When David Rainwater arrives at the house looking for lodging, he comes recommended by a trusted friend as "a man of impeccable character". But Ella senses that admitting Mr. Rainwater will bring about unsettling changes.
However, times are hard, and in order to make ends meet, Ella's house must remain 100 percent occupied. So Mr. Rainwater moves into her house...and impacts her life in ways Ella could never have foreseen.
The changes are echoed by the turbulence beyond the house walls. Friends and neighbors who've thus far maintained a tenuous grip on their meager livelihoods now face foreclosure and financial ruin. In an effort to save their families from homelessness and hunger, farmers and cattlemen are forced to make choices that come with heartrending consequences.
The climate of desperation creates a fertile atmosphere for racial tensions and social unrest. Conrad Ellis -- privileged and spoiled and Ella's nemesis since childhood -- steps into this arena of teeming hostility to exact his vengeance and demonstrate the extent of his blind hatred and unlimited cruelty. He and his gang of hoodlums come to embody the rule of law, and no one in Gilead, Texas, is safe. Particularly Ella and Solly.
In this hotbed of uncertainty, Ella finds Mr. Rainwater a calming presence. She is moved by the kindness he shows other boarders, Solly...and Ella herself. Slowly, she begins to rely on his soft-spokenness, his restraint, and the steely resolve of his convictions.
©2009 Simon & Schuster; (P)2009 Sandra Brown Management, Ltd.
I highly recommend this book. Sweet and tender - well thought out. Each bend in the trail of this book leads somewhere and just when you think you know where it's going - there's a surprise.
Maybe I would compare it to The Help. The characters are so vivid that you can paint a picture of them in your mind - well before it makes it to any screen. One knows the whole story of the lives of those even slightly mentioned. Some characters are sad,
THE BEST. His voice could lead me anywhere.
If you were lucky enough to have the time to read this all in one sitting - OH YES.
Gripping, moving, educational
There are so many moments in this book that I bookmarked that I decided to listen to it again. I believe the point where Solly takes the defense of his mother into his own hands will be remembered for quite a while
Also, when the author was speaking of the destruction of the cattle I was lead to read more about that. It was a true action taken by the government. I was amazed by that.
When they discovered the Solly was processing thoughts! Uplifting!
The name is perfect. I wouldn't change a thing about this book.
I have read and listened to thousands of books. Rainwater is most definitely in my top 15.
I have read most of Sandra Brown's books. I liked most of them, and this one is definately one of her better ones.
For the most part, I avoid reading about the Great Depression. I was born into it and have no nostalgia for the
Victor Slezak's portrayal of the main male character is superb! His deep voice coupled with a seemingly authentic Texas drawl was perfect in conveying the sexuality of the man.
The plot and characters were well developed. It reminded me of the book, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
When the history of the watch was revealed.
I have a very fast paced life. Audio books are an awesome alternative for me. Long road trips, working out and housework arn't a bore.
As usual Sandra Brown delivers an excellent book. I am so excited by the sheer depth and emotion that each of her stories invoke. My favorite author to date!!!!!!
Short and simple: I loved this book and the narrator did a good job. The characters were interesting and believable and the storyline was interesting. I looked forward to listening whenever I got a chance. Good way to spend a credit.
This was an amazing book. Great characters and story line. I didnt want to put it down. I would put this up there with Bridges of Madison County. This has been one of my top favorite books that Sandra Brown has written. I agree with one of the other posted reviews that this could/should be made into a movie.
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