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And Then It Rained: Lessons for Life [Kindle Edition]

Megan Morrison
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Evolved Publishing brings you a story of friendship, family, and coming of age, in Megan Morrison's memoir, "And Then It Rained: Lessons for Life."
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Would you do it again… would you give Maya the letter?

Some who know about it have asked me, as if I could actually turn back time. Would I give her the letter, knowing it would push away the person who'd been my comfort through my dad's alcoholism and parents' divorce; knowing that it would destroy a friendship I'd worked years to build; knowing I'd have to endure lies and unkindness from someone I believed in more than any other...

…knowing that the fallout would inspire me to attend my dream college; knowing I'd conquer homesickness and so many other fears there; knowing I'd make friends who'd become like family; knowing I'd find rewards I could have never imagined?

And Then it Rained: Lessons for Life is the story of how I lost my most trusted confidante... and found myself.


Product Details

  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466334266
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC (November 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065NGB6S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise March 26, 2013
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This book was a pleasant surprise from a young, first-time writer. I read it on my Kindle in only a few days and it kept me interested throughout. I'm long past my college days, but I could relate to Megan's poignant story, from her search to find the right mentor, to dealing with her dad's alcoholism and her parents' divorce, ending in her courageous decision to strike out on her own and pursue her dreams.

All of the life lessons here are revealed in a simple and straightforward manner, without heavy handed moralizing. We get these challenges and revelations through Megan's eyes and it's an honest account of her journey and growth. I look forward to reading more from the author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational coming of age memoir November 20, 2011
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Megan Morisson's first book is inspirational as the author works through her life's challenges and triumphs. The author's writing style is very easy to read and leaves you cheering for her to believe in herself and learn valuable life lessons. I highly recommend for readers of all ages. A great holiday gift for teens and older as they strive to learn how they can be the best they can be. An added bonus is all proceeds will be donated to help others achieve their dreams.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring walk down memory lane, and forward in life March 20, 2012
By blue25
Format:Paperback
It's been a long time since I read a book that drew on childhood memories or even featured a young adult. Author Megan Morrison does a great job of incorporating little details that make the memories in the book vivid, realistic, and appropriately biased toward the narrator while keeping the story going at a comfortable, page turning pace. As I read the book, I liked the narrator and rooted for her, and I was also curious about how the other characters would have lived the same events, what they might have thought and felt about the same scenes - or, as Ms. Morrison explores, would they even remember those moments? I really liked how the author got to the heart of how we process and build on the events in our lives through our emotions and perceptions over time. As an adult, that is what I appreciate about the book. For younger readers, I think this book would make an easily enjoyable read with relatable characters and plenty of encouragement that is sure to be a comfort during the drama of teenage life. In particular, I like the author's mixture of funny and more poignant anecdotes and how the narrator describes the personalities around her. And Then It Rained will keep a teenage reader's attention and provide some helpful food for thought when it comes to meeting challenges, appreciating the environment around you, and rising to the occasion under many circumstances - during and after high school. Hats off to a book that successfully spans both K-12 and undergrad in plot (so many books focus on one or the other!) and teen through adult in audience. Great read, and highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational memoir that reads like good fiction! February 12, 2012
By KK
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A young Megan is inspired by the life and friendship of her idol, Maya. In an attempt to share with Maya what that relationship has meant to her, she composes a long letter that chronicles her feelings and experiences. The letter, rather than helping to heal Maya, pushes her away. This memoir is about one girl's journey to find the hero in herself when the hero she idolizes turns on her. It's about how one girl survives her dad's alcoholism and her parents' divorce; how she conquers her homesickness and thrives in college; how she comes to know herself.

I'm not a big fan of memoirs, but this book is so well-written it's like reading fiction. Megan and I had very different paths in life, so her choices and experiences were not familiar roads for me, making her journey all the more interesting to read. This book, without being preachy, is inspiring, motivational and useful for anyone. While she and I have lived such different lives, her engaging prose and openness of heart made it easy to relate to the core human struggles of fear, loneliness and loss of hope... and to rejoice with her as those were replaced by bravery, camaraderie and excitement about life.

I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We are stronger than we think February 27, 2012
By ALC
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In this memoir we watch the metamorphosis Megan goes through. As a young girl, trying to make sense of her own life, her own place in the world, while trying to understand the fractures taking place within the walls of her own home. She turns to Maya, a friend of the family and a much older girl who seems to have it all. Megan tries to emulate Maya, and sets her on a pedestal--a dangerous place to put anyone.

Years later when Maya starts to battle some of her own issues and begins to pull away, Megan, in her youthful mind, thinks she knows how to fix her friend. She decides to write her a letter. This simple act backfires and pushes Maya even further away and forces Megan to look at the world around her differently.

Based on her own life, Megan shows us that we are stronger than we think. Despite the turmoil of her father's alcoholism, his various bouts with treatment, her parent's divorce, and losing the one person in her life that she truly admired, this amazing girl goes on to accomplish some incredible feats. It's her journey to find the strength within herself and become the person, the example to others, that she really wished Maya had been for her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
In this memoir, you are met with Megan trying to find her place in this world, while trying to deal with the curves thrown at her. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lexi Breunig
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspriational Debut Novel
Megan Morrison's debut novel, And Then It Rained, is a great read for folks of all ages, but especially students considering, planning for, or enrolled in college. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jennie
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
This book is poorly written. It is longer than it needs to be. I skipped over the play by play descriptions of sports events.
Published 21 months ago by Debra
4.0 out of 5 stars And Then it Rained: Lessons for Life
And Then It Rained

A coming of age story of a vulnerable young girl who transforms into an accomplished young woman. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tboneman
2.0 out of 5 stars Ehh
Started off interesting in the beginning then became boring. Writing someone a 30 page letter about how much they are idolized is a bit creepy.
Published 23 months ago by Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars You can go your own way
Megan Morrison's debut novel will speak to all students struggling to find themselves and make difficult decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by Jennifer Dorner
5.0 out of 5 stars An experience all it's own.
This young girl has lessons she wants to share because shared lessons mean she had to go through them in order to teach others. Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by JesterDev
5.0 out of 5 stars It taught me about so much more than I expected.
Life is hard enough for a kid. I remember. Growing Pains include the joys, tears, triumphs and defeats. Read more
Published on March 1, 2012 by pwindsinspirations
5.0 out of 5 stars And Then it Rained: Lessons for Life
A must read--I simply could not put it down! A quick read that will snag you in the first chapter and not let go until the end. Well done, Megan Morrison!!
Published on February 5, 2012 by Sharon Frank
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More About the Author

Some may call me a writer, an author perhaps. Yet my 80,000-word memoir exists first and foremost because I am a dreamer. And I'm dreaming bigger than ever these days.


My passion is helping young people achieve their dreams, in particular finding the perfect college to nurture those dreams. I'm even going back to graduate school to pursue that passion in a full-time career, and that's one of the purposes of publishing And Then it Rained: Lessons for Life.


Yet through the journey of publishing this book, I have discovered (or re-discovered, perhaps) a passion for writing. I have been incredibly fortunate as to have found a home with Evolved Publishing and am hard at work on planning a sequel, Sunny Skies, which I expect to publish sometime late 2014.


When I'm not writing, you'll find me enjoying time with my friends, family, and 2-year old Golden Retriever, Mia. I love reading (of course) and running, and any time spent on the ocean. I took advantage of my proximity to the coast while getting my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Business Administration at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Though I've now moved back to the landlocked Midwest, I continue to travel there as much as I can and hope to one day own a house on the beach. Living by the sea and writing all day -- sounds wonderful, doesn't it?


Yep, as I said, I'm good at dreaming.

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