When eighteen-year-old Avelina Belo meets a charismatic cowboy the summer before her senior year of high school, she doesn’t know that accepting his invitation to dinner will lead to a whirlwind marriage three months later and an exciting new life on a Montana ranch. She also doesn’t know that, in a few short years, fate will send everything crashing down around her.
A thousand miles away and fresh out of medical school, Nate Meyers is poised to become UCLA’s next superstar heart surgeon. His laser focus is the key to his success, but it’s also his greatest liability. When a routine surgery ends in disaster, derailing his career, he’s confronted with the hard truth: there’s no one waiting for him at home, no one to help him pick up the pieces.
Regrouping on his uncle’s Montana ranch, Nate meets Avelina, a beautiful but mysterious young woman who keeps to herself and barely speaks a word. As he discovers the details of her devastating past, Avelina teaches him more about matters of the heart than he ever knew before. But can they trust each other enough to put everything on the line?
3.5 – 4.0 Stars
♥ ♥ ♥HEARTS ♥ ♥ ♥ Bleeding hearts, aching hearts and heavy hearts are something Ava and Nate are no stranger to.
Ava has had her fill of heartache as a young woman. She had her dreams crushed as a newlywed and never fully recovered from that incident. Feeling hopeless in her efforts to fix her situation she withdraws from everyone who loves her. Pouring herself into her work with horses allows her to keep people out of her life. She creates an island of herself to protect her heart from anymore sorrow.
Nate is a brilliant heart surgeon who experiences a life changing moment in his career that leaves him questioning his life. Recovering from that moment he takes a month off from his work in the city to help his uncle on a ranch in Montana. The moment he lays eyes on Ava his curiosity takes over and he makes it his mission to show her compassion where others have failed.
These two broken hearts are brought together on a ranch in Montana. Learning to love again is an effort that both of them must figure out.
While After the Rain starts out strong it has its moments where I was extremely frustrated with Ava. Ava spent some time self loathing over something that really wasn’t her fault. When Ava finally takes the bull by the horns I cheered for her. *You go, girl!*
Renee Carlino designed a story about the healing powers of love on a damaged heart. As Edith, the neighbor, pointed out, “… after the rain you’ll always find new sprouting in the aftermath.”