After the Leaves Fall

After the Leaves Fall

by Nicole Baart
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After the Leaves Fall by Nicole Baart

Julia DeSmit can't wait for her life to begin. After her mother leaves when Julia is nine years old, she's raised by an unassuming, gentle father and a saintly, matriarchal grandmother until her father dies just as Julia is becoming a young adult.
On the cusp of womanhood, Julia feels jaded by her circumstances and longs for a new identity. College seems like the perfect place to start over. But when Julia makes a mistake that will change her life forever, she returns to her grandmother's farm, defeated and convinced of her own worthlessness. Only through the gentle prodding of her loving grandmother does Julia begin to accept the imprint her childhood has left on her life and look for hope in a loving God who longs to make all things new.

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ISBN-13: 9781414328423
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 01/31/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 193,761
File size: 878 KB

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After the Leaves Fall 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Love_My_Nook_Color More than 1 year ago
I struggled through the first chapter but sailed through the rest i really liked rhis book and plan to read the other two in the series. One thing i wish i understood better is why julia had little self confideence. I understood her character to be attractive and smart. I guess the ideas was that her mothers leaving left a tremendous hole in her heart. I dont think there was too much of a religious component to the story. Meaning it didnt sound preachy. Ithiught it was integral to telling the story well and the author did a great job with this.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When Julia Bakker was nine years old, her mom left her and her dad no big deal as she had deserted them mentally long before she finally packed her bags. When she was fifteen, her father died after a long illness slowly debilitated him. Julia is left with her grandmother on the family farm. A year later Julia falls in love with Thomas, but he has a girlfriend at college. Soon after that Julia leaves for college, but though she plans to reinvent herself, she makes bad decisions that force her to return home where her loving grandma offers hope.------------ AFTER THE LEAVES FALL is a fascinating spiritual coming of age tale. Julia is a deep character who learns life¿s lessons the hard way as she ran off to college to escape her unhappiness only to go full circle as she learns how supportive and loving her grandma is. Although her emotional change appears abrupt and intended more for a sequel than a climax, young adult fans will appreciate this deep teen character study.----------- Harriet Klausner
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LadyJai More than 1 year ago
I heard this on one of my talk shows I listen to, said his wife and staff members couldn't put it down and it was offered free on Amazon Kindle on Valentine's Day. I had no idea what this book was about. But I wanted to read it anyway. Once I started, I was sucked in. The main character was real and down to earth. Her mom left, her dad died, and she went to live with her grandmother on a farm in some small town. Her life turned upside down and semi-bitter, her faith became questionable as she went on through her life trying to find her way. Despite the many differences between her life and mine, I felt I could connect with her on a deeper level. I saw myself in her thoughts many times. Her uncomfortable-ness with others, her feelings of invisibleness, her falter of faith, her independence, and her lack of direction and where she fit in -- I've seen it all within myself growing up. I really enjoyed reading about Julia's growth and her "one step forward, two steps back" dance with life. Because, isn't that how life operates? And who really is your one constant in life? It wasn't her mother, her father, her grandmother and it surely wasn't Thomas. Julia finally realizes who her constant is at the end. Julia's story is not complete at the end of the book. Be warned and anticipate purchasing her sequel. :)