Review: After All by Jennifer Rodewald

The Murphy Brothers series is one of my all time favorite contemporary romance series around. I finally picked up After All through Kindle Unlimited and read it in preparation for book eight, which is releasing soon. I had hesitated to read Brayden’s story because he was a very unlikable character in book six, Who You Are, and I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to handle the repercussions that were coming in this story from decisions made by Brayden and Audrey. I ended up being pulled into an absolutely compelling tale that I could not set down!

One of the things that this author excels at is writing stories of redemption. And Brayden’s story was definitely that. He and Audrey made mistakes on top of mistakes on top of mistakes. Even Brayden’s solutions on how to handle things were made with selfish motives. And Audrey followed right along, knowing Brayden didn’t love her, but she was desperately in love with him.

These two had to have their lives completely fall apart in order to find the One that they needed to rely on. I was completely impressed with Brayden’s growth in this story. It took him awhile, but he gained the wisdom and perspective he needed and discovered that he deeply loved his wife. But all of this wisdom might have come too late and at too high a cost!

I did not want this story to end and am looking forward to the last book in the series, even though it also covers some painful topics. After All could be enjoyed as a stand alone story, however, it is better understood as part of the over all series. Even reading Who You Are directly before After All would be a good idea, as Brayden and Audrey have some significant moments in that book, too, and will make this story even more meaningful.

(5 stars)


One choice changed everything, setting them on a path to devastation. Is there any way to redeem what might be the worst decision either of them has ever made?

Brayden Murphy has one simple goal: to live his dream life. He’s watched his six older brothers find ultimate happiness, so why should it be any different for him? But his path to satisfaction and bliss becomes impassible rubble when his longtime girlfriend marries someone else. Brayden’s pain is eclipsed only by his resentment—until he meets Audrey Smith, a sweet, smart young woman who seems to adore him for nothing more than the fact that he’s a Murphy.

Good-girl Audrey Smith has spent her life in the long shadow of her lifelong best friend (and rival), Megan Alexander. As the daughter of the Alexanders’ hired help, Audrey has always felt insignificant, so when Megan’s soon-to-be brother-in-law arrives and turns his attention to Audrey, she is easily swept away. The Murphy boys come with an honorable reputation, and if Megan Alexander is getting a Murphy, then why shouldn’t Audrey have a Murphy of her own?

Brayden eagerly pursues the comfort of Audrey’s admiration, and despite a warning to protect her heart, Audrey falls hard and fast. All is bliss … until things between them go too far. One evening, one choice, and Brayden and Audrey land in a crisis. Marriage is the obvious solution—done in secret to protect their other secret—and when two become one, all seems well again. But then the past catches up with Brayden and is complicated by a heart-shattering event neither ever imagined.
Can their cover-up marriage survive these painful blows? Or will Brayden and Audrey separate, two broken, unreconcilable hearts who will forever regret the choices they made?

After All is a tender love story, though heartbreakingly hard at times, of redemption and second chances.

Meet the Murphy brothers! Seven boys, forging their way through life and love, gripping faith, and learning to walk with God through all things. Theirs are stories of romance, but also of redemption. 



Murphy Brothers Stories:

Always You
In Spite of Ourselves
Everything Behind Us
This Life
Stubborn Love

Who You Are
After All
Morning by Morning


Jennifer Rodewald

Jennifer Rodewald is a Christian author of fiction who is passionate about the Word of God and the power of story. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

Born in Colorado, she experienced both the seclusion of rugged mountain living and the busy streets of a Denver suburb during her growing up years. Somewhere in the middle of college, she married a Husker and found her way back to the quiet lifestyle of a rural area, which suits just fine.

Blessed with a robust curiosity, Jen loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new. Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence, and she incorporates that pursuit as a Christian writer.

Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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