Looking for a soothing holiday treat? You can't go wrong with author Rita Gerlach! I'm not sure what it is about her writing but it always leaves me with a soothing, warm feeling, as if I've been transported away from all my troubles and plunked down in a historical town when life was simpler, less stressful, and well, more romantic! Recently I had the privilege of reading her new release, After the Rain. If you're a fan of Downton Abbey, you will enjoy this book.
Louisa Borden lives a privileged life in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a new and thriving community on the outskirts of Washington, DC for the well-to-do. Against the wishes of her domineering grandmother, she retreats from the prospects of a loveless marriage and instead searches for what she hopes is her calling in life.
When her horse is spooked along Rock Creek, she is thrown from the saddle—an embarrassing situation for any affluent young lady. Soaking wet, bruised and humiliated, she is carried up the muddy bank to safety by Jackson O’Neil, a stranger to the city, who changes the course of everything, including the lives of all those around her.
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Ms. Gerlach is my go-to author if I
want to get completely swept away into another world in another time.
There's something unique about her writing style that makes me feel as
if I'm living back in Edwardian America with all the pomp and manners
and proper social etiquette of the time. After the Rain does not
disappoint. The characters are real and delightful, the families fun and
homey, the plot engaging and romantic, and the spiritual lessons deep
and abiding. Want to get transported back to a simpler time and escape
from the craziness of our world? Pick up After the Rain. You'll be glad
you did! I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for my