After the Rain {Review and Giveaway}

by NancyT

In Falling Home, Karen White introduces the town of Walton, GA and its tightly-knit community with Cassie Madison’s return home to visit her ailing father and estranged sister Harriet.   After the Rain brings newcomer Suzanne Paris to Walton, a place she is drawn to for reasons she can’t quite figure out.  Note that After the Rain is the sequel to Falling Home, and the events are firmly tied to where that book left off, so while I tried to avoid spoilers in the review, there are a few key details that cannot be left out.  If you plan to read Falling Home, consider yourself warned!

After the Rain finds the town of Walton little changed 3 years after Harriet’s death.  The Warner children are still wild, and Joe is doing his best to keep his brood under control, but 6 kids is rough on anyone, let alone a widower still greatly missing his wife and is also now the town’s mayor.  Upon stepping off the bus that was bound for Atlanta, Suzanne is drawn into Joe’s orbit, staying at a house and working at a shop owned by members of Joe’s family.  But Suzanne has a secret, she’s running from her past, and though she’s initially put off by the neighborliness (busybody is a bit strong of a word) of the Walton townspeople, she also feels like for once, she has come home.

The story is solidly Suzanne’s, but we also get the points of view of Joe and his oldest daughter, Maddie, who was also a prominent character in Falling Home.  Joe is struggling with wanting to move on after his wife’s death, also has to deal with the underhanded tactics of his opponent in the upcoming mayoral race.  Maddie is still pulling her old practical jokes around town, desperate for attention in a large family and dealing with her own mortality.  As a freelance photographer, Suzanne takes Maddie, who shows serious talent behind the lens, under her wing, further indoctrinating Suzanne into the Warner family.

While the mystery of who and what Suzanne is running from is not quite as interesting as it could be, the resolution is far from predictable and had me laughing at Maddie’s innovation.  I’d love to see her at the center of her own novel. After the Rain is an enjoyable read by a talented writer.  I would recommend reading Falling Home first to fully embrace Walton and its people, however After the Rain can also stand on its own.

I’m happy to announce one of you can win a copy of After the Rain!  Just enter your info into the Rafflecopter below.

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1 Angel S. January 6, 2013 at 9:31 pm

I love a good story! Sounds like an interesting one. Love book series.

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2 Sheila K. January 6, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Sounds like a good read—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

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3 Jessica T January 7, 2013 at 12:07 am

I always am looking for a good read!

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4 Marianne S. January 7, 2013 at 12:13 am

I’d like to win this book because I’m nearly finished with the book I’ve been reading, and need another book that’s just as good! It sounds like a great read and I’m very intersted!

Thanks!
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5 Anita Yancey January 7, 2013 at 7:54 am

I love reading books set in the south, and this one sounds really good. I really like the character of Suzanne, and the cover is so pretty. Thanks for having this giveaway.

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6 Anne January 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

This novel sounds memorable and special. Lovely. thanks.

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7 Deborah January 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

Sounds like an amazing book

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8 Don January 7, 2013 at 11:22 am

Sounds like another good book to read.

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9 Louis January 7, 2013 at 11:30 am

sounds like a wonderful story, surrounding life and relationships
Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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10 Maryann January 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

It sounds like a good read and there is only so much tv you can watch on snowy winter nights!

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11 Jessica To January 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I would like this because I am always looking for something new and different to read.

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12 Jessica Z January 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I love new books!

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13 DEBIJOT January 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Because I love to read.

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14 karenk January 7, 2013 at 7:12 pm

i enjoy karen white’s novels…thanks for the chance to read this one :)

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15 nannypanpan January 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm

like that it sounds mysterious
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16 riTa January 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Thank you for this giveaway!

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17 Daniel M January 7, 2013 at 9:56 pm

sounds like a fun one!

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18 Bonita English January 7, 2013 at 11:19 pm

i love to read i would love this .i really can’t wait to read both books

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19 Mystica January 7, 2013 at 11:59 pm

I’ve read Karen White before but this is a new one for me and I’d like to get to it soon. Thank you for sharing.

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20 Chuck January 8, 2013 at 10:28 am

My wife would like this one.

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21 Joy January 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm

i love stories set in the south

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22 Carol M January 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I’ve heard that her books are very good. I would love to start reading them with this one! It sounds like something I would enjoy!

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23 Heather! January 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

I think it sounds like a great story, and I really need a good book to get into right now, as I’ve gotten away from reading lately.

Thanks!
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24 Garrett January 9, 2013 at 10:11 am

Reading keeps you entertained.

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25 Melinda P January 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I love to read and I enjoy sharing books with others in my family.

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26 Elisabeth January 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I love that it’s set in Georgia!

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27 Caitlin McClure January 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Looks interesting, I love reading

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28 Charlene S January 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm

I need a new book to read.

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29 Staci A January 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm

It sounds like an interesting read with well thought out characters!

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30 Beth C January 11, 2013 at 8:47 am

Your review showed me that it was very interesting.

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31 Stephanie January 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm

This sounds like a great read! I love new series too, so I’d definitely check out the prequel.

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32 kelly mcgrew January 11, 2013 at 8:33 pm

id like to win this for a new book to read thanks!

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33 Candace Butler January 12, 2013 at 11:55 am

I love to read and try stuff from authors I do not know, and it sounds like a great story.

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34 Van January 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Sounds interesting to me.

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35 rebeka deleon January 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm

i love to read all types of books

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36 drina m. January 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Always need a good book to read. I love reading!!!

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37 Paula January 13, 2013 at 12:38 am

I need a good book to read. This cold weather is perfect to curl up with a new read.

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38 samantha w January 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I love to curl up with a good book and this one sounds really good

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39 Ellie W January 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I’ve read a few of Karen White’s books and always enjoyed them. I’d love to read this.

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40 DebbieKL January 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm

This sounds like an interesting story and I always enjoy trying new authors!

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41 Angela E. January 14, 2013 at 9:01 am

Would enjoy reading this book, thanks

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42 Cindi D January 14, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I love to read and this sounds like a good one.

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43 June January 15, 2013 at 10:24 am

Wouldn’t mind giving this one a shot.

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44 Lori D. January 16, 2013 at 9:49 am

Sounds so good, would like to read.

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It looks like a book I would love

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47 alexandria January 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm

i like keeping my brain active!

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48 Ashley January 17, 2013 at 9:41 pm

I want to win so that I can spend what little time I have alone reading a good book.

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49 Amber January 17, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Always ready for a good read!

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Sounds like a great story and I need a new book to read.

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51 Cindy January 18, 2013 at 9:36 am

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52 Debra Hall January 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

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53 Nicole C. January 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I would love to win it because it sounds like a really good book.

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I would love to read this book!

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id love to win this because it sounds like a great read :)

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56 Ed Nemmers January 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm

This would be for my neighbor; she enjoys the work of Karen White.

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57 Teresa Thompson January 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm

I love to read and this sounds really good.

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looks like a good read
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59 Ciara B. January 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm

i’m always looking for new books :)

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60 shawna January 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Sounds like a great read!

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61 Charlene Shaver January 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I’d like to win because I read at least 2 books a week & a need some new material :)

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63 Jason McDermott January 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

I always am looking for a good read!

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