Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: After the Rain by Renee Carlino

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

Under the bright arena lights of a rodeo show, young Avelina Belo falls for a handsome cowboy with a larger-than-life personality. After a whirlwind courtship, she happily moves away from her family in northern California and settles into married life with her cowboy on a seven-thousand-acre cattle ranch in Montana. One freak accident later, Avelina’s hopes for the future come to an end.

Nate Myers graduated from UCLA medical school at the top of his class, ready to follow in the footsteps of his father, a superstar cardiothoracic surgeon. Six years later, Nate’s career is being ruined by a malpractice suit. Questioning himself for the first time, he retreats to a Montana cattle ranch to visit his uncle and gain perspective. There, he meets a beautiful young woman named Avelina who teaches him more than he ever knew about matters of the heart.


Sarah's 4.5 Star Review

After the Rain is the first book I have ever read by Renee Carlino and it will definitely not be my last. This is a very emotional story about love, loss and learning to let go and new beginnings. This book had me hooked from the very beginning and I loved how well the characters and story line were written

Avelina, our heroine, meets a handsome cowboy named Jake and after only a few short months together they get married. They move to a ranch in Montana and start their new life together. A few years later a horrible tragedy occurs and Avelina is left to pick up the pieces. She doesn't deal well with the tragedy of losing her husband and she starts to shut everyone out of her life. Will she ever be able to move on from the tragic death of her husband and learn to let love back into her life?

“Why do you want to be around me?”

“Because I like you.”

Nate Myers is living the life he has always dreamed of. He has finally graduated college and is becoming a heart surgeon just like his father. He gets so wrapped up in his work he forgets to live. He eats, sleeps and breathes work. When a routine surgery goes wrong and he is faced with a possible malpractice suit he decides to go to his uncle's ranch in Montana to reevaluate his life. Will he realize that there is more to life than just work?

When Nate arrives at his uncle's ranch he sees the most beautiful girl in the world, Avelina. She keeps to herself but he is very intriguing by her.  She slowly starts to open up to Nate but tries she is afraid to love again after the tragedy with her husband. Nate is warned by everyone to stay away from her but there is something about her that keeps pulling him in. Will these two be able to get past all of their struggles and help each other heal?

"No matter how devastating the storm may be, after the rain you’ll always find new life sprouting in the aftermath."

I loved the connection between Avelina and Nate. They definitely had chemistry but they didn't instantly fall in love. They had many ups and downs throughout the story. This story was a very emotional journey to find love. Avelina was frustrating at times with her stubbornness and always pushing everyone away.  I did feel bad for her though and understood some of the things she did.Nate was a very strong character and I loved that about him. He was very patient, strong and so understanding of the things Avelina needed. I absolutely loved the letters that he wrote to her. You will have to read this amazing story to figure out what I am talking about. This was a very well written novel and I highly recommend reading it!! Renee Carlino did an amazing job on this one!!


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.

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