After the Rain
Narrated by Abby Craden, Kris Koscheski
Publication date Nov 11, 2014
Running time 8 hrs 6 min
by Tantor Media
Simon & Schuster/Aria 304 pages
Audiobook provided by Tantor Audio for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own unless otherwise noted.
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.
Contains mature themes. Tantor/AFTER THE RAIN page
There were two events in this book so powerful that, as I listened, my hands shook, and my heart broke. It was so sad, and tense, that I didn’t want to finish it. But after those same events I simply had to know what happened with Nate and Avelina.
It is frightening, and make me feel so tense I felt at times that that I would be sick, or that I couldn’t listen anymore. Other times it was fun, or beautiful. This pushed me past my comfort zone — so much so that it was at times hard to read. But, I am emotionally wimpy.
The narration is excellent. Told from alternating first person points of view each narrator, Abby Craden especially does a great job expressing the character’s stormy emotions through one horrible experience after another.
Both characters are somewhat delayed emotionally: Avelina from an early marriage and then subsequent avoidance of all emotion. Nate, always had everything easy and more or less was a student and then a doctor, with no time for anything but work or study.
It was interesting to see how these two worlds: medicine and heart surgery, collide. One is so sterile and requires emotional distance and the other is visceral, rough and emotional.
This book is beautifully written, emotionally stirring, tornadic even. I was certainly moved, or at least until the last couple of chapters where I thought it dragged. It is a bit of a new adult book, or coming of age when you have already gone through more crap than anyone who hasn’t been through a major natural disaster.
But at the same time it explores the different ways we become adults.
If you like emotional, edge of your seat reads with steamy elements and a literary feel this could be a good choice for you. Days later I am still pondering this one.
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