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Publisher's Summary

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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A good story

Rainwater is not the best book I have ever read but it was a very good story. I was pleased with the originality of the story. It pushed me to purchase another Sandra Brown novel which turned out to be way more predictable.

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  • Gail
  • Las Cruces, NM, United States
  • 03-02-12

My First Sandra Brown Novel was Wonderful

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sometimes I just want a book that lets me root for the good guys and hate the bad guys, and this book delivers beautifully. The author took time to develop her characters to the point where I could imagine how they looked and felt, but she did not lose the flow of the story by going into too much detail. I also loved how she began and ended the book. I'm going to look at other books by this author. As for the narrator, I love it when I forget that the book is being read to me and instead lose myself in the characters and the story. This narrator definitely succeeded at this!

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  • Patricia
  • La Quinta, CA, United States
  • 01-30-12

A lovely story

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

A sad and at the same time, uplifting story. It identifies the many hardships of living in the '30s and the kindness as well as meanness of people in a small town.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rainwater?

The ending - brought tears to my eyes.

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

Victor Slezak is a wonderful narrator. I have listened to other stories he's narrated and they are always wonderful. I can picture the characters.

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

I don't know, but it would make a wonderful film. I would go to see it the day it came out.

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  • Lois
  • Dawes, WV, United States
  • 01-26-12

Wonderful

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

Gripping, moving, educational

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rainwater?

There are so many moments in this book that I bookmarked that I decided to listen to it again. I believe the point where Solly takes the defense of his mother into his own hands will be remembered for quite a while<br/><br/>Also, when the author was speaking of the destruction of the cattle I was lead to read more about that. It was a true action taken by the government. I was amazed by that.

Which scene was your favorite?

When they discovered the Solly was processing thoughts! Uplifting!

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

The name is perfect. I wouldn't change a thing about this book.

Any additional comments?

I have read and listened to thousands of books. Rainwater is most definitely in my top 15.

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  • Vada
  • East Wenatchee, WA, United States
  • 01-23-12

A Glimpse of What Life was Like in the Thirties

Where does Rainwater rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have read most of Sandra Brown's books. I liked most of them, and this one is definately one of her better ones.

What other book might you compare Rainwater to and why?

For the most part, I avoid reading about the Great Depression. I was born into it and have no nostalgia for the

What about Victor Slezak’s performance did you like?

Victor Slezak's portrayal of the main male character is superb! His deep voice coupled with a seemingly authentic Texas drawl was perfect in conveying the sexuality of the man.

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  • Melissa
  • Bon Aqua, TN, United States
  • 01-23-12

Different Read from Sandra Brown

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

The plot and characters were well developed. It reminded me of the book, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rainwater?

When the history of the watch was revealed.

What about Victor Slezak’s performance did you like?

Nice voice

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

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The best story ever.

This is the most romantic story I ever heard. I love it and recommend it to all romance reader, you will love this story!!!

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  • Julie
  • Marysville, WA, United States
  • 12-12-11

Another excellent book!

As usual Sandra Brown delivers an excellent book. I am so excited by the sheer depth and emotion that each of her stories invoke. My favorite author to date!!!!!!

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  • Maureen
  • North Branch, MI, United States
  • 11-04-11

I really enjoyed this book

Short and simple: I loved this book and the narrator did a good job. The characters were interesting and believable and the storyline was interesting. I looked forward to listening whenever I got a chance. Good way to spend a credit.

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Interesting book

This book was an interesting book. This was the first time I had ever listened to anything by this author. I would try her again.