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After the Rain

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  39 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published February 4th 2019 by Bling! Romance
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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
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 are wh
Engaging, relatable, and honest. After the Rain is a compelling read about change, healing and letting go of hurts and disappointments. With authentic characters, heartfelt emotion, a lively indie music scene and a vivid Colorado backdrop, this book was a great story to sink into and experience. I really enjoyed it!
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.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful story of what it's like to pick up the pieces after your life is shattered. I'm so glad that the author told us Deb's story.

I didn't connect with this book as much as the last one. Mostly because I was bothered that no one seemed to be concerned about Deb's spiritual health. She is hurt and mad at God and not sure if she believes. I totally understand how, going through what she did, she would feel that way. Everyone around her was basically like "Yeah, your relationship wit
"I decided 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
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I do not care for romance novels. I find the characters are heavily clichéd, the relationships unrealistic, and the plots overly dramatic. That being said, I recognize that my love of science fiction and fantasy is the same coin in a different currency.

I do, however, love good writing. And Brandy's writing is why I finish her books. Her writing uses fantastic imagery and conveys a sense of grounded realism, her characters and their interactions could be real people I know. Brandy writes about r
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
4.5 Stars

AFTER THE RAIN was a beautiful, bittersweet, emotional roller-coaster romance. Inspirational romance readers will fall in love with these characters and connect with the heroine's journey to find herself. Highly recommended.

Goodness. This story. I loved these characters! Loved them! Except when I wanted to shake and yell at Debra. She was so scared and stuck sometimes that she kept sabotaging herself. Drove me crazy! Ben was a saint. He put up with it all and hung on when there were so
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
Emilie Haney
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, romance
What happens when you've lost the love of your life? You start over, right? Well, that's what Deb does in Brandy Bruce's sweet novel, After the Rain.

I have yet to read the previous book, The Last Summer, but I believe it is a bit of a "prequel" or so to this book. That being said, I didn't feel like I missed anything by not having read it yet. (Believe me, it's on my list to read soon!).

Anyway, I hoped into this story without much of a background or understanding (how I prefer to start books)
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
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
Karen W
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Liked the main characters of Deb and Ben very much . A refreshing story of a jilted woman whose boyfriend wanted one of her best friends instead! The story unfolds as Debra moves to another state with a new job at a Radio family or friends nearby.... With a multitude of emotions, counselling, hard work, she is introduced to worship minister and potential rock star Ben. A kind hearted, loyal thoughtful guy.....the relationship develops, and Deb promotes the group who get snapped up a ...more
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
Kara Peck
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was so well written and beautiful. I really loved the character development. There are books that need to be written and read and bring something new to the table. Bruce poignantly does just that. I am here for it! Thank you for filling the need.

*I was gifted a copy of this book. My opinions are my own.*
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s been 8 months since Debra’s heart got broken by Luke - the man she hoped to spend the rest of her life with, but he chose her friend Sara over her. Since then Debra has moved out of Texas, found a job as a co-host of a morning radio show, made a friend, but she’s still just a shadow of the lively girl she used to be, singing in church every Sunday, hanging out with her pack of friends. She lost her previous life, her faith, her voice. Her heart is filled with anger and bitterness, and defin ...more
Cass (thebibliophagist)
I wanted this book to go on forever and ever, I had to start pacing myself or else I’d finish it in a day! I was hooked from the start as the plot contains some of my absolute favorite things.

I’m obsessed with music [thought I can’t sing to save my life, I live and breathe music!!] so Ben being in a band was an automatic draw. I also have an embarrassing secret dream job of being an alternative radio host and Debra just happens to live that dream life. To top that all off...the book takes place
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
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
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book since I wasn’t a fan of Debra in The Last Summer. Well, I need not have worried. Bruce took a broken character and gave her new life and placed her right in my heart. And Ben…. SWOON. Both characters have flaws but that just makes them easy to relate to, though I must confess to wanting to shake both of them a couple of times lol.

Ben falls hard and fast for Debra, he’s a worship pastor, and he leads a rock band. Um…. hello. Pretty much the definitio
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
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Brandy Bruce is one of my favorite authors and “After the Rain” is one of her best books yet! Honest. Romantic. Real and not afraid to address serious issues like abortion and depression.

I loved how music and a radio show played a key role throughout this story. The therapy sessions were pivotal for Debra (the heroine) and Ben (the hero)’s parents were such a lovely couple. I loved the way they treated Debra and connected with her. Themes of family, friendships, forgiveness, h
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
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Knowing who we are takes years. Twists and turns and mistakes and growth.”

After the Rain is the story of a broken, hurting, realistic heroine trying to find her way after the crushing heartache of rejection. As Debra makes a new life for herself in Denver away from her group of friends, she meets other friends, including Ben, a worship leader/band singer, who takes an interest in Debra. The author created some fascinating, endearing, and multi-layered characters that came alive on the page and
Debbie Chatley
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To say I loved this book doesn’t begin to cover it. Beautiful story about loss and finding oneself. Loss is so wonderfully described in Debras story of feeling rejected, and of losing a sense of self, of struggling to trust again, of healing, of rediscovering a sense of self, of doubting, of being willing to let God speak to your heart.

There were so many good themes in this book. Through the ups and downs, Debra has to discover her real home. Ben gets a second chance to chase his dreams, but wi
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I'll admit that after reading The Last Summer, which I loved, I was really looking forward to reading this book, but not super excited that it was about my least favorite character of the group.🙈 Well, Brandy Bruce made me love Deb!! I felt her emotion and the stress of all the changes in her life, because I've been there. And by halfway through the book, I was totally rooting for her to once again find love and find her faith again.

Oh, and yep, once again Brandy pulls in all of these s
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a powerful story! I'm so glad the author decided to give Debra a story and a chance to grow as a person after she exited The Last Summer with such strong, heartbroken, angry emotions. This is her journey as she learns to trust God with her broken life through the care and love of a handsome singer/music minister. It is so raw and true-to-life as we see her slowly come back from the devastation she had experienced to be a stronger, wiser woman. The romance in this story is beautiful and ...more
Page Turners
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After the Rain is another phenomenal novel from Brandy Bruce. This fast-paced novel grabs your attention at page one and keeps it all the way to the end. This page turner will have you flying through the pages. I highly recommend this book and I assure you that you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to more books from this author.
Sheila Dailie
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
Following a heart-wrenching Christmas Eve break-up, Deb gets a radio job in Colorado. Other than work, she tries to hide but her first friend, Paige, continues to seek her out. There is struggle with trust, commitment, faith in God, and even just feeling anything on an emotional level.

I especially like some of the dialog concerning one's faith journey.
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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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