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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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    ~~ DARA ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 12-02-13
    ~~ DARA ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 12-02-13 Member Since 2011

    ~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain Spoilers ~~

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    "Extremely Touching!"

    A Gentle Rain is an incredibly touching and emotional story. It's the kind of story that really hits home if you have ever had a family member (or close friend) that have been mentally and/or physically handicapped. The love that permeates within these characters feels so genuine and tender. It reminds you of what's important in life and never take loved ones for granted.

    My only negative about this audible listen is the sound quality. It has many overdubs that can be a bit distracting but in no way takes away from the story.

    This book is more than a romance so don't miss out on this beautiful story!


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 12-03-14
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 12-03-14 Member Since 2012

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "A wonderful surprise"

    A Gentle Rain by Deborah Smith was my first of her books to read, and what an amazing gift it was. I bought this book on sale, and it will not be the last of Ms. Smith's books that I treat myself to. I loved it. Precious characters that were developed well, very nice plot that came back to itself nicely. Smart. Fun. Lovely.
    Credit worthy? Yes!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rick 06-27-14
    rick 06-27-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible has been a lifesaver as I continue to go through the process of physical recovery.

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    "Sweet, Sentimental and Very Good"

    In the last few years due to my daughter's influence I've become the reader/ listener of chick lit. This is one of those girly romance novels that I've been led to and shockingly have come to enjoy. This just happens to be one of the best of those.
    Heiress Cara Winterbrooke's parents die in a small plane crash. Going through the remnants of their papers she finds her adoption papers and suddenly everything she thought she was has changed. So she researches her heredity finds her birth parents and heads to Florida to find, and get to know them.
    A runaway mare arranges the initial meeting with them as well as the man she'll eventually marry. I suppose I should have given a spoiler alert there but is it really necessary; a romance novel is a romance novel when it comes to the basics? The horse that belongs to a local rancher charges across the road causing Cara to wreck her car. She's found by Ben a rancher who helps her dissuade a couple of local wrecker drivers of questionable ethics who want both her car and probably her body.
    As it turns out Ben is the owner of the ranch where her developmentally delayed parents live and work. Ben was also once the Lucadore and Telenovella star known as El Diablo Americana whom Cara had a huge crush on throughout her adolescence. Many tender moments heartwarming exchanges, adventures and romance follow. If not for the author it could have easily been just another cliche loaded romance.
    In this case though the author creates characters that you actually care about either in a positive or negative manner of Billie Letts and Carl Hiaasen. The good hearted people like Karen, Ben, Lilly or Matt wind their way into your heart. The scenes that could easily come off as over the top Hollywood saccharine instead find their way into your heart.
    There are many more plot details that I haven't touched on; I'll leave those to the listeners to discover on their own. If you want to listen to this audio with someone I would recommend that you do it with someone you share a connection with. This was a special experience in connection for myself and my daughter. Our story resembles this one in certain aspects and listening to it was a great experience.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joanette A. Mejean 04-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "One of my favorite performances"
    Where does A Gentle Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My favorite audio books are kept on my computer and are listened to when the mood is right. THIS book stays on my computer, my iPad, and my phone.
    I listen to it over and over.


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

    Kara is a strong female character. She was raised in a considerably non-traditional way and isn't afraid to take a stand for justice and the rights of those less fortunate than herself. I especially enjoyed her taking over the "pirate" poker party and holding hostage a pair of Manolo Blahniks.


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

    The narrator was spot on with depicting each character. I was worried, at the very beginning, that I would not care for her narrative, but she brought each character to life in a way that made me want to know them.


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

    I want to move next door to this group and become friends. I want to sit on the porch and watch Gator doing nothing. I want to listen to Mr Darcy say "I mean that in a good way!" And I would really like to be as patient and tolerant of others as these characters are. (Well, except for the mean girl, of course.)


    Any additional comments?

    The end of the narrative is always a sad moment for me. I want to know how these "people" are doing and what has happened in their lives since I last visited.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 02-28-14
    Angela Carlinville, IL, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2010

    I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.

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    "A sweet story..."

    ... of discovering yourself in the place you least expected to. I did enjoy this book - it's the story of a girl who deposits herself into a life that she is completely unfamiliar with and discovers that she is right where she needs to be.

    Narrator was good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Liesl Johannesburg, South Africa 01-29-14
    Liesl Johannesburg, South Africa 01-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"

    I absolutely loved this book. It is such a touching, realistic story. I really enjoyed it - well worth the credit!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scotty 08-03-12
    Scotty 08-03-12

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    "A must to listen to and enjoy!"
    Would you listen to A Gentle Rain again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again. It's full of life experiences, love, devotion. The best part of the book is the lesson of life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of life. I learned from this book and will apply it to my life.


    Which character – as performed by Suzy Harbulak – was your favorite?

    Joey. Oh who am I kidding? I loved each and every character.


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

    I laughed, smiled, cried, related.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must listen!

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Racine, WI, United States 02-13-13
    Kim Racine, WI, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I'm glad I hung in there"
    Any additional comments?

    The book started out so slow and confusing with all the people in this story, I thought I may have wasted a credit. I kept listening and I am so glad I did. I really liked the charachters and I do mean charachters. Kara found out she was adioted and set out to find her birth parents. What she found was clearly unexpected. The story was sometimes sad, sweet and sometimes funny and it left me with a good happily ever after feeling.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne 12-20-14
    Suzanne 12-20-14 Member Since 2011
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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