After The Rain by Lilian Darcy

After The Rain

byLilian Darcy

Kobo ebook | July 12, 2014

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How do you stop being angry at someone when they’re gone?

Kira Shepherd Blair’s older sister Neve died eighteen years ago at River Bend Park, on the night of the 1996 Marietta High School senior prom, and Kira is still mired in feelings she can’t resolve. So much of her life has been shadowed by Neve, from the adolescence she spent banished from the family spotlight because Neve was so greedy for it, to the bad marriage she made at twenty-one because she and her parents needed the security and the promise of a future, after Neve’s tragic death.

Kira is working to make a good life for herself and her ten-year-old son Jake after her divorce and is finally starting to feel that she’s getting on track, when Neve’s high school boyfriend Casey “Jay” Brown comes back to Marietta and turns everything upside down.

Casey has never known in his heart how much he was to blame for what happened to Neve that night, but when he and Kira are forced to work together at the renowned Haraldsen Architectural Foundation in the foothills of the Absaroka Mountains, she leaves him in no doubt as to her opinion on the issue.

That’s how you stop being angry at someone when they’re gone. You channel your anger onto the man you hold responsible, the man who’s right here, no matter how heart-stoppingly gorgeous he is.

Title:After The RainFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 12, 2014Publisher:Tule Publishing Group, LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1940296145

ISBN - 13:9781940296142

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from After The Rain by Lilian Darcy A very well written story about living life in the present and learning to overcome the past 18 years ago, after Marietta's high school prom, Neve Shepherd died. It has been hard for everyone to get past. Her younger sister Kira, who always lived in the shadows of Neve, knows this better then anyone. Present day, Kira is divorced and raising her son on her own. She has made a good life for them. She tries not to think of the past and her sister's tragedy. But, when Casey Brown comes to work where she does, the past is brought back up along with all the the anguish they both suffer. Casey, back then known as Jay, was Neve's prom date and he has never gotten over the loss of Neve either. Together, they seek and learn answers to a lot of questions they both had. They also learn that it is never too late for love. Maybe it is coincidence. Or maybe, there is someone else working to bring them together.
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from After the Rain In After The Rain by Lilian Darcy (River Bend #4), Casey has not been back to Marietta, Montana since he was a teenager. After a prom night tragedy when his girlfriend Neve died, his parent's decided it was time to start fresh. Now all these years later, a successful architect, Casey is returning to Montana for a rare work opportunity at an artist's foundation. He knows there will be memories only Montana can provide...he does not expect one of the first people he meets at the foundation will be Kira, his former girlfriends younger sister. There is a subtle attraction between Kira and Casey, and Casey is sure Kira is flirting with him. Kira has no clue who Casey is...he went by Jay in high school...and Casey struggles with the need to let her know who he is and the fact that it will irrevocably change how she feels about him. Casey is not wrong about that, and as Kira struggles to accept who he was and who he is today, the past that has never really been put to rest continues to haunt them both. Both of them hope to find answers, to ease their sorrows of the past. Will they be able to do this together, or is that shared part of their past to painful? Will either of them ever be able to let the past rest and finally stay in the past? Lilian gives us a lot of emotional depth in After the Rain. I felt like I got to know Kira very well in After the Rain. Her experiences, her emotions, and how she faces life are all realistic and make her someone you feel like you can understand. I really liked how Lilian explores Kira's character and lets us see her falter and flourish. I really saw a lot of growth in Kira. Kira and Casey's interactions and the slowly growing heat between them made them seem like real people. I really liked how Lilian gives us Casey's POV from both the past and the present. It helped me to know him better, even though I feel that Kira is the more dominant character in After the Rain. I really liked the maturity of the main characters, and this shows in their thoughts and actions. There are a few subplots, surprises and some great secondary characters in After the Rain that really help round out the story. With a believable plot, After the Rain is about two people finding each other After the Rain. Lilian will draw you in with her characters and the hope of answers, the hope of love. After the Rain is part of the River Bend series and while I believe it can be read alone, I think it would be easier to understand some of what is going on if you read the rest of the series also. I'd recommend After the Rain to contemporary romance readers.
Date published: 2014-07-16