After the Rain by Renee’ Carlino
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
When it rains it pours right? Well that certainly is the case for Ava.
Ava has an idyllic childhood, until she doesn’t.
She has the perfect love…until she doesn’t.
And then everything changes when she meets Nate.
I ran marathons and cycled for miles, I was conditioned for stamina, yet I found myself completely out of breath in her presence.
Nate has a lot of figuring life out moments as does Ava. This is a love story, but it’s also a story about self discovery.
Joy is family, life, all of it-the big stuff and the small stuff.
Renee’ Carlino certainly knows how to make the reader go through a slew of emotions. At 16% in I was teary eyed. She can also create an incredibly vivid picture. I never knew until this book that I wanted to visit Montana, or a cowboy. This is an easy read that you can easily find yourself lounging around all day reading.
Renee’s first friends were the imaginary kind and even though her characters haven’t gone away, thankfully the delusions have. She admits she’s a wildly hopeless romantic and she blames 80’s movies staring Molly Ringwald for that. 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 the next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.