SERIES: The Last Summer #2
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
RELEASE DATE: February 4, 2019
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 city, Debra questions where she belongs and who she is now.
When she stumbles into the indie music scene, Debra meets singer Ben Price. Rock star appeal, with a day job as a worship pastor, Ben is everything Debra wants to avoid. But he’s determined to be her friend, and it so happens she could really use one. Because try as she might, nothing seems to erase the anger and betrayal she feels.
It’s time for a new dream. But how does she start over when she doesn’t even know what she wants anymore?
Other Books In This Series
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 definition of swoonilicious. There’s a lot more to him than that, though. His compassionate and giving heart, his patient and steady pursuit of Debra, and his determination to redeem his backstory – all of these contribute to his swoon factor as well.
After the Rain can be read as a standalone but it’s really best understood when read in light of the events in The Last Summer. Without it, readers may not realize the depth of Debra’s heartbreak – or how completely it has affected her since. I loved that the author has Debra in counseling; we need more Christian fiction with believers in counseling. It’s healthy and wise and sometimes necessary to move forward in life. It doesn’t mean you don’t trust Jesus enough; it means you’ve fallen in a pit of some sort and need someone to give you a hand up.
Bottom Line: Denver and its music scene comes alive under Brandy Bruce’s pen. Faith is a key element to the story but it’s not overpowering or preachy. It does, however, paint a beautiful picture of how Jesus meets us where we are, no matter how far we’ve fallen or how unsure we are about Him. Debra and Ben have great romantic tension, and their love story – while not without its pitfalls and obstacles – is sweet and heartwarming. A must-read for anyone who has ever longed to belong.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / love it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion.
Brandy Bruce is a mom to three kids, a wife, a writer, a book editor, and someone who really loves dessert. She and her family make their home in the beautiful state of Virginia.
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- After the Rain guitar-pick necklace
- DVD of Grease
- Beatles quote mug
- Coffee warmer
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