After the Rain Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A multiple RITA nominee, Karen White crafts engrossing stories that have found a special place in the hearts of fans nationwide. After The Rain stars freelance photographer Suzanne Paris. On her own since the age of 14, Suzanne has no intention of settling down in tiny Walton, Georgia. But to her surprise, Walton residents have a way of making even reluctant guests feel right at home. And the new connections she builds come in handy when a dark figure from her past returns, determined to ruin her life.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 33 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||January 11, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #89,179 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,885 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,673 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,877 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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Almost immediately, she is thrust into the middle of Joe Warner's life, and the huddle of his six offspring that surround him; and when she starts forming connections with his family and friends, she is risking more than just her past, but also her heart.
How does a person avoid forming connections in a small town that seemingly wraps its arms around her? How does an unusual necklace somehow unleash the secrets of the past for both Suzanne and someone else in Walton? What is the special meaning of the inscription: "A life without rain is like the sun without shade"? And how does a photographer's exhibit in Atlanta start the unraveling of her secrets, even as she begins to realize that she has overstayed her time in Walton?
Wonderful characters from Falling Home join the reader in After the Rain , its sequel. We get to connect with Cassie again, even as we come to know more about Joe and Harriet and their special love. And at the center of the story is Joe's teenaged daughter Maddie, with whom Suzanne develops a special bond.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the characters, and could feel myself settling into the scenes as the writer brought them to life with the dialogue and the special Southern sayings that tell us exactly what small town life in Walton looks and feels like. I could almost taste the sweet tea, even as I also savored the special dishes that felt as much a part of the story as the characters. More than a romance or even a mystery, this tale felt like a walk along the pathways of a town; a journey that I really didn't want to leave behind. A journey that leads full circle and straight back to home. Five stars.
Having grown up in a small southern community, many of the characters in "AFTER THE RAIN" are reminders of several caring people and loving family members who were such good influences on this reader's childhood. Much of Suzanne's younger years were spent in foster homes, robbing her of the consistent and loving parental guidance she often wished for. As a young adult, Suzanne makes a mistake in judgment, yet she draws on her inner strength to extricate herself from that unhappy situation. When she makes the choice to "temporarily" live in a small town in Georgia, she meets the kind of people in Walton who bring out the best in her. Even when Suzanne's past catches up with her, her inner strength and the support of the goodhearted people in Walton, guide her to make the right decisions.
I absolutely loved this story. Having read all of Karen White's books, I must admit that I can hardly wait for the publication of her next intriguing book. "AFTER THE RAIN" provides a preview of her next book, "EMILIE," which was such a "tease." I anxiously await the publication of Karen White's next story about a woman named "EMILIE."
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The only thing that I did not like was that I hadn't read Falling Home first. I had known that Falling Home was the first in this two book series, and After the Rain would have been more powerful if I hadn't ignored this fact. Still After the Rain was a first class book with storytelling at its finest and I would recommend it to everyone.