safe and win their freedom, and this case changes his life in ways he’d never expected.

The author, Brian Cohen, brings his expertise as a lawyer to this novel, but it’s not a courtroom thriller. It a gentle romance and a story about choosing what is most important and making life-changing decisions. It also has some unexpected — and heart-wrenching — twists. The Life O’Reilly has been compared to books by Nicholas Sparks — serious, but enjoyable, novels about love and romance.

The Life O’Reilly kept me hooked until the end. The characters didn’t seem extremely complex to me, but they were well-drawn enough that I cared about them. This is an openly sentimental, but thoroughly believable, novel with a clear moral compass. I recommend it to fiction lovers.

I want to thank Brian Cohen for giving me a copy of this book to review. You can buy a copy here.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2010 11:41 pm

    I'm really looking forward to reading my copy of this one!! Great review!

  2. March 27, 2010 1:17 am

    That plot did grab my attention. I want to read this. Thank you for the great review!

  3. March 27, 2010 5:14 pm

    My review will be up Tuesday! I agree that the book was a "gentle romance" and honestly I usually do not like those types of books. This one managed to hold my interest however.

  4. March 28, 2010 8:10 pm

    Thanks for the review! The plot sounds really interesting!

  5. March 28, 2010 11:35 pm

    I've been curious about this book. Thanks for your review, I think I will be reading it!

  6. stacybuckeye permalink
    October 10, 2010 11:45 pm

    I love reading debut novels. This one is already on my wishlist.

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