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Promise Me A Rainbow [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Reavis
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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“ . . . a delicately crafted, eminently satisfying romantic fiction. Reavis works magic . . . ” – Publishers WeeklyTwo lonely people, scarred by betrayal and tragedy, believe that love is lost to them forever…Deserted by her husband because she couldn’t have children, Catherine Holben has thrown herself into her job counseling pregnant teens. Catherine is still recovering from the pain of her divorce, but her life is changed forever when she makes a purchase in a quaint curio shop. She meets handsome, hardworking Joe D’Amaro, a widower and father of three, and his daughter, Fritz. But Joe needs help with Fritz, a seven-year-old dynamo. She’s a precocious but headstrong little girl who’s impossible to resist., and he is too proud to admit it.Joe and Catherine are cautious about making a commitment to each other. They both know the joy and heartache of falling in love, but are they willing to risk being together despite their misgivings? Neither can ignore the love that quickly blossoms between them. Maybe they can have a wonderful life together . . . if only Joe’s still-grieving older daughter, Della, will accept a new woman in her father’s life. True love versus reality. Can Catherine handle his ready-made family? Or is there more in store for her than she thinks?A four-time RITA winner and a three-time RITA finalist, Cheryl Reavis is the author of acclaimed romance novels including A Crime of the Heart, which was condensed in Good Housekeeping magazine. Visit her on Facebook, read her blog, Writing Life, www.cherylreavis.blogspot.com, and follow her on Twitter @sCRibblercheryl.


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  • File Size: 673 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (May 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y8QADC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. January 7, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Alas, my TBR shelf . . . so many books . . . so little time . . . with that in mind, Cheryl Reavis' books have patiently waited for me. And after finishing PROMISE ME A RAINBOW, I am forced to ask myself, "Why the wait?" for Cheryl Reavis' earlier books are true treasures.

Release Date- June 1990
From the Back Cover-
A Time For Loving Is Coming Around Again . . .

CATHERINE: She thought love was gone forever. Deserted by her husband because she couldn't have a child, she tried to put the bitter past behind her and start a new life.

JOE: He still felt the tragic loss of his wife -- and barely knew how to handle his precocious seven-year-old daughter on his own. But the handsome, headstrong man vowed never to set himself up for pain again.

Now Catherine and Joe are about to discover a forever kind of love they both thought they'd never recapture.

My Review-
After years of failing to have their own children, Catherine Holben's husband decided to move on to more fertile soil. Left all alone in the world, Catherine is truly lonely, until she meets hardworking, widower Joe D'Amaro, a handsome man with three children. Indeed, Catherine and Joe are two solitary people hauling excess baggage, but these two people are willing to see where a relationship could go. That is until Joe's eldest daughter Della strikes.

PROMISE ME A RAINBOW is a well-written heart-warmer. However the very attributes that make PROMISE ME A RAINBOW a personal favorite are the same attributes that could grate on another readers' nerves. If that sounds like damning with praise, keep in mind that what one person deems unworthy is another's treasure. For this reader, I truly enjoyed this romance.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pair of lonely people find each other December 8, 2012
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This wasn't a bad book by any means but it felt very heavy. For a romance it seemed curiously lacking in real joy until the very end.

The tone of the book is set somewhat by Catherine. She lives a half-life, sad about her inability to have children and abandoned by her husband because of it.

And then there is Joe and his youngest daughter Fitz. Joe's wife was killed in a car accident and his youngest daughter, seven-year-old Fitz is having emotional issues because of it.

Joe, Fitz and Catherine's lives intersect over a mother/child figurine that Catherine purchases on impulse. The figurine was actually owned by Joe but he sold it because he was short on cash. But Fitz was very attached to the figurine and wants it back.

I get the feeling that I was supposed to be happy that this lonely woman and this damaged man and child found each other. But I just found them to be somewhat enervating. They didn't lift me at all, on the contrary I found them somewhat wearing. Joe and Catherine, after a few head-butting moments, figure out that they really like each other and then they become lovers. The problem with the story is that there was no real conflict for them.

So we are left with filler and secondary characters that shift focus from the decidedly subdued romance. First there is Catherine's job. She works as a counselor? Den Mother? Life Coach? To a group of pre-teen pregnant girls who are given a sort of area-51 zone in their school where only Catherine and one other teacher work with them. These girls are young, yet hardened by life and their circumstances. Oh, btw, the other teacher has Cancer and her husband left her because of it (see....heavy).

Second is Joe's family. He has a predatory sister-in-law. A Clueless brother.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I've been reading Cheryl Reavis's novels for years, and PROMISE ME A RAINBOW is an excellent example of the reason why. I love stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances--well-drawn characters I can sympathize with and relate to. That's Catherine Holben in spades. She's been through some rough patches, but she's a trouper, and she's there for those who need her--vulnerable teenagers. I'm there with Catherine. And when she meets salt-of-the-earth Joe (my kind of man) and his daughters, I'm so ready to follow her through the highs and lows of rebuilding lives and coming up with a new family. Loved this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, quick read July 26, 2012
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This was a great story that was well told with well developed characters. I enjoyed the fact that it really seemed to hit all the levels---there were moments that made me smile and moments that had me tearing up. The ending was not unexpected, but the route the author took to get there was not as predictable as one sometimes comes to expect from these chick lit/romance books.

Catherine was a heroine who I really found myself rooting for---I really wanted her to be happy. Joe was the kind of guy that every single woman hopes will smile at her in that special way. Sure they both had baggage and it did seem like they went from mutual disdain to so much more pretty quickly, but the alternating PoV and back story told throughout made it seem more natural. The kids, from Catherine's pregnant girls to Joe's brood were drawn in a realistic way. Fritz had so much depth and heart that I just wanted to hug that little girl myself. And Grandmama and Dr. Clarkson were both great with lots of clear personality.

There were a few editing misses that caught me off guard as overall it was well written. A "my" instead of "by' and a few missing commas were not enough to detract from the story itself. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I read this story some time ago and just now writing a review. I LOVED this story. She is a school teacher, cannot have children of her own. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gatorfan
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd Morality
I adored Fritz and sympathized with Della. While I liked the way the romance blossomed between the main characters, I thought it odd that they thought they were being responsible... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lillian Ammann (Lillie)
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Good story. The characters were likable but not very original. I did not like how most of the pregnant students were portrayed as unintelligent and troublesome as even the smartest... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cherish
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Cheryl Reavis
Promise Me A Rainbow
A very beautiful Story! I love Cheryl Reavis books and read every one I find. She is great!
Published 9 months ago by Rube
5.0 out of 5 stars Promise Me A Rainbow
I read this a long time ago in paperback and loved it. I would like to see more of Cheryl Reavis's books. I recommend this to anyone.
Published 9 months ago by Marshia Bontrager
5.0 out of 5 stars She had me at the first page....
The author hooked me on the first page with the description of the "curio" shop where Catherine buys the gnomes. Read more
Published 13 months ago by T. C. Rouzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This book turned out to be one of my Kindle favorites. I loved the little girl in this book! I felt like I really got to know all of the characters. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars SWEET
THE BOOK WAS A SLOW START BUT WHEN YOU GET INTO IT IT WAS SOOOOOO REAL LIFE AND TO THINK THAT WE DO GO THROUGH THAT SITUATIONS BUT TO DEAL WITH OTHER PEOPLES HAPPENESS AND NOT... Read more
Published 15 months ago by SWEET
3.0 out of 5 stars The story dragged on too long
This could have been a very good read, but it was too repetitive. I thought the characters were weak and the storyline spent too much time on one theme. Read more
Published 15 months ago by marian
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Enjoyable Read
Loved the characters. Couldn't put this book down. Wish the sister in law got what she deserved...exposed for the conniving witch she is.
Published 16 months ago by Pat
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More About the Author

An award-winning published author, Cheryl Reavis's literary short stories have appeared in a number of "little magazines" such as The Crescent Review, Sanskrit, The Bad Apple, The Emrys Journal, and the Greensboro Group's statewide competition anthology, WRITER'S CHOICE. Her contemporary romance novel, A CRIME OF THE HEART, reached millions of readers in Good Housekeeping magazine. She has won the Romance Writers of America's coveted RITA award four times and she is a three-time finalist. Publishers Weekly described her contemporary novel, PROMISE ME A RAINBOW, as "...an example of delicately crafted, eminently satisfying romantic fiction..."

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