After the Rain

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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, ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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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 Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 149,340
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen White

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including another RITA, the Georgia Author of the Year Award and in 2008 won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Learning to Breathe.

Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two teenaged children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, playing piano, chauffeuring children and avoiding cooking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    An exceptional story...

    Suzanne Paris is on the run, her ex fiancé Anthony deSalvo making her life miserable, when she makes a snap decision to get off her Atlanta bound bus in Walton, Georgia. Trying to find a ride into town, she encounters mayor Joe Warner, his 6 kids along with Aunt Lucinda, who insist she accompany them. Walton is a small town, not even boasting a hotel, so Joe finds a place for Suzanne to stay, and unknowingly ensconces her into his, and his family¿s life. Suzanne is unfamiliar with children, but Joe¿s kids seem to grow on her as she does them. Joe, being the mayor, teacher and single dad, doesn¿t have much time left for relationships, and really hasn¿t considered once since his wife passed away. But as the story progresses, he and Suzanne have something going on between them that can¿t be ignored, and with the help of the kids and huge cast of secondary characters, manage to snag time for themselves. Suzanne knows the day will come when her past will catch up with her and she will have to move on, but this is made more difficult as Joe and half the population of Walton entwine themselves around her heart. As Joe and Suzanne chip away at the armor surrounding their souls, and the local bully running against Joe for mayor try to make things more difficult for them, the reader can only hope that they get what they deserve in life, that being each other. This is an exceptional book!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    Please.....just review the book....not tell the whole story....a

    Please.....just review the book....not tell the whole story....also...don''t use this area as an e-mail site. Not classy at all.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    Amazing

    Very well written and an excellent summer read. White keeps the characters from Falling Home just as vivid in the follow-up as the first one. The type-o's are a little unnerving, but as long as you can see past that, you are in for a treat.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Loved this book!!

    I read this as well as the prequel falling home...both books are wonderful!! They make you feel like you are part of the story. You really get to know and love all the characters!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Love It, Love It

    Karen White is one of my favorite authors and this, in my opinion is one of her best books. She is best at her love stories and she shines in this one.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    As soon as I finished Karen White's novel, Falling Home, I picke

    As soon as I finished Karen White's novel, Falling Home, I picked up After The Rain. I could not wait to continue the story. Unfortunately, I was somewhat disappointed. Don't get me wrong, this is still a good book but not as good as Falling Home. Part of me really wanted Sam and Cassie's story to continue, and in a way it did, it just was not the focus of this novel.

    After The Rain picks up three years after Harriet's death. Joe is trying to pick up the pieces for not only him but also for his six children. This story can be heartbreaking at times but also hopeful. Life does go on for the living.

    Ms. Lena cracks me up with her romance novels and her comments on sex, as only any 80 something woman could do. Hilarious at times, you just laugh out loud.

    I found that this book was sometimes repetitive and lost a bit of its luster for me but all in all I did like the book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Keeps me wanting more

    I love following the story after it "ends" and this was no exception. I'm hooked on Karen White's manner of writing. I'm always thrilled when the writer matures her characters, empowers her protagonist and shares the growing pains, especially of families and siblings over the years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    great read

    Wish the book was longer. It was such a wonderful family to get to know

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    I loved this Nook book!

    As usual Karen never disappoints! After reading Falling Home, set in Walton, GA with some special characters, could not wait to return to catch up with the small town cast (Cassie and more). After the rain is also set in Walton, GA with the main character of Suzanne, a photographer from Chicago is passing thru Georgia and lands in Walton on the bus. Suzanne is running away from her past and secrets. She thinks she will be able to hideout her; however, anything but as this town embraces her.

    Needing a mother of her own, she meets all sorts of mother figures and some she can be a mother to as well. Of course, she meets Joe, a mayor and a school teacher whose wife died 3 yrs ago and raising six children with an eccentric aunt (loved this character). As Suzanne only anticipates staying for a short visit, falls in love and finally learns the meaning of home. She befriends Maddie, Joe’s teenage daughter; however, in the process some secrets come out which can cause all sorts of issues for everyone. The book was well-written, funny, loveable, and true to life….makes you want to go back to small town living!

    Looking forward to reading Karen’s next book – “The Time Between” June 2013.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Amazing

    Favorite author ever!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    I must say, this book is not Karen's best. She has grown as a wr

    I must say, this book is not Karen's best. She has grown as a writer since this book's first release - but it is still enjoyable and worth reading. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Suzanne Paris, as she is now calling herself, is a freelance pho

    Suzanne Paris, as she is now calling herself, is a freelance photographer who is running away. We don’t know for a long time where she’s from but we do know that she is a woman who for years has had no “hometown” and immediately goes on the run whenever anyone tries to get too close or begins to start connecting dots to the mystery of her past. It’s a lonely life; and despite Suzanne’s tough exterior appearance, underneath she’s like a tightly-wired machine that is super-exhausted underneath.

    Suzanne’s luck is holding so far when she decides to get off a cross-country bus in Walton, Georgia, a typical Southern town with extraordinary hospitality and just as extraordinary nosiness. Everyone knows everyone and makes sure everyone else knows the whole story about each resident, guest and visitor! One has to laugh if it didn’t freak out Suzanne more, yet one does as the caring nature of these “strangers” is warming to the heart, a counter to the irritating qualities of town busybodies.

    The first person Suzanne meets is the town mayor, Joe Warner, a man totally blasted from taking care of his six kids and grieving today for his wife who died years ago. In fact, he grieves as intensely as he did the day she died. He seems to always be showing up in situations where Suzanne is desperate for help and at first her irritation at his questioning is downright annoying. That takes quite a while to overcome and their relationship begins to improve when Suzanne shares her gift for photography with Joe’s daughter, Maddie, and gradually becomes a major influence in her life. So the story goes on and on and on….

    All the characters have something to learn about their strengths and weaknesses. Suzanne may look “tough as nails” but has a heart of gold and is a very, very talented, skilled, sensitive photographer. Slowly but surely the picture gets better and better until the past returns with a vengeance and seems to make everything go wrong. Will it all be sorted and resolved – no spoilers here, LOL!

    After the Rain is another hit novel for Karen White who knows how to balance the ups and downs of emotional women and crisis situations with just the right amount of revelation to make each scene more than credible. She is one very knowledgeable and talented writer, proven again in this wonderful work of romance and/or contemporary fiction!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Great story well written

    Beautifully written, you feel the book, the characters, the whole story. You dont need a synopsis of the story in a review. This is a really wonderful author and a truly good story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Ivyleaf of Silverclan

    Wow, that's amazing! Continue!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    MY REVEIW

    Goood make more +(Lyra)+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    AUTUMNWIND'S FATE - CHAPTER ONE

    CHAPTER ONE: Autumnkit leaped at the snow dancing in the sky. It was her first leaf-fall, and therefore, she and her littermates had never seen snow before. A tiny, glittering snowflake landed on Autumnkit's nose. She crossed her eyes, trying to see it better. "Look! It likes me!" she called happily. Stormpaw, an apprentice parcticing his battle moves on the other side of camp, scoffed. "Snow doesn't have feelings, mouse-brain," he meowed. Autumnkit looked at him, aner flaring quickly in her green eyes. Usually, she was kind, but she also had a fiery temper that was quick to catch aflame. "And neither do you," she retorted. Stormpaw rolled his eyes. "Oh, that's cold. I bet you couldn't think of anything better." Autumnkit was about to leap at him, claws unsheathed, when her mother cuffed her over the ear. "Be nice," Sunflight warned. Autumnkit huffed. "Fine," she grumbled, watching Stormpaw out if the corner of her eyes. He was talking to his sister, Softpaw, now. Fortunately, Softpaw seemed to have inherited all the nice traits, while Stormpaw had the mean ones. Stormpaw caught her staring at him and rolled his eyes again, leaning over to whisper in Softpaw's ear. Softpaw cuffed him on the head. Autumnkit snorted and turned away, padding toward her littermates, Moosekit and Risingkit. "Stormpaw's such a mouse-bran," she huffed to her brothers. They both nodded. "Yeah, I hatd him. He made fun of Fernkit yesterday," Risingkit added. Everyone knew that Risingkit had a huge crush on Fernkit. Moosekit opened his mouth to say something just as a warrior named Redfang bursed into camp, breathless, yowling, "Badger attack!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Redstorm

    (Could you add this as a character? If not it's fine!)
    Redstorm- a white tom with deep ginger ears, paws, and tail. There is a deep ginger stripe from his nose to the base of his tail. He has stormy grey eyes that are flecked with black. He is strong, brave, and courageous. He is fiercely loyal to his Clan.
    Thanks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Stormflower of Skyclan

    I like it keep writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Lillykit of Horseclan

    Amazing! Write more! So good!

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    A book you must read! It's the sequel to Falling Home!

    If you read the first book Falling Home you have to read After The Rain. It has a woman running away from her past and a man who doesn't want the past to fade away. A perfect story telling you live for now not dwelling in the past for things you can't change or bring back. I know everyone will love the story behind Suzanne Paris and Joe Warner. The town of Walton, Georgia is full of caring people who are genuine in believing in the best of others and protecting their town from people who would harm Walton and the people who live there. You'll have good laughs and tears reading and worry for what the outcome will be. I hope everyone will enjoy the book as much as I did! If you haven't read the first book please read it, these books would probably be my favorite from Karen White and the Tradd Street series.

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