Review: After the Rain by Renee Carlino

Posted November 13, 2014 by Erin in Recommendations, Reviews / 0 Comments

After the Rain Review: After the Rain by Renee Carlinoby Renee Carlino
on November 11, 2014
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four-stars
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a deeply emotional contemporary romance about the second chances waiting beyond the shattered dreams of youth.

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?

Bethany’s Review

“Forever is only now.”

WHAT A JOURNEY! The very first chapter of this book grabbed my attention. An instant one-clicker! The author takes you on Avelina’s emotionally long journey to finding peace with the help of the young and handsome doctor, Nate.

Picture the worst tragedy imaginable happening to a young and happily married couple. Well, that’s how AFTER THE RAIN begins. I don’t believe I have ever read a book that started out quite that way. My heart was utterly broken from the very beginning. Seriously, I couldn’t stop thinking about that devastating event throughout the entire reading process. There seemed to be a dark gray cloud that hung solemnly over this love story of self-forgiveness and healing.

‘There are people in this world who have experienced great personal tragedy, some of whom just wither away from the pain or meander through life numb until time comes to an end.’

Honestly, it took me a while to warm up to this book after that jolt of a beginning. I wouldn’t say it was a slow read because it definitely was not, in my opinion. Although the author’s written words had me turning the pages, the tone of this story is very melancholy, which isn’t a writing style I’m accustomed.

The majority of this book is set in Montana, and I have to say the landscape, nature, ranch living, and the elegantly described horses were side characters all their own. I really enjoyed the author’s description of the ranch life. I felt like I was there swinging on the porch, horseback riding the back country, and gazing upon the star filled skies. It was one of the most gorgeous settings I have ever read.

Nate, oh, Nate. That man captured my heart. The way he was able to tear down Ava’s defenses and love her unconditionally is so beautiful. The way he takes care of her and his ability to understand her pain…sigh. These were two tortured souls that find healing, peace, and love in each other.

‘She smelled of sweet alyssum like no one I had ever known, so sweet and natural only God could create it – a reminder of salvation in the secular age we were living.’

This has been a hard review to write because the longer I digest everything about this book the more I like it. I’ve been thinking about this story all day and it had my emotions all over the place. It’s a strange feeling to have. I’ve never experienced that before so AFTER THE RAIN definitely deserves 4 stars.

Erin’s Review

This is the second novel I have read by Renee Carlino. I love her romantic style. Love the Hero and his funny yet sexy personality. I found myself giggling a few times.

Avelina has had something so tragic happen to her, that she is a shell of a person living out on a ranch, just going through the motions.
Nate is a heart surgeon who just made a huge mistake with a patient. His father suggests he go out to the ranch and clear his head also maybe a bit of a reality check. That is where Nate and Avelina meet and have a instant connection.

I really loved the beginning of this book it was so emotional. But then things just got a little weird. I felt for the heroine for most of the book and then I just couldn’t anymore. She started to drive me crazy with her decisions and unrealistic expectations.

With that said, I still enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. The writing was great too, just not my favorite of hers.

4 Stars!

About Renee Carlino

Renée Carlino lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog, June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. To learn more, visit ReneeCarlino.com.

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