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Life is full of mystery and a journey. People come and go, situation changed in a blink of an eye. Playing in a rain is a beautiful story that reminded me that you have a choice no matter what life throws at you.
When everything gets tough, when its rain and pouring you can either sulk and be miserable or play in the rain and enjoy the best of the situation.
'Some days diamonds, some days stone.' It's about making the most of what you get in life; you know, taking the rough with the smooth.
Sometimes we wonder why certain people come into our lives. In this story, Cody changed Ava's life in more way that she could imagine.
He crashed into my life, like an ocean wave out of a millpond sea. He changed everything.
Its an emotional story that will touched you deeply and as always Jane harvery Berrick delivered a strong message wrapped in beautiful story. Its a novella size but it has everything that some full book size cant even deliver. A story with great execution.
You would fall for Cody and you might even shed a tears or two. And it just might help you see life differently.
"Life is one big lesson,"
I love this story to the stars and beyond.
“Can I buy you an ice cream? There’s a guy across the park that makes awesome frozen yogurt.” “Are you hitting on me?” The words blurted out in an embarrassing gush of sound. He grinned. “Well, yeah, I guess! Pretty girl, beautiful day, awesome frozen yogurt—definitely one of the good days. I’m Cody.” He held his hand out to me then stared at it in dismay. “Uh, that’s not such a great idea. I’m pretty sure Oscar drooled on me.” He wiped his hand down his shorts, then turned and called over his shoulder. “Oscar, come here, boy! Come say hi.”
“Shouldn’t you put him on a leash?” Cody laughed out loud, and I found myself smiling for no reason. “Nah. He’s too hot and tired to run off, aren’t you, fella?” Oscar gave a feeble wag of his tail, showing no inclination for anything livelier. “But they have leash laws.” “Are you going to report me?” I was stung. “No! Of course not! But somebody else might.” He glanced around. “Don’t think so. Most people around here know Oscar—they all know he’s harmless.” “How do you know so many people when you just moved here?” He raised his eyebrows. “Who told you that?” My face flushed bright red, giving me away. “I haven’t seen you here before,” I said, with a lift of my chin. “Maybe you’re new,” he countered. “I haven’t seen you before yesterday either, and I think I’d have noticed.” “I’ve been here a month,” I defended. “So long?” He was laughing at me, which made me a little mad. Especially because I never got flustered around guys. Until now. The thought made me defensive. “I have to go,” and I turned around to leave. He laid a warm hand on my arm, making my skin tingle pleasantly. “Don’t go, Ava. I’m just messing with you. I’ll be good, I promise. So will Oscar. See, I’ll even put him on a leash.” He clipped a long red leash to Oscar’s collar. The beast raised his heavy head and stared at Cody, a wounded expression on his solemn face, then promptly laid down. “Come on, Oscar! Move!” Cody tugged at the leash, but the huge hunk of fur wouldn’t budge an inch. “I don’t think he likes being on a leash,” I said, trying not to laugh. Cody grinned at me. “Nope. Hates it.” “Will he move if you leave it on?” “Probably not…” I sighed, pretending to sound resigned. “I guess you’d better take it off then.” He winked at me, and unclipped the leash. Oscar grumbled under his breath then lurched to his feet again. “You’re a faker, my friend,” Cody said, rubbing the dog’s massive head. Oscar’s tongue lolled out of his mouth, giving the impression that he was smiling. We walked in silence for several minutes, and I wondered again what I was doing here.
And third, something just hit me way early in the book and I just knew what was coming, I felt like "how can Ava not see/get it?" and I was pretty much right.
I knelt in front of her and she combed my hair with her gnarled fingers, laughing huskily when she shook sand out of it. Then she wound the newly-spun yarn into my hair, turning it into a long and colorful braid down my back. A childhood memory filled my eyes with tears, and Joe spoke with slow emotion. “Grandma says your mother used to do this for you.” “Yes.” “But not for a long time now.” “No.” “Grandma says your mother watches you, and will see you again one day, but not for many, many years.” I couldn’t speak. Cody knelt next to me and held my hand, squeezing my fingers tightly. The old lady patted me on my shoulder, then laid her hand on Cody’s cheek. “She says you will begin your journey soon and that you know this,” Joe intoned. Cody nodded, his eyes still on me. Joe cleared his throat. “Grandma says to tell you that love can last many lifetimes.” “Yeah,” said Cody. “I’ve been figuring that out.” He turned and placed a soft kiss onto my braided hair, making the other women in the group swoon quietly. A little embarrassed, I clambered to my feet with Cody’s help, and muttered a shy ‘thank you’ to Grandma Yatzi.
This book was very well written and thanks to this author, I now can't breathe. This sure does make you think about things and life, I'm definitely glad I came across this book and decided to read it. A few tissues and a stuffed up nose, way above five stars for me. This is a must read asap.
7. Jump out of an airplane. I read it with a shudder. “You’ve got to be joking! Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane?” He smiled so wide, his dimple popped out again. It was very distracting. “If your chute opens, you know that God loves you.” “Yep, I was right the first time: you’re crazy.”
Playing in the Rain was such a surpirse. I thought it was going to be a sweet little romance with maybe some angst and a little heartbreak. What I didn't expect was to have my heart completely ripped out! But I loved it, in the way that only other readers could ever understand.
This one is of those books, for as easy of a read (meaning the writing, not the content) as it was, it will stay with me. The characters and the storyline just really got to me, and I will hold them in that special place in my heart reserved for all the fictional characters I love. Cody will be in good company.
I cannot say I loved this story...I mean how can you love something so gut wrenchingly sad? Wow, for a short story this packs a huge punch of emotion that had me smiling and shedding tears at the same time. What I can say is that Jane Harvey-Berrick writes beautifully and with great character connection that will have you remembering her book long after the last word is read.
This is the story of a Ava and Cody. Ava's luck has not been good. Far away from home, no job, no success for her family to brag about, she is drowing in expectations. A smile and flirty note from a stranger in the park puts a spark in her glum life. Cody is a breath of fresh air! He is a young beautiful soul whose YOLO attitude catches Ava by suprise. There is definite attraction, there is easy conversation, and there is a chance to take a risk...so a LIST is MADE!
Ava and Cody begin to experience the little things that some would consider a bucket list. What started as two friends living in the moment turns into so much more. What happens is a young woman learns that "life is jouney not a destination" and some people are lucky enough to find LOVE along the way. Also, a young man finds that 19 years is not too young to have experience the perfect beauty life has to offer.
Read this with your tissues in hand and enjoy all the joy that Cody is!!!
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"Life is a journey, not a destination."