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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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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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    Cindy Wain Texas 04-05-11
    Cindy Wain Texas 04-05-11

    Cindy

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    "A MUST read (or listen!)"

    Oh my! If there were 6 stars to be given, I would gladly give them!! This book was amazing! I am still in awe of how absolutly captivating it is. I usally read books, but I listened to this on audio (my first audio book). I caught myself crying at intersections when listening to it in the car. The characters are wonderfully developed. It's hard not to feel conected to each of them. The ending was a perfect closing to the story and lives that were portrayed. This was my first Sandra Brown book and I am impressed with her writing talents. There is so much description in this book, you can almost taste and feel the things that are happening. For those concerned with content, there is some language in the story (the bad guys cuss :). But the story line is wonderfully written. Often stories have some holes in the plot, this one does not. I HIGHLY recommend this book. This is the best book I have read in years!!! I cried..many times...like the kind of cry you do when watching Steel Magnolias!!! The narrator is wonderful! He has a great voice that matches wonderfully to the story.

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    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 03-24-10
    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 03-24-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Sad but compelling reading"

    This is my second Sandra Brown book. I loved "Envy" and this book is a close second. Great characters with many twists and surprises in the plot. Victor Slezak is incredible. In fact, based on his narration of "Envy" I chose my second book because he narrated.
    This is a must-read.

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    Steve Fairview, TN, USA 12-07-09
    Steve Fairview, TN, USA 12-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    Very sweet story. Predictable at times, could possibly make a great movie. A bit heartbreaking at times, but, that's to be expected based on the short description. Just the right length.

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    cynthia 11-13-11
    cynthia 11-13-11
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    "WOW!!!"

    Sandra Brown really outdid herself with this one. This book encompasses the life of segregation, prejudice, greed, determination, death, and selflessness. Rainwater also delves into the world of autism before anyone really knew what autism was. I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to educators who work with special education students. It is a very thought provoking read!!!!

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    D Wolcott, CT, USA 05-02-10
    D Wolcott, CT, USA 05-02-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Good Book, Good Movie"

    Enjoyed the story and the narration by Victor Slezak. I was mentally seeing a movie as the story progressed. Knowing there could be a sad ending didn't deter me from wanting to experience the story. I'm glad I did.

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    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 03-06-11
    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 03-06-11 Member Since 2008

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    "GREAT LOVE STORY"

    I have any of Sandra Brown's books i can get I can get my hands on. But this one is my all time favorite. It has it all, but it has one of the better love stories I have ever read.
    THanks Sandra
    Laura Moats

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    Jill Charlote, NC, United States 04-05-12
    Jill Charlote, NC, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredible story!!"
    If you could sum up Rainwater in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected turns throughout


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    Great Sandra Brown novel with the usual twist at the end. Very touching story and a joy to listen to!

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    Melba United States 12-24-12
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    ""RAINWATER" Awesome book. Could not put it down."

    Sandra Brown does it again. Cry, laugh, want the book not to end. Could not stop listening. A must read. Victor

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    Cory S. 09-30-12
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    "Not the usual but LOVED this book"
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    As I started to listen I wasn't sure I would like this book. However, the longer I listented I couldn't stop. This was a wonderful story and a great listen. Thanks!


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    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 08-02-11
    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 08-02-11 Member Since 2008

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    When I buy an audiobook, I don't want it to be "work". I desire something to pass the time during my commute or while I do my housework. This totally fit the bill. It is fast moving and kept my interest. If you want fine literature to expand your mind, this isn't it. If you want a good story told by an excellent narrator, it is worth the credit/money.

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