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Avelina is young and has survived a lot more tragedy than most of us being older than her. Nate lives a good life, has an exceptional career until a bump in the road has him traveling to Montana where he meets Avelina and is immediately mesmerized by her beauty as well as her story. He insists in getting through to her and tear down some of the walls Avelina has built around her heart. Can't say I blame her, Avelina has dealt with a very tragic life in her young life and of course she is trying to protect herself from here on out.
Renee Carlino writes some of the most beautiful love stories. They're not sappy and typical, let me tell you. They captivate you, the characters are realistic in the sense that you easily feel as if you are living their story, their life. This is the 4th book of Renee's that I have read and I can tell you she instantly became a favorite author of mine. She has me hooked since Before We Were Strangers.
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
This author takes her time to build characters, adding soul and life and humour to them. She takes her time to build an intricate story, that has no quick fixes.
This was like an old-school cow boy romance novel, but where she finds love with a heart surgeon who wears cowboy boots. Nate's personal growth was outstanding, from cocky student to doctor with heart having "man talks" with ten year old boys (swoon). Patients die, patients live, his portrayal felt very developed and authentic to me. His share of POV's brought the tears as he learns to deal with his mistakes and emotions.
Ava's story was a slow journey of overcoming challenges thrown at her from a young age. I found her tough, sassy and relatable. Nate's super power is patience, allowing Ava to blossom and heal and mature.
Beautifully paced, sensitively told, I found myself crying quietly into my pillow near the end over a series of love letters. A favourite book read this year.
I love how this story went. Very very relatable. And I loved how the families were so supportive of them. I recommend this book, not because it will make you cry. But I do recommend it because it teaches you to discover yourself. That you shouldn't be stuck at one corner, as if no one cares about you. Truth is every single person does. God will not give you something you cannot handle. Everyone has a purpose in this world. Just like Nate and Ava.
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