When photographer Suzanne Paris, on the run from her ex-fiancé, lands in Walton, Georgia, she's pretty sure she's never seen a town so small. It's a far cry from the life she left behind -- and Joe Warner is nothing like any man she's ever known. He's the mayor of Walton, a teacher, and the widowed dad of six children.
"Suzanne Paris is a freelance photographer on the run from an abusive ex-fiance when she unexpectedly lands in tiny Walton, Georgia, in White's distinctively southern follow-up to Falling Home (2002). Uncertain about her future, Suzanne means to stop only briefly. Yet she is immediately sucked in by the homey warmth and personal stories of the townsfolk, particularly seemingly stern mayor Joe Warner and his six motherless children. Taken in by Joe's well-meaning family and neighbors, Suzanne slowly begins to relax. Yet the sexual tension between her and Joe, who has made it clear from the start that he does not entirely approve of her for some reason, adds a pleasant seesawing to Suzanne's days. Toss in a mystery about her mother's locket, the ever-present threat of her ex catching up with her, and Suzanne's struggle to avoid the ghosts of her past despite needing to lay them to rest, and the story line sweetly compels. Fun southern expressions ( I'm going to jar your preserves, God's nightgown! ) add more zest to this title set firmly in the southern women's fiction pantheon.--Trevelyan, Julie Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"White's revamp of the out-of-print 2003 version of After the Rain is a touching sequel to Falling Home that embraces everything special about small-town Southern life. Freelance photographer Suzanne Paris gets a gracious lesson in warmth, friendship, enduring love, and Southern hospitality from the residents of Walton, Georgia, when she makes a spontaneous exit from an Atlanta-bound bus. A mysterious, evasive stranger in the quintessential small Southern town, where secrets are not long kept, Suzanne immediately meets the widowed town mayor Joe Warner, his six children, and their colorful Aunt Lucinda. Suzanne carries the baggage of a difficult childhood; she was in and out of foster homes and on her own since age 14. Tough on the outside, vulnerable on the inside, Suzanne begins to open her heart to Joe, his family, and the townspeople. Afraid she is being pursued by her dangerous, low-life ex-fiance, Suzanne tries in vain to keep her distance, physically and emotionally, from Joe. In her quest for solitude and to protect Joe and his family, Suzanne makes some regrettable decisions, prompting her to go back on the run. Their sentimental final meeting reveals the strength of the characters, their profound love for each other and a surprising revelation about Suzanne's identity. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."