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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Spotlight On AFTER THE RAIN By Karen White

"After the Rain" was originally released in 2003. The author, Karen White, has revised it and Penguin via its New American Library imprint will re-release it in February with a new cover, above. It's a sequel to her book, "Falling Home". Last June, White hit the New York Times bestseller list for the third time with her book "Sea Change". White's writing is a mix of romance and Southern-style womens fiction and has won numerous awards.

I haven't read it yet but it sounds like one I'd enjoy. I like small town romances and I have a fondness for Southern stories so I'll be adding this to my TBR pile.

When "After the Rain" was first released it had a different cover, shown below, and I admit, I prefer this one. It's more evocative and seems more relevant to the book's blurb. What do you think? Do you prefer the original below, the new one above or do you like both?

Book Blurb (from author website):

After the Rain After the Rain In the stunning first novel FALLING HOME, Karen White introduced readers to the magic of small town Walton, Georgia, and a charming cast of characters who captured our hearts. Who can resist a return trip…especially when love is about to transform the lives of two very special people?
When photographer Suzanne Paris lands in Walton, Georgia, she’s pretty sure she’s never seen a town so small—or quite so disquieting. It’s a far cry from the life she left behind—and Joe Warner is nothing like any man she’s known in the past. He’s the mayor, in the first place, and in the second…he has six children. Hardly a picture-perfect boyfriend for a woman who’s on the run and can’t stick around. But something about Joe’s slow Southern warmth lights up Suzanne in places that have been cold for far too long—and tempts her to look at life through a whole new lens…

Even in a dinky place like Walton, the mayor has big work to do—and very little time for anything resembling a relationship, especially with a pretty out-of-towner who seems to be keeping secrets. But even if Suzanne isn’t exactly the ideal choice for a new romance, Joe can’t help but wonder if the way she smiles at him means that he’s made a dent in the sturdy wall around her heart…and he begins to believe that there really is sunshine…

Interested? Click here to read an excerpt. If you've read the original will you read this new version? What did you think of the story?


  1. I'm not sure, I think I like the first cover a little better. Thanks for sharing it. Have to check out the excerpt now. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. Hi, Bea--

    Thanks for the lovely shout-out. However, I've never seen that first cover in my life! I'm thinking that might be the one used for teh audio version?

    Anyway, if you'd like to see the actual cover (which I love, and think is MUCH better than the original), you can find it on my website ( or on any of the online book retailers.

    Best regards,

    Karen White


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