Sunshine in the Rain

Narrated by: Cathy Schrecongost
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Suspense
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Follow Susannah's life from the massacre of her family by Indians to her time in the asylum, to finally finding love and happiness to escaping even more trouble.

Part 1

Suffering from shock after Indians massacred her family before her eyes, Susannah is put into an insane asylum by a ruthless cousin. Susannah's life just seems to spiral downhill, from one tragedy to another! When will her life finally turn around? She finds a glimmer of hope in her friendship with Ben. Will he be her saving grace? Or would it be the handsome Dr. Carter Harding? She discovers herself and love on a rugged trip back to the scene of the tragedy. During the trip, her life is spared yet again. She knows God has spared her for a reason, twice. Now she needs to do something with that spared life.

Part 2

Cecilia, a woman jilted years earlier, threatens Susannah's happy marriage. She vows to get revenge and discovers the best way to do that is to drive Susannah back to the mental hospital. Cecilia seeks to destroy Susannah and her husband. Can she destroy the couple who are within the shield and armor of God?

©2016 Barbara Goss (P)2017 Barbara Goss

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True Western Love

Heart wrenching storyline with a true sweet love, I found it sweet and charming with a touch of crazy. ( you'll understand when you read it 😉)
The narrative was a little to slow for me, had a lovely voice just maybe a little to mellow/emotionless in my option.
But than again, I'm sure that's how they may have spoken back in the day.

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Western Romance Full of Action

Sweet Susannah is only 17 years when Indians ride onto her family's farm and slaughter her father, mother, and four younger siblings. Shocked and fearful, she hides in a cornfield for two days waiting for help. With all her family dead, Susannah is sent away to live with a cousin, but the trauma has affected her so much that she can't speak without crying, and her nightmares keep the family awake at night. Her cousin's heartless wife insists that Susannah be sent away to an insane asylum.

At the asylum, Susannah meets Ben Turner, a pleasant young man who befriends her and helps her learn the asylum's ways. She also meets Dr. Carter Harding, who is the first to see that she isn't insane, only shocked and fearful of what she witnessed. Carter is drawn to her sweetness, candor, and determination and begins to develop feelings for her. Carter works to get her released and placed in a welcoming home with his brother and sister-in-law. Unfortunately, also visiting his brother's home is a woman from his past who is determined to have Carter for herself, or revenge herself by hurting those he loves.

This western romance was originally published in two parts, but is seamless in this narration. The writing is simple and straightforward. There were so many twists and turns it kept me interested to see what happened to Susannah next! I'm not sure I would call this a clean romance. While there were no detailed descriptions, there was a lot of sex, referring to sex, references to rape, attempted rape, and using sex as a tool. It was a bit jarring to read that next to so many references to God and prayer.

The narrator's voice was pleasant but incredibly slow. I turned the speed up to 1.25x and it was closer to a normal speed. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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I loved this story

This is definitely the best story by Barbara Goss that I have read so far. I loved the integrity displayed by Dr. Carter Harding and Susannah's absolute innocence and total trust in him.
Then there is Ben, a fellow inmate and Cecelia, Carter's so-called friend. These two are not such nice people.
This book is written in two parts and both are equally strong in storyline and were very easy to follow. The story is gripping, adventurous, romantic and has a religious undercurrent.
I loved it!

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Good

Good clean western series, as all of the series by the author are, to enjoy. The narration by Cathy added to the story and enjoyment.given audio for my voluntary review

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Sunshine in the Rain

This story is aptly named. There are definitely rainy days for Susannah. Her kind heart helps her find the way to her HEA.

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4/5 Stars Clean Western Romance

Summary:
Susannah has the misfortune of being within hearing distance as her entire family is murdered by Indians. The story’s set in the mid to late 1800’s a little after the Civil War in Missouri. When her nightmares and screaming disrupts her aunt and uncle’s house, her aunt insists the girl be sent to an asylum. There, she meets a PTSD soldier named Ben and Dr. Carter Harding.

Additional Comments:
- This is a clean romance, so it should be a surprise that Susannah and Dr. Harding eventually meet and marry. There’s a lot of talk about them doing things newlyweds do, but nothing’s described in any detail that would offend sensibilities.
- I only yelled at the MC a few times for being stupid.
- The narrator didn’t bother me. I always listen at 2x speed, which ruins some of the nuances of a performance but also moves them along when they’re downright slow. I went to 2.5 with this lady. Though I don’t think she had a huge range of male characters, the book really only required 2 main gents, so its was fine. If you think the narrator’s too slow, speed up the playback rate.
- Carter and Susannah’s relationship is sweet.
- Cecelia’s obsession seemed a tad far-fetched, but I guess there are all sorts of nutjobs in the world. It could just be my modern senses just don’t get how truly limited women’s prospects were back then.

Conclusion:
Romance isn’t my first go-to genre, but Barb Goss’s are always intriguing. This one had a tad more action than the last I’d read by her, which I truly appreciated.

*I received a free copy. That did not affect my decision to review or the review itself*

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Good western romance

The was a good read/listen. Barbara Goss keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next. After witnessing her parents murdered by Indians, Susanna is placed in an insane asylum by her cousin. There she meets Carter and of course falls in love. The story has suspense and mystery.

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Loved it!!

The best book of Barbara's yet! You must read this book!!

I never get tired of Barbara’s books!!

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A Story of Faith

This is a well written story about faith and trust. I enjoyed the characters, and how they kept having faith when bad things happened. I love a good romance with some adventure, and this book has both! Another winner, Barbara Goss!

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A Threat to Sanity

This tale was originally written in two parts which have now been combined. The first part deals with Susannah's trauma and learning to cope and resolves to the expected HEA (um, yes, that IS why you are reading this, after all!) while part two deals with unresolved issues and people from part one. Reading/listening to [AUDIO] them both together is the smart way to enjoy the pair and a good move on the author's part to combine them into one volume.

As always, author Barbara Goss has come up with a strong, complex plot and well-developed, faith-driven characters. The strength of the story overcomes the clear, pleasant, well-enunciated but somewhat singsong, overly bright, third-grade teacher cadenced voice of the narrator who nonetheless moved things along appropriately. The well-researched historic setting feels quite authentic as well. (And they all lived happily ever after!)