After the Rain by Renée Carlino

In AFTER THE RAIN (Atria Paperback; November 11, 2014), eighteen-year-old Avelina Belo meets a charismatic cowboy the summer before her senior year of high school, not knowing 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 always know that when I read a book by Renée Carlino, it’s going to be magical for me. After the Rain is such a book and more.
Your heart goes on a journey with After the Rain. It’s a journey about love and heartbreak, new beginning and letting go of the past. The imagery in this book takes you to new heights. It’s hard for me to put into words worthy enough for this book. So instead, maybe the trailer I made for it will help you understand:

My heart ached for Avalina and Nate both. I was in tears reading a majority of the book. I wanted to jump into the book and hug them both, letting them know it would be ok. I was emotionally drained yet my soul soared as I read the last words.

Renée’s way of pulling you into the story and being invested in it, it’s an experience that can not be missed. After the Rain is my #1 read of 2014 so far this year. I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

Renee’s first friends were the imaginary kind and even though her characters haven’t gone away, thankfully the delusions have. She admits she’s a wildly hopeless romantic and she blames 80’s movies staring Molly Ringwald for that. She 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 the next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

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