- File Size: 1067 KB
- Print Length: 128 pages
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- Publisher: Haravey Berrick Publishing (July 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L7W9UYW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Playing in the Rain (A Novella) Kindle Edition
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AVA is new in town and waiting to start a new job. She spots the most handsome guy (CODY) while driving in the rain. He’s the brightest thing she’s ever seen as the background fades to gray, and totally unaffected by the rain as he hands her a sigh-worthy note that begins and changes everything. Their paths cross again at the park and fate takes over. Cody (almost 19) ... there’s a tiny, intriguing age difference... is larger than life and just as full of it. He challenges her to make a bucket list of 10 items they’ll tick off together. Their time is relegated to fulfilling each item on the bucket list, and Cody opens Ava’s eyes to the beauty of life around her as he captures her heart. But, she knows little else about him. Cody is hiding something and Ava knows it.
What’s not romantic about two people who meet in the rain? The simplicity of the note. And then that bucket list … and several adventures with beguiled Ava being schooled in life by enigmatic and bewitching Cody. I loved Ava’s openness and Cody’s effervescent attitude toward life. Their time together is captivating, but something soon seems off about Cody and his unexplained absences. There are things that we’re kept in the dark about that become clear only at the end which make all the of the messages learned more impactful.
Their journey together was amazing and that epilogue crushed me in the most beautiful way. Goes to show you what a real author can do with novella length in fleshing out mesmerizing characters and a storyline that you’ll never forget as long as you live. There is no book like it. It will move you like no other. It’s one of the most emotional, searing, tender, and heartbreaking stories I’ve ever read. The book is short, but the feels never die. Far beyond when other stories have faded from memory, this persistent one about life lessons and love will live on and continue to tug at your heart.
“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.”
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.
Top international reviews
Playing in the Rain is indeed another journey with the lives of two people but it wasn't just a tearjerker, I was left with snot, tears and felt the heartbreak.
Did I enjoy it though even though I feel heartbroken?
Definitely, YES!. I've found books like this that draw out all the emotions stick with you, and Playing in the rain will definitely stay with me and not just be another book on my shelf.
It's very rare I give a five star to a short read but this wasn't lacking in anything and did actually feel longer than it was.
A bit about the plot;
When Ava Lawton walks out of her job and is stuck in a long line if traffic, it's just another kick to an already horrible day, it's pouring with rain and things cant get any worse but this is when she first sees Cody standing near the park with a dog, the rain isn't bothering him and there's something about him that draws Ava to him.
There eyes meet and Cody runs over to give her a note that reads YOUR BEAUTIFUL.
Ava goes to find her mystery man the next day at the park and from there I was taken on an amazing adventure with Ava and Cody, it was heart warming and then heart breaking.
"Tell me about Cody Richard's what's he really like"?.
"He's just a regular guy"
" You glow, your all glowy"
"I think that's the loco weed talking"
“No, it’s you. That’s what you’re like. You glow and you’re all light. Everyone sees it. You’re like sunshine—with a great ass.”
Such a beautiful love story.
Told in Ava's pov. Available in KU.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
So, I first read the incredible The Education of Sebastian soon as it came out and was blown away. I'd seen it on several blog sites but wasn't sure I could find the idea of a 17 year old a good romatic male lead. Jane though has the talent to make Sebastian sound perfect, no spotty gangly youth, but a toned, tanned young man, aged beyond his years. Of course I had to buy the next book, then a couple more and then saw this one for only 77p...well, who could resist – even though once again there's a younger male lead.
Well, its a romance with a difference. We slowly see how Cody insinuates himslef into Ava's life and teaches her that every day is to be valued. He puts the fun back into her life, makes her realise what she has got, not focus on what she hasn't yet achieved. There are some wonderful descriptions – those sunset and sunrise ones are so vivid I wanted to be there. I loved the Native Indian elderly lady they met too – wise words from her. I'm not ashamed to say that I cried at this book, big soppy, wet tears were rolling down my face.....yet in spite of that its a fabulous read that had happiness in among the sadness. A real bittersweet read. I'd recommend it as one to savour, to read and take in Cody's views – many of his words are with me days and several other books after reading.
Stars: Five - It's a fabulous read, not a long one and ends at 60% on kindle with samples of a few of Janes other books there.
Its a story of how easy it can be to forget how to live life and not fall into the mundane .
Cody and Ava's story really blew me away, this is a must read for any lover of reading, its not just a love story. its a tale of two people making it ,helping each other in a way they never thought possible.
"You can wallow in your own misery and tell everyone what s*** luck you have, or you can face it and smile that f****r fate in the face"
So I could go on and on all day but I will stop. One thing I will say is one-click Playing in the Rain one-click it NOW!! (In the nicest possible way of course) Plus its only 77p
This is just a short book but covers so many emotions, it is written brilliantly, as usual from Jane and the characters are fantastic.
Firstly we meet Ava having a rubbish day, having moved to a new place for a great job which she has subsequently lost due to a horrible pervy boss! She firstly meets Cody while she is stuck in traffic and he is walking a dog. What happens during that is so sweet but i don't want to spoil it! lol
They meet up again and become the best of friends. There is definitely attraction between them from the start but Ava becomes hesitant after he tells her his age. This soon changes and they have the best adventures together working on his 'list of things to do'.
Ava feels Cody is holding back certain things from her but she doesn't know what. I had an idea what he may have been hiding but nothing prepared me for it! I sobbed so much at the end I couldn't even see the page!!
This book completely hooks you in, it takes hold of your emotions and then makes you sob completely!!
This is a beautifully written book, I absolutely loved it and couldn't recommend it more!! Definitely worth more than 5*!
Do NOT start this book unless you have a good supply of kleenex
Well I have just finished reading this book and I am writing this with tears streaming down my face.
Ava never thought that moving away from her family would be a life changing experience but then she didnt know she would meet Cody.
Cody is a man on a mission he has things to do and want to take Ava alomg for the ride, and what a ride it is.
As this is a novella I am not going to go into too much detail but Jane has done it again. I am in awe of her writing skills.
"I love you to the stars and beyond"
I can't believe how wonderful this short book was. Novellas are usually short and sweet, funny, light or even quick raunchy reads. Never before has a novella left me almost in tears!
If you have't read any JHB before I suggest you try this one, and if you like this you'll love her other books.
I read it in a few hours and it had me reaching for tissues. it's not a long story but if Jane had drawn it out longer it would have lost it's
message of hope.
People should read this story of a young mans dreams being fulfilled and giving strength to a girl who needs to find her own way in life.
Jane Harvey-Berrick is a master at telling a moving, heart wrenching a profound story. This book had me from the off, and although this is novella, the story is flawlessly written, and moves along fluidly without seeming rushed or incomplete.
This is a poignant and profound love story that will have you reaching for the kleenex. A must read!