Title – After the Rain
Author – Renee Carlino
Publication Date – November 11, 2014
When eighteen-year-old Avelina Belo meets a charismatic cowboy the summer before her senior year of high school, she doesn’t know that accepting his invitation to dinner will lead to a whirlwind marriage three months later and an exciting new life on a Montana ranch. She also doesn’t know that, in a few short years, fate will send everything crashing down around her.
A thousand miles away and fresh out of medical school, Nate Meyers is poised to become UCLA’s next superstar heart surgeon. His laser focus is the key to his success, but it’s also his greatest liability. When a routine surgery ends in disaster, derailing his career, he’s confronted with the hard truth: there’s no one waiting for him at home, no one to help him pick up the pieces.
Regrouping on his uncle’s Montana ranch, Nate meets Avelina, a beautiful but mysterious young woman who keeps to herself and barely speaks a word. As he discovers the details of her devastating past, Avelina teaches him more about matters of the heart than he ever knew before. But can they trust each other enough to put everything on the line?
I’ve been told for a while that I needed to pick up a Renee Carlino book, and now that I finally have, I just want to carve out time and read every single thing she has written. After the Rain is a heartbreaking, yet sweet, romance about what happens after love and devastating loss. It’s about discovering out who we are and all the things we do to achieve that happy ending.
“How do we keep going knowing that the same love that brought us here could push us apart? How could I call that love?”
When I first began After the Rain, I kind of thought it would be a sugary sweet, heartfelt book. I certainly never expected to get the tumultuous breaking of my heart the way that I did. Carlino, in one chapter, made me fall totally in love with the characters and then shredded me to pieces. However, it was in the meticulous way she decided to glue back the shards that had me embracing her writing. It always says something so strong about the author when I can feel so much depth in my bones in such a short period of time. I instantly sympathized for Avelina and had to keep turning the pages just to see how her story would end.
“Sometimes love can be easier to find than purpose, but I don’t think it’s any less important.”
Perhaps my favorite thing about this standalone was the way in which Carlino delivered it. The storyline didn’t feel typical or expected, but not full of twists and turns either. I appreciated that not everything came easy to Avelina and Nate. They were truly from opposite sides of the coin, which meant that they had to work at their relationship and truly mold it to what it had the potential to be. In doing it the way she did, it made me respect and admire the characters, as well as the author. Those letters in particular, gah! I could not get enough!
“I wanted to change that, to find my purpose, hold on to love, and truly live my life, but I needed the courage I had lost along the way.”
I’m really excited that I had given After the Rain a chance. I hope to find time soon to read more of this author’s work. The novel made me cry, made me swoon, and definitely had me giggling. I loved every stubborn moment, every little thing that made my heart jump a beat, and even the tears I shed. There was just something about it that made me want to hug my iPad as I continued along the journey! If you haven’t picked this one up yet, I highly suggest doing so and finding out for yourself what it’s all about.
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