After the Rain
Author: Rita Gerlach
Category: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2015
My Rating: 2 Stars
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.
I love great literature and I truly struggle when I find a story to be confusing. It is frustrating. I read After the Rain through chapter fourteen and was unable to finish. There are paragraphs and situations that just don’t play out cleanly. Gerlach has a good story without good execution.
On the other hand Gerlach does create a genuine sense of being in the world of the wealthy in the early 20th century. She also creates a fantastic villainous character in Gamma Beatrice yet her “good” characters are just too good. They are pushing the limit of Christian credulity.
As much as I would like to I cannot recommend After the Rain.
I received a review copy for my honest and unbiased review.
About the Author:
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.
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