After the Rain

After the Rain

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by Karen White
     
 

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From “one of the best new writers on the scene today” (The Huffington Post) comes the sequel to Falling Home, a novel set in the picaresque town of Walton, Georgia, where one woman is about to discover that the best journey is the one that brings you home.…

Freelance photographer Suzanne Paris has been on her own since she

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From “one of the best new writers on the scene today” (The Huffington Post) comes the sequel to Falling Home, a novel set in the picaresque town of Walton, Georgia, where one woman is about to discover that the best journey is the one that brings you home.…

Freelance photographer Suzanne Paris has been on her own since she was fourteen—and she has no intention of settling down, especially not in a tiny town like Walton, Georgia. She’s here to hide out for a little while, not to form connections. Her survival depends on her ability to slip in and out of people’s lives, on never staying in one place for too long.

But no one in Walton plans on making things easy for Suzanne. For one thing, it’s a town where everyone knows everyone else—and they all seem intent on making Suzanne feel right at home. For another, Suzanne can’t help but feel drawn to this tight-knit community—or to the town’s mayor, Joe Warner, and his six kids. But Suzanne can’t afford to stick around, even if she’s finally found a place where she belongs. Because someone is looking for her—someone who won’t stop until her life is destroyed…  

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Publishers Weekly
White's revamp of the out-of-print 2003 version of After the Rain is a touching sequel to Falling Home that embraces everything special about small-town Southern life. Freelance photographer Suzanne Paris gets a gracious lesson in warmth, friendship, enduring love, and Southern hospitality from the residents of Walton, Georgia, when she makes a spontaneous exit from an Atlanta-bound bus. A mysterious, evasive stranger in the quintessential small Southern town, where secrets are not long kept, Suzanne immediately meets the widowed town mayor Joe Warner, his six children, and their colorful Aunt Lucinda. Suzanne carries the baggage of a difficult childhood; she was in and out of foster homes and on her own since age 14. Tough on the outside, vulnerable on the inside, Suzanne begins to open her heart to Joe, his family, and the townspeople. Afraid she is being pursued by her dangerous, low-life ex-fiance, Suzanne tries in vain to keep her distance, physically and emotionally, from Joe. In her quest for solitude and to protect Joe and his family, Suzanne makes some regrettable decisions, prompting her to go back on the run. Their sentimental final meeting reveals the strength of the characters, their profound love for each other and a surprising revelation about Suzanne's identity.
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From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR WHO “GIVES YOU EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT!”* 

“Brilliant and engrossing.”—The Book Connection

“A lovely read.”—*New York Times Bestselling Author Kerrelyn Sparks

“The ultimate voice of women’s fiction.”— Fresh Fiction  

Kirkus Reviews
By the light of a crescent moon, Suzanne Paris spies through her bus window a opossum. Her eyes riveted, she wonders if the creature, like her, will simply wait for the next catastrophe. Or could she, for once, stop hiding. Abruptly, Suzanne gets off the Atlanta-bound bus to find herself in Walton, Ga. There's no better place to hide than this rural town. No one, not even her frightening ex-fiance, will find her here. Yet, everyone she meets wants to know where she's from and where she got the unusual charm around her neck. Walton turns out to be populated with warm characters who have no intention of letting her slip under the radar. There's Miss Lena, who seems to recognize Suzanne, even though Suzanne's rough childhood, bouncing between foster homes and an alcoholic mother, never brought her to Walton. There's Lucinda, who seems to recognize Suzanne's wariness and hires her to help with her lingerie store. Most importantly, there's Joe, Lucinda's widowed nephew-in-law. Father of six, high school teacher, football coach, incumbent mayor--Joe seems impossibly good. A woman with secrets, Suzanne seems like a walking bad decision. Luckily, Joe's eldest daughter, Maddie, begins to connect the two destined lovers. Like Suzanne, Maddie lost her mother at 14 and has a talent for photography. Soon, Suzanne is tutoring Maddie, baby-sitting Joe's younger kids and becoming inextricably woven into the fabric of his life. Enter the villain: Stinky Harden, Joe's competition in the mayoral race and Suzanne's nemesis as he determines to discover her secret and use it to discredit Joe. Soon, Suzanne's past threatens her future, and only love--and some rather wicked trickery--can save the day. White (Sea Change, 2012, etc.) re-polishes her 2003 publication to good effect. This charming romance brims with appealing characters and captivating phrasing.
Deb Stover
Karen White writes with passion and poignancy.
Award-winning Author
Sandra Chastain
The fresh voice of Karen White intrigues and delights.
Editor, Belle Books
The Best Reviews
One of the best books I've ever read!—Kathy Boswell
Reader to Reader Reviews
Karen White is one author you won’t forget once you’ve had a taste of this southern town. This is a masterpiece in the study of relationships. Brava!—Suzanne Coleburn
Readers & Writers Ink Reviews
This is not only romance at its best, this is a fully realized view of life at its fullest.—Lynne Perednia
Wordweaving
Author Karen White pens an elegantly enchanting southern novel in After the Rain. Fans of Falling Home will welcome the return of favorite characters and the beauty of White's evocative prose.—Cindy Penn
Word on Romance Reviews
(Karen White's) engaging characters and well-developed plotline make After the Rain a definite keeper.—Robin Peek
The Romance Reader
After the Rain is a great way to spend some time in a nice small town in Georgia, involved in a great little romance between two people you’ll enjoy getting to know. 4 Hearts.—Shirley Lyons

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451239686
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/31/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
170,971
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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PRAISE FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR WHO “GIVES YOU EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT!”*

“Brilliant and engrossing.”—The Book Connection

“A lovely read.”—*New York Times Bestselling Author Kerrelyn Sparks

“The ultimate voice of women’s fiction.”— Fresh Fiction

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