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Rain Clouds and Waterfalls by [Templeton, Piper]
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About the Author

Piper Templeton lives in a New Orleans suburb with her three feathered friends. A University of New Orleans Liberal Arts graduate, she pursues her writing passion as she earns her living in the Louisiana Judiciary System.

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  • File Size: 1185 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L01Z90E
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This is a short book, novella length, easy reading, fitted to young adult readership, though not restricted to that group.
It is set in the 1970s to ‘80s, and the underpinning idea that drives the overall story of a girl’s years through adolescence to early adulthood is a love of the music of the Beatles; so it may also appeal to older adults – the now fifty-plus.
The chapters are crafted like short stories, but together they tell a continuing story.
In a few parts there seemed to be a gap and I found myself having to go back a couple of pages to check if I’d missed some explanation. Most books tell too much, but this is one that could do with a little more, at least in some places.
I expect we’ll hear more from this Author in the future.
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Rain Clouds and Waterfalls is a novella that spans the growing up years of Ellen Clemens in the late 1970’s to1980s. An ardent fan of the Beatles their music is pivotal to everyday moments in Ellen’s life. Piper Templeton’s idea to use a Beatles song to head each chapter and to carry its theme throughout the chapter is ingenious. The story touches on subjects like sexual harassment, domestic violence, and heartbreak but without too much drama. Indeed the brevity with which Middleton handles these subjects leaves an impact. The ending was sad and I hope there is more to come that will tie up the loose ends, I look forward to reading the sequel or another book by this very talented writer.
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I wasn't too sure about this book when I first started reading it – it seemed a little disjointed, and I wondered where it was going, but I stuck with it, and I'm glad I did. Although essentially a bunch of short stories told by a young girl as she struggles to find her way through life, I found myself warming to her, and by the time I reached the end of the book, I was sad it had finished. The clever way the author weaved the Beatles and their music into the story was an added bonus. Overall, I really enjoyed this well written, interesting book that grew on me with every page.
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This is a delightful coming of age story. I really wish Amazon would allow 4.5 stars instead of only 4 or 5, that would be my preference. That being said, it was a delightful journey through the history of the Beatles and a young lady's navigation through life with the Beatle's songs as her inspiration. It was a fun read. The pace was rather slow, but that worked out. It was a book I could put down and pick up when I needed short breaks from my other tasks.
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What first attracted my interest about this book was the promise of a collection of stories that took their inspiration from Beatles songs. I’m a great fan of the Beatles’ music and have read several non-fiction books about the lives and recordings of the Fab Four, so this seemed like a fun, new way to indulge my interest once again. I was right on that account: it is fun to see how each story develops around the particular song from which it takes its title (Nowhere Man, For No One, Run For Your Life, etc); and this device is skilfully handled by the writer. But there’s much more to the book than that.

It’s made clear at the beginning of the book just why Beatles’ songs have taken on such an emotional significance for Ellen, the narrator: she associates their records with the brother she lost track of as an 11 year old girl, whose absence she struggles to come to terms with as she grows up. And so the songs are a kind of touchstone for her as she moves through adolescence, into young womanhood. There are some great observations of all the small and major crises that people go through as they move out of childhood and join the adult world. And all the while the Beatles’ music is a way of making the world a better place: “I looked at the record player, hoping the music machine would swallow me up in that nowhere land they sang of.”

There’s also some humour in the stories, which is only fitting for a book in which the presence of John Lennon looms so large. So, when “Kevin Hawkins strolled down the aisle between the freshmen and sophomore section of tables with the relaxed posture of John Lennon crossing Abbey Road,” I’m sure any Beatles fan will give a knowing smile of recognition.

Whether or not you’re a Beatles fan, reading Ellen’s stories will give you some heart-warming moments and some heartache. She’s a character I really came to care about.
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I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I have to say words escape me to tell about this book. It was so well written and had so much depth to it. It is the story of a young girl's coming of age. She bases her life on the Beatle's songs which she really loves. It tells the twists and turns of her life. I have to say the ending knocked my socks off. I am headed to see if this author has any other books. i would put this on your must read list.
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This book features quick-reading chapters that give snapshots of Ellen's life as she grows from a school-aged girl into a young lady. She is forced to face the loss of a couple of people who are very important to her, and the reader is able to see how these losses continue to affect her as she matures. The author did a terrific job of interweaving Ellen's love of the Beatles into not only the chapter titles, but also the story itself. Ellen's near-obsession with the Beatles pulls you into her tale even more with tie-ins to actual places and events. I liked getting to jump ahead with each chapter to see where Ellen's life had taken her, as well as who was still important to her. If you are looking for your next thoughtful, satisfying book, give this novel a read.
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