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Spring Rain (Seaside Seasons) Kindle Edition

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Spring Rain, the first entry in Roper's Seaside Seasons series, brings Leigh Spenser, a teacher and single mother on the Jersey Shore, once again in contact with her son's father, Clay Wharton. Clay, a career naval officer, has never owned up to fathering his son, Billy, preferring to believe that his one wild night with Leigh demonstrated her promiscuity. Clay is retiring from the navy to tend to his mother and his twin brother, Ted, who is dying of AIDS. Gay characters seldom make an appearance in evangelical fiction, and Roper carefully crafts her disapproval of Ted's lifestyle. Once that's out of the way, she presents him sympathetically and in some depth, even to the point that his fate upstages the nascent romance between Leigh and Clay. John Mort
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Gayle Roper is the author of 26 books and a frequent speaker at women's events and writers' conferences. She and her husband live in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, minutes away from Lancaster County, and count many Plain folk among their friends.

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Gayle Roper rejoices every day that God has called her to be a writer because she's in love with story. Even on the days that words rebel and have to be coerced onto the paper, there is nothing else she'd rather do. When readers like her work, it's like God says, "See? I knew what you were wired to do." When her books win awards like the Carol Award (Caught Redhanded) or the RITA Award (Autumn Dreams), the Holt Medallion (The Decision, Caught in a Bind, Autumn Dreams) or the Reviewer's Choice (The Decision), it's icing on the cake. And she gets to teach others how to write at conferences too. She spends a lot of time smiling.
Her latest project is her blog, www.widowsjourney.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ted Wharton is dying of AIDS. With not too much time left, twin brother Clay arrives back in Seaside to try to rebuild his relationship with his brother, damaged because of Clay's attitude toward Ted's lifestyle choices. Meanwhile, this causes a problem for Leigh Spenser. While Ted is her best friend, she is holding a secret from Clay she's not sure if she wants exposed. But with the threatening phone calls Leigh keeps getting, she may have no choice to turn to Clay for help.
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I couldn't decide if it was mystery or romance or something else entirely. This is a dysfunctional family drama and romance that pulls you in from the very beginning. While many of the major plot points are easily guessed early on, I had to keep reading to see how things would play out. In fact, I stayed up way too late too many nights in a row to read just a little further.
Frankly, I don't see how Gayle Roper could have written this book. The characters go through so much pain and heartache I could barely deal with it some times. If that's how I felt reading it, I can only image what it was like to write.
Ms. Roper doesn't shy away from tackling such issues as homosexuality and premarital sex. She handles them with honesty both in the consequences and what the Bible says. It was refreshing to see in this novel things I've believed for years regarding sin and the forgiveness God offers to all sinners.
While not the type of book I would normally read, it really got to me. I couldn't stop thinking about the characters and the themes even when I wasn't reading it. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maurice M. Gray, Jr. on January 12, 2002
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I was blown away by Spring Rain! I made the mistake of getting near the end around the time I should have been in bed, and wound up staying awake an extra two hours because I simply could not put that book down.
It's hard to say which plotline captivated me more- the romantic tension between Leigh and Clay or the smoldering conflict between Clay and Ted, fueled by severe stubbornness on the part of both brothers over the issue of Ted's homosexuality and brought out now because of Ted's impending death from AIDS.
You never know what to expect from any book dealing with sensitive topics such as AIDS and homosexuality, the author gives these timely issues the attention they deserve without becoming preachy. Through the interaction between Clay and his brother Ted, she gets the reader to see the fine line between righteousness and self-righteousness, and prayerfully, to be able to discern that difference in our own lives.
Not many authors could navigate the maze of family secrets and disagreements without turning their book into one big soap opera, but Gayle Roper has succeeded by treating each plotline with loving care, and giving us a clear look into the hearts of each character, from the youngest to the eldest.
I am eagerly awaiting more books in the SeaSide Seasons series (try to say THAT five times fast!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet Bly on October 17, 2001
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Gayle Roper draws a smooth, fully developed picture of twin brothers each caught in the consequences of their own sins and hypocricies. A compelling story alive with detail through the full storm and out the other side to God's grace. This reader got absorbed into the pain and waded through the thorough working out of honest, enlightened faith. Spring Rain refreshes, but does not compromise. Janet Chester Bly, [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annette D Best on May 29, 2001
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This is a fast moving romance with a lovely sea-side setting. With this as background, Gayle tackles the hard issue of AIDS, and does a great job at it. I thought I wouldn't enjoy a fiction account that included such a "pc" topic, but, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It encouraged me on a spiritual level, too. Good summer (and of course, spring) reading material! Gayle Roper has matured into a fine writer!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 28, 2001
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A decade ago, Leigh Spenser's true love Clay Wharton left Seaside New Jersey and her. She gave birth to his son, but he never returned for her so she raised Billy by herself with some help from Clay's twin brother Ted.
However, Ted is dying from AIDS and Clay has returned to Seaside to be with him in his sibling's final moments even if he loathes his twin's gay lifestyle. However, Clay also has to contend with the love he left behind and their son, who hates him for abandoning them. Leigh must deal with knowing that in spite of everything that has passed, she still loves Clay, who wants to spend the rest of his life making it up to his family.
SPRING RAIN is a powerful realistic look at life, especially redemption. The story line tugs at the reader as Clay realizes that regardless of Ted's sexual preference, he is still his beloved twin and he will do anything to comfort him. Clay also understands that time is on his side when it comes to obtaining forgiveness from Leigh and Billy and, like with Ted, he will do anything to become a fixture in their lives. Gayle Roper writes a strong tale that centers on plenty of room for everybody in God's tent.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marita Littauer on August 20, 2001
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I usually get tired around nine o'clock and am in bed by ten. However, when I read Spring Rain, I stayed up until 1:15 AM-until I finished reading it. I couldn't put it down! Gayle does a masterful job of combining a sensitive subject with a powerful story. While she addresses AIDS, homosexuality and Christianity, at no time does Spring Rain feel preachy. Instead it is a beautiful love story told with mystery and drama. If you like a good read, if you like a sweet romance, and if you like a touch of suspense Spring Rain is the book for you!
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