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After the Summer Rain

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  245 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Workaholic Erin Ryder was on the fast track to self-destruction. Reeling after her lover walked out on her, she turned to booze and caffeine to make it through each day. After a family intervention, she finds herself on a remote ranch in New Mexico—on womyn’s land—to detox and heal. No cell service, no Internet—she’s convinced she won’t last three days, much less for the ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published September 19th 2019 by Bella Books
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Lex Kent
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars. This was a really sweet romance. As most readers out there I am a big Hill fan. I do have to admit I prefer her mystery and paranormal type books more than her traditional romances but her books are well written and enjoyable no matter what she writes.

This is a story about two women who are wounded from their past and are trying to heal. They do this by gardening, cooking all fresh foods, and communing with nature. The bond they grow together is strong but what happens when they
Elyse  Walters
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
read by Nicol Zanzarella

I haven’t a clue how I found this book .....
Gerri Hill was new to me.

I went in blind.....knew zilch about the story.

....Predictable? Absolutely!
....Did I care? Not one bit!
....Great characters? Yes
....Goats & chickens? Yes
....Skinny dipping in hot springs?
....optional: but, Yes.
....Cell phones, internet, coffee, drugs, alcohol, or meat?
....Gardening, cooking, naps, and or making love in the afternoon?
....Definitely a
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Melanie has been living on Stella’s land in New Mexico for seven years. Only women, most of them lesbians, most of them in their seventies. The youngest on the land at 37, Mel has moved here for reasons she doesn’t enjoy discussing. She needed solitude and while she gets lonely sometimes, she’s happy with it. In Houston, Erin has lost herself in work for the past year and a half and her family is worried. They manage to convince her to spend three months at Stella’s. She ends up staying with ...more
In a nutshell -- two troubled souls, guilt-ridden farmer Melanie (37) and self-destructive city girl Erin (33), found each other, peace and happiness. Another lovely romance by a master writer of lesfic. Gerri Hill just knows how to write a good love story. After the Summer Rain is not my favorite by her like At Seventeen or The Secret Pond, but it is a heartwarming, well told story with two likable protagonists regardless of their human imperfections. I recommend it, and am looking forward to ...more
Gaby LezReviewBooks
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Erin Ryder is a workaholic property developer who, after a disastrous breakup, is on the path of self-destruction. After a family intervention, she is sent for three months to a secluded ranch in New Mexico to detox and heal. Her host, Melanie West, is very reserved and guarded but slowly both women start forming a friendship. When deeper feelings arise, Erin will eventually have to choose between Mel or her previous life.

This is a slow-burn romance between two very different women who are both
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Erin is a workaholic. She is practically killing herself after throwing herself into her work to avoid the aftermath of a bad breakup. Her family creates and 'intervention' and sends her to cleanse her soul for 3 months. The place her sister booked is a crunchy old lady "womyn's" cult. Melanie is the youngest and last resident to hide from society and ends up having to host Erin for her lengthy stay.

This is a sweet love story between two women that were subconsciously trying to harm themselves
Pam Holzner
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.7 and rounded up to 4?

Gerri Hill is a good writer and this is a good novel. But is it a good romance?

I think Hill wanted to write a more "realistic" romance. So it's very slow burn. Heavy on the character development. More realistic in terms of dialog and action (in spite of the unusual setting). We do get a happily ever after but with very little tension in the middle. This might be the perfect read for someone who doesn't like drama and angst in a novel. Well, there is some drama in terms
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, family, f-f, food
I’m a big fan of Hills books. I love her writing style, her stories and even more all the characters she creates.

After the Summer Rain is a really slow slow burn romance. I took me some time to get invested in the story but it was worth it, this is a beautiful love story. The two main characters Erin and Melanie are real women, both with a haunting past. The best part of the book was Hills describing how they slowly changed from strangers to friends to becoming lovers to fall in love with each
Gerri Hill is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read and loved her books ever since I found Tori and Sam in the Hunter series.

I knew I would be getting her newest romance, After the Summer Rain , just as soon as it was published. I was extremely fortunate to be gifted an ARC by Bella Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, but I would have happily paid for it.

This novel is a pure romance. It’s about Erin Ryder and Melanie (Mel) West. Both women are dealing with trauma and
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bella
Unpopular opinion alert...

I hate to say it, but I didn't enjoy this read as much as usual for a Gerri Hill novel. It's not that it was bad, it's more that it just came across to me as formulaic, predictable, and I honestly just didn't feel the chemistry that I'm used to feeling with a Hill read.

Maybe I'm just in a mood since I've had a bad migraine for a few days, but this one was just alright to me. I do tend to like Hill's mystery / suspense books much more though than her romances, so your
Velvet Lounger
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, traditional

Gerri Hill is simply one of the best romance writers in the genre. This is an archetypal Hill, slightly unusual characters in a slightly unusual setting. The slow burn romance, however, is a classic, trying not to fall in love, but unable to fight the pull.

Mel had a traumatic childhood; married for all the wrong reasons and carrying the guilt of destroying her best friend’s life. She has retreated to womyn’s land and spends her isolated days tending the goats, chickens and garden that have
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lately, it has taken me quite a few chapters to become invested in a story. But not this one. I enjoyed this story from the start due to its interesting plot, the tranquil setting and the deep communication level of the characters.

Melanie and Erin each had a lot of emotional baggage that held them back from truly being happy. Erin’s life was spiraling out of control since her girlfriend of six years left her for another. She was mentally and physically exhausted and had to rely on massive
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 to 4.5

Hard to believe, but this is the first contemporary romance by Gerri Hill that I've read. Over the years, I've picked up some of her mystery and crime stories as those were the ones that caught my eye. I enjoyed some, was disappointed with others but never really gave a second look at her romances. Romance, schmomance. What do you know, I just finished After the Summer Rain (devoured it in less than a day) and it turns out that I should have been reading her romances instead.

After the
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Workaholic Erin Ryder is shipped to a women's only ranch in the middle of nowhere for a 90-day stay by her family where she meets the seven year veteran Melanie and a connection is made between the two women.

This was a very emotional and empowering read, MC's are well written, their communication is excellent, Gerri Hill's dialogue never fails in my opinion.

Here we have two women with a lot of emotional baggage with Erin's breakup and humiliation, her working herself to death to not think about
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of Beers so my expectations of this book were high. Though this is not one of my favourites by Beers I still thought it was great and enjoyed it very much. The writing as always was very good. The story a gentle romance which suited me fine. I’ll read this book again sometime, that means an above 4 star rating or me. 4.4 stars. I am already looking forward to the next book.
Colleen Corgel
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet romance about giving people a second chance. This has a lot of the hallmarks of Gerri Hill's formula : a blonde and a brunette, the southwest, being in nature to heal, and some good doses of angst.

Melanie and Erin are extremely similar: they both have self destructive tendancies that almost kill them, but very good people at heart. I think both characters described the other as being "lost". It is perfectly apt, as their feelings did overwhelm them until their epiphanies. With
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favourite non-mysteries by Gerri Hill. This was a really lovely world she created, and definitely makes me want to have a little garden and chickens and goats!

Erin has very nearly worked herself to death when her sister intervenes and sends her to a small womyn's ranch community in New Mexico to sleep, eat, and heal. Erin finds herself rooming with Melanie, one of the youngest women in the community, who is working through her own baggage on her simple farm. At first she curses
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was a surprise. I was not sure what to expect with that cover. Thankfully it was much better than what I was hoping for. Available through Audible’s Escape package. Straight forward story for the most part. Skip if you like angst, which I usually do btw. The conflict came with the logistics of their lives, not with hidden truths or fears. Rapidly becoming a big Hill fan.
Audio narration was good too by Zanzarella.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely beautiful story! Gerri Hill's writing is second to none in the lesfic genre - certainly one of the best in the business. This will be one of those books that I revisit again and again because it felt pretty flipping perfect to me. It's amazing that after 36 books now, she's still able to weave a fresh tale and keep her romances swoon-worthy. Loved the plot, loved the characters, loved the slow burn....loved that I ached wanting to see them end up together so badly. I saved ...more
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Aleana Harris
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review.

I love Gerri Hill books and this one was a great read.

Erin has become a workaholic to the point her family had to force a intervention because she had been slowly killing herself to the point of exhaustion. When her family gives her no option but to have a three month vacation where she can relax and get her life together.

Mel had been in foster care most her life because her mother was an
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erin is a workaholic. She has recently broke up with her girlfriend and is now on the road to self destruction, until, one day her father and sister give her an ultimatum to take a three-month break from work.

Mel works as a Farmer at Eagle Bluff Ranch in New Mexico where she has been living for the last seven years. She is feeling guilty for something that happened in her life and needed a clean break away from all she knew.

This is Ms Hill at her best. I was hooked to this book from start to
I have so much love for this beautiful slow burn romance because it has vivid descriptions of the great outdoors, cute animals coupled with two flawed and endearing women that I’ve grown rather fond of. This author has never let me down because I can always count on her to give me a story I’ll always be happy to devour in one day. I could easily relate to Erin and Mel because their intense emotions tugged at my heart and I just wanted to give them big, mushy hugs. Even though Erin is heartbroken ...more
isa Simonet
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-romance
A great read, and one of Gerri Hill's best books.
A strange community, obsolete, but with its charm and originality, and where the protagonists are supportive and caring.
Sense of guilt, remorse, denial, love, friendship, solidarity, all these feelings are mixed up.
A book to read absolutely, a slow-burn romance in a world apart.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Erin really did an about face! I loved the setting in this book and I liked seeing how both Erin and Melanie grew together, and respectively, on their own. Their relationship was built on a strong foundation of friendship and I dig that.
I know that my last few reviews of Gerri Hill novels included words to the effect of "...really, I think I'm done with this author." So why did I decide to give this one a try? Well, Megan said I'd like it and she knows me pretty well. And she was right, I did like it.

After the Summer Rain feels very much like the older stand-alone romances by Hill. There were no creepy friends or stalkers or peepers, just a couple of emotionally damaged women who find love and peace with each other. This book
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gerri never disappoints. I feel like all of her books have specific meaning. In this case, simple life is not that bad. It feels like it just might be the reason for you to feel better. I feel better after reading this book and honestly I would be happy to move into place like that. Far away from all the noise and traffic and drama.
In this case characters found exactly what they were looking for. Love and Peace.
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Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A gently built love story with such depth of emotions that you can feel tears and tingles.

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Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, 3-stars
2.5 Stars. Erin Ryder is working herself to death. Erin has not stopped working and pushing herself since her partner left 18 months ago. Her family sees her withering away and decides to send her to a camp for three months. This camp is in the middle of nowhere and is meant as a break from society with no cell phone service or internet. When she gets to the farm, she meets Melanie West, who she winds up living with for the majority of her three month sentence. Mel has her own issues she does ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kcpl
Good read. Seeing past your own bullsh!t and finding happiness in places and with people you may least expect.

In the wake of a devastating breakup, Erin quite literally nearly works herself to death - with the help of copious amounts of alcohol and red bull. When her family intervenes to send her to a women's collective (read lesbians living off the land) for three months, she couldn't be more irate. Melanie has lived in this isolated location for nearly a decade and has found comfort, and
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Gerri began writing lesbian romance as a way to amuse herself while snowed in one winter in the mountains of Colorado, and hasn’t looked back. Her first published work came in 2000 with One Summer Night. Many more romances have followed, with the occasional murder mystery in the mix.
Gerri’s love of nature and of being outdoors usually makes its way into her stories as her characters often find