After the Rain is such a good solid story full of feeling. It has quite a different feel from what I usually read; yet not only did I think about it long after I’d finished – I realized I couldn’t stop talking about it, either. These characters and their lives really made an impact on me!
When Avelina meets Jake, she believes he’s the man of her dreams come to life. Making Jake happy is what makes Avelina happy. But when their lives are rocked by a sudden tragic accident, everything changes. Avelina wants to be there for him, be the best wife she can be; but unfortunately, things only get more tragic for this couple.
Nathanial’s life is charmed. He’s graduated from medical school, and he’s practicing medicine at the hospital where his dad is head of cardiothoracic surgery. Nate lives and breathes cardiothoracics. He’s cocky and with good reason – he’s already making a name for himself, and he knows he’ll be the best in his field one day. But everything comes to a screeching halt when a mistake costs a beautiful young girl her life and costs Nate everything else.
Nate’s dad sends him to Montana for a few weeks to stay with his Uncle Dale, a veterinarian at the Walker Ranch, for a leave of absence pending the medical board’s decision. When Nate joins his family and close friends and ranch owners Red and Bea Walker, they aren’t about to let Nate sit around and dwell on his mistake. They put him straight to work, where he meets Avelina, a quiet and withdrawn ranch worker; and they hit it off despite his aunt’s warning that she isn’t good with people. Funny thing is, Ava and Nate are good together. The relationship between these two is not effortless, though. As in real life, just because you care about someone doesn’t mean they are the one for you. It also doesn’t mean they’re not.
I love the way the two main characters of this heartfelt story start on separate journeys only to have their paths intertwine along the way. I enjoyed the pacing of the book, and the stunning pictures the author paints of Montana made me feel as if I were truly taking in the beauty of the landscape. I’ve come to think of Ms. Carlino’s books as medicine for my soul. Her beautifully written words are not only healing but inspiring. This story put me through the emotional wringer, but I absolutely loved it. There is wisdom in this book, and it’s an incredible talent when an author gives a reader something to think about and hold in their heart for the rest of their lives. As Ava’s father used to say, “Forward ever, backward never.” If you haven’t already, please pick up a book by Renée Carlino today – your soul will thank you.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The quote used above is from the ARC and subject to change.
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