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Rainwater | [Sandra Brown]

Rainwater

The year is 1934. With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic depression, Ella Barron runs her Texas boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance. Between chores of cooking and cleaning for her residents, she cares for her 10-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion.
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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1934. With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic depression, Ella Barron runs her Texas boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance. Between chores of cooking and cleaning for her residents, she cares for her 10-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion.

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.

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    Vada East Wenatchee, WA, United States 01-23-12
    Vada East Wenatchee, WA, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Glimpse of What Life was Like in the Thirties"
    Where does Rainwater rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read most of Sandra Brown's books. I liked most of them, and this one is definately one of her better ones.


    What other book might you compare Rainwater to and why?

    For the most part, I avoid reading about the Great Depression. I was born into it and have no nostalgia for the


    What about Victor Slezak’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    Melissa Bon Aqua, TN, United States 01-23-12
    Melissa Bon Aqua, TN, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Different Read from Sandra Brown"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The plot and characters were well developed. It reminded me of the book, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rainwater?

    When the history of the watch was revealed.


    What about Victor Slezak’s performance did you like?

    Nice voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Geena Schofield 01-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "The best story ever."

    This is the most romantic story I ever heard. I love it and recommend it to all romance reader, you will love this story!!!

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    Julie Marysville, WA, United States 12-12-11
    Julie Marysville, WA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Another excellent book!"

    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!!!!!!

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    Maureen North Branch, MI, United States 11-04-11
    Maureen North Branch, MI, United States 11-04-11
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    "I really enjoyed this book"

    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.

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    Laura 09-09-11
    Laura 09-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting book"

    This book was an interesting book. This was the first time I had ever listened to anything by this author. I would try her again.

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    Joanna Juneau, AK, United States 07-09-11
    Joanna Juneau, AK, United States 07-09-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Really, really bad"

    Will the real Sandra Brown please start writing again, because whoever wrote this complete piece of trash has no talent. It violates the most basic "show don't tell" rules with totally inane statements like "she knew he was asking a rhetorical question and so didn't answer". The hero and herione are both completely unrealistic people with no flaws whatsoever. They're also the most well-educated and forward-thinking people the Depression era ever saw as regards mental illness and race. The end is about a nanosecond long, but conveniently resolves everything - almost as if the author herself couldn't even be bothered with it anymore. The narrator does what he can with this, but it's beyond redemption. Don't waste your money or your credit.

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    07-05-11
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    "Enjoyed this book"

    I really enjoyed th is Sandra Brown book. It had a good plot that kept your interest.

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    Annie McKinney, TX, United States 06-13-11
    Annie McKinney, TX, United States 06-13-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Classic love story"

    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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    Erin McKinney, TX, United States 11-23-11
    Erin McKinney, TX, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring and predictable - what else can I say?"

    I downloaded this book instead of reading it for a book club. The plot was so predictable and the ending was no surprise at all. Maybe I am a book snob but this was such a surface-level reading/listening activity that I'm really glad I didn't waste my time actually reading it! I listened to this while cleaning the house, which is about all this book is good for. If I could rate it lower than one star, I would.

    DO NOT RECOMMEND.

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