- Publisher: Warner Books Inc (Mm) (August 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446347604
- ISBN-13: 978-0446347600
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rainbow Season Paperback – August, 1989
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this book many years ago and was so happy to find it on Amazon. I think it is a wonderful, romantic and totally believable story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Polly
This book is on my keeper shelf. I bought it because I wanted a fresh copy of it. Very emotional story. Wonderful mPublished 17 months ago by Sara Holland
I have read many, many Romance novels of many different sorts over many years. Many have been absolutely wonderful. Read morePublished 19 months ago by sugarpiehoney
People, ignore the 5 star reviews!! You want a tortured hero who feels he's a loser? You want a man who needs love?
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I cannot believe that after so many years that other readers have fallen in love with this story. When I wrote the first review in 1998 I was younger and I wrote from the heart. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by L. S. Lingo
Luke is just out of prison after spending 5 years in jail for a rape he didn't commit. He was never thought of anything other than poor white trash before, but now he's a pariah. Read morePublished on February 22, 2012 by The book lady
I had read this a long time ago and could not find it again. Wish I had not spent the money for this out of print book. It really is not well written. Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by Sue Bee
I don't usually buy a book based solely on other reviewers opinions - I've been burned too many times doing it, BUT, let me say that in the case of THE RAINBOW SEASON, all the good... Read morePublished on September 30, 2009 by SusieQ