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After The Rain (Falling Home #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,969 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
From New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street novels comes the sequel to Falling Home, a novel set in the picaresque town of Walton, Georgia, where one woman is about to discover that the best journey is the one that brings you home.…

Freelance photographer Suzanne Paris has been on her own since she was fourteen—and she has no intention of settling down, espec
Paperback, 378 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Zebra
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The Hook - After The Rain by Karen White is not my usual fare but there it was one day, sitting on the library shelf, the cover teasing me to pick it up. Happenstance? Fate? I’m not certain but it was the right book at the right time.

The Line(s) - “How wonderful. To know your place in the world before you’re even born.”

The Sinker - After The Rain is a story of the ache of not fitting in, the urge to belong and ultimately one of finding home. It is a love story at heart; a book that will make y
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-review-book

I know it sounds a bit cliche', but I was hooked by page 2 of this story and basically read until I finished the book! I loved this sequel and thought White did a fabulous job of putting the reader right back in lives of the characters from Falling Home. Oh my did I fall in love with the southern town of Walton, Georgia and yes, I fell in love with many of the people who walked those quaint streets. White has a way with creating a story line that doesn't seem far-fetched. My heart broke a few ti
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Karen White's books, and this one, like the others, only took me a few hours to read. I was hooked from the first page. Suzanne Paris moves to a small town in Georgia in hopes of running away from her past, but realizes that the past isn't always that far behind her. During this book, I realized that it's almost a sequel - some of the characters (Sam and Cassie Parker, Joe Warner, Ed Ferrell and Lena Larson) are from a previous book of White's, "Falling Home". Although reading ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was my first Karen White. The story,setting and characters are impressive. Though I din't like the explanation she gives for Suzanne Paris's constant running. I think Anthony withdrew too easily and early which makes him less impressive as evil entity. Except this the town of Walton and its residents makes for the dream town. Pairing of Joe Warner and Suzanne Paris is also good. Loved the saying "A life without rain is like the sun without shade."
so I made this-
Stacy []
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am such a huge fan of Karen White. Whenever I pick up a Karen White novel, I know I am in for a great few hours of reading, living vicariously through vividly drawn characters and their crazy Southern-fried lives. After the Rain takes us back to the small town from Falling Home, little Walton, Georgia. Not only do we return to Walton, but we are smack dab in the middle of the lives we left in Falling Home. I still remember the moment I finished Falling Home and how I was laughing and crying at ...more
Malorie Gresham
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can not get enough of Karen White's novels and this one did not let me down. Her stories and characters draw me in and I can not put them down till they are over. My only complaint is that I know am forced to wait for her next novel!
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the Rain by Karen White is a republished and remastered novel that is full of twists and turns, touches lightly on the desolation of a broken family life and the darkness people can fall into as a result, and the hope that just might be around the corner. Suzanne Paris is on a bus to Atlanta when she decides on a whim to get off in Walton, Ga., where she meets a large family and finds the home she’s been looking for all of her life. But with the sun comes rain. And there is a deluge of it ...more
Quick synopsis of After the Rain by Karen White:

Suzanne Paris is running from a troubled relationship as well as a troubled past. On her way to an undetermined destination, she stops in Walton, GA. Here, she stops and begins to make friends and to find exactly what she is looking for in life.

This is a great story of friendship and love and how they survive in spite of disappointments and sadness of life. There are some funny southern stereotypes and the mysterious connection between Suzanne and
Viviane Crystal
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Suzanne Paris, as she is now calling herself, is a freelance photographer who is running away. We don’t know for a long time where she’s from but we do know that she is a woman who for years has had no “hometown” and immediately goes on the run whenever anyone tries to get too close or begins to start connecting dots to the mystery of her past. It’s a lonely life; and despite Suzanne’s tough exterior appearance, underneath she’s like a tightly-wired machine that is super-exhausted underneath.

Marjorie Pfister
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I am usually a huge Karen White fact when I learned this was a sequel to Falling Home I went back and re-listened to Falling Home to reacquaint myself with the story and the characters.
In After the Rain we meet Suzanne Paris who is a mysterious woman who on a whim decides to get off the bus in Walton,Ga where she's befriended by the town and warily my Joe..who lost his wife Harriet to breast cancer she was diagnosed with while she was pregnant with their son and died shortly after his b
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not knowing that this was actually a follow up to Falling Home where the main characters were introduced, I still found After the Rain to be an engaging stand alone novel. It just made me want to go to small town Walton, Georgia and meet the wonderful people who know each other and everyone's business and who care about each other in spite of their flaws.

Suzanne Paris is running from her ex-fiance and from her life as a successful photographer in New York. She is used to moving around--in and ou
Judy Collins
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this Nook book! As usual Karen never disappoints! After reading Falling Home, set in Walton, GA with some special characters, could not wait to return to catch up with the small town cast (Cassie and more). After the rain is also set in Walton, GA with the main character of Suzanne, a photographer from Chicago is passing thru Georgia and lands in Walton on the bus. Suzanne is running away from her past and secrets. She thinks she will be able to hideout her; however, anything but as this ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I think I may be overly generous in giving this book two stars. I picked it up out of desperation at an airport shop in need of an extra book to read on vacation. Not a fan at all of "romance" novels, but the description on the back cover (in addition to the fact that it was an oversized paperback that cost $16!) didn't let on that "After The Rain" was exactly that. Also I've never read any of Karen White's books before so had no idea what I was in for. The first couple of chapters were absorbin ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Another outstanding book from one of my favorite authors. Even though I knew from the very beginning what was probably going to happen, I had great difficulty putting this one down. Heartwarming, delightful, uplifting---these are all adjectives that come to mind when I think about this book. It also causes one to think, how do you handle "the rain" that inevitably falls in each of our lives?
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When free lance photographer Suzanne Paris impulsively decided to get off the bus in Walton, Georgia, instead of going on to Atlanta, she knew she was taking a risk. A risk that might threaten everything she held dear. But there was an incredible pull that seemed to be guiding her that day....

Almost immediately, she is thrust into the middle of Joe Warner's life, and the huddle of his six offspring that surround him; and when she starts forming connections with his family and friends, she is ris
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suzanne Paris is running away. Someone terrible is trying to find her. Suzanne is heading to Atlanta, when the bus stops at Walton, Georgia. Suzanne feels a strong pull towards this small town. Well it also does not hurt that the necklace that Suzanne’s mother gave her has the name R. Michael Jewelers, Walton inscribed on the back. Suzanne does not make the best first impression, especially on the mayor, Joe.

After the Rain is the follow up to Falling Home. You do not have to read that book prio
Once Upon a Twilight
I was all excited about starting this really great book by Karen White. I sat down and just couldn't wait to read it because the back of the book sounded like my type of book that I would read. Right from the beginning it was really good about the main character Suzanne Paris who is a freelance photographer decides to runaway from her life back home and wants to move to a little place but not to make roots there and not fall in love with anybody because she is just passing through and is hiding ...more
Samantha March
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of After the Rain by Karen White in exchange for an honest review. I can never turn down a Karen White book, no matter how busy my schedule may be. Her books have a way of drawing me in, to surrendering to the plot and the characters, and I am just drawn to them. I had a fabulous time reading After the Rain, and thought it was quite a charming novel. It starts off with freelance photographer Suzanne Paris on a bus, escaping from something or someone. While at a stop in Walton, ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books is a sequel to Karen White's book "Falling Home" and I liked it almost just as much as I liked the first book!

Karen White creates in all her books such wonderful settings, such beautiful places, full of fascinating and lovely people that I just want to move to the towns and live with these characters. This book is no exception I fell in love with the town of Walton, GA in her book "Falling Home" and it was such a pleasure to return to that town in this book and catch up with all my fa
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the Rain, the sequel to Falling Home, was first published in 2003 and then again in 2012 after revising. This is the eighth Karen White book I have read, and I liked it much better than Falling Home. The story begins as Suzanne Paris comes to Walton, Georgia, and meets Joe Warner, the town's mayor, who is a widower with six kids. Suzanne is on the run and this little town seems the perfect place to stay for awhile. Of course she becomes enamored of life in a small Southern town with all it ...more
3-1/2 stars

Enjoyable women's fiction leaning towards romance. Story of a woman who had grown up in the foster system with a mother who continually came and took her out again but could never straighten her life up. The daughter is now grown but is living a rootless life as a freelance photographer who wanders into a small town in Georgia and gets mixed up with all the people there. She falls in love with a widower who has six children. The story is at its strongest when showing the relationship
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I loved "Falling Home" this was just as good. I definitely liked the first novel better though. She definitely did a great job picking up where she left off. Walton sounds like a town where you would want to run away too. I loved the new characters and seeing how the old characters from the early books developed later. I can't wait to read the next book she writes! Hopefully she will write another book with the Walton , Georgia characters. Maddie could always have a story of her own! I love K ...more
J.C. Wing
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Karen White is one of my most favorite authors. This book, After the Rain, is a sequel to Falling Home. Each one of these books is a stand alone novel...both of them well written and wonderful stories, but they are so much better as a pair. In this sequel, the reader gets to go back to the small town of Walton, Georgia to revisit the characters that were introduced in the first book. I can't really say much about the story will ruin the plot of the first book if it hasn't been read. Wh ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To be transformed through the kindness of others and challenges of new people is a rare thing today and Karen White captures a beautiful picture of it in this story of a wayward woman trying to hide and yet longing to be found. Suzanne finds herself stepping off the bus from Chicago into the rural town of Walton, Georgia to give herself a temporary stopping place of running from an abusive ex-fiance and a motherless past and begins to find that this is where she has always belonged and that she ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the author Karen White. Wove a good follow up to Falling Home. Suzanne Lewis travels to Walton Georgia to find out why the charm from her Mom gave reads "A life without rain is like sun without shade," from the local jeweler. Love, loss, and betrayal webs this story a lot like real life. I enjoyed it.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Again, a classic Karen White story. I loved that this book picked up where Falling Home left off. The story line had enough mystery to keep the story moving right along. Plus, I'm a sucker for a happy ending.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed Suzanne's relationship with Joe...probably waited too long between reading Falling Home and this sequel to remember all the characters. I also found myself wanting to know more detail about some storylines.
Pat Morris
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sequel to Falling Home. Returns to Walton to follow the lives of the Warners and Suzanne, who comes to town to escape an abusive fiance. This was as good as Falling Home.
Jessie Higgins-Arnold
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I have read by Karen White. I love how she draws you in.
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After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first ...more
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