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Things to Do When It's Raining Paperback – February 6, 2018
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"I enjoyed THINGS TO DO WHEN IT'S RAINING enormously. A lovely book full of emotion and wisdom." - Marian Keyes, bestselling author of The Break "A charming tale with an enchanting setting, Stapley's latest (after Mating for Life, 2014) is an engaging read about keeping secrets, starting over, and loving the family you choose."-Booklist
"Fans of Nicholas Sparks will adore Things to Do When It's Raining... Marissa Stapley's writing is a gift." -Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan's Tale "Emotionally powerful and finely wrought."--Publishers Weekly
"THINGS TO DO WHEN IT'S RAINING has heart and soul and guts, and it has achingly beautiful prose and characters so dear and real I couldn't bear to say goodbye when I reached its final page. It's a book about friendship and secrets, grief and regret, the peculiar shape of families and the redemptive nature of love. And it is, quite frankly, one of the best books I have read in a very long time." -Jennifer Robson, internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France and After the War is Over
"Profound and intimate, raw and real-Things to Do When It's Raining is hard to put down. Loved the ending but hated to have it end!" -Nan Rossiter, New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Summer
"Regrets, secrets, and hidden longings swirl beneath the surface of this beautifully atmospheric story of love found, lost, and rediscovered. I couldn't stop reading."--Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of The Beach at Painter's Cove
"Written with compassion and insight, Things to Do When It's Raining is a truly captivating novel with exquisite prose and moments of bittersweet tenderness." -Nicola Moriarty, author of The Fifth Letter
"Marissa Stapley's THINGS TO DO WHEN IT'S RAINING packs a serious punch. It's a tightly-woven story that beautifully illustrates how tragedy and human weakness can cause heartbreaking ripples for years and generations to come." -K.A. Tucker, USA TODAY Bestselling Author of He Will Be My Ruin
"Things to Do When It's Raining is the complex and moving saga of a non-traditional family with deep bonds and even deeper secrets. Set against the idyllic background of a far-flung seaside town, the finely-drawn characters of this novel test the limits of friendship, love, and forgiveness. A story that lingers long after the final page is turned." --Andrea Dunlop, author of Losing the Light
"A generous book about imperfect people, a novel about the family we choose, the mistakes we make, and how love, flawed and searching and messy, is the only path to forgiveness. It's also a gorgeously written page-turner, and when I finished it, I flipped right back to page one to savor it just a little bit more." Lauren Fox, author of Days of Awe
"Marissa Stapley's THINGS TO DO WHEN IT'S RAINING is evocative, wise and infused with heart. A deeply moving story about family, love and loss, it shows how secrets can either haunt us or set us free, depending on who we trust them with. One of my favorite books this year!" – Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away With Me
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I didn't want a DNF in the new year, so I went back into the book but with a new technique. I hopped, I skipped, I jumped on the stepping stones to cross the pond. And that's how I finished the book. I read only the important parts.
Mae and Gabe loved each other as teenagers, till grandmother Lilly, drives Gabe away, believing him not to be good enough for her granddaughter. Lilly has her own secrets of her past, but suffering from dementia, she reveals one of them to her husband, George. George leaves her (BTW the grandparents are in their 80s) and stays in a hotel. There is a secret/mystery of their daughter Bae's mother. Gabe's father, Jonah, an alcoholic and abuser, dies. Gabe comes back home, Bae comes home after 17 years. And the story and secrets unravel....
My first book by Marissa Stapley, and probably my last. I didn't like any of the characters. All of them were morose and living in their heads, rather than in real life. There was an aura of depression and guilt surrounding them. Instead of being thankful of what they had, their thoughts were all into what they had done or the injustice they had faced. None of them knew the meaning of Enjoy the Present or Count Every Blessing.
The narration of the story wasn't clear, I got confused, whose story I was reading. And there was no gradual inclusion of characters. I stopped trying to remember who was who or their relation and just read about the 4 characters. I found the pace slow and the ending abrupt. The epilogue was better than the main story, not sure if it was because I was glad the story ended or the 2 main characters seemed to be in love.
This is the book, where I found one of the character telling the other I Love You, and the other replies Thank You, and it was supposed to imply that the other also loves. Did I get that? Nahhh!
It was impossible not get emotionally involved with this story and it surely is churning a lot of emotions from joy to sadness to despair to irritation to elation and even relief.
The story is beautifully written, resembling poetry in the way the words are twined together. It was easy to get lost in the tale, the need to know that everything would be alright at the end, that all the secrets would be gone, and the characters would finally find peace and happiness, the building of the momentum was the energy that kept me reading. The intensity of the emotions and the drama that was build surrounding all the feelings have the taste of Young Adult novels, understandably, as the story goes back and forth to the younger days of all the main characters.
In the story, each gets their chance to tell their point of view for the events that range from the time before the WWII to the present time. The point of view switches from the past to present, from person to person without indications, and it took me a bit to get into the rhythm and style of the book and writing until it started smoothly flowing.
The book tells the story of three generations of lives and loves, secrets, and betrayals. The fact that history repeats itself is proven repeatedly to be true. The frustration with the actions and withhold information, lies, and deceptions by Lilly and then by Mae, was overpowering at times. The way Gabe was treated in the tale, as a child, as a young man, and then as an adult broke my heart a bit. He seemed to be, in his pain and agony, the only one who had the courage to face his hidden truths, to go after his dreams, the one who had direction in his life, may it be to be with Mae.
An elegant tale with its beautiful writing, an alluring story with the lifespans of lies, a touching story of pain, forgiveness, and learning to love, a fascinating and frustrating family drama that goes on for generations and time.
~ Four Spoons
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