Monday, September 28, 2015

Review : After the Rain by Renee Carolina

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Atria Books 
Release DateNovember 11, 2014
Pages: 304
Source: ARC

The Story:

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.

When eighteen-year-old Avelina Belo meets a charismatic cowboy the summer before her senior year of high school, she doesn’t know 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?
via Amazon

TWO Gold Stars!!

My Review

Opening Line:

My middle name is Jesus.


When I read the blurb for After the Rain I was smitten. The beginning with Ava is what I wanted to read about. Teenage Latina with a horse marriage a charming cowboy after a 3-month courtship. 

My type of story ... Until their story was rushed through. 

I was perturbed by this but then I thought Ava and Nate's story would make up for it. The major plot was about two people's path to personal growth, overcoming loss and coming together -- Ava dealing with a short life full of tragedy, Nate dealing with a loss that threatens to make his brilliant career come crashing down. 

Unfortunately though, halfway through the book, I started losing interest in the story and wanted to start a different book. I truly wanted to love this story but I just could not. I had to force myself to finish. Don't get me wrong, the story wasn't bad it simply was not for me but do not let that discourage you from giving After the Rain a shot - it is worth one. 

Character Breakdown:

Avelina Belo - Ava is the embodiment of a lost, tortured soul. I could relate to her character because of the tragedy of losing the people she loved. Ava's pain felt real to me, her coping methods -- and lack thereof --  felt genuine. Having said that, I related most to Ava's character.

Nate Meyers - Nate is the prime example of the sort of doctor with skills every other doctors wants to have and the stereotype of doctor we see in the fictional world -- handsome, works to hard, no personal life, lack of bedside manner.

Meet the Author:

Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of New Adult and contemporary women's novels. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY and Latina magazine. 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 her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at

***Check out Renee Carolina's website for more information about her and After the RainHERE

Happy Reading!


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