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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is just a great story...
Suzanne Paris is on the run, her ex fiancé Anthony deSalvo making her life miserable, when she makes a snap decision to get off her Atlanta bound bus in Walton, Georgia. Trying to find a ride into town, she encounters mayor Joe Warner, his 6 kids along with Aunt Lucinda, who insist she accompany them. Walton is a small town, not even boasting a hotel, so Joe...
Published on April 2, 2003 by Teri L. Perez

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable soap opera
I've read all of Karen White's current books and have enjoyed them, especially the Tradd Street series. So I thought when this was re-released I'd read one of her earlier works. I'm glad to say that her writing has improved significantly over the years.This book was like reading the script for a soap opera. One drama after the other until I wondered "What else?" The...
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is just a great story..., April 2, 2003
Suzanne Paris is on the run, her ex fiancé Anthony deSalvo making her life miserable, when she makes a snap decision to get off her Atlanta bound bus in Walton, Georgia. Trying to find a ride into town, she encounters mayor Joe Warner, his 6 kids along with Aunt Lucinda, who insist she accompany them. Walton is a small town, not even boasting a hotel, so Joe finds a place for Suzanne to stay, and unknowingly ensconces her into his, and his family's life.
Suzanne is unfamiliar with children, but Joe's kids seem to grow on her as she does them. Joe, being the mayor, teacher and single dad, doesn't have much time left for relationships, and really hasn't considered once since his wife passed away. But as the story progresses, he and Suzanne have something going on between them that can't be ignored, and with the help of the kids and huge cast of secondary characters, manage to snag time for themselves.
Suzanne knows the day will come when her past will catch up with her and she will have to move on, but this is made more difficult as Joe and half the population of Walton entwine themselves around her heart. As Joe and Suzanne chip away at the armor surrounding their souls, and the local bully running against Joe for mayor try to make things more difficult for them, the reader can only hope that they get what they deserve in life, that being each other. This is an exceptional book!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up to "Falling Home", December 28, 2005
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Three years after the loss of beloved wife Harriet, Joe Warner meets a feisty out of towner who gets his blood running. He tries to stay true to Harriet, and has suspicions that Suzanne is hiding something from him. He helps get her on her feet, finding lodging at his best friend and brother in law's rental unit.

It turns out that Suzanne is running from her abusive ex-husband, Anthony. She stops in town because the necklace her mother gave her before she went into foster care has an inscription and a label of a jeweler located in Walton, Georgia. She never intended to get involved with the town's sexy and brooding mayor or his offspring and the townspeople. And despite both being reticent about getting involved with each other, they manage to steal a moment or two together and find themselves falling in love.

No small feat considering that Joe is juggling his job as a teacher, town mayor, raising six kids, dealing with his teenage daughter insecurities, and salvaging his re-election campaign to keep a progressive growth candidate out of office.

"After the Rain" is a great follow up to Karen White's excellent tear jerker "Falling Home," and provides follow up to the many colorful characters introduced in the first novel, which you must read first.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, July 22, 2003
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Suzanne Paris is on the run. She doesn't care where just so long as it's away from her ex-fiance, Anthony. So she hops on a bus. She's looking out the window when it stops in a small Georgia town called Walton. She reaches for her necklace and reads the inscription on the back. R.Michael Jewelers.Walton. The necklace was a gift from her mother before she was placed in foster care at 14 years old. This could be Suzanne's chance to find out more about her. Suzanne has always been able to hold herself apart from others but the townfolk, and a certain mayor, are making it hard for her to guard her heart. And she'll put their generosity to test when her past mistakes catch up with her.
Suzanne doesn't make the greatest first impression with Mayor Joe Warner. But despite that he helps her find a place to stay. Being a widower for three years, Joe is very put-off by his attraction to Walton's new visitor. Joe's instincts tell him there is more to Suzanne than what she is letting him see. With the re-election coming up, Joe can't jeopardize his chances of winning. His opponent, Charles "Stinky" Harden, is not the most moral of character. Joe knows Stinky has ulterior motives for wanting to be mayor and suspects it's not in the town's best interest. Throw in his six children and that alone should keep him too busy to fall in love, right?
After the Rain is a great book about relationships, choices-right or wrong, and new beginnings. The residents of Walton are wonderful, making the town very three-dimensional. I couldn't wait to see whom Suzanne would meet next. And how they were going to make it harder for her to leave. I finished with the hopes that Karen White has already started writing the next book to take place in Walton.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable soap opera, February 21, 2013
This review is from: After the Rain (Paperback)
I've read all of Karen White's current books and have enjoyed them, especially the Tradd Street series. So I thought when this was re-released I'd read one of her earlier works. I'm glad to say that her writing has improved significantly over the years.This book was like reading the script for a soap opera. One drama after the other until I wondered "What else?" The characters seemed to drift in and out, each with their own story and secrets. If you're a real romance novel or daytime series fan this book is for you. However, I think I'll stick with her current stories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging regional contemporary romance, April 16, 2003
Photographer Suzanne Paris flees her unhappy past taking a bus to Atlanta. When the bus discharges passengers in Walton, Georgia, Suzanne makes an instant decision and disembarks.

Almost immediately, Suzanne finds a teen handing her an infant to hold for a second. Not used to children, Suzanne struggles for a moment while the child wails that a stranger has her. Mayor Joe Walton, single father of six children, including the squirming kid arrives to take away the child from an uncomfortable Suzanne. Though Joe is busy with his work and raising his family he cannot stop his desire to know the visitor better. Suzanne has secrets and realizes she cannot stay much longer in the quietest town she has ever visited, but Joe is piercing the armor surrounding her heart.

AFTER THE RAIN reads like an old-fashioned love story starring two charming protagonists who deserve more in life and may achieve that if they can find a way to be together. The story line is a character study as Karen White enables the audience to see deep inside the souls of Joe and Suzanne. The secondary cast enables deeper looks at the lead duo. Contemporary romance readers will appreciate this regional captivating tale.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating story!, January 16, 2013
This review is from: After the Rain (Paperback)
Photographer Suzanne Paris is an expert at running away. On her own since the age of fourteen, her specialty is navigating life's twists and turns without staying in any place too long. Trying to outrun trouble from her ex-fiancé Anthony deSalvo, she hops off an Atlanta bound bus and lands in the tiny town of Walton, Georgia. Upon her arrival, she meets Mayor Joe Warner, a widower with six children by his side trying to heal the wounds from a broken heart.

Needing a place to stay, Suzanne quickly becomes entwined with Joe and his extended family. Sparks fly between these two lost souls, but neither is willing to take a chance on getting hurt. In order to make ends meet, Suzanne takes a part-time job at Joe's Aunt Lucinda's lingerie shop just until she comes up with a plan. What she doesn't expect is to fall in love with this charming town causing her to question whether she can ever leave.

As her relationship with Joe intensifies, her bond with his kids grows making her feel as if she has finally found a home. When trouble comes knocking on her door, Suzanne's gut reaction is to flee but the kindness of strangers causes her to second guess her usual response. If she stays and allows Joe into her heart, she risks his finding out the truth about her past. Yet leaving him behind is a choice she just doesn't want to make.

After the Rain is the sequel to my personal favorite, Falling Home. Together, these two novels capture the true essence of White's masterful storytelling. In this latest release, the cast of secondary characters add richness to the plot making a completely captivating book. The tenderness between Joe and Suzanne best encapsulates those unforgettable moments of what true love really feels like. If you're looking for a story that will take your breath away, there's nothing quite like a visit to White's unforgettable town of Walton, Georgia.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous sequel! Very highly recommended, April 29, 2003
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A woman on the run, photographer Suzanne disembarks the bus on a whim, choosing to stay in Walton, Georgia. Unused to children, her comment regarding leash laws and children captures Joe's attention. Introducing herself as Suzanne Paris, she quickly learns that Joe is the town mayor who also happens to be the widowed father of six children. While she knows she cannot remain in Walton long without endangering her safety, Suzanne quickly finds herself falling in love with the citizens of Walton and their mayor.
Unlike the citizens of Walton who proudly cling to their deep southern roots, Suzanne is a drifter without ties to her past. Her alcoholic mother had disappeared when she was a teen, leaving behind only a necklace with the inscription, "A life without rain is like the sun without shade." Foster homes and emotional damage have exacted their toll, but Suzanne soon discovers the rain and the sun of Walton. Suzanne blossoms under the warmth of new friends and longs to linger in the healing atmosphere and near Joe and his remarkable children.
Author Lisa Plumley pens an elegantly enchanting southern novel in AFTER THE RAIN. Fans of FALLING HOME will welcome the return of favorite characters the beauty of Plumley's evocative prose. Indeed, readers will find themselves chuckling and tearful as the powerful characterizations sweep them into the marvelous small Georgia town and its memorable citizens. As the town conspires to protect Suzanne from threats of the past, she finds redemption and healing in the most unexpected of ways. Readers will be extremely reluctant to depart and will be clamoring for yet another sequel. AFTER THE RAIN comes very highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Really Run Away from the Past!, January 1, 2013
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This review is from: After the Rain (Paperback)
Suzanne Paris, as she is now calling herself, is a freelance photographer who is running away. We don't know for a long time where she's from but we do know that she is a woman who for years has had no "hometown" and immediately goes on the run whenever anyone tries to get too close or begins to start connecting dots to the mystery of her past. It's a lonely life; and despite Suzanne's tough exterior appearance, underneath she's like a tightly-wired machine that is super-exhausted underneath.

Suzanne's luck is holding so far when she decides to get off a cross-country bus in Walton, Georgia, a typical Southern town with extraordinary hospitality and just as extraordinary nosiness. Everyone knows everyone and makes sure everyone else knows the whole story about each resident, guest and visitor! One has to laugh if it didn't freak out Suzanne more, yet one does as the caring nature of these "strangers" is warming to the heart, a counter to the irritating qualities of town busybodies.

The first person Suzanne meets is the town mayor, Joe Warner, a man totally blasted from taking care of his six kids and grieving today for his wife who died years ago. In fact, he grieves as intensely as he did the day she died. He seems to always be showing up in situations where Suzanne is desperate for help and at first her irritation at his questioning is downright annoying. That takes quite a while to overcome and their relationship begins to improve when Suzanne shares her gift for photography with Joe's daughter, Maddie, and gradually becomes a major influence in her life. So the story goes on and on and on....

All the characters have something to learn about their strengths and weaknesses. Suzanne may look "tough as nails" but has a heart of gold and is a very, very talented, skilled, sensitive photographer. Slowly but surely the picture gets better and better until the past returns with a vengeance and seems to make everything go wrong. Will it all be sorted and resolved - no spoilers here, LOL!

After the Rain is another hit novel for Karen White who knows how to balance the ups and downs of emotional women and crisis situations with just the right amount of revelation to make each scene more than credible. She is one very knowledgeable and talented writer, proven again in this wonderful work of romance and/or contemporary fiction!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun and entertaining, March 21, 2013
This review is from: After the Rain (Kindle Edition)
This was a light entertaining read. Full of hope, promise, chaos, and family. A wonderful feel good story about a community and how they rally around each other kind of like one big family. It makes you feel that it would be a wonderful place to call home. The plot entwines the lives of these people in an engaging way and left me wishing that I knew more about what was happening in their future. A sign of a good book is you hate to see it end and that is how I felt about After The Rain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Karen White, what can I say! She is a wonderful writer, January 4, 2013
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This review is from: After the Rain (Kindle Edition)
Love Karen White's books. I enjoy her presentation of the story line. Great to curl up by the fire with and just get lost in her writing and characters
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After the Rain by Karen White (Paperback - December 31, 2012)
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