After the Rain

After the Rain

by Brandy Bruce


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Debra Hart is moving on. Maybe. Hopefully. One day.

As a radio show host, Debra spends her mornings as Miss Lonely Heart on air, empathizing with all the broken hearts in the Denver metro area. She spends her evenings watching old musicals and trying not to think about the guy who broke up with her and subsequently fell in love with one of her best friends. Alone in a new city, Debra questions where she belongs and who she is now.

When she stumbles into the indie music scene, Debra meets singer Ben Price. Rock star appeal, with a day job as a worship pastor, Ben is everything Debra wants to avoid. But he’s determined to be her friend, and it so happens she could really use one. Because try as she might, nothing seems to erase the anger and betrayal she feels.

It’s time for a new dream. But how does she start over when the pieces of her broken past remain lodged in her heart?

"Brandy Bruce has weaved together a bittersweet tale that had me laughing and crying within a mere three words. Filled with loss, love, and beautiful life, After the Rain will forever be in my heart, sitting on my shelf of favorites." ~V. Joy Palmer, Author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations

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ISBN-13: 9781946016737
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 02/04/2019
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 143,297
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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After the Rain 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DChatley 4 months ago
To say I loved this book doesn’t begin to cover it. Beautiful story about loss and finding oneself. Loss is so wonderfully described in Debras story of feeling rejected, and of losing a sense of self, of struggling to trust again, of healing, of rediscovering a sense of self, of doubting, of being willing to let God speak to your heart. There were so many good themes in this book. Through the ups and downs, Debra has to discover her real home. Ben gets a second chance to chase his dreams, but will it cause him to lose at love. And being a lover of quotes, this book has many, here are just a few of my favorites What if one devastating moment changes who I was forever? Chpt 1 Beauty starts inside, then comes out and draws people to you. Chpt 4 You’re trying to find yourself- but I already see you. Chpt 13 There is no growth without rain. Embrace it. Be the storm. Chpt 20 Highly recommend this book
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
“Knowing who we are takes years. Twists and turns and mistakes and growth.” After the Rain is the story of a broken, hurting, realistic heroine trying to find her way after the crushing heartache of rejection. As Debra makes a new life for herself in Denver away from her group of friends, she meets other friends, including Ben, a worship leader/band singer, who takes an interest in Debra. The author created some fascinating, endearing, and multi-layered characters that came alive on the page and drew me in from the first. I loved the growth I saw in Debra as she got to know her new friends and began to get over her heartache. “The difficulty with happiness being tied up in another person is that we have no control over that person. So they have the power to destroy our happiness.” Brandy Bruce is a talented writer who can bring out all the emotions. Her adept weaving of uplifting messages of healing, forgiveness, of hope brought an additional dimension to this gripping story. I’ll be looking forward to more books from this author in the future. 4 1/2 stars!
Emileigh_Latham More than 1 year ago
This book had me cry and laugh and left my heart filled with hope after such a heartbreaking, bittersweet tale to love and healing. This book will forever be a favorite. Here are the reasons why you should read After the Rain: 1. The biggest thing that stood out to me from this book was how the author, Brandy Bruce, nailed grief. As I am going through a season of grief, I kept nodding my head and relating to all the hard, broken places in the main character's (Debra) life; wrestling with the same questions as Debra was. I was worried that Brandy would answer them with bumper sticker responds but that was not the case. I found myself circling and highlighting the places that weren't necessarily answers but pathways to finding answers for the main character and for myself. Debra found different answers for her grief but I also discovered some answers for myself too. 2. Debra was raw and honest. Sure there were moments in the book where she didn't know herself or what she wanted out of life but she was honest about that too. She spoke her mind even when the truth was harsh. It was so refreshing to have a female MC be so open instead of lying about her emotions or pretending everything was fine. 3. Going to church didn't fix it. This may sound terrible but I really appreciated how Debra didn't find complete healing by going to church every Sunday and being apart of church social events. She found it by going to therapy; being honest with her friends; experiencing new things like white water rafting and camping; and trying to just live life one day at a time with broken pieces of her soul. Therefore, I appreciated that Debra wasn't "fixed" by just going to church. It felt more realistic that way. 4. The love interest is adorable and HOT! But he wasn't perfect and he came with his own hurts which I really appreciated because Christian books can make Christian characters so perfect and holy. That's garbage! I'm so over it! And it isn't realistic. 5. I loved the backdrop being music. So, Debra (MC) and Ben (the love interest) both are into music and it was so fun to have both love it so much and write their own songs that it made me want to try to write a few songs too. 6. The romance wasn't insta-love I mean, it was predictable but it wasn't a rush. There was a believable tug-a-war in the relationship that happened naturally because the two individuals were flawed with past pains and hurts. Brandy did an amazing job weaving the love story that was emotional but also super sweet. Note: > The only complaint I have is I NEED A LOVE STORY FOR PAIGE!!!! Paige was an awesome and adorable side character and I need a love story for her!!! > This is a sequel to The Last Summer but After the Rain can be read as a standalone. > I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
CameraCourt More than 1 year ago
After the Rain is an emotional story that will grab your heart, all about GROWING. Much more than a romance, it is especially relevant for all 20-somethings searching for home and friendship. It’s one book I will reread with a happy smile (and I know I’ll see more layers of the characters upon a reread!). I wasn’t sure I would 100% like Debra because of things that happened in The Last Summer, but wow how people (or characters) can be surprising! Seeing her life through her perspective not only made me think differently about events that happened in the previous book, but made me have more empathy and understanding of her behavior. This story, for her, meant change and pain and things that weren’t comfortable or what she expected, but by the story’s end, her identity is stronger and her life is a different kind of happy. I especially enjoyed all the music aspects of this story, from a rockstar hero (who is the. kindest. ever.) to the music/theatreish quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Let’s talk about the ROMANCE! It’s wonderful. Ben, the hero, is dimensional and complex, even though we never read things from his POV. (A feat worth noting because I think it requires major writing skills to write a main character this way!) The way Ben loves Debra just as she is mirrors God’s love for us, something not shied away from in the story. And Debra sure doesn’t make it easy for him. Faith and all its challenges, struggles, and even doubts are candidly expressed and remain an important part in Ben and Debra’s lives. Amidst all the poignant complexity and slow growth of Debra’s relationships with her newfound friends, the adventurous side of Colorado living is included (rafting, hiking, zip lining, ohmy!)! I enjoyed this aspect, especially, because my family vacationed in CO many times when I was growing up. I also really loved the friendships and “normal” things of the story, like falling asleep in the car on a long drive, toddler shenanigans, neighbors. Community. How change sometimes means discomfort and a new kind of normal. And how, through all of this, God remains constant, even when it’s hard to hear Him. Thank you to SLB Tours for the review copy. This is my honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I have been looking forward to this book since I found out there would be a sequel to The Last Summer. I will admit that Debra was not a favorite character of mine from the last book. She was too bubbly and happy and more importantly she was standing in the way of Luke and Sara’s happiness. So needless to say, she was not a character I had grown close too. However at the end of the last book and the meltdown she had, I began to feel for her. After the Rain is Debra’s story, and wow! What a story it was. I think I like it even better than the The Last Summer. Eight or so months later Debra has moved on literally, from Texas to Colorado and has found a new job as a radio talk show host. But she is very unhappy, still angry, hurt, bitter and lonely. Getting inside of Debra’s head made me really feel for her, even though I felt she held on to the hurt for too long, I understood. She was deeply wounded, her dreams were crushed. She was heartbroken and the hurt went deep enough to shake her faith. Enter Ben, worship leader and rock band member, who sees Debra as someone he would like to get to know better. He was so patient and loving to her it made me want to cry. These two certainly had some ups and downs in their relationship and Ben has a rough back story as well. I was so glad that Ben did not give up on Debra and continued to pursue her even when his own heart was breaking. This was an emotional, uplifting, romantic read and I am so glad that I have had a chance to read author Bruce’s work. I cannot wait for more from her pen, maybe even more about these friends. I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
Okay, I know it’s only February, but After the Rain, by Brandy Bruce, a new-to-me-author, is most certainly going on my Five Favorite Books of 2019 list! I ADORE the characters, was pulled into the emotion of the story very quickly, believed the plot, and sighed upon reading Every. Single. Chapter. Sigh… Sigh… Sigh… This story will stay with me for quite some time. Upon learning that After the Rain is the second book in a series, I’m dying to go back to read book one, The Last Summer (Sarah’s story.) I connected to Debra almost immediately—not because we have many similarities, but because I became part of her. I felt her heartbreak, fear, uncertainties, and burn of betrayal. And at the same time I yearned to push her out of her protective cocoon, to take a chance on becoming a lively butterfly. Debra is one of the most realistic main characters I’ve come across in sometime. She feels like a friend and confidant, one I don’t want to go away for any length of time. I want her story to continue and to be able to follow along beside her. And Ben (sigh…) Adorable, kindhearted, and (perhaps most importantly) patient, Ben. He is the ultimate male. He isn’t a superhero donning a red cape. He isn’t a knight in shining armor. He’s a spiritual man, wearing an understanding heart and genuine smile. And if that isn’t enough, he sings like a songbird. Wowza. Be still my heart. The secondary characters (even the ones that are only mentioned via dialogue) add so much to this story. The backdrop of Denver, with its beautiful scenery and unique perks, is a character of its own. With themes of faith, freedom, friendship, and following your true path, this story wins on every point. Read this book! I am certain you will love it. On a five-star rating system, this book is a solid ten. Opening Line: Deb, I miss you. I received a complimentary copy of this fabulous book as part of SLB Tours. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
MarisaD More than 1 year ago
Topping my list of most-anticipated books of 2019, After the Rain proved to be a bit of a different story than I expected and so much more at the same time. I'm an avid lover of Bruce's debut with Bling! Romance, The Last Summer, and fell head-over-heels for that hero and heroine while finding Debra my least favorite of the group for no reason other than simply being different from her. Knowing how much I loved The Last Summer and how badly I wanted a positive outcome for Debra, I eagerly jumped into After the Rain. Bruce's sophomore contemporary romance proves just how talented a writer she is. She took a vivacious, bubbly emotional character from The Last Summer and turned her into a mature, cautious, thoughtful heroine in After the Rain. Debra's emotions are so beautifully portrayed in this book that I actually myself felt her heartbreak, questions, doubts, and uncertainties. By the middle of the book, when Debra's outlook begins to shift ever so slightly back to her The Last Summer-self, I found myself thinking "atta girl." Bruce's use of themes and symbolism are superb in, lending depth to this already-strong story. Add one God-fearing, kind hero and a cast of characters I sincerely hope return for their own stories, and After the Rain is one book I will be recommending on many lists in 2019. FTC disclaimer: I was provided a review copy of this novel by the publisher but wasn't required to write a positive review.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
"I decided dance with God might look different now, but I was still willing to dance. In fact, this dance seemed more real to me." So if you haven't read The Last Summer prior to reading this book, you will likely sympathize with Debra from page one of the book, maybe even empathize with her. After all, Debra was the one who was spurned and then one of her best friends and her ex got together pretty quickly after she exited their life in Texas. I read the first book and was absolutely Team Luke (her ex) and Sara (one of Debra's best friends)....and didn't care too much for Debra then and felt my irritation rise in this book at first as Debra wallows in her self-pity, anger, disillusionment, and doubt. And yet, I felt drawn to Debra's honesty, tangled-up mess of emotions, and palpable heartbreak after losing a part of herself from the break up and not knowing who she is anymore. She is confused, alone, lonely, and running away from God, friends, and family when she meets Ben in Denver. And Ben is the epitome of God's love and grace, one who never lets go and pursues with patience and unconditional love even when Debra runs away. This is a story of God's grace reaching down, even to those of us who feel abandoned or don't feel worthy. This is a story of growing up, maturing in life and love and faith and friendship, and looking at the painful past through those matured eyes to offer forgiveness and learn from the pain. If you’ve ever had your heart broken or felt lost and wondered who you are and where you are going, you will see Debra. And yet the best part of her story is what she does to come out of the ordeal as someone who more mature, yet still true to herself. I am glad that I traveled this road with Debra and saw her at a place of contentment at the end of the road. I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.