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The year is 1934. With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic depression, Ella Barron runs her Texas boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance. Between chores of cooking and cleaning for her residents, she cares for her 10-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion.

When David Rainwater arrives at the house looking for lodging, he comes recommended by a trusted friend as "a man of impeccable character". But Ella senses that admitting Mr. Rainwater will bring about unsettling changes.

However, times are hard, and in order to make ends meet, Ella's house must remain 100 percent occupied. So Mr. Rainwater moves into her house...and impacts her life in ways Ella could never have foreseen.

The changes are echoed by the turbulence beyond the house walls. Friends and neighbors who've thus far maintained a tenuous grip on their meager livelihoods now face foreclosure and financial ruin. In an effort to save their families from homelessness and hunger, farmers and cattlemen are forced to make choices that come with heartrending consequences.

The climate of desperation creates a fertile atmosphere for racial tensions and social unrest. Conrad Ellis -- privileged and spoiled and Ella's nemesis since childhood -- steps into this arena of teeming hostility to exact his vengeance and demonstrate the extent of his blind hatred and unlimited cruelty. He and his gang of hoodlums come to embody the rule of law, and no one in Gilead, Texas, is safe. Particularly Ella and Solly.

In this hotbed of uncertainty, Ella finds Mr. Rainwater a calming presence. She is moved by the kindness he shows other boarders, Solly...and Ella herself. Slowly, she begins to rely on his soft-spokenness, his restraint, and the steely resolve of his convictions.

©2009 Simon & Schuster; (P)2009 Sandra Brown Management, Ltd.

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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 03-21-12

Delightful listen!

Rainwater is a delightful, easy listen that is over before you know it. It had me wanting more but, really, it was the right length given the story line. Victor Slezak narrated it to perfection. Highly recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • C. Byrnes
  • Kissimmee, FL United States
  • 08-02-11

Good, fast, listen

When I buy an audiobook, I don't want it to be "work". I desire something to pass the time during my commute or while I do my housework. This totally fit the bill. It is fast moving and kept my interest. If you want fine literature to expand your mind, this isn't it. If you want a good story told by an excellent narrator, it is worth the credit/money.

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  • Sandy
  • Orlando, FL
  • 12-18-15

One of Sandra Brown's Best Books

I have purchased many of Sandra Brown's books and some have been pretty good and some have been Fantastic. Envy, Play Dirty, Smoke Screen, Smash Cut are a few of her best in my opinion.
Rainwater wasn't as highly rated as some of her newer ones and I wasn't sure what I was buying. This story grabbed me more and more as the book went on.
It was part romance which was played out so beautifully for the times in the early 1900's and Ella's Autistic son was described so sweet. Mr. Rainwater comes into Ella's life and turns it upside down with slow and sweet determination.
The ending is sad, but realistic and I did tear up and had to sit there a while to let it all sink in.
Victor Slezak makes all her books so much better with his 10 star narration. I will purchase all of his narrated books. He is that good. I'm so sorry he isn't narrating anymore.
This is worth a credit even though it's only 7 hours.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JLee
  • rodeo, ca
  • 06-24-15

Unusual But aGood Read

I'm a Sandra Brown lover and she has not failed me yet. A few not greats but 90% very good. This was a bit unusual but as I got into the story it held my attention. Victor is a good reader for particular stories and this one I think suited him. I was happy with the ending.

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  • Yvonne
  • Newfield, NY, United States
  • 05-31-12

Beautyful Story

Give yourself the opportunity and listen to this audio book. Feel yourself drawn into your imagination of a story so real, in a beautiful Southern language rarely heard anymore.
I loved it. It has many facets, as all characters contribute so much to this story, I don't think I crasped it all. I am sure I will listen to it again, because this is a story of layered discoveries.

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  • Karen
  • HOTCHKISS, CO, United States
  • 03-19-12

Beautiful Story

If you could sum up Rainwater in three words, what would they be?

Kindness, Love, and compassion

What did you like best about this story?

It was a fresh and heartwarming story of love

Which character – as performed by Victor Slezak – was your favorite?

Mr Rainwater

If you could take any character from Rainwater out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Solly, I believe he became an interesting man.

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Amazing Story...not what initially Expected.

This was an intriguing story. Victor Slezak is marvelous as the narrator. He made this story an easy and enjoyable listen. It was his performance that made me want to continue the story. His characterizations of the heroine and hero of the story were right on. If this were to be made into a movie, I hope that Mr. Slezak would serve as narrator ala John Boy on the Waltons.

While interesting and complex-simple, neither of the main characters were what I expected them to be. There were many layers of personal experiences, past challenges and beliefs that eventually drew them together. They had a lot in common. The supporting cast was sterotypical...the old maid school teachers, the busy body black maid who is deeply devoted to her church and its pastor, the southern "good old boys who are violent racists", poor people who are victimized by elite members of their community and ineffective law enforcement. While it would be easy to guess what path the storyline would take, I did not find that this story was predictable. The beginning of the story was perfect. It is easy for the listener to be a customer in the store. I was wondering of what value was the furniture, dishes of the narrator's mother. I did not anticipate how the story would end and the ending comes quickly so be prepared.

This is a good "read/listen" when one is doing routine chores. You will not want to put it down. Easily finished in one long day of house-cleaning or yard work. Enjoy!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Buckeye, AZ, USA
  • 02-07-10

very good book

twists and turns. very good book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Powerful.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend this book. Sweet and tender - well thought out. Each bend in the trail of this book leads somewhere and just when you think you know where it's going - there's a surprise.

What other book might you compare Rainwater to and why?

Maybe I would compare it to The Help. The characters are so vivid that you can paint a picture of them in your mind - well before it makes it to any screen. One knows the whole story of the lives of those even slightly mentioned. Some characters are sad,

What about Victor Slezak’s performance did you like?

THE BEST. His voice could lead me anywhere.

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

If you were lucky enough to have the time to read this all in one sitting - OH YES.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • groton, MA, USA
  • 06-06-17

Well done Ms. Brown/Mr. Slezak, well done indeed..

Would you listen to Rainwater again? Why?

One must purge one's tear ducts occasionally

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rainwater?

The return to present day

Which character – as performed by Victor Slezak – was your favorite?

He performed all characters equally well

If you could rename Rainwater, what would you call it?

Replenishing Wells with Rainwater

Any additional comments?

I am thankful to all concerned with making this audiobook available