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The Storm After (Winds of Change, #1)

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A compelling historical fiction tale of four strangers who come together in the aftermath of the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900—the deadliest hurricane in US history. More than 6,000 people died that fateful day and the island was left a sea of brokenness. As the four diverse strangers cling to each other amidst the devastation in an attempt to survive, they change each ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published January 12th 2013 by Createspace
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Julie
Jan 27, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The end was a little unsatisfying - nothing was resolved. But on the other hand, I really wondered how the author could possibly resolve everything happily, so it's just as well she didn't. The characters were so human. The story was less about the Galveston Hurricane than it was about the characters. Nevertheless, I learned a lot about the aftermath of the hurricane through the eyes of the characters. Throughout the book, I could not predict what was going to happen next, and ...more
Connie
Nov 05, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it
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In the dark of the night, September 8, 1900, a terrible hurricane hit Galveston, TX, wiping out nearly all buildings and most of the people. As the sky lightened, survivors stumbled through debris and bodies, disoriented a few feet from their former homes because everything is wiped away. Although the stories about each individual survivor are fiction, it is based on facts of the time. The lives of the characters are woven beautifully around the agonies they must go through to carry on. This was ...more
Nancy
Jan 13, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it
In the dark of the night, September 8, 1900, a terrible hurricane hit Galveston, TX, wiping out nearly all buildings and most of the people. As the sky lightened, survivors stumbled through debris and bodies, disoriented a few feet from their former homes because everything is wiped away. Although the stories about each individual survivor are fiction, it is based on facts of the time. The lives of the characters are woven beautifully around the agonies they must go through to carry on. This was ...more
Cherei
Aug 04, 2013 Cherei rated it it was amazing
I picked this up.. and started to read.. and before I knew it.. I was halfway through the book. It's one of those rare books that reads somewhat like a journal. In this case.. a journal of several characters. There's no guessing about what the various characters were thinking or doing.

The hurricane in Galveston in September of 1900.. was one of the worst natural disasters to occur in the United States. In the blink of an eye.. the nearly 50,000 citizens were cut off from the entire world. This i
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Bonnie Helm
Jul 27, 2015 Bonnie Helm rated it really liked it
Fantastic historical fiction book, well-written, and complex characters. Since I'm also from Texas, I hear about the Galveston Hurricane a lot, and it was interesting to read a story from the perspective of those who might have lived through it. It definitely changed my view on how difficult that would have been to live through!
Linda Cole
Nov 28, 2015 Linda Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting

I was interested in the description of the hurricane and how people survived and coped with the devastation. It was told in a different view
Linda
Dec 31, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. The story line focused on a select few people and how their lives intertwined immediately following the devastation of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. Running through the story were just enough historic threads to keep the story moving along smoothly but not too many to bore the reader. I found the transitions between characters nicely done and easy to follow. The ending was an unexpected surprise and left me wanting to keep reading the characters' story. I will rec ...more
A.L.
Jan 26, 2014 A.L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of historical fiction
I enjoyed this historical fiction. I knew about the big hurricane in Galveston but seeing it through the eyes of survivors was a great way of bringing you into the aftermath of that big storm and pulling you into the story. Four survivors and the people around them tell the story of what it takes to rebuild not only a great city, but their lives. I did find the dead nun's narration a bit distracting and unnecessary,too. All in all it was well-written and incorporated historical fact in an intere ...more
Margie Cady
Interesting read

I originally thought this story would focus on the storm and the people as a whole interesting that it was about a group of people whose lives became intertwined. Also, the nun provided spirituality and comfort even in death.
InD'tale Magazine
An excellent work of historical fiction, Popp shows both the storm and its aftermath in a way that sucks in the reader.

Read full review in the 2013 July/August double issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Judy Bullard
Aug 04, 2013 Judy Bullard rated it really liked it
The storm & aftermath of the Hurricane that hit Galveston TX in Sept.1900. Story of how a small group who came to be friends and get their lives back to some sense of order among the devastation of what once was a great island.
Kristina Pullen
Loved!!Loved!!! This book was my talked about book of the summer! Had me in it's grip from cover to cover.
Rosie
Mar 18, 2015 Rosie rated it really liked it
Excellent! Worth reading!
Debi
Nov 23, 2014 Debi rated it it was amazing
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Really enjoying this book!
Tiffany Wacaser
Jul 22, 2015 Tiffany Wacaser rated it it was ok
Interesting story about the lives of several people trying to process and rebuild their lives after surviving the storm which destroyed Galveston, Texas.

Twists of fate, some spiritual insights, and a determination to press forward make the events described interesting.
Rebecca
Sep 09, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was ok
This was good. Unfortunately the "ghost" voice of the nun was a huge detractor for me. It seemed superfluous and did nothing to advance the story, except satisfy (the author's?) need to promote the existence of god/heaven... In an 'I know more than you do' way. Other than that, the story was good...

Implausible, but interesting look at what some survivors of the hurricane would have faced - except for the windfalls of cash and opportunity the characters of this book just had fall in their laps.
Becky
Nov 29, 2013 Becky rated it liked it
Based on a for real storm with totally believable characters and their struggles to rebuild home and family.... The story is good, in spite of a weak ending, but was often hard to follow with the jumping around from one character's first person account to another.
Nancy
Oct 30, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it
Great premise and a strong start, but the plot wandered and the character development was uneven. Not bad, but had the potential to be much better.
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A native Texan, Gina Hooten Popp was born in Greenville and now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. Her debut novel THE STORM AFTER is a finalist in the 2014 RONE Awards.
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