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After the Rain: A Novel by [Carlino, Renee]
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“After the Rain tore me up in the best way possible. Sexy, sweet, and sad, all woven together with an overwhelming undercurrent of hope, Nate and Avelina’s story is one that goes straight to my list of all-time favorites.” (A.L. Jackson, New York Times bestselling author)

“Heartbreaking, hopeful, and so beautifully written. I read the last page of After the Rain and squeezed my Kindle to my chest. Books like this make my heart feel full.” (Mia Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author)

“Renée Carlino’s writing is deeply emotional and full of quiet power. You won’t be disappointed.” (Joanna Wylde, New York Times bestselling author)

“Simply beautiful and packed full of emotion.” (Kylie Scott, New York Times bestselling author)

“After the Rain is a powerful journey of heartbreak, forgiveness, hope, and the relentless beauty of true love.” (Rebecca Shea, USA Today bestselling author)

“After the Rain is Renée Carlino’s most heart-wrenching and beautiful story to date…one of my favorite reads of all time!” (Gretchen de la O)

“I couldn't get enough of this compelling, heart-wrenching, sexy, and beautifully-written story of second chances and new beginnings. I finished with tears streaming down my cheeks and a smile plastered to my face, so grateful for the time spent with these captivating characters who now hold a very special place in my heart.” (Melissa Brown)

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (11 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GEEYM9Q
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This was my first read of 2015 and what a beautiful way to start. Ava married her first love at 18, they had 28 months of happiness before it all came crashing around them. Nate is a driven young doctor living in the city, completely career driven. The messes in their lives being them in contact with one another but the hurt makes it a treacherous road to navigate. This book was beautifully written with characters that I really connected with. The most poignant part of the book were the letters towards the end, my heart ached. Just wonderful!
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My original review consisted of ‘Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!’ as I was so overwhelmed by how beautiful, heart-wrenching and special this book was that I didn’t feel that any review I wrote would do it justice. I still think the same so I start this review begging everybody to just go and read this amazing book, as it is definitely not one to be missed.

‘After the Rain’ is a book that just has to be experienced yourself for you to understand its power. I started this book in my lunch hour at work, and I was so engrossed in the heartbreaking storyline, and the beautifully developed characters that I really struggled putting it down to go back on my shift. From the start, Avelina became a character that I not only sympathised with, but who I connected with on such a deep level that my heart broke along with hers as she has to face the future without the man that she loves.

Renee Carlino did such a stunning job at introducing us to these characters, and it was this that made them feel so real to me. Jake’s descent into depression and eventual emotional blackmail to Avelina was all the more heartbreaking for me having witnessed Jake before his accident. Similarly seeing Avelina’s slow recovery and her slow developing trust in Nate was made all the more real after having seen the loving relationship that she and Jake had once had. Seeing that Jake was onve as loving as you could imagine is what made Avelina’s heartbreak more believable.

Renee Carlino developed Nate and Avelina’s relationship with absolute perfection. The way that Avelina begins to return to life after Nate pushes for a friendship was just so wonderful to read, and I had tears in my eyes more than once.
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This is a story of love, lost, growing up and finding oneself that will stay with you for a long time....
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89c6a4f8) out of 5 stars Achingly beautiful story 11 Nov. 2014
By Misha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Review originally posted at The Book Enthusiast: http://thebookenthusiast.net/after-the-rain-by-renee-carlino-review-renayz.

After the Rain was only my second book by Renée Carlino, but she has already secured a place on my auto-buy author list. Plain and simple, this book stole my heart. Between the compelling writing and the wonderfully well-developed characters I never stood a chance. Even after just reading the synopsis I knew I was going to fall in love with this story, but I had no idea how much. By the time I finished I felt like I had been on such an emotionally charged yet fulfilling journey with these characters. Carlino truly has a gift for storytelling, and she kept me captivated every minute with this achingly beautiful story.

We first meet our heroine Ava Belo as a young woman who falls in love with and marries a charismatic cowboy named Jake. She is secure and happy in her life on a Montana cattle ranch. Suddenly the unthinkable happens and everything changes forever, including her hopes and dreams for the future. As the years pass she withdraws from everyone, choosing to devote her time and energy into working with horses. Then one day Nate Myers arrives. After an incident at work threatens his career, Nate decides to spend some time at his uncle's ranch re-evaluating his life. Soon a friendship starts to blossom between Nate and Ava, which in turn becomes more than either could have ever imagined.

I honestly can't remember the last time I was as heartbroken for a character as I was for Ava. She had experienced something so unbelievably painful and emotionally debilitating. Quite possibly the worst part was how she blamed herself. Her heart was shattered, and she was simply unable to move forward with her life. Ava was still so deeply entrenched in the sorrow of her past that the future was a non-existent concept to her. She had such a beautiful spirit, but the choices she had made over the years and the walls she put up had left her very isolated. If there was ever anyone who deserved happiness and more out of life it was Ava.

Nate absolutely stole my heart. He was such a good and patient man who was struggling with his own issues. The way he took the time to truly get to know Ava and genuinely cared about her was beyond endearing. He was the type of person who had such a gentle kindness emanating from him that you couldn't help but adore him. I loved that fact that he was a heart surgeon. He may have known how to fix physical hearts, but it would take something entirely different to mend Ava's emotionally destroyed heart. Once I realized how deeply he had fallen for Ava, though, I actually became more concerned about his own heart.

The setting of this story was breathtakingly real and vivid. It was a wonderful change of pace and added some great detail to Ava and Nate's story. This book evoked so many emotions in me. There was such great sadness in the turmoil and pain of these characters that often made me feel overwhelmed. At the same time, my heart was filled with joy watching the healing and growth that took place. I feel so deeply in the love with this couple, and their story left me full of love and hope. After the Rain was an immensely touching and flawlessly written book that left a permanent mark on my heart.

*An advance copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review.*
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89c6a54c) out of 5 stars Nestled in a Book's Review of After the Rain 11 Nov. 2014
By Tara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
After the Rain reminded me why I love reading. Renée Carlino created a beautiful work of art with this book. She drew me in, made me fall in love, shattered my heart, and pieced it back together.

You have to understand something about me. I read books to escape. My life in itself is beautiful. I have a loving husband, a beautiful daughter, and a job that I love. I wouldn’t change a single solitary thing about it. But the world is an ugly place and I’m reminded of it with every mean-spirited person I encounter, every tragic story I hear on the news, every bad thing that happens to good people. Reading is my vice and my way to pretend that a different world is the reality, if only for a while. So when I pick up a book, it’s usually one that’s carefully selected to be one that’s not going to rip my heart to shreds.

But then there are books that are so beautiful, so raw, so real, and so honest that they completely gut you. This book made me cry because it broke my heart and because it was so breathtakingly beautiful. Even now, just thinking of the book makes my heart ache with longing and my eyes tear up. That feeling of longing that I remember feeling for my husband when we first started dating, I am feeling for a book!

I also limit the heavier reads because they tend to affect me pretty deeply. Rarely do I cry, but they can really affect my mood and can keep me down for a whole day if I let them. There are some that have made me teary, and some that even caused a few tears to fall. Keep that in mind when I tell you this.

[I was learning that being alive means knowing the threat of dying is there but facing your mortality and moving through it anyway.]

Avelina’s story pierced me straight through the heart. The pain that I felt for her was fierce and gripped my heart like a fist. It stole my breath. At one point I cried so hard and so suddenly that I clapped my hand over my mouth to muffle my sob and burrowed my face in my pillow to keep from waking my daughter from her nap while I wailed like a baby. I ugly cried, my face leaking every possible fluid while I felt the pain like it happened to me. I have never experienced body-wracking sobs like that from a book or from any fictional character. Are you getting my point?

[Apparently there’s something in the Montana water that instantly transforms an agnostic, Starbucks-loving, vegetarian pacifist into a God-and-country-loving protector of all women and cattle.]

Nathaniel is unlike any other hero, love interest, book boyfriend, insert-your-title-of-choice-here. He’s one of a kind. He’s innocent in a way, and all but innocent in other delicious ones. I could not get enough of him. His heart and soul are so pure, good and beautiful that I was helpless to fall in love with him.

[The four-week roller coaster of my life was clicking back up the tracks. I was at that point when you reach the peak before falling and you think maybe you want off, that maybe they can stop it. But I don’t think you can stop once you start falling. At least I couldn’t, and I didn’t want to. It’s as exhilarating as it is terrifying to fall in love.]

I have never read a book that compelled me to write to the author. I could not stop myself from writing Renée after only 16%. Here is a portion of what I wrote to her: “I’m not a creative person mostly because I’m horrible at envisioning things. Normally when I read, the world sort of exists in a blurry dream-like state, everything is soft and details don’t exist. But with this one, it’s like I’m seeing everything for myself. Everything is so crisp and real. You are the only author to ever evoke emotion out of me like that.”

Renée is a truly talented and gifted author. She is something very special. I believe that books are pieces of people and I can’t help but think that the beauty that I saw in this book is beauty that exists in her heart and in her soul. I’m in awe of her as a writer and as a person. She’s one of those people I feel like I need to know, like my life would be better just by having someone with that kind of inner beauty in it. Unfortunately, I will have to settle with feeling like I know her through social media and experiencing pieces of her through her books. Luckily, her books don’t feel like settling.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89c6a984) out of 5 stars Beautiful Story!! 11 Nov. 2014
By slarson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89c6ad50) out of 5 stars An absolute amazing book! 11 Nov. 2014
By Peggy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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Get ready to go on an emotional journey of so much with this book! Make sure you have a box of tissue sitting right beside you. The feelings of the characters are so real feeling. You will feel as if you have escaped reality into their lives. What they have dealt with in the past and are trying to over come, what they are feeling now and hope for the future. An absolute amazing book!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89c6ae34) out of 5 stars A Captivating Story of Second Chances 11 Nov. 2014
By lrut07 - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to rant and rave a bunch about After the Rain, like a bunch! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! This book had me eating the pages up. I tried pacing myself, but I just had to know what would be on the next page. But I did soak up the most important parts of this story, and I also relished in the feels. Like HOLY COW, the FEELS! They took my breath away, had my body covered in chills, and at times had me bawling like a little baby. Who would have thought, Author Renee Carlino could devastate yet mesmerize me?

Ladies and Gentlemen, Avelina is about to flip your world upside down! She is going to ambush your heart. She is going to tear you to shreds. She is going to melt you into little tiny pieces. And she is going to make you fall hard in love with her! Avelina rocks, my friends. I won't deny my passion and love for Mia (from Sweet Thing, if you're not sure whom I'm speaking of <3 ), but Avelina truly outshines her in spite, depth, and even her abrasiveness. To most this might seem like they're her weaknesses, but to me they are her strengths. She is very layered. She has many a reason to be layered, too. And by golly, I just love her so freaking much!

So now that you know that I am head over heels in love with Avelina, let me shed some light on her story. Avelina came from a happy home. She worked with her father and family members on her families cattle ranch. She was an avid rider of horses, to which she started barrel racing at rodeos. This was her passion and her joy. When she talks about this, you can feel the glee all the way to your bones. It is something truly meaningful and memorable to her. It is also, from what I believe, a release for her, after dire matters take place. While Avelina is due to perform at one of these rodeo races, she meets Jake and her whole world changes; in a matter of seconds.

Jake is truly a game changer for Avelina, and for me too. I fell for his smooth talking ways. But not only that, he has this charisma and charm about him; it just rolls off of him like waves in a bouncy sea. Jake is also apart of the rodeo circuit and this is also his passion. These two are seriously, two peas in a pod. Their relationship is full of love and desire. I truly loved their life together. They share a mutual completeness with the rodeo circuit. It is their life. And not just that, it fulfilled and made Avelina content in life. That was until tragedy struck....

This is when I truly felt like I was going to lose it. I did, actually, lose it. I was a mess; heaving, snot rolling down my face, big giant tears dropping faster than I could even imagine, and I was covered in chills. Words cannot describe the sadness that I was carrying on my heart. I was a wreck for many chapters after this devastation took place. This quote will make you understand what I felt. It's quotes like this that made the tragedy hurt so much more than I thought possible.

"Maybe our hearts could be broken by shattered love or tragedy."

Enter a man who will turn you into putty. Nate. This man, unlike Jake, completed me. They are night and day, but also are very passionate about their respective jobs. Nate is a Cardiac Surgeon. (Enter swoon here!) He is a complex character. All the more reason to love him, I say. Like I mentioned about me loving Avelina just as much as I loved Mia, Nate truly competes with Will Ryan's spot as my #1 BBF! Seriously guys. Seriously! This guy will make your insides shiver. Crazy, I know. But Nate made me weak in the knees. Ok enough about my obsession, I mean love for Nate.

Nate and Avelina cross paths, after he takes a leave from work. ***SIGH!!*** My heart was a pounding mess. I didn't know if I should root for these two, or if I should just hope that they would eventually become friends. I was nervous. I didn't know if Avelina would even talk to Nate. I sensed a great deal of uncertainty on her part. Could she trust another man? Would she be able to be friends with Nate? Is there a chance these two could become a couple?

Avelina and Nate surprised me. Truly, surprised me. They both are battling their own demons. And damnit if those demons aren't slowly killing each one of them; Avelina more than Nate, I felt. I so desperately wanted happiness. A completeness for Avelina and Nate. If anyone deserved to be happy, Avelina was it. Her life had been struck down by tragedy too many times to count, and every time anything went awry I wanted to jump into the story and save her. Nate too, if I am being honest.

These two share something special. They have a bond. A solid bond. You will see this as you read from Chapter Four through the Epilogue. You will feel their pain, desperation, heart-aches, and even their love. There's a saying that says it takes a village to raise a family, but in this case, it took a village to help build Avelina into her own, once again. And even Nate. Yes, I keep including Nate. But I have to. He has to be taught to live, just like Avelina does. Here is another quote that will cement these two, and what I said about a village. Gahh....I love it too too much!

"I know you're not trying to fix me, but you're the one who makes me better."

Or this one,

"When your heart's against my chest, I feel like I'm alive."

There are two chapters that will forever hold a special in my heart. Chapters Twenty-Three and Twenty-Five. They're life changing. Honestly, life changing. I read these two chapters while sobbing and barely able to catch my breath. There are letters that come into play at some point that rip me up. Words that I will long to read again and again, "It reminded me of you, but then again everything reminds me of you. Nate."

One more quote that literally took my breath away, it is beautifully poignant.

"I've learned that life delivers many storms for us to weather. Some will be slow, brooding, quiet beasts, and others will be thunderous and frightening."

This had my heart soaring in the sky. It released my sadness, and made me want to scream from mountaintops that After the Rain is a beautiful story of second chances at life and second chances at love.

Author Renee Carlino has delivered another truly beautiful and touching story. The depth and range that was portrayed in Avelina's story was unbelievable. I think this is her most soul-crushing story to date. Unlike her two other novels and one novella, the pace and feel to After the Rain was powerful and hopeful. Life is tumultuous and scary. But with After the Rain you can see that it is so much more! This is one book that will forever sit in my heart. I have found that Author Renee Carlino's stories not only get better, but they grow in depth and emotion. After the Rain is my FAVORITE BOOK of 2014. Hands down. I have had many, but this took the cake. Read, love, and share the love with your friends. Don't pass on a book that will literally take your breath away. <3
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