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Rain and Revelation
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2012
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Rain and Revelation is an excellent blend of investigative intrigue and the path one young woman, Eliza Conroy, must take to uncover deep secrets from her family's past. Secrets that have the power to destroy lives. The book moves seamlessly from one plot twist to another, building the dynamics and complexity of the truth to a final, unexpected, and shocking conclusion. The author is a masterful storyteller with an ability to create vivid visual imagery of Eliza's life in a remote and somewhat isolated sea-side town in Ireland. This book is a must read - - I couldn't put it down!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
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What a great book for a first time author. Definite page turner. Transitions from one chapter to the next were seamless. I love how Ms. Pautz weaves the central theme of rain throughout the book. Each character's depth and personality comes alive on the page. The author has a way of placing details subtly into the story--details that you don't realize are important until the story gains momentum. Great read for vacation or a winter weekend!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2013
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As I began reading this book I wasn't sure if I was going to finish it. The heroine was not a person I liked. Her friend I did not like. As I read I found myself feeling sympathy for this family. It is hard to say too much without giving spoilers, so I will just say by the time I was at least half-way through, I could not put it down. This is a book that I am saving to maybe re-read someday.

I highly recommend it.
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49 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
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Although set in Ireland it did not feel Irish at all. The author was unable to get into the culture and so it read like a book by an American, for Americans, ABOUT Americans. As a UK reader I was dismayed by the (so-called) American grammar and also the vocabulary to the point that it was difficult to understand. It took several pages of my trying to make sense of what a character was doing with a "tub", only to realise that the author meant a "bath". (In case you are wondering, to an English person, a "tub" is something you would plant a patio plant in). I still don't know what a "hickey" is. Constant re-reading was therefore necessary. It became comic when such aberrations also appeared in reported speech ("I'm out of here"; not heard on this side of the Atlantic unless the speaker is quoting someone or being ironic).

I realise I have to accept different spellings but I do notice that British books are "Americanised" in spelling for the American market but this never happens the other way round with an American book destined to be read by British readers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2013
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This book deals with a wide range of issues including everything from suicide to life changing secrets. I wont spoil anything for those of you who read it but I did find the story to be a little unbelievable. One bad trauma after another happens to the main character, it got to the point I expected her to get hit by a bus while crossing the street. Bad things do happen to people, sometimes all at once, this story just made it seem like a competition for who has the worst life. I don't feel the main character was easy to connect to. She was a very fragile character who needed to find courage, sadly to me, it never seemed like she did. She would complain about her problems and then blame them on others or have someone else fight her battles. For a character of her age I expected more. In general, I wouldn't reccomend this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2013
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I so enjoyed Rain and Revelation. When I started, I was not sure what to expect. Rain and Revelation through the character Eliza Conroy provided me a blended journey of suspense, investigation and intrigue. This is a great page turner, kept me in suspense and guessing on where Eliza was going to uncover family secrets. The conclusion was very surprising. I would and have recommended this book to friends. Hope you enjoy as much I did.Rain and Revelation
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2013
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I started this book without high expectations, being on the free book list and all, but ended up with wet tissues by the end! A great story of hidden troubles throughout families and discovering things about people you thought you knew so well. A fearful book in terms of never really knowing someone like you had thought you did. Well written and I loved the Irish flavor thrown in!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
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As a former English teacher and attorney, I read this book with great interest. I was not disappointed. In fact, I believe I finished it in a day and a half because I was eager to experience each twist of its plot as well as the ending. The small village setting with its old bar, stone cottages, and guest house provided a mood of dark mystery joined with the drama of tormented souls, everyday people, caught with no easy escape. Some of the scenes still stick: Anne in the bathtub scrubbed so clean, the friends safe and familiar in the village bar, the absent grandparents on holiday, the dusty old teacher's house, and, of course, the female atorney, so clear and empowering. Evil meets its match: revelation. Rain and Revelation illustrates the path of an overcomer. The world would do well to meet people, like Anne and Eliza, who meet face challenges creatively and walk with heads held high.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
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In her first book, Ms. Pautz creates a world of uncertainty and pain from the start. The 20-year-old protagonist is realistically portrayed, all the more as she faces painful and often confusing choices. Her search for answers to the chaos that confronts her after her mother's attempted suicide is a turning point in her young life, albeit an extremely unpleasant turning point. This novel was ably told, and mostly compelling to read, but with a few tweaks it is much more suited to the young adult genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2013
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The story started out with a lot of action but then sort of drug along for awhile without much direction. Once Eliza started investigating her family's past it was a real page turner.
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