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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,096 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicole Baart Narrator: Johanna Parker Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Julia DeSmit Series Release Date:
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Nicole Baart has received critical acclaim for her beautifully written debut novel. In this compelling coming-of-age story, Julia DeSmit endures the painful depths of love and loss and enjoys the comforting glimmers of faith and hope. Trying to redefine herself, Julia attends a nearby university. But when she returns home for Thanksgiving, unexpected events leave her vulnerable. Soon a sobering reality carries her through an Iowa blizzard—to begin a life she never planned.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kirstie | 2/19/2014

    " Very touching and moving story. I think it's something a lot of women can relate to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katie | 2/9/2014

    " After the Leaves Fall tells the story of young Julia DeSmit who is only used to being left behind and forgotten. Her mother leaves the girl at the age of 9. Years later, at 16, Julia's father passes away, and Julia is left to live in the old farmhouse with her grandmother. Julia finds that the only people she can really relate to are her beloved grandmother and her neighbor/best friend, Thomas. Over time, Julia realizes that she's been harboring romantic feelings for Thomas. When he leaves for college, Julia hopes their relationship will last, but soon, she discovers that he's finding new relationships to follow. Julia herself heads off to college not long after, and begins forging relationships of her own. In this new world where she finds herself, Julia learns about life and love and loss. The stresses of college classes and relationships wear on her, and somewhere in the midst of everything, Julia makes a decision that will alter her life entirely. Living in the consequences of that decision, Julia must decide how to move forward from there. I liked the book. Sometimes, the author seemed to spend long periods of time describing almost innane events (pouring coffee, looking at snow, etc.), and these flowery passes seemed like rabbit trails. Some of these passages came into play later, but many did not. The writing was beautiful, but at times, too flowery. The plot was usually interesting, but occasionally, plodding. Like I said, it was a good book and worth reading, but there was the occasional style distraction for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laurie | 1/28/2014

    " 3 1/2 stars. Liked it enough to read the sequel eventually. Very well-written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen Miller | 1/24/2014

    " This was Nicole Baart's first book and was very well done. I enjoyed her use of language. The main character's journey wasn't what she expected, but she learns so much about herself through her relationships with the men she loves (even though they are jerks!) I look forward to reading her sequel. "

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About the Author
Author Nicole Baart

Nicole Baart lives in a small town in Iowa and is the mother of three young sons. After the adoption of her second son from Ethiopia, she discovered a deep passion for global issues and cofounded a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, that works alongside a church and orphanage in Monrovia, Liberia. An accomplished novelist, she was a 2009 Agatha Christy Award finalist for fiction.