Can Belle Carson reinvent her life by moving in next door to Thomas Edison’s winter estate?
January 1888. The small town of Fort Myers is buzzing about a possible visit from famous winter residents Mina and Thomas Edison. When the local newspaper reports that the couple needs a gardener for their riverside estate, nearly everyone lines up to apply. For twenty-five-year-old Belle Carson, a painful childhood secret has kept her world — and her hopes for the future — small. But with lush gardens already sprouting in her imagination, Belle decides to fight for the job and the opportunity to move from a cramped storage room to a charming cottage next door to the Edison homes and laboratory. Yet, when her dark past threatens to destroy everything she has so carefully cultivated, she must battle harder than ever for her best life — and the chance to live it.
"Jane Lorenzini's glorious novel After the Rain is a feast for readers. Set in 1888 in languid, mysterious, southwest Florida on the fringes of the estate of Thomas Edison, it's a story of its time with grace notes that resonate today. You will root for the fully realized Belle Carson, a young woman with a passion for living and a desire for healing so extraordinary it will keep you turning pages long into the night. Ms. Lorenzini is a total original as a novelist. She weaves the truth of history and the magic of storytelling with skill, emotion and imagination. Your book club will swoon. I did!"
Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker's Wife
"Fresh, endearing, and incisive. You’ll read it in one sitting...and want to pack up and move to Belle’s quaint Fort Myers."
“Jane Lorenzini makes inventive use of materials from the Edison Papers in telling her tale.”
Paul Israel, Ph.D., Director and General Editor Thomas A. Edison Papers