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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Warner Books Inc (Mm) (August 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446347604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446347600
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He was raised without love or kindness.
Krista Lyn
I can't think of one negative thing to say, and I can ALWAYS thing of at least something to criticize even of my favorite books.
The book lady
This book is not only well-written, it is also one really HOT love story!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Krista Lyn VINE VOICE on November 12, 2009
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Have you ever read a book that captured your attention from the very first sentence, captivated you and took you to another place and time, and became more important to you than food or sleep? THIS is one of those kind of books. I read both this story and it's sequel Rainbow Promise back to back nights. While I am exhausted while writing this review, I have a grin on my face I as I recount this amazing love story.....(one that is CEMENTED on my keeper shelf!)

Luke "Digger" Turner has returned to his home town after serving a prison sentence for a rape that he did NOT commit. He was raised by an abusive alcoholic father and a grandmother that blamed him for his mother's death. He was raised in absolute poverty. He was raised without love or kindness. He is one of the most "tortured" heroes that I've ever read. Sadly, he spent much of his adolescence fighting, drinking, and sleeping with "loose women" as a way to cope with his reality.

Sarah McGowen has always lived in her sister's shadow..... not quite as pretty, not quite as smart, and not quite as charming. She considers herself an old maid at 25 years of age and spends her time helping her sister care for her children and pining over her brother-in-law. As much as she is jealous of her sister's personality and looks, nothing is as hard as watching her sister's marriage to the man she loves...and can never have.

When Luke gets out of prison he desperately needs a "break". He needs to earn money so that he can get to a place where he can sharecrop and carve out a life for himself. Luke's reputation is so damaged that no one will even look at him. He goes to Mr McGowen, Sarah's father for a job, and surprisingly is offered one on the spot.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1998
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I had read this book at the age of 21 and it really touched my heart. The characters Luke and Sarah were unique in their own respect. Luke practically an outcast, who was blamed for his mother's death by his father. He was on a self-distructive path. Sarah a "good girl" deeply infatuated with her sister's husband. She was resigned to the fact that she would carry this love to the grave, knowing that the only happiness coming from this was her sisters unhappiness. She didn't want that. Sarah and Luke found each other and saw what everyone else was so blind to see in each other. Two people that seemed so different yet are the same.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jill Guntur VINE VOICE on December 26, 2005
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I have worn out more than one copy of this book. The author creates characters so steeped in the late 1800, mid-western culture. Maybe it just appeals to my mid-western roots, but I found this simple tale so romantic, heartfelt, touching and hopeful.

Sarah works and lives on the farm with her parents. Content with things, secretly a wild romantic, and tragically in love with her sister's husband. Or so she thinks.

Digger Turner is the misunderstood man, seen as trashy and bad. With an ingrown sense of fairness, both Sarah and her father see something different in Luke "Digger" and offer him something he has never had before. A chance.

Through unexpected tragedy, Sarah finds herself needing Luke. His honor keeps him by her side. Her circumstances offer him his dream. Together they find love.

It is the most romantic, loving story I've read. Honor, redemption, love and committment in the truest sense of those words.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janine M. Skavnak on January 25, 2013
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This is a classic romance that needs desperately to be reprinted. It has a sweet tenderness that puts other books of this genre to shame. I'd love to see it in electronic form for the Kindle and Nook. I was so glad to find this book having read it years below. It's one I read annually just to feel good about the possibility of good people winning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Regan on March 27, 2012
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First published in 1979, THE RAINBOW SEASON was a pioneering novel in the early years of modern historical romance. But you'd never know it. It reads like one that could be written today.

Set in a Texas farming community of strong Methodist values, likely in the late 18th century, it tells of 25-year-old Sarah McGowen, who secretly pines for her sister's husband and has an active fantasy life. She wants her own family but has rejected suitors she doesn't love. The McGowen family is rich in values and customs of shared warmth. Nothing like the family of Luke "Digger" Turner with his abusive, alcoholic father. Sent to prison for 5 years for a rape he didn't commit, Luke returns at 23, poor and believing he is hated and feared by all. But Sarah's father doesn't believe the tales and gives him a job working their farm. Luke proves himself with hard work and revels in the small comforts the McGowen family shares with him while he fantasizes about having Sarah for his own. But he thinks of her as a "Sunday School woman," too good for a man like him.

It's a simple story set amidst the simple life of Texas farmland, but it is very well told. It is also a story of redemption as Sarah shows Luke the good man he is. She was the less pretty sister who wanted everything her sister had; he was the poor white trash who always did wrong. But together, they were very good. I recommend this one.
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