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Book Review: After The Rain By Lucy Dillon

Plot:

First, the clouds…
Tara Hunter is a therapist on a mission to restore Longhampton’s community spirit after catastrophic flooding. But with her boyfriend AWOL, her family fragmented, and only a cat for company, Tara’s own life is crumbling.

Then the storm…
On top of everything, Tara’s father – last seen as he walked out on her when she was ten years old – is suddenly back, with a surprising offer that could change everything.

And after the rain…
Dr David Dalloway is Longhampton Wellness Centre’s new star counsellor. He’s charming, caring and has a knack for reading people’s minds – which is the last thing Tara needs right now. Will having David and her dad around make for a bigger storm on the horizon? Or is this Tara’s chance for a fresh start?

Review:

Tara Hunter is a counsellor living in a small village which recently dealt with a massive flood impacting many of her clients. She’s went out of her way to help in the community centre and such.

It appears that her life is in order and she is a ‘Good Person’ by going above and beyond however this is a distraction as she comes to terms with her family drama.

Having a mum distort your view and changing your future perspective and relationship with your father is a horrible thing to do however sadly women tend to do this about the ‘man that left’ even if it is their own fault.

I do not understand Tara’s stubbornness for sticking up with her ‘lonely mother’ and completely ignoring her dad. She even admits that she has blocked out memories she doesn’t like.

Everyone has problems and she keeps acting like she has none as she’s not willing to accept any blame or fault and is behaving exactly as her mother had, using excuses and going ‘poor me’ every chance she has.

Assuming her dad only has bad intentions she was behaving like a proper child! Hiding his phone so he wouldn’t be able to check important things and being selfish and so frigging childish as she kept going on about wanting bonding time and getting on to him for bringing her new half-sibling over. Get over yourself you are a grown adult stop behaving so petulant.

The side characters including David, Toby, her father, Lloyd and Molly I found to enjoy a lot more. Toby her twin brother has tried to set things straight with his silly sister.

Despite Tara’s childish behaviour this novel was very warming and listening to the advise and going on of many people was quite enjoyable.

4/5 Stars

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