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Heaven Sent Rain | [Lauraine Snelling]

Heaven Sent Rain

Dinah Taylor has an orderly life that is just how she likes it. A perfectly furnished luxury apartment, a satisfying career as a scientist and CEO of her own company, and an uncomplicated personal life. But all of that changes when she meets seven-year-old Jonah. The boy shows up one day, a scruffy dog by his side, in front of her office building. Dinah knows nothing about kids and even less about animals, but after she buys him breakfast, he shows up the next day - and the next.
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Publisher's Summary

Dinah Taylor has an orderly life that is just how she likes it. A perfectly furnished luxury apartment, a satisfying career as a scientist and CEO of her own company, and an uncomplicated personal life. But all of that changes when she meets seven-year-old Jonah.

The boy shows up one day, a scruffy dog by his side, in front of her office building. Dinah knows nothing about kids and even less about animals, but after she buys him breakfast, he shows up the next day - and the next. She tries to learn more about him, to help him, but he's remarkably skilled at evading her questions. And then, late one night, he calls her in a panic - his dog has been badly injured. Dinah rushes them to a local animal clinic, where she meets Garret, a veterinarian with a thriving practice and a passion for drawing. Though Jonah takes to Garret right away, for some reason neither understands, Dinah and Garret just don't mesh. But for Jonah's sake, their lives continue to collide, and slowly the relationship between these three strangers begins to change.

©2014 Lauraine Snelling (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Snelling (One Perfect Day) continues to draw fans with her stellar storytelling skills. This time she offers a look at smalltown medical care in a tale that blends healing, love, and a town's recovery. . .Snelling's description of events at the small clinic during the storm is not to be missed." - Publisher's Weekly on Wake the Dawn

"Lauraine Snelling's newest novel will keep you turning pages and not wanting to put the book down.. . .Wake The Dawn is a guaranteed good read for any fiction lover."
- Cristel Phelps, reviewer, Retailers and Resources Magazine on Wake the Dawn"Snelling's fast-paced novel has characters who seek help in the wrong places. It takes a raging storm for the for them to see that the help they needed was right in front of them the whole time. This is a strong, believable story." - RT Book Reviews, ****, on Wake the Dawn"Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty." - National Church Library Association"Snelling's story has the potential to be a big hit. . ..[D]iverse and well rounded. The premise of the story is interesting and the prose is very moving." (RT Book Reviews)

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    A. Lynn Charlotte, NC 01-13-15
    A. Lynn Charlotte, NC 01-13-15 Member Since 2015

    A God chaser

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    Really enjoyed listening. Grief comes in many forms. Loss is part of life. Knowing how to deal with it is complex. Very well written.

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    Carolina Kat Charlotte, NC 07-31-14
    Carolina Kat Charlotte, NC 07-31-14 Member Since 2012

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    "A Moral Book that does not preach"
    What made the experience of listening to Heaven Sent Rain the most enjoyable?

    I quickly liked the characters, believed them, and cared what happened to them. They did realistic things, and had believable feelings. While the story involves the welfare of the child, the author doesn't stoop to child endangerment, rather she used child endearment to involve the audience. I loved that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The evolution of the characters - the plot was compelling.


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

    No. But I would listen to her again.


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

    I tried! But it was deliciously long.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first book by this author, but I am going to purchase another. What a find, a modern book that doesn't rely upon cheap tricks to involve the reader! I found myself thinking about this book for days after. I highly recommend it.

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    Sumfretym 02-28-15
    Sumfretym 02-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    Big fan here of Rosamaude Pilcher & Maeve Binchy. So it's nice to find a new enjoyable author. This audible held my interest, No need to hit fast forward, major plus for me! Looking forward to another Snelling book.

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    Cindi 09-30-14
    Cindi 09-30-14
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    "Was a disappointment"

    While I normally like Snelling's books, this one was a disappointment. I kept waiting for something to develop. Instead there were a few leaps forward at different points, but no real development of characters. Very disappointed.

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    Anthea 06-17-15
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    "Touchingly beautiful"

    What a lovely story, and it clearly shows God's incredible love, that He calls us when we are still unbelievers, and also the more stubborn we are, the harder the pull! The narrator was excellent.

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    Jonathan 01-22-15
    Jonathan 01-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Almost Flawless"

    The FDA problem was implausible because an ad hoc committee can't tell the FDA to demand a retest and that they have to test as a drug they first have to review their findings and would have a) re-asserted that it's only a food supplement (CYA works both ways here they wouldn't admit they got it wrong the first time) b) the worst they could have done was demand that Dina's Co show what grounds they have for making false claims sort of like "So, when did you stop beating your wife" all they then would have to do is prove that it was a sick and perverted press making those claims not them which they could have done by sending them a recording of the press conference refer them to the findings the FDA had already approved and their literature and then sent them a recording of the second interview. Then they could demand of the ad hoc committee and the FDA upon what authority they had launched this obstructive and illegal action to obstruct progress for a health food supplement.
    Also the boy Jonah was more grateful which made some of his angry dialog when he was grieving a bit awkward I think it would have contributed to the story for both of these to take a bit longer to show her and Jonah's growth through the grieving process and also how garret would have grown closer to them both with his very effective prayers and shepherding which would also encourage her to seek both the attorney's legal assistance and God's wisdom in helping her grow a back bone sticking up for her rights without losing her compassion. But, that's just my opinion.

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    TONIA PATTON 01-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    I enjoyed the story. The end seemed to be quickly wrapped up in a few pages. What did church construction of to do with story?

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