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A Gentle Rain | [Deborah Smith]

A Gentle Rain

A Connecticut heiress learns she's adopted and travels to northern Florida "cracker" cattle ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds unexpected romance with the ranch's owner.
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Publisher's Summary

A Connecticut heiress learns she's adopted and travels to northern Florida "cracker" cattle ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds unexpected romance with the ranch's owner.

©2007 Deborah Smith (P)2012 BelleBooks, Inc.

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    "A story that deserves a better recording"

    Thiis is a moving, corky and sweet story with characters that one comes to care about. One thing that ruins this audiobook is the very bad audio editing. From no pauses in between chapters to clear differences in volume in places where one would guess sections were re-recorded or added. The reader isn't too clear in voicing the male vs female characters so it can get confusing.

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    elizabeth bolton, CT, United States 01-18-15
    elizabeth bolton, CT, United States 01-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Much better than the sample led me to believe"

    I am so glad I took a chance on this book. I started and stopped listening twice before I realized what a gem this book was. Hang in there and get past the first few chapters with the heroine's haughty diction and you will find she is not as pretentious as she sounds. The characters become so real and sweet that you just want to gather them all up and be part of their family. And by the end you will be laughing crying and cheering for all of them. How can you not cheer for 60 year old mermaids, old nags needing salvation from the dog food factory and the the mentally disabled who remind us how simple love and kindness can be despite how mean the world can be to them. Well worth the listen.

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    Mary College Station, TX, United States 01-07-15
    Mary College Station, TX, United States 01-07-15 Member Since 2012

    Audible books, wow who knew I would be so taken with reading.

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    "A Sweet Read that held my attention."

    It has a collection of characters that just seem to be perfect together on a ranch. Everyone has a job and love is the resounding message. I laughed a lot.

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    Debbie Oklahoma, USA 12-30-14
    Debbie Oklahoma, USA 12-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Entertaining Story"
    What did you love best about A Gentle Rain?

    A Gentle Rain is a good, easy listen - very entertaining.


    What other book might you compare A Gentle Rain to and why?

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    What about Suzy Harbulak’s performance did you like?

    Very good reader for this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit!

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    Suzanne 12-20-14
    Suzanne 12-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Gentle Hearts"

    This is going to be a book I will listen too many times as it has superb characterisation, the narrator is amazing, and the story has romance, mystery, brotherly love, tears and laughter. For those who believe in the power of faith, the ending is (overly) perfect but nothing else would do. Too many favourite characters and special moments to choose from.
    Please do yourself a favour and listen to this story. This is an audio book done with such perfection I would never spoil it by reading a hard copy.

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    Nadene 11-29-14
    Nadene 11-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    "So funny!"

    Loved this book with the different handicapped characters on the farm and their love and devotion to people who care for them. Laugh-out-loud-funny and sweet!

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    June Rowlett, TX, United States 01-20-14
    June Rowlett, TX, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful book"
    Would you listen to A Gentle Rain again? Why?

    Yes I would definitely listen again. As a matter of fact I plan to listen again, something I rarely do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't decide. Ben. Perhaps Cara. Or perhaps Lily. Ben because he cared so much about other people and he sacrificed so much to help others. Cara because she was so good and kind. Lily because she never forgot her baby.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Very unusual story. Full of love. A romance yet with no detailed sex scenes.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tina United States 12-06-13
    Tina United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "What a surprise!"
    What did you love best about A Gentle Rain?

    It is a wonderful story about live, love, and triumph. I love the descriptions of Florida; she does an excellent job with the landscapes and wildlife. The characters will stay in my mind for many years to come.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Gentle Rain?

    When Karen is walking Estreya around the barrels in the moonlight and talking to her about Ben will stay in my memory.


    What does Suzy Harbulak bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Suzy's voice especially as Karen takes you right inside her head. I have become literally addicted to audio books. It is the best of both world; I can continue to do my two favorite hobbies at the same time. I can sew and enjoy a new book.


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

    Yes, I listened to this book late in the evening and immediately started it in the morning. I just finished it and felt it was important to write a review.


    Any additional comments?

    I live in SW FL and am drawn to books set in FL. I also am a retired special needs teacher and was moved by the author's sensitivity and insight into each character.

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    Cynthia South Plainfield, NJ, United States 03-21-13
    Cynthia South Plainfield, NJ, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Gentle Rain"

    What a Lovely book. it is well worth hearing it again and again.A touching and sweet book. I look forward to more from Deborah Smith in the future.

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    Janet Dubai, United Arab Emirates 03-02-13
    Janet Dubai, United Arab Emirates 03-02-13 Member Since 2009

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    "2nd Review from the same Author"

    I love Deborah Smith for bringing out the fun and humor side of living with autism. The difficult task of caring and loving autistic family member comes with true sacrifice and wealth of accomplishments and heart warming rewards.

    Ben is a true hero. What a loving brother and caring soul. Though he had moments of "what could have been", he never regretted choosing his brother even knowing his condition. In fact, he created what seems to others could be a dysfunctional family ranch but he went and won the biggest applause for his ranch. Thanks to the stubborn belief of his charges, he would have never met his reward, Cara.

    I went and burst out laughing during the purchase of a good for "dog food" horse, can't help but be touched over the reasons of daisy designs and white painted stones about Cara, and be encouraged and hopeful over the challenges dealing with autisms.

    It's an inspiring story mated with good narration. The few times the narrator gets the voices cloudy for me is an oversight. In the end, Gentle Rain is among the treasures in my library.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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