Book Review: After the Rain – Karen White

Title: After the Rain
Author: Karen White
ISBN: 9780451239686
Pages: 384
Release Date: December 31, 2012
Publisher: NAL
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary:

When Suzanne Paris gets off the bus in Walton, Georgia, she doesn’t intend to stay for long. After all, she doesn’t want to stay in one place long enough for her past to catch up with her. What’s more, she doesn’t think a small town like Walton could hold her interest for very long. That is, until she meets Joe Warner and starts to wonder if putting down roots would be the worst thing after all.

Review:

When I first started reading After the Rain, I didn’t realize it was a sequel to Karen White’s previous (re-written and re-published) novel Falling Home. After the Rain continues the story of many of the characters introduced in the previous novel. If you choose to treat this book as a standalone, you will miss out on some character development and backstory, but you will have little difficulty in understanding the plot or appreciating the story.

After the Rain is very much a character driven story. Suzanne has an air of mystery around her; the reader will be curious about her past. Admittedly, what she’s running from is a bit anticlimactic when the truth is finally revealed, but it serves as a good hook to draw readers into the novel. Suzanne is reluctant to create new relationships because of her past experiences, so it’s a lot of fun to watch her slowly build a friendship (and something more) with Joe Warner, a single father who still hasn’t learned to cope after his wife’s death. As always, White does an incredible job building her characters and creating a great atmosphere around them.

My favorite aspect of Karen White’s novels is usually the mystery surrounding the novel, but After the Rain is about simpler pleasures. It’s about life and love, and reads more as a simple, sweet romance. It’s a great book to curl up with, and one that will leave you feeling a little bit better about the world and the people in it.

Other books by Karen White:

The Beach Trees
The Color of Light
Falling Home
The Girl on Legare Street
The House on Tradd Street
The Strangers on Montagu Street
Learning to Breathe
The Lost Hours
The Memory of Water
On Folly Beach
Pieces of the Heart
Sea Change

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Comments

  1. Sounds like a nice soothing read-something I probably need!

  2. Sounds like a nice soothing read-something I probably need!

  3. I just love her, as an author and as a person. I have a stack on my nightstand, and intend on making her a project for myself very soon, including Falling Home and this one, and the Tradd Street series.

  4. I just love her, as an author and as a person. I have a stack on my nightstand, and intend on making her a project for myself very soon, including Falling Home and this one, and the Tradd Street series.

  5. Hm, I’ll have to think about this one. I think I might want to tackle her Tradd Street books first.

  6. Hm, I’ll have to think about this one. I think I might want to tackle her Tradd Street books first.

  7. I also think she’s a wonderful author, and person, and can’t wait to read more from her. She writes in 2 different genres which I think is kind of amazing, and both sets of books have their avid fans. Great review on this one today! I need to read it soon!

  8. I also think she’s a wonderful author, and person, and can’t wait to read more from her. She writes in 2 different genres which I think is kind of amazing, and both sets of books have their avid fans. Great review on this one today! I need to read it soon!

  9. Thank you for a very nice review on a book which is going on to my list.

  10. Thank you for a very nice review on a book which is going on to my list.

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