Book Review: After the Rain by Renee Carlino

After the Rain


Title: After the Rain

Author: Renee Carlino
Publication: November 11th 2014
Pages: 304
Synopsis: From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a deeply emotional contemporary romance about the second chances waiting beyond the shattered dreams of youth.

Under the bright arena lights of a rodeo show, young Avelina Belo falls for a handsome cowboy with a larger-than-life personality. After a whirlwind courtship, she happily moves away from her family in northern California and settles into married life with her cowboy on a seven-thousand-acre cattle ranch in Montana. One freak accident later, Avelina’s hopes for the future come to an end.

Nate Myers graduated from UCLA medical school at the top of his class, ready to follow in the footsteps of his father, a superstar cardiothoracic surgeon. Six years later, Nate’s career is being ruined by a malpractice suit. Questioning himself for the first time, he retreats to a Montana cattle ranch to visit his uncle and gain perspective. There, he meets a beautiful young woman named Avelina who teaches him more than he ever knew about matters of the heart.



I’m being very, very, very generous when I’m giving this book a 1/5 stars because let’s just start off that it started off well…enough. It’s written in both perspectives of Avelina and Nate which was promising to me because I like dual perspective stories.

However, there was just so many things wrong with this book.

Let’s begin with how Avelina’s story was written in a summary format. For the first couple of chapters, the author was summarizing her life instead of telling me her story. It made the story so boring and I felt so bad for her character because it had so much potential to leave an impact. Instead, it was just pointless for me to read.

I’m also going to talk about how Avelina basically had such a wild background I was shocked that it happened by chapter 3 or somewhere in the near beginning. She fell in love with her husband, Jake, and marries him very early on in the relationship and then tragedy strikes. A horse falls on top of Jake. You read it right. A horse falls on top of Jake as he’s trying to save Avelina from being trampled on. Fine. Let’s just say we believe it and then we move on. I expect death at this point because the way the author is describing how a thousand pound animal just falls on top of you, it’s reasonable. HOWEVER, NO. THIS WOULDN’T BE THE 1/5 STAR STORY UNLESS…

YOU GUESSED IT. Jake survives. The worst damage? He can’t move from the waist down. Jake spirals out of control, turns alcoholic, and then abusive. I hate. Reading. Abuse. I just hate it. I know it’s necessary to not be ignorant that abuse does happen in relationships but it’s just not my taste. Anyways, Jake can’t live with himself because he’s a cocky prick who wants to be a cowboy and he can’t do that when he can’t even go to the washroom by himself so he takes it out on Avelina because he blames her for his accident. Jake shoots himself and dies.

Wrapping up why this book is overly dramatic, let’s move onto the better parts of the novel. Nate’s side was so pleasing to read because he had a personality. He was funny, smart, and his family was supportive and adorable to read. I teared up when he graduated from medical school and that was the first ever chapter I read of him so clearly, CLEARLY, CLEARLY, Avelina is not being done the justice she deserves.

Anyways, tragedy strikes and Jake goes to his uncle’s ranch to have some time to connect and mend his soul. There he meets Avelina, and boom. Instalove.

Overall? I had to skim the last hundred pages because I felt my IQ actually going down.

Would I recommend you to read this book?

No. Don’t. Just put it back down on the shelf or if you have it, throw it out.


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