Rainwater Book Review : Rainwater by Sandra Brown was published in 2009. It is a romance fiction which takes place during the Great Depression Time.
Ella Barron, a single Texas mother, built a careful life running a boarding house in the Depression-era cotton south. But when a mysterious stranger takes a free room, he also takes Ella’s careful life apart. In the tradition of Gone with the Wind comes historical romance in the Dust Bowl.
Ella runs her Texas boarding house with the efficiency of a ship’s captain and the grace of a gentlewoman. She cooks, cleans, launders, and cares for her ten-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose busy behavior and failure to speak elicits undesired advice from others in town. Ella’s plate is full from sunup to sundown. When a room in her boarding house opens up, the respected town doctor brings Ella a new boarder―the handsome and gallant Mr. David Rainwater—but Ella is immediately resistant to opening up her home to this mysterious stranger.
Even with assurances that Mr. Rainwater is a man of impeccable character, a former cotton broker and a victim of the Great Depression, Ella stiffens at the thought of taking him in. Dr. Kincaid tells Ella in confidence that Mr. Rainwater won’t require the room for long: he is dying. Begrudgingly, Ella accepts Mr. Rainwater’s application to board, but she knows that something is happening; she is being swept along by an unusual series of events. Soon, this strong-minded, independent woman will realize that the living that she has eked out for herself in the small bubble of her town is about to change, whether she likes it or not…
Racial tensions, the financial strain of livelihoods in cotton drying up into dust, and the threat of political instability swirl together into a tornado on the horizon. One thing is certain: the winds of change are blowing all over Texas—and through the cracks in the life that Ella Barron has painstakingly built. This is the story of a woman who takes her life’s circumstances in both hands, but who will be forced to reckon with the chaos of her historical circumstances.
It’s difficult to write about this book without given much information.
I’m a huge fan of Sandra Brown. I started with her “Witness” and have read about 25 of her books. I have never been disappointed with her writing or her stories. Sandra is more known for her Suspense romance genre. “Rainwater” is a short story. It has around 256 pages. This book is much different from her usual writing. This book for once is not a suspense thriller. You don’t see the Male lead or the female lead in danger and one of them trying to help them out. This book is completely different.
The book is set during the Depression time in a small town in Texas. Ella Barron a single mother, running a boarding house in Texas. Her son Solly is an “idiot Savant”. Ella is loving, Independent, Caring, hardworking. Due to her past, she is wary of others. Ella life seems to be normal till Mr. Rainwater rents a room in her boarding house. Mr. Rainwater is terminally ill and he has 5-6 weeks.
The book deals with Racism, autism, despair, Love and loss. I don’t have much to complain about the book apart from feeling the ending was rushed. I loved how beautifully the relationship of David and Ella was shown.
The book broke my heart in the end. I have always loved Sandra books but her other books never touched me like the way this book did. The book is definite page turner. The language used is simple to understand and it’s well edited. I rate the book 4.5 stars.
My Favorite quote from the novel:
“Even knowing the ending was sad, I wouldn’t have deprived myself the beauty of the story.”
Author: Sandra Brown
Year of Publication: 2009
Page Count: 256
Genre: Romance Fiction
Characters: David Rainwater, Ella Barron
About the Author
Sandra Lynn Brown born March 12, 1948 is an American bestselling author of romantic novels and thriller suspense novels. Brown has also published works under the pen names of Rachel Ryan, Laura Jordan, and Erin St. Claire. Her novel French Silk was made into a movie, released in 1994, for television.