Book After the Rain Author: Rita GerlachGenre: Christian Historical Fiction
He becomes the love of her life. She becomes his biggest challenge.
It’s 1908, a year in the Edwardian Age, the year J.M. Barrie’s play What Every Woman Knows, premiered in Atlantic City and the first Model T rolled off the assembly line in Detroit. It is a year when the world faced one of its worst disasters in history, when the New Year would heal the wounds of loss. Louisa Borden lives a privileged life in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a new and thriving community on the outskirts of Washington, DC for the well-to-do. Against the wishes of her domineering grandmother, she retreats from the prospects of a loveless marriage and instead searches for what she hopes is her calling in life.
When her horse is spooked along Rock Creek, she is thrown from the saddle—an embarrassing situation for any affluent young lady. Soaking wet, bruised and humiliated, she is carried up the muddy bank to safety by Jackson O’Neil, a stranger to the city, who changes the course of everything, including the lives of all those around her.Author Info:
Rita Gerlach is a best-selling author of inspirational fiction with a romantic bent, including The Rebel’s Pledge, Thorns in Eden and The Everlasting Mountains, Surrender the Wind, and The Daughters of the Potomac Series. She lives in Maryland near the Catoctin Mountains with her husband Paul.
I am going to start this review with saying I have mixed feelings about this book. I have found that people have either loved this book or just plain didn't like it but I am in the middle. I neither loved nor hated it.
I loved the story line and the plot. I think the story line was fantastic. The characters were really developed and likable and I thought they were true to life. Some of the characters, like Blossom in particular, made me want to jump in the pages and hug her and then "Gamma" I wanted to take her cane and hit her with it.
I kept hoping that Louisa and Jackson would have a happy ever after, at times it seemed they would and then it seemed they wouldn't and then it seemed like they would. I wouldn't say anymore on that subject and let you read to find out how it all worked out or if it didn't.
"After The Rain" by Rita Gerlach is full of twists that made this book a really enjoyable read. There are parts that made me cry along with Louisa and Amy. There was also parts that made me laugh aloud. I think it would have been great fun to see a mule pulling a car because the owner didn't want to buy gas for it.
This novel was a lengthy 570 pages. I have already stated that I liked the storyline and plot but it had a lot of slow parts and mistakes. The mistakes are missing words and double words in sentences and a couple of times the wrong last names is used when the characters are responding to other characters. In some of the conversations between the characters it was hard to tell who was saying what in the conversations.
I am giving the book 4 stars
I would love to read more about these characters. I have put Rita Gerlach's other books on my To Be Read list.
I was given a copy by the publisher and Celebrate Lit for a honest review. The opinions expressed are mine own.
I was informed that the mistakes were corrected Jan 28, 2016.
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