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After the rains
Raney, Deborah.
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Publication Information:
Colorado Springs, Colo. : Waterbrook Press, [2002]

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343 pages ; 21 cm
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Long ago, Natalie's mother faced an agonizing choice between the two people she loved most, and the difficult resolution to her predicament affects Natalie throughout her young life--fueling a season of teenage rebellion that results in the death of her best friend.

As a young woman, Natalie attempts to put her troubles behind her, ultimately finding solace in the arms of a man with close ties to the tragedy. Yet neither time nor love can liberate her from the past. Determined to confront her terrible guilt, Natalie embarks on a journey that will take her thousands of miles from home and straight into the life and heart of a man unlike any she has ever known.

Confronted with a decision that echoes the one her mother faced so many years before, Natalie finds herself drawn to two men--each of whom holds a claim to her heart. But the sins of her past must be confronted, and an escape from her guilt found, before her heart will be free to find its home.

Showing that God can forgive the gravest of sins, After the Rains beautifully illustrates that his forgiveness comes purely through loving mercy and grace, not by our human efforts to earn it.

Author Notes

DEBORAH RANEY is at work on her 20th novel. Her books have won the RITA Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award, Silver Angel, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish , inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy small-town life in Kansas. They are new empty nesters with four grown children and two grandsons, all of whom live much too far away.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Picking up several years after the point at which her previous novel, Beneath a Southern Sky, left off, Raney again explores the long-term ramifications of careless choices, developing themes of God's forgiveness and grace along the way. Natalie Camfield, who was a small child in the previous installment, is now a discontented teen haunted by the heartbreaking choice her mother made long ago that has kept Natalie from her birth father. Rebellious, angry and feeling like an outsider in her family, Natalie makes her own wrong decisions, the implications of which reverberate throughout the rest of the novel. Natalie's desire for forgiveness eventually takes her to Colombia to visit her birth father, a missionary doctor. There, Natalie finds her true calling and-rather predictably-romance, as she learns that God's grace cannot be earned. Writing troubles, however, mar the novel. The prologue telegraphs much about one of the central events, diminishing the narrative tension, and the drunk-driving scenario is an overused device in current CBA novels. Characters smile, grin or laugh far too frequently (if it's a serious scene, they smile weakly, wryly or sadly), and there are entire sections where the word "she" begins almost every sentence. The most appealing element of the novel, however, is its compelling message that God can redeem poor choices, no matter how tragic the initial consequences. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved