WINNER - 2011 International Book Awards (Cross-Genre Fiction)
WINNER - 2010 Bronte Prize
WINNER - 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (First Novel)
WINNER - 2010 Readers Favorite Book Awards (General Fiction)
WINNER - 2009 Reader Views Literary Awards (Romance)
HONORABLE MENTION - 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Awards (General Fiction)
FINALIST - 2011 International Book Awards (General Fiction)
FINALIST - 2011 International Book Awards (New Fiction)
FINALIST - 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards (Fiction)
FINALIST - USA Book News "Best Books 2010" Awards (New Fiction)
"Brian Cohen clearly has the gift of story in this riveting debut. His ability to plumb the depths of the human heart, and its capacity to change – forged in a modern, gritty, yet sophisticated New York – shines through in this estimable work. The mark of a great novel is one that is impossible to put down on its final page. Cohen’s book reaches that bar."
— New York Times bestselling author Michael Christopher Carroll
"The Life O'Reilly is a fascinating read that will warm hearts."
— Midwest Book Review
"Brian Cohen is establishing his mark as a first-time novelist."
— The Journal News
"[I]nspirational and surprisingly heart-wrenching ...."
— Rye Brook Westmore News
"[An] emotionally suspenseful novel .... First-time novelist Brian Cohen ... adroitly melds legal drama with a compelling love story. Readers will find themselves rooting for charming young Nick O'Reilly in and out of the courtroom."
"[T]his first time novelist is making waves."
"The Life O'Reilly is a quick and compelling read that captures the essence of our times .... The question raised by The Life O'Reilly is one that many lawyers are asking themselves right now: is this the life I want and if not, is it too late to change? .... [The Life O'Reilly] is a law related book that you probably won't be able to put down."
— Counsel To Counsel
"Readers should have a box of Kleenex handy when they read this book. It is emotional, to say the least .... [The Life O'Reilly] is a heartwarming tale of discovering life, love, and legacy ... a love story filled with drama and emotions. There are plenty of shocking events which make this a page-turner and a very sentimental novel."
— Suite 101
"Upon reading this novel, the reader will be surprised that this is Brian Cohen’s first book as he beautifully melds the legalese with the romance and quickly captures the reader’s interest and attention. Written in the first person it is only natural to accompany Nick on his roller coaster of emotions as he at once finds himself out of bounds and then sinking a three-pointer. We are all familiar with the eternal quest for meaning and fulfillment in life and Cohen weaves an unforgettable story of one man’s journey. I look forward to more novels from Brian Cohen as he is a successful writer with a reserved spot on my book shelf."
— TCM Reviews
"Brian Cohen's first novel is an affecting and haunting story that captures the attention of the reader and holds it throughout, lingering long after the final page is turned .... Cohen has a fluidic writing style. His story is well paced and his characters have dimension and distinctive personalities .... It is not often that a work of fiction leaves the reader contemplating his or her personal outlook on life. The trials that Nick [O'Reilly] endures are easily applicable to reality. His story gives us pause to think, leaving us grateful for having made Nick's acquaintance."
— The US Review of Books
"What an incredible read! .... [Brian Cohen's] ability to put you in the events and characters' minds is haunting as it makes you look at who you are and how jobs can control one in every aspect .... You will need to read The Life O'Reilly by Brian Cohen ... it will make you question what you really want out of life."
— Reader Views
"[The Life O'Reilly] is hard hitting, romantic and introspective by turns. At its heart, this is a story of transformation ... a poignant, sensitive story about what is important in life .... Cohen is not a John Grisham or a Jane Austen. He is Brian Cohen, a writer who has found his own unique voice. I'm looking forward to his next novel, and the one after that."
"The Life O’Reilly is a novel that shows that, sometimes, the good guys don’t always get the short end of the stick, though they might have to go to great lengths and show a lot of determination and perseverance to achieve their goals. It’s also a feel-good sort of love story, where you’ll root for Nick and Dawn to make their relationship work, despite the many stumbling blocks in their way. The author’s background in law helps lend depth and realism to this novel. I look forward to reading more books from the talented author, Brian Cohen, in the coming years."
"Brian Cohen is a master at character definition and depth .... While this book is entertaining, it is so much more. This book has a deep message for the reader .... The plot is original, absorbing and gripping. Readers will not want to miss this one. I suspect it will make the best seller list."
— Readers Favorite
"[The Life O'Reilly] was nothing like Nicholas Sparks. It was way better than that. I like all the heart-gripping, tear-jerking and heartfelt feeling in Nicholas Sparks' books, but Brian Cohen's [leaves] an unexpected distinct warm feeling that lingers longer not only in your heart but also in your mind .... The Life O'Reilly is very well-written, compelling, beautifully told .... I'm really lucky to [have] read this as it left me thinking about my own life path that I've chosen till this day .... I was amazed reading the book, and still am. I think I have found another great author as good as Nicholas Sparks!"
— Darlyn & Books
"In this gripping legal drama, Nick will discover what is really important in life and an unexpected love. The characters and plot are so well written by Cohen, he takes you on the gamut of emotions and then he leaves you believing in the goodness in mankind and the power of love. Five out of five stars."
— CC Chronicles
"[The Life O'Reilly] is a novel that will bring tears to the eyes of the reader and applaud the courage of one man who achieved his own destiny and created an amazing legacy before it was too late. From the first page until the last I could not put this book down and was hoping for more. I can't wait to read Brian Cohen's next book ...."
"The Life O’Reilly is an interesting and well defined story .... I became so involved with the character and his story that I began to wonder if this was a true story. The drama is intricately and emotionally described, and the cadence of the story held firm to the end."
"[A] riveting and deeply emotional work. The Life O’Reilly keeps the reader turning the pages as Brian Cohen displays a vivid touch with the everyday details of working life."
— Nashville Book Festival
"I enjoyed reading this book, which is a modern day love story and more. It made me smile, laugh, and cry. Emotionally moving, The Life O'Reilly is about what makes life worth living, about love and sacrifice and commitment, about being at peace with yourself. It makes you think about what you will leave behind, about your legacy. Last night, I recommended this book to my husband. And now I recommend it to you."
— Suko's Notebook
"Brian Cohen’s The Life O’Reilly is a heartwarming and compassionate story of one lawyer’s quest for love and meaning in his life. Nick O’Reilly had the money, the career and a great apartment, yet there was something missing. It took the pro bono case of a young woman and her son to change the way Nick looks at the world and his life."
— Dan's Journal
"The characters are so well written and the story plays out so that you will feel a variety of things, but what I felt most was compassion for this woman who would do anything to protect the son she so dearly loved. [The Life O'Reilly] is a very moving book, and many of us have either been in Dawn's shoes or know someone who has, so it makes it very real. There is so much more to this book, but I definitely don't want to add any spoilers. I think anyone would enjoy this book, not just those who read this genre. This is the first novel written by Brian Cohen and I look forward to many more from this talented author."
— Reading At The Beach
"You will be immersed by real-life, everyday issues in this well written, heartstring pulling novel."
— Frugal Plus
"[The Life O'Reilly is] 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 .... This is an openly sentimental, but thoroughly believable, novel with a clear moral compass. I recommend it to fiction lovers."
— The Stark Raving Bibliophile
"[H]eartwarming, poignant .... This is the type of book that makes a reader think about her own view of life and her place in it."
"The Life O'Reilly captivated me from the beginning. I think that it was the character of Nick that sucked me in - he was so well-developed and relatable .... The message was wonderful - it is never too late to change your life around for the better."
— The Book Chick
"[A] beautiful novel about the power of love."
— A Novel Source
"If you are in the mood for a good romantic story, then The Life O’Reilly is a great book to read .... The author used a lot of twists and turns to make the story interesting and to keep the reader glued to every page .... [T]he story was really a beautiful and romantic one and an overall good read."
— Bookventures Book Club
"[The Life O'Reilly] flowed seamlessly from page to page .... [T]his novel was an easy, interesting and emotional read. I must admit I found myself tearing up at the end."
— And The Plot Thickens
"I feel comfortable recommending this book to others...not a bad way to spend an afternoon!"
— Life in the Thumb
"The Life O’Reilly is more than a modern day love story. It’s about identifying what you really want out of life and going after it. This book will have you cheering and sympathizing with the protagonist as you turn page after page."
— The Crystal Perspective
"[The Life O'Reilly] takes several turns and twists, including an interesting surprise ending. I found the story delightful .... [Brian Cohen is] a wonderful writer and I hope to read more of his work in the future."
— Reading Frenzy
"I quickly found myself absorbed in this ... great life-affirming novel. When I closed the book, I kept staring at it, shocked .... Brian Cohen did an amazing job bringing these characters alive .... I highly recommend this one. It was great! Unpredictable and thought provoking."
— Mrs.Q: Book Addict
"[The Life O'Reilly] is a beautiful love story that I found very moving .... 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."
— Tell Me A Story
"Little did I know that this book would tug at my heartstrings the way that it did .... Although I would consider this a love story, it was also so much more than that. With themes of values, love, change, and survival this novel had so much to offer .... This was Cohen's first novel and I believe that he is working on his second novel now, which I will be anxiously awaiting."
— Jo-Jo Loves To Read!!!
"[The Life O’Reilly] is a love story, and a beautiful one at that .... The Life O’Reilly is an emotional book. It has suspense, thrill, humor and romance .... [I]t is easy to keep turning page after page of this book, and awaiting what is going to happen next. It is easy to identify with the everyday situations that Nick goes through, and feel his emotions. All in all, it is a book that I greatly enjoyed reading .... Recommended to all those who like reading heartwarming tales of everyday people who made their lives extraordinary."
— Uniquely Priya
"I was literally brought to tears, both of joy and sadness .... It is not often that an author can make a work of fiction so plausible, and still entertaining to read .... [A] great love story about family, friends and the meaning of life. This book seriously made me do an assessment of me and mine and I think it will have you do the same."
— Busy Moms Who Love To Read
"I really enjoyed this book. It was well written, the characters were well developed and the story flowed nicely .... Overall, a very enjoyable story from a very talented author. Definitely recommended."
— La Vida Lori
"[V]ery well written with brilliantly portrayed characters .... [F]or those of you who enjoy emotionally wrenching stories, this book is definitely for you."
— Melissa's Bookshelf
"Now I know why this book is an award winner! .... I really enjoyed The Life O'Reilly and would recommend it to other readers as well. Pick up this book!"
— Book Junkie's Bookshelf
"The Life O'Reilly is a touching and emotional book that has become a new favorite of mine. It's a story about life, love and finding oneself .... Author Brian Cohen does an excellent job of drawing the reader in with an interesting storyline and well written characters. There's plot twists and turns, and this one was hard to put down. I enjoyed The Life O'Reilly from page one. I laughed, I was teary eyed while reading and when I turned the last page, I just sighed contentedly. This is the kind of book that you need to discuss after reading, it's an emotional story. It's the kind of book that you don't soon forget."
— The Bookworm
"The Life O'Reilly is a wonderful, unexpected book. It's one of those books that makes you take stock of your life and what you really value .... Absolutely recommended."
"[Brian Cohen] takes us through a series of unexpected twists and turns that keep us riveted to the action in the story and wondering what will come next for Nicholas. Haunting and emotional, the book will also make you think long and hard about the choices you make everyday .... The book compares favorably to many similar works that I’ve read, and the author’s writing is engaging and keeps you wanting more .... I cannot wait for Brian Cohen’s next book!"
— Luxury Reading
"[L]ife’s convulsions and hard-earned equanimities come streaming down the pike of the narrative, which takes turn after turn."
— The Readers Review/The Writer's Life
"This was a wonderful book about a man finding himself, and love .... The story made me think too, about making what you want out of life, taking that chance on love, life, a new job, anything. A good story, with characters that felt real."
— Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
"[A] heartfelt read .... This book was written based on a premise that too many of us often overlook during our hectic, busy lives--the idea that life is too short and we should live it to the fullest while truly appreciating those who are most important to us. It really grew on me, and I have to say I hugged my boys a little tighter when I was finished reading!"
— Reading Without Restraint
"I really enjoyed this book, a modern-day love story with much more. It was quite the emotional roller coaster - I chuckled, laughed, screamed, and cried as I read it. Filled with believable characters and intense emotion, I had a hard time putting it down. The author used a lot of twists and turns to make the story interesting and to keep the reader glued to every page .... The Life O'Reilly is a wonderful, unexpected book. It's one of those books that makes you take stock of your life and what you really value. It makes you think about what you will leave behind, about your legacy .... [Brian Cohen] is a wonderful storyteller and I hope to read more of his work in the future."
— Always With A Book
"The journey of emotions make it unforgettable."
— Author Exposure (20 Most Memorable Debut Books of 2010)
"[T]his read is definitely worth your time. It's impossible to not be moved by the story Cohen tells, and I would bet that all who read this book will find a space in their heart for the ineffably courageous Nick O'Reilly."
— Raging Bibliomania
"[The Life O'Reilly is] a poignant story about life. It's about sorting out our priorities and about realizing our values and what we already have before we lost it. It was wonderful. This is a story that lingers in your heart as well as your mind and is well recommended."
— Books Glorious Books
"The Life O'Reilly is a must read and I will be anxiously awaiting a second novel from Brian Cohen. A wonderful read that I finished in under 24 hours. A story full of love, real life and heartache - it made me think what I hold close to my heart and where I put my priorities. It was refreshing to read a book that was written by and about a man. I read so many books where the females are the central characters and I was reminded that it is nice to flip the page and hear a story from the male point of view. I loved reading the feelings and emotions that a man feels for a woman. A great read that I would recommend to readers who love a sweet story."
— Kritters Ramblings