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After the Summer Rain

Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
4.5 out of 5 stars (199 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Workaholic Erin Ryder was on the fast track to self-destruction. Reeling after her lover walked out on her, she turned to booze and caffeine to make it through each day. After a family intervention, she finds herself on a remote ranch in New Mexico - on womyn’s land - to detox and heal. No cell service, no internet - she’s convinced she won’t last three days, much less for the three-month sentence her father has mandated.

Running from the chaos that had become her life, Melanie West moved to Eagle Bluff Ranch seven years ago. By far the youngest there, she embraced the compassionate, peaceful life that the elders espoused. Living off what her garden produced, her chickens and goats became her friends and confidants. Exposure to the outside world was limited to the handful of guests who stayed a few days at the ranch each year.

This summer would be different. Melanie found herself hosting a young woman for three months. A young woman who wanted to be anywhere but there. As the days and weeks passed, their animosity turned to friendship as they helped the other heal from their past failures.

Erin soon found herself loving life on Mel’s little farm. Loving life and loving Mel. Saying goodbye would be the hardest thing she had to do - saying goodbye to Mel...or saying goodbye to her previous life.

©2019 Gerri Hill (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Classic Gerri Hill

By now those of us who listen to this author are familiar with the limited scope of her plot lines and this effort shows small variance. What the author does do quite well is to create three dimensional characters that I feel are easy to fall for. So spoiler warning here, there is a lot of Pelican's Landing in this book; indeed Erin has a much more believable motivation than Jordan Sims to return to her old life. It also contains no glaring inconsistencies or impossibly tangled motivations (Midnight Moon) that can limit the listener's enjoyment; at least slightly. This author's work continues to advance and I loved this one.

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Just OK

I love me some Gerri Hill, but if you have never heard one of her books, don't start with this one, go get "The Secret Pond". I did find this very listenable but I did not find the characters to be very interesting. Gerri's characters are often going through some really intense negative emotions and this book is no different, but where, I connected with the characters in "The Secret Pond", I did not so much in this book. If you have Audible Escape it is definitely worth a listen but if you have a spend a token, there are probably other books I would spend it on before this one. I love Nicol Zanzarella's narration and she did a great job on this book.

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Not for me. Be warned.

Big Gerri Hill fan. I wish there was some kind of warning, this book had to be written for the older fans of her out there. Yes the main characters are 37 and 33, but this book was deathly boring to me. I’m 33. The side characters are all 65 years old and up. Rough.
They talk about farming, food and depressing things 90% of the book. They rehash the incredibly depressing past CONSTANTLY. I’m not joking. The exes, Sarah and Adam are mentioned at least once a chapter.
This book is incredibly slow. It didn’t help that Zanzarellas monotone voice is so slow as well.
The intimate scenes are muted, no overt descriptions etc.
I wish someone else mentioned any of these things. I could’ve saved $20 and 9 hours. Yikes.

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Sweet but very predictable

No surprises here. Sweet solid story. Good narration with vivid discription of the surrounding nature.

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Satisfying romance

This is vintage Gerri Hill romance. One troubled stressed out city slicker gets sent to a remote womyn's commune where she has to detox from unhealthy work habits, caffeine, meat, digital devices and more. She is hosted by a woman with a difficult past, who loves the simple, solitary life she leads.
I really enjoyed this and felt myself longing for the kind of life described in the book. The love story is sweet and satisfying.
I haven't listened to a lot of Nicole Zanzarella's narrations, but this was really heartfelt and I want to look out for more by her.

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Beautiful story

Erin's forced journey to healing and discovery was nicely done but felt should have explored Melanie's story more. Overall a very good story... worth the read/credit. Narrator didn't do the story justice though

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Gerri Hill OOMFA (One of my favorite authors)

l love her books, they bring me joy and happiness. The may life should be, Thank You Gerri..

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Another great

Another great Gerri Hill book in the "books". I love how she writes and the growth of her characters. Her characters always grow and she takes you along for the ride. Both ladies are coming from a place of pain and find in each other a way out of the pain and a path to happiness

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One of those feel good stories.

Loved Gerei Hill. First book I’ve listened of here and loved it. I love the love story, the sappiness and above all the characters.

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  • JT
  • 11-01-19

Great book...definitely a must read.

Gerri Hill did and wonderful job with this novel. Nicol Zanzarella also shared her narrating talent with this novel. Erin's "forced" journey was full of emotion, honesty and sensuality. Mel's story is intense and amazingly emotional too. Friendship happens in many ways. Their relationship in this novel is a great illustration of that path. My favorite concept in this work was the women's land. Intertwining that history into the basis of the book was refreshing and had me reflecting Lesbian history. I detest spoilers...so I am going to refrain myself. This is such a great read. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a realistic and engaging Lesbian novel.

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  • Caisie
  • 11-20-19

romance

once again another great story by Gerri keep up the books coming great work lady