After the Rain

After the Rain

by Brandy Bruce

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

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After the Rain 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ARS8 8 days 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 12 days 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 13 days 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 18 days ago
"I decided then....my 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.