After the Climb

River Rain, Book 1
Series: River Rain, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

They were the Three Amigos: Duncan Holloway, Imogen Swan, and Corey Szabo. Two young boys with difficult lives at home banding together with a cool girl who didn’t mind mucking through the mud on their hikes. 

They grew up to be Duncan Holloway, activist, CEO, and face of the popular River Rain outdoor stores, Imogen Swan, award-winning actress and America’s sweetheart, and Corey Szabo, ruthless tech billionaire. 

Rich and very famous, they would learn the devastating knowledge of how the selfish acts of one would affect all their lives. 

And the lives of those they loved. 

Start the River Rain series with After the Climb, the story of Duncan and Imogen navigating their way back to each other, decades after a fierce betrayal. 

And introduce yourself to their families, who will have their stories told when River Rain continues.

©2020 Kristen Ashley (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Loved it!!!

I read a poor review of this book, but am glad I chose to ignore it. I love KA, and this book did NOT disappoint! Loved it!

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Good Listen!

I like all of Kristen Ashley's novels, no joke. But this one isn't a favorite. The characters were great. The background story was awesome. The romance was sweet. This just lacked any actual story except "old lovers get back together and blend their families together." That is the entire plot. There's no real conflict and resolution. It's like one big prologue to a series, not an actual novel. And the romance fell a little flat for me. Which is a first for a KA book for me. It just didn't feel that deep.

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Love it

It loved everything about it. The Writing style, the characters, the narrators. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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Kristen Ashley has done it again .

Once again a story that catches your heart and mind. And when the book was all done I wanted to start it over again, easy listening and so very relatable. I hope life HELL there’s more of this wonderful family to write about.

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Always love Kristen Ashley but this one is flat

Kristen Ashley is my favorite author so none of her books are passed over by me. However, this one had a few too many inner and outward monologues and too little action. Kristen is the queen of situational and character self reflection. Unfortunately, there was too much of both, even for me. It started to seem self indulgent for the characters to go on and on in a way that was less realistic and more psychologist’s couch worthy.

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Another KA miss (unfortunately)

About 75% of Kristen Ashely’s books are fantastic, as she has a gift for creating characters you wish were your friends and communities you would love to live in. Rock Chicks, Dream Man, the Burg, Unfinished Heroes, and Moonlight and Motor Oil are all great examples of her talents (not all, but many books in those series). Unfortunately this one falls into the other category. I didn’t connect with the heroine AT ALL and I found the entire plot to contrived. I fell asleep multiple times listening and while I tried to go back to find where I left off I realized that I just didn’t care. This reminded me a lot of her Magdalene series, which was also a miss for me. Stella Bloom and Teddy Hamilton are among my favorite narrators but they were barely in the book. John Hartley was ok but I found Lizbeth Gwynn to be annoying to listen to. It’s a shame because the book had promise but it just didn’t deliver.

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Another great series in the making.

A wonderful story of sadness, heartbreak and second chances. I look forward to listening to the development of each of Jen and Brodie's children.

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Felt less than fully developed.

The story needed more to it. The plot lines weren’t very deep or twisty. It had the beginnings of being as great as most of KA’s stories are, but it just didn’t get all the way there. I feel like I listened to a draft-not a first draft, but a draft nonetheless. Also, that one male narrator needs a different voice for women; I’ve heard this one before and didn’t love it then either. The main character started off as so elegant with the female narrator, who happens to be one of my favorite, and by the end the male narrator has her sounding as if she were a vapid character, just saying non-vapid things. This was good for as far as it went, but it left me wanting more, and not in the good way.

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After the Climb

I am so glad I waited until this book became available on audio. These narrators brought this story to life I don’t think my mind could have done such a great job. It was as if you could feel the heart break Imogen felt as she felt it. The utter devastation Duncan went through when he realized just how wrong he was to trust in the wrong person. The coming back to each other after sooo much time was hard to hear but it was also really kind of amazing how they talked and didn’t judge. I really enjoyed the fact that both of these characters had GROWN children and yet they were able to find love again. It really was a whole complete story. This is one of the reasons I adore Kristen Ashley’s books she gives use the good the bad and the ugly; but in a way that makes you think oh wow that could be me. I loved it and I can’t wait for more.

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Awesome

I loved this story which I read some time ago and now am thrilled to get the audible version. The narration brought the story to life. It reminds of the Magdalene series. I thoroughly enjoyed this and I know I am going to be listening to this one many times before I ever get my fill. Thanks for the hours of enjoyment.