Monday, November 17, 2014

Review for AFTER THE RAIN by Author Renee Carlino!

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.

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.

I want to start off by saying how much I LOVE Renee Carlino’s novels! I was SO excited once I learned that a brand spanking new novel was coming out. I jumped at the opportunity to review After the Rain. I will do my best to review this novel and give it the attention that it deserves without spoiling the story. I will say that there are several twists in After the Rain.
In After the Rain you will meet Avelina Belo. I refer Avelina as a barrel racing cowgirl. At the time Avelina lived in California with her family. After a trip to the rodeo Avelina meets herself a cowboy that she becomes absolutely smitten for. This insta-love that Avelina has succumbed to has lead to her moving to Montana with her cowboy. Life couldn’t be any better. Avelina has fallen into a comfortable routine and she has adapted very well to her new surroundings. Avelina and her cowboy decide to go on a little trip, but little did Avelina know that this trip would change her life forever. There was something eerie in the air, Avelina could feel it and she was not the only one. Avelina and her cowboy decide to ignore this intuition and continue on with their plans. That is when a freak accident occurs and it changes Avelina’s life forever. It is difficult for Avelina to pick up the shattered pieces and move on when she allowed her cowboy to hold the reigns this whole time. Avelina was lost and had no clue on how to live her life the way that she wanted to when all she was ever use to was living her live the way she was expected to. Avelina needed a purpose to continue on and work to put the pieces of her life back together, but the only thing that Avelina was currently doing is surviving, she was not living. Well, that is until she met Nate Myers.
Nate Myers is a smart, career driven man. His only focus is becoming the best cardiothoracic surgeon that California has to offer. Nate is not interested in getting serious with a woman because college and work are more important. Nate got a rude awakening when he let his ego go to his head, which landed him a malpractice suit. Nate at this time was lost. He was not prepared to cope with the feelings that occur from losing a patient. At this time Nate needs an outlet. His father suggests that he takes a breather by going to the cattle ranch in Montana where some of his family lives. Upon arrival, Nate meets Avelina. His aunt has warned Nate about Avelina’s past and her reclusiveness. I think that Nate views Avelina as an opportunity to help someone in order to make up for the patient that he could not help. Not only does Nate need to do this for himself, but he also needs to do this for Avelina’s well-being. Avelina’s lifestyle at the time is not healthy. Not physically per se, but mentally. From here on out Avelina is Nate’s mission. He is determined to crack her shell and get to know her. Little did Nate know that Avelina would influence Nate to re-evaluate his lifestyle and priorities.  
Ultimately, Nate and Avelina need each other, but they don’t know it yet. They bring out the good in each other. This leads to each of them questioning their lives and most importantly, their future. They give each other hope and they begin to wonder if there is really something more that their life is supposed to become.
All in all, After the Rain is a fantastic story that will take you on a journey of two characters on the road to self-discovery and overcoming the challenges that were thrown their way. This is a story that you will cherish and is good for any reader!
**ARC kindly provided via Net Galley for an honest review**

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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