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Rainwater Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 3, 2009
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Starred Review. Bestseller Brown (Smash Cut) brings Depression-era Texas to vivid life in this poignant short novel. At the recommendation of Dr. Murdy Kincaid, Ella Barron, a hardworking woman whose husband deserted her, accepts David Rainwater, a relative of the doctor's, as a lodger at the boarding house she runs in the small town of Gilead, Tex. As the local community contends with a government program to shoot livestock and the opposition of racist Conrad Ellis, a greedy meatpacker, to poor families butchering the meat, Ella grows closer to David. Meanwhile, David becomes a special guardian angel to Solly, Ella's nine-year-old autistic son. Dr. Kincaid has gently suggested Ella put Solly in an institution, but she refuses to do so. Brown skillfully charts the progress of Ella and David's quiet romance, while a contemporary frame adds a neat twist to this heartwarming but never cloying historical. (Nov.)
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Brown, a master of contemporary romantic suspense, makes a huge genre leap in her latest novel. Radically switching gears, she sets this gentle tale in Depression-era Texas. The historical setting is not her only departure from her tried-and-true formula; this bittersweet morality play also features a hardworking single mother, an autistic child, and a mysterious boarder with a terminal medical condition. The moment Ella Barron agrees to let a room to David Rainwater, her hardscrabble circumstances are irrevocably altered. As the townspeople, farmers, and ranchers struggle both economically and spiritually, a malevolent evil in the form of a menacing town bully threatens their tenuous hold on survival. Though initially suspicious of Mr. Rainwater, Ella falls passionately in love with a man she knows is doomed. When he makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her misunderstood son, he leaves behind a precious final gift and a lasting legacy of grace and compassion. Though Brown fans may initially balk, many will be irresistibly drawn in by this mesmerizing little fable. --Margaret Flanagan
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There was only a hint of the big surprise in the epilogue.
Very simply, but very well written. Flows well, is a great story, and you don't want to put it down . . . and then don't want it to end. I love the writing technique. A departure from Ms. Brown's usual fare, but very welcome. Don't pass this one up! You won't be sorry.
I felt as if I was in the time period, where I rooted for the townspeople, and frustrated at the injustices committed.
The ending was what made me really love the book. I, highly, recommend reading this!
This novel is set in the Depression Era, in a small town. Dr. Kincaid brings a Mr. Rainwater to Ella Barron’s boarding house to rent a room. She knows nothing about him except that he is a bit pushy and while she is alone Dr. Kincaid tells her that he is dying and doesn't have too long to live.
This story is bittersweet and detailed some harsh times that took place during that Era, but it is a wonderful story and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes historical novels.