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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: October 2015 ISBN: 9781436116442
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/24/2014

    " A tad different than what I'm use to reading, but I liked it none the less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina Seleshanko | 1/4/2014

    " This was a very well written book, but it didn't move me at all. SPOILER ALERT: This is a rather typical tale of a teenage girl growing up, complete with confusing romances and an unplanned pregnancy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Original Lisa | 12/25/2013

    " Man, was that depressing. Highly relatable to a young woman who is struggling to find her place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Skillen | 12/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but I had no problem putting it down... I was never sure what the angle was. However, I do think I will read the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margy | 12/14/2013

    " Liked very much as well as her others-well done. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 helgi | 12/2/2013

    " This book tricked me and I ended up reading the whole thing. Don't let it happen to you! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tere | 11/30/2013

    " I'm beginning to think a portion of this book was omited when formatted for the Kindle. I felt like it was missing either chapters or whole sections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/2/2013

    " A new-found Christian author I came across. . .Baart's novel is not really profound, but a likable summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 10/13/2013

    " I would actually give it between 3 and 4 stars, I'm looking onward to reading the sequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda Miller | 9/28/2013

    " I loved this book, but it was sad to see how it ended......not at all how I wanted the storyline to go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Fox | 8/29/2013

    " Awesome. I read this out of order - this is a sequel to Summer Snow, but both were fantastic. Very realistic story of a young girl faced with much heartache and some difficult decisions. I hope a third novel comes out so we can know if the main character's love interest works out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara Greer | 7/15/2013

    " This book was really really good. I could relate to the characters in some way through out the whole book... I can't wait to read the sequel!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Gray | 6/15/2013

    " Really good coming-of-age story about a girl who constantly gets dealt crappy cards. The writing is beautiful and the story is relatable. It's a great rainy day "curl up on the couch" read. It's a poignant and bittersweet story, but I had to ignore the preachy undertones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/12/2013

    " Interesting and moving story without a lot of preachiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Crowe | 3/13/2013

    " Great book !! Yes, I will be reading the other 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Fuller | 1/17/2013

    " Enjoyed this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deblockhart | 1/12/2013

    " Really enjoyed this story, but alittle disappointed in the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/31/2012

    " It was pretty good. I think the author did an excellent job of getting inside a teenager's head and articulating all of the insecurities they sometimes feel. I was sucked in from the beginning and had a difficult time putting it down. It ended very abruptly, though, which really annoyed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 10/9/2012

    " This is a good book, highly emotional. The author did a good job at making the reader really feel for the main character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dimitra | 9/23/2012

    " Kept waiting to see where this was going and it was to nowhere...can't believe it is averaging almost 4 stars...disjointed ....glad I did not spend money for it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 4/26/2012

    " Just finished this one. Was a free ebook and I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris | 2/21/2012

    " This was ok. An easy read but sometimes it was a bit drawn out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 2/17/2012

    " Depressing the whole time. Hated the ending. Not worried about reading the others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 6/15/2011

    " I thought this book was interesting at first when 9 year old Julia had to deal with a sullen uncaring mom. This novel turned out to be more of a coming of age/romance novel--not my type of book. I think this would be a good book for a high school girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/12/2011

    " I would actually give it between 3 and 4 stars, I'm looking onward to reading the sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 5/11/2011

    " Well written and a good story but I didn't like the ending. Good clean read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 5/9/2011

    " This book brought out emotions in me like no other book before. I feel like in some ways I related to the character in a deep way. This book was good, but I have yet to decide whether I will read the sequel due to my emotional state during this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/28/2011

    " It was pretty good. I think the author did an excellent job of getting inside a teenager's head and articulating all of the insecurities they sometimes feel. I was sucked in from the beginning and had a difficult time putting it down. It ended very abruptly, though, which really annoyed me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 4/27/2011

    " I just couldn't get into this book.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/20/2011

    " This was a pretty good book. It was something totally new for me...I got it for free on my Kindle. It was definetly different. I guess it was a sequel to it, I will check it out, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 4/17/2011

    " I read this because I got it for free on my Kindle. It was enjoyable but not something I'd go out of my way to recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bri | 4/16/2011

    " I read this book for free on my nook. It was actually pretty good and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I will probably read the sequel :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/14/2011

    " The book was an entertaining read but not a great read. Very depressing and bleak throughout the book. While the author tried to capture a teen's sad life, the characters in the book seemed very static and rigid. There was no growth in the characters. I really couldn't connect with any of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/12/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, but I had no problem putting it down... I was never sure what the angle was. However, I do think I will read the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/8/2011

    " I stumbled across this book on a day it was free in the Kindle Store. It was a good story but I felt like the author ended at an odd place in order to sell a sequel to the book. So the story was ok but really not finished. I don't mind sequels but would like there to be a logical end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylynn | 4/1/2011

    " I thought this was a well written book and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Johanna Parker is an Audie and Earphone Award–winning actress living and working in San Francisco. Since narrating her first audiobook in 2002, she has received praise for her work in all genres, including her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire books. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University and studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed on stages in London, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York and has numerous film and television credits. As a voice-over actress, she has voiced commercials, video games, documentaries, and websites.