After The Rain by Lucy Dillon

Thank you to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours and Transworld Books for the invitation to join the blog tour and a copy of the book to read and review.

Synopsis:

After the storm it’s time for a fresh start . . .

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?

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My thoughts:

I’ve enjoyed reading many of Lucy’s books before and I was thrilled to have an early opportunity to read this one.

Tara has been busy helping her local community deal with a devastating flood, just a few months after her own mother died. Tara spends her days (and evenings) helping others but needs to make some major decisions about her future career and living arrangements.

Added into the mix, there is a new counsellor at the Wellness Centre. How is David able to help families no one else can? I loved this idea but as this is a non spoiler review, I won’t share anymore now.

Life becomes more complicated when Tara’s dad reappears, her ‘boyfriend’ disappears and she meets a new member of her family (and a four legged friend). I loved how the story evolved, as Tara helped families whilst starting to unravel the truth about why her parents split up and to make plans for her future. Happy to recommend to readers looking for an uplifting read.

Author Bio:

Sunday Times bestselling author Lucy Dillon grew up in Cumbria and read English at Cambridge, then read a lot of magazines as a press assistant in London, then read other people’s manuscripts as a junior fiction editor. She now lives in a village outside Hereford with a Border terrier, an otterhound and her husband.

Lucy won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Contemporary Romantic Novel prize in 2015 for A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME, and the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2010 for LOST DOGS AND LONELY HEARTS. You can find out more at http://www.lucydillon.co.uk, follow her on Twitter @lucy_dillon, on Instagram @lucydillonbooks or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/LucyDillonBooks.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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