Lilian Darcy’s After the Rain is a modern day drama. Be prepared to shed some tears and experience extreme emotions while reading this book. Can love conquer a troubled past and bring to tormented souls together? Kira and Casey are about to find out.
Casey Jay Brown is a successful entrepreneur. But his past still haunts him. He has painful memories of one fateful night and his family has done everything to protect him and take him away from the source of the pain. But a dream job takes him back to small town Montana to the place where he grew up. And the place where his girlfriend lost her life on prom night.
Kira Blair is a single mother who has recovered from her divorce. Her life is centered around her 10 year old son Jake. And she is good at her job. Her parents live nearby and are a big help. But the specter of her dead sister Neve looms large. Unspoken words cloud most of her actions and she doesn’t realize how much she is still hurt by what happened all those years ago.
When Casey, or Jay as he was called then, becomes her new boss, she is in shock. How is she supposed to handle someone who was the last person to see her sister alive? Someone whom she has blamed for her sister’s death all her life? While Kira expects to hate Casey, what she doesn’t expect is that she will be attracted to him. And that the attraction will be mutual. What possible future can they have together when one is torn by guilt, and the other is ready to assign blame?
The story is highly emotional. If you pause and think about it, it seems unlikely that a girl will be attracted to her dead sister’s boyfriend. And moreover will act on it. The characters come alive and we can feel the despair of Casey and Kira. Supporting characters like young Jake, Kira’s step kids, parents etc. are well cast and add to the story. But in the end the question is – will the past ever be clear to them?
As the two characters try to decode the past, I thought there might be a cold case type mystery here. If you love movies from Hallmark or Lifetime, you are sure to like reading After the Rain.