Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Review: The Life O'Reilly by Brian Cohen

Title: The Life O'Reilly
Author: Brian Cohen
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: iUniverse, 2009


On the outside, Nick O'Reilly has it all: a high flying legal career as a partner in an elite Wall Street law firm, and financial security, with an apartment overlooking Central park. But at the age of 36 , after years of sacrificing his personal life for professional gain, Nick has started to ponder his future........

After being chastised in the press for turning a cold shoulder to the community the firm calls upon Nick to help rehabilitate its image by handling its first pro bono case. Nick is asked to represent Dawn Nelson, a domestic violence victim who is fighting for custody of her young son, Jordan.

As they work together on her case Dawn and Nick's initial attraction grows into something stronger than friendship, something that is not acceptable in a lawyer/client relationship, and the events that follow will put Nick into the position where he will have the opportunity to make life-changing decisions.

I enjoyed the insight into the legal world but  I like a book that I can relate to on an emotional level and this is a beautiful love story that I found very moving. My only complaint is that at 266 pages it's too short and I would have liked more flesh on the bones , particularly towards the end.

It is the story of two people but it also has a greater universal message and one we all need to be reminded of at times. Life is meant to be lived from the heart and the choices we make should be motivated by Love.

Well written and enjoyable reading.

I received a copy from the author for review.......thank you! You can read more about Brian Cohen and his work at his website


  1. I enjoyed this one too, and I love the way you described the universal message. So true!

  2. This book sounds beautiful. I agree 266 is too less. I enjoy reading books set in the legal world, so I may be checking this one out.

  3. I have this book to read and am looking forward to getting to it - the reviews have been very good!