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Debra Hart is moving on. Maybe. Hopefully. One day.
As a radio show host, Debra spends her mornings as Miss Lonely Heart on air, empathizing with all the broken hearts in the Denver metro area. She spends her evenings watching old musicals and trying not to think about the guy who broke up with her and subsequently fell in love with one of her best friends. Alone in a new
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Published February 4th 2019 by Bling! Romance
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Emilee
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
No, no, no I was not ready to say goodbye to Debra and Ben or this setting. I’ll start with the setting. I LOVED it! I’m quickly becoming a fan of Denver and the surrounding areas. This is the third book I’ve read in the recent past that has been set in this amazing part of the country. I’ve never been in real life but Im dying to take a trip and maybe just move there. Now for the the plot. LOVED IT! This author knows how to write a swoon worthy romance and a swoon worthy hero. Oh goodness, Ben ...more
Courtney Clark
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After the Rain is an emotional story that will grab your heart, all about GROWING. Much more than a romance, it is especially relevant for all 20-somethings searching for home and friendship. It’s one book I will reread with a happy smile (and I know I’ll see more layers of the characters upon a reread!).

I wasn’t sure I would 100% like Debra because of things that happened in The Last Summer, but wow how people (or characters) can be surprising! Seeing her life through her perspective not only m
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Danielle Good
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just closed After The Rain and feel like I just left a really great therapy session.
After reading The Last Summer, I did not like Debra, nor did I really feel bad for her. Now? I feel like I connect and relate to her on a deep level. This goes to show you that you never know a person’s story until you know their thoughts & feelings and also, that Brandy Bruce is incredible at introducing you to the soul of her characters.
This is a deep and honest and raw story of rediscovering who you ar
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Toni Shiloh
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There's a quote on the cover of this book that says about how Debra's story will remain with you long after you've finished reading. It's so true. But I find that happens to me after every Brandy Bruce novel I've read. How the characters linger in your mind. How real they felt to me even though I know it was fiction. They call you back to reread their story and learn new truths. This book is a must read for that reason alone.
MJSH
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I decided then....my dance with God might look different now, but I was still willing to dance. In fact, this dance seemed more real to me."

So if you haven't read The Last Summer prior to reading this book, you will likely sympathize with Debra from page one of the book, maybe even empathize with her. After all, Debra was the one who was spurned and then one of her best friends and her ex got together pretty quickly after she exited their life in Texas. I read the first book and was absolutely
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C.E. Hart
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I know it’s only February, but After the Rain, by Brandy Bruce, a new-to-me-author, is most certainly going on my Five Favorite Books of 2019 list! I ADORE the characters, was pulled into the emotion of the story very quickly, believed the plot, and sighed upon reading Every. Single. Chapter.

Sigh… Sigh… Sigh…

This story will stay with me for quite some time. Upon learning that After the Rain is the second book in a series, I’m dying to go back to read book one, The Last Summer (Sarah’s sto
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Hallie Szott
After the Rain perfectly continues Debra Hart’s story from The Last Summer, allowing readers to see her in a different light. Hers is an emotional story, for sure—and one I’m ecstatic that Brandy Bruce decided to share because I loved it.

Debra is trying to move on from the hurt and heartbreak of losing not only love, but friendships, too, yet starting over is no easy task. Understandably, her faith is a little shaky, and she has feelings aplenty of anger, bitterness, doubt, loneliness, and uncer
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Suzie Waltner
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you read Brandy Bruce’s The Last Summer, you know there was one person whose story ended with pain and heartbreak. I am so glad we get to read Debra’s continuing story. And Bruce once again pulls out all of Deb’s emotional upheaval.

In After the Rain, Deb is struggling to let go of the anger and hurt from not only losing the man she fell in love with but also her closest friends—her family in a sense. She sees herself as a shadow of the woman she was before.

In spite of some bitterness toward t
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Marisa
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Topping my list of most-anticipated books of 2019, After the Rain proved to be a bit of a different story than I expected and so much more at the same time. I'm an avid lover of Bruce's debut with Bling! Romance, The Last Summer, and fell head-over-heels for that hero and heroine while finding Debra my least favorite of the group for no reason other than simply being different from her. Knowing how much I loved The Last Summer and how badly I wanted a positive outcome for Debra, I eagerly jumped ...more
Phyllis
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No more Miss Lonely Heart!

My rating is 4.5 stars

From the first page, my heart cried out and I was invested in this story! Not because I had read and loved the first book – this one is a treasure on its own.

It isn’t often I think about the girl who is dumped so the heroine can get her guy when I read books like The Last Summer. Most of the time, the author is having you feel for the heroine and details all the reasons the other girl is wrong for “him”. Well, After the Rain is about the other girl
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Jane
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
After the Rain is a sequel to The Last Summer, but reading the first book is not a requirement for reading the second. Brandy Bruce tells the story of Debra. She is coming off a bad break-up (from The Last Summer) and has re-designed herself and moved to Denver. Debra, a radio announcer, almost accidentally finds herself in the role of Miss Lonely Hearts, which is not necessarily a good role for her considering her recent horrible break-up. At times her bitterness comes out and gets her into tro ...more
Amy
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to this book since I found out there would be a sequel to The Last Summer. I will admit that Debra was not a favorite character of mine from the last book. She was too bubbly and happy and more importantly she was standing in the way of Luke and Sara’s happiness. So needless to say, she was not a character I had grown close too. However at the end of the last book and the meltdown she had, I began to feel for her.

After the Rain is Debra’s story, and wow! What a story
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Crystal
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is about learning to breathe again after a crushing blow to the heart, learning to take one step at a time and re-learning how to trust that God's goodness- and His plans- are best. I empathized with Debra's pain, loneliness, and anger as she trudges through her not-asked-for "new" life. And then along came Ben! Ben made this story for me. His easygoing temperament and almost child-like playfulness makes him easy to like right from the start. I appreciated his genuineness and his givi ...more
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Brandy Bruce was scribbling stories in purple spiral notebooks at the age of 12. She traded in notebooks for a laptop and now writes romance novels. Having worked as a book editor for a traditional publishing house for more than a decade, Brandy is thrilled to work in an industry she loves. She's currently a freelance editor, a writer, a wife, a mother to three fabulous children, and she's someone ...more
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“I feel like I've found the guy who I want to be the soundtrack to my life.” 0 likes
“Maybe my faith had changed, but I believed the story. More than that, I loved the story. I decided then...my dance with God might look different now, but I was still willing to dance.” 0 likes
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