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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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    Marydior 01-08-14
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    "Enjoyable and thought provoking."

    This book is part social science and part romance with good character development and a complex plot. While there are certain elements that border on the unbelievable and unreal for the most part it is a heartwarming story of love, human compassion and the value of the individual regardless of wealth, intellect and social status. I hesitated before I spent the credit but I'm glad I did. I truly enjoyed it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 12-31-13
    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2013

    I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!

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    "Pretty Sweet"
    Where does A Gentle Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably around the middle. I mean it was a good book for sure, but I have read/listened to a lot and this one isn't my favorite.


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

    Probably when everyone learned the truth about "Karen."


    Have you listened to any of Suzy Harbulak’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but I like her perspective on things. I like that she made people with disabilities a big part of her story and showed how beautiful they are too. It was quite touching and very sweet.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "At the heart of it...."


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I think the narration was great and the story was very tender. If you are looking for something a little different, then I would definitely recommend this.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sally River Falls, WI, United States 12-30-13
    Sally River Falls, WI, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A sweet story!"
    What did you love best about A Gentle Rain?

    The premise of a rancher who treats developmentally delayed people as valued, loved, normal. The book has everything money can't buy and everything i'd do if I hit the lottery!


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

    Karen's bird, Mr. Darcy taking to the young man with Down Syndrome and the love and humor between everyone on the ranch. Loved Mac & Lilly and their obsessions with daisies! Loved Joey and his happy ending!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Karen verbally sparred with the rich evil spoiled brat, Tammy Jackson.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A story of love and finding the way home...


    Any additional comments?

    Love Deborah Smith. This has been my favorite so far!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Radford, Virginia, United States 07-20-14
    Mike Radford, Virginia, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "hard to follow the reader"

    the reader didn't change the tone from female to male which made following who was talking difficult Should have used a male voice for the male parts and it would have been so much better..a good story and good book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 12-03-13
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 12-03-13
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    "Enjoyed it"

    This is one of the good things about the $4.95 sales, I get to read authors that might not strike my fancy at a higher price. This was a "nice" story and it held my interest. The narrator wasn't very good because she maintained the same voice throughout the story for Karen and Ben; it was hard to tell who was talking sometimes.

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    lgreader Massachusetts 02-18-14
    lgreader Massachusetts 02-18-14
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    "Poor narration the problem"
    Any additional comments?

    This story could have been excellent, but the narration was not good. I had some trouble telling if the speaker was a male or female. I had to wait to get the context to figure out who was talking. Too bad, because the story was good and I would have enjoyed it a lot more with a different reader.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 02-16-14
    MickeyMarie 02-16-14

    I read so I can write

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    "Simple but entertaining"

    The story is not very deep but is enjoyable. It is well written. The narrator is a little dramatic and her accents are more Georgia than Florida. All in all it makes for a pleasant listen. It's worth a credit.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 02-25-13
    Debbie 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible Audio"
    Would you try another book from Deborah Smith and/or Suzy Harbulak?

    I have read other Deborah Smith books and loved them... this book seemed a bit far fetched and predictable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The audio was terrible. There so many voice-overs that it was distracting. The narrator's voice would have been better received had it not been for the poor audio quality.


    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Marian E. Pena Germany 12-03-13
    Marian E. Pena Germany 12-03-13

    seamstobesew

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    "Drolls On and On and On and On..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    well first, this is listed in romances... where's the romance? I'm over half way thru with listening to this book and I'm wondering where the attraction is. As another reviewer noted, there are to many stories as part of the book and the romance is overshadowed by everything else.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Deborah Smith again?

    Probably.


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

    I thought the narrator was fine. She does a good job with the various voices. It's a little annoying to hear the handicapped boy voice at times, but one has to understand that is how those type of children talk in the first place.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I haven't finished it yet, so I'll say that I only paid 4.95 for it, so it's not that huge of a loss.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book because the story line was intriguing. There are many good reviews for it as well so that really helped in my decision, but I am quite surprised, I am totally bored by it. If this had been a book I had to actually read, I would never have finished it.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Daphne Pooler, GA, United States 12-02-13
    Daphne Pooler, GA, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Weirdest audiobook I've ever heard."
    Would you try another book from Deborah Smith and/or Suzy Harbulak?

    Probably not. The story was very far fetched. The author covered too many themes at one time--destruction of the environment, special needs people, and veganism, to name a few. The plot was overshadowed.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will probably choose a work by an author and narrator that have already proven their craft to me.


    What didn’t you like about Suzy Harbulak’s performance?

    The quality of the recording was awful. The voiceovers were innumerable and very distracting. At times, she sounded as if she were at the bottom of a barrel. Also, her Spanish pronunciation was very inaccurate. I will definitely make sure she is NOT the narrator in any future audiobook I purchase.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I only paid $4.95 for it.


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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