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After the Rains

After the Rains

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by Deborah Raney

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Long ago, Natalie’s mother faced an agonizing choice between the two people she loved most, and the difficult resolution to her predicament affects Natalie throughout her young life–fueling a season of teenage rebellion that results in the death of her best friend.

As a young woman, Natalie attempts to put her troubles behind her, ultimately finding


Long ago, Natalie’s mother faced an agonizing choice between the two people she loved most, and the difficult resolution to her predicament affects Natalie throughout her young life–fueling a season of teenage rebellion that results in the death of her best friend.

As a young woman, Natalie attempts to put her troubles behind her, ultimately finding solace in the arms of a man with close ties to the tragedy. Yet neither time nor love can liberate her from the past. Determined to confront her terrible guilt, Natalie embarks on a journey that will take her thousands of miles from home and straight into the life and heart of a man unlike any she has ever known.

Confronted with a decision that echoes the one her mother faced so many years before, Natalie finds herself drawn to two men–each of whom holds a claim to her heart. But the sins of her past must be confronted, and an escape from her guilt found, before her heart will be free to find its home.

Showing that God can forgive the gravest of sins, After the Rains beautifully illustrates that his forgiveness comes purely through loving mercy and grace, not by our human efforts to earn it.

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Romantic Times Book Club gave After the Rains a 4 1/2-star Top Pick review
"...a moving story of redemption and forgiveness...Don't pass on this one...and be sure to have a box of tissues handy!"
Publishers Weekly
Picking up several years after the point at which her previous novel, Beneath a Southern Sky, left off, Raney again explores the long-term ramifications of careless choices, developing themes of God's forgiveness and grace along the way. Natalie Camfield, who was a small child in the previous installment, is now a discontented teen haunted by the heartbreaking choice her mother made long ago that has kept Natalie from her birth father. Rebellious, angry and feeling like an outsider in her family, Natalie makes her own wrong decisions, the implications of which reverberate throughout the rest of the novel. Natalie's desire for forgiveness eventually takes her to Colombia to visit her birth father, a missionary doctor. There, Natalie finds her true calling and-rather predictably-romance, as she learns that God's grace cannot be earned. Writing troubles, however, mar the novel. The prologue telegraphs much about one of the central events, diminishing the narrative tension, and the drunk-driving scenario is an overused device in current CBA novels. Characters smile, grin or laugh far too frequently (if it's a serious scene, they smile weakly, wryly or sadly), and there are entire sections where the word "she" begins almost every sentence. The most appealing element of the novel, however, is its compelling message that God can redeem poor choices, no matter how tragic the initial consequences. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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The Crown Publishing Group
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DEBORAH RANEY is at work on her 20th novel. Her books have won the RITA Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award, Silver Angel, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy small-town life in Kansas. They are new empty nesters with four grown children and two grandsons, all of whom live much too far away.

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After the Rains 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This sequel to 'Beneath a Southern Sky', will keep you turning pages until the last one. It continues with Natalie's growing up years. Until a tragedy strikes her life and she just feels lost and apart from God's forgiveness.....It is an incredible, original storyline, and the characters are so alive, you feel as though you know each one. Ms Raney draws you into Natalie's world and makes you want more!!!! How about a sequel to this one, I know you could continue Natalie's life in Timone' with her love for David, the mission work that she loves so much, plus continuing the lives of her family in the states. There is so much inspiration and love in this book, we could all use some application in our own lives. It is easier to forgive others than it is to forgive ourselves....a lesson with which Natalie struggles. PLEASE, PLEASE, one more book, Ms Raney!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If ever a sequel could surpass its predecessor, this book has done it. After the Rains by Deborah Raney is the story of Natalie Camfield, daughter of Nathan Camfield and his wife, Daria. In the first book in this series, we meet Daria and Nathan when they are missionaries in Colombia, South America. Daria is forced to deal with Nathan¿s untimely death, only to discover a year and a half later, after she is married to another man, that Nathan is still alive. Award winning, Beneath a Southern Sky is that poignant, stirring story of the choices Daria must make between two husbands. After the Rains continues the story of their daughter Natalie and the tragedy that follows a moment of teenage rebellion. Can God forgive? And if He does forgive, will Natalie ever be free of the guilt and the harsh memories that dog her steps throughout her young adult years? Deborah Raney is a master of asking the tough questions and showing the inevitable consequences of sinful choices. This story evokes much emotion ¿ from tears to romantic yearnings to satisfying joy. I found this book to be a compelling read, which I highly recommend to anyone who loves a truly good story. But keep a box of tissues handy. Oh, and if you haven¿t read Beneath a Southern Sky, be sure to read that first. Both books excel in the craft of good writing ¿ you won¿t be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After contributing to the tragic death of her best friend, Natalie is unable to find a way to fit into her current life, so she joins her missionary father in Columbia. There she finds work among the Indians rewarding and challenging. What is more, she finds what she had never expected to, forgiveness and love. ***** This moving story will hold appeal to fans of all ages. The tough subject matter contains strong lessons for young people, yet is still interesting enough to hold the attention of older readers. Natalie gives us a heroine who is easy to relate to and empathize with her feelings. Though most people will hopefully never be in a similiar situation, everyone has to deal with learning to forgive the most unforgiveable person, one's self. *****
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story features a character from "Beneath A Southern Sky," and both are wonderfully emotional stories that will tug at your heart. Grab a box of tissues and follow Natalie's painful path from fatal mistake to redemption, and love. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the Rains by Deborah Raney - Deb Raney is among the best authors at creating plot that twists and turns and leaves you holding on for dear life. I was devastated for Natalie Camfield as one wrong choice sent her reeling and then oh-so-glad when she discovers the healing her heart longs for. If you liked Beneath a Southern Sky you won't want to miss this incredible sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Be warned! Do not sit down with Deb Raney¿s latest book, ¿After the Rains¿, unless you have time to finish it. (Because once you pick it up, you won¿t be able to put it down). If you haven¿t read any of Deb Raney¿s beautifully written books, you are missing some wonderful stories. Her characters are like real people with real flaws and real faith, who experience real forgiveness and grace. ¿After the Rains¿ will make you cry, laugh and remind you of God¿s constant love and his amazing capacity to forgive us over and over and over.