Before the Rain Falls

A Novel
Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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After serving seventy years in prison for the murder of her sister, Eula, Della Lee has finally returned home to the Texas town of Puerto Pesar. She's free from confinement - and ready to tell her secrets before it's too late.

She finds a willing audience in journalist Mick Anders, who is reeling after his suspension from a Boston newspaper and in town, reluctantly, to investigate a mysterious portrait of Eula that reportedly sheds tears. He crosses paths with Dr. Paloma Vega, who's visiting Puerto Pesar with her own mission: to take care of her ailing grandmother and to rescue her rebellious younger sister before something terrible happens. Paloma and Mick have their reasons to be in the hot, parched border town whose name translates as "Port of Regret." But they don't anticipate how their lives will be changed forever.

Moving and engrossing, this dual story alternates between Della's dark ordeals of the 1940s and Paloma and Mick's present-day search for answers about roots, family, love, and what is truly important in life.

©2017 Camille Di Maio (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Before the Rain Falls

I found this very well written book to be extremely unbelievable and depressing. I won't recommend it to any of my friends or family. Such a sad book.

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what a book!!!

What made the experience of listening to Before the Rain Falls the most enjoyable?

when I first started listening i was not that interesting about listening to it. the book for me was a little bit boring at the beginning but after couple hours of listening I wanted to find out more about what really happened to the sister. im so happy I finished the book, it was amazing ,I even cried through the book. it's worth listening, im sure you will love as much I did.

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Excellent

Loved it! Could not stop listening and was Wowed by the plot twist!! I could read this over and over!!

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Decent story. Iffy on religion.

I could have done without the marginalization of Catholics. No Catholic I know goes to church, we go to Mass. We don't genuflect out of habit or worship the preist or choir members. Even in rural south Texas, we know better than to be so easily drawn in by show. And yes, I would know. What was marginal was the near instalove by two pseudo sophisticates. They come along to do everyone a great big favor. Now that I think about it, I guess I didn't like it all that much. Too many unnecessary little digs at tradition, heritage, culture and history. Comes off as pevish interruptions in what could have been a great story. Should have been.

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Favorite book of the year so far

What an unusual story and what great characters. I couldn't quit listening... I had to know more about my favorite new friends in Puerto Pesar, the Port of Regret, a sleepy, dusty Texas border town.... There's Dr Paloma Vega who has come home to be sure her beloved grandmother is recovering from the heart attack and that her out of control teenaged sister is reined back in. Add the Boston reporter in town to investigate reports that a portrait of long dead Euka Lee is crying real tears. And then the 90 year old Della Lee arrives back in town. Finally paroled after serving a life sentence for killing her younger sister, the beautiful and talented Eula, just hours after Dellas wedding to the former ranch hand. What a story this is. The characters are so rich and so true

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A Sister's Love

Camille Di Maio is an author that we will see a lot of in the future. This work of women’s literature shows unusual character depth, insight of a woman’s heart, and what women will do for her family members. There are surprises throughout, but the ending is beyond what I could have guessed.

Readers will go back and forth from the mid-to-late 1940’s to present day Puerto Pesar, and various years between at Goree State, then Mountain View prisons in Texas. Della Lee has been in prison for 70 years for the murder of her sister Eula Lee, the Songbird of Puerto Pesar. She has just been released and goes back to the home she lived in with her family many decades earlier…actually, until her wedding day, when Eula Lee died and Della was arrested.

Mick Anders is a down-and-out journalist whose desire to get the biggest scoops overcame his desire for telling the truth about people and events in a way that the common man can grasp. He went to Puerto Pesar, a far cry from Boston, to do a piece on a painting of Eula Lee hanging at the local parish that appears to be weeping. His intention is to get the story and get out of the hot desert town, until two things occur. He meets Dr. Paloma Vega. He also hears about Della Lee Trujillo’s recent release from seven decades in prison. Perhaps he can get a story on the elderly lady and get back in the good graces of an editor.

Paloma is a recent graduate with a new position awaiting in New York City. She is in town to help her younger sister Mercedes care for Abuela, recovering from a heart attack. She has many memories of Abuela and how she took in two orphaned grandchildren. Paloma sees how frail Abuela is and begins to understand Mercedes’ animosity towards her, how she felt abandoned when Paloma left her to go to college. Yet she has a job to return to, a life in New York. Meeting Mick and accompanying him to meet Miss Lee.

Della, Paloma, and Mick and the primary characters, and I grew fond of each of them throughout the novel. They are very well defined, and while their friendship might be unconventional, it will change each of them. Della and Paloma are my favorites, and in some ways the story ended far too quickly.

This is a fabulous novel that is at times very dark and painful, and at other times showing what has become important in each of the characters’ lives and if those jewels of goals are really worth the cost. The end brought surprises I would never have anticipated, and the end is more than satisfactory. I really enjoyed this novel, and highly recommend it to those who appreciate women’s literature with strong characters, struggles, and ultimately joy.

The narrator is excellent; she enhances the novel through voice inflections, character changes, and a clear voice that rings through both dark memories and sunlit prose.

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phenomenal story!

This was a thoroughly enjoyable story that I can see myself reading again and again in the future and recommending to many! I love the way it was written in multiple part timelines and in the present, seamlessly skipping back and forth weaving the tale of love and sacrifice! A perfectly beautiful read!

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Very Enjoyable

A good story with a twist at the end
I didn't see it coming until the last minute.

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Kept me listening.

Loved the story. Though sad.... the relationships could be inspiring. To live through it, you could not have a "what if" frame of mind.





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Before the Rain Falls: A Family Love Novel

Nice variety of characters. Unexpected story line. Ending really surprised me. Loved the details around everything besides the people. A very adequate performance.

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