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  • File Size: 831 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (May 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y8QADC
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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 " example of delicately crafted, eminently satisfying romantic fiction..."

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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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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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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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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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