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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,392 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandra Brown Narrator: Victor Slezak Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781442300729
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The year is 1934. With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic depression, Ella Barron runs her Texas boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance. Between chores of cooking and cleaning for her residents, she cares for her ten-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion. When David Rainwater arrives at the house looking for lodging, he comes recommended by a trusted friend as “a man of impeccable character.” But Ella senses that admitting Mr. Rainwater will bring about unsettling changes.

However, times are hard, and in order to make ends meet, Ella’s house must remain one hundred percent occupied. So Mr. Rainwater moves into her house and impacts her life in ways Ella could never have foreseen.

The changes are echoed by the turbulence beyond the house walls. Friends and neighbors who have thus far maintained a tenuous grip on their meager livelihoods now face foreclosure and financial ruin. In an effort to save their families from homelessness and hunger, farmers and cattlemen are forced to make choices that come with heartrending consequences.

The climate of desperation creates a fertile atmosphere for racial tensions and social unrest. Conrad Ellis, privileged and spoiled and Ella’s nemesis since childhood, steps into this arena of teeming hostility to exact his vengeance and demonstrate the extent of his blind hatred and unlimited cruelty. He and his gang of hoodlums come to embody the rule of law, and no one in Gilead, Texas, is safe. Particularly Ella and Solly.

In this hotbed of uncertainty, Ella finds Mr. Rainwater a calming presence. She is moved by the kindness he shows other boarders, Solly, and Ella herself. Slowly, she begins to rely on his soft-spoken nature, his restraint, and the steely resolve of his convictions.

And on the hottest, most violent night of the summer those principles will be put to the ultimate test.

From acclaimed bestselling author Sandra Brown comes a powerfully moving novel celebrating the largess and foresight of a great bygone generation. It tells a story that bears witness to a bittersweet truth: that love is worth whatever price one must pay for it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A warm, nostalgic detour from the suspense queen’s comfort zone…satisfying.” 

    People 

  • “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.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

  • “Brown, a master of contemporary romantic suspense, makes a huge genre leap…Many will be irresistibly drawn in by this mesmerizing little fable.” 

    Booklist 

  • “Brown demonstrates her incredible breadth of talent and versatility with this touching tearjerker. A quiet, tender story.” 

    RT Book Reviews 

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/10/2014

    " I am not a huge Sandra Brown fan but I LOVED Rainwater! I listened to the audiobook read by Victor Slezak and was captivated by the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharen | 2/8/2014

    " Recently discovered an author whose books I've read are good mysteries. Rainwater the best of 7 I've read so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jas | 2/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. A very fast read - it's not a long book but it was also hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Swearingen | 1/30/2014

    " Great yet on the sad side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Hess Greenawalt | 1/29/2014

    " A very different book for Sandra Brown on Autism during the 1940 when it did not even have a name. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 1/26/2014

    " Loved this book. It was such a wonderful portrayal of that time and the tensions that were surrounding it. And the ending took my breathe away and had tears streaming down my face, both sad and happy tears. Can't beat a book that makes you feel that way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly Cook | 1/24/2014

    " I listened to this book on CD. The narration really helped bring this sweet story and the characters alive. Very enjoyable book...unexpected ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trisha | 1/17/2014

    " This reminded me of some books I have just read, "The Magic of Ordinary Days" and some others. But this was definitely not as good. Kind of slow, boring, and a little contrived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Tharp | 1/9/2014

    " Really liked this story. Different style for Sandra Brown but she did a great job with it. Light easy reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Zashkoff | 12/25/2013

    " Very touching and poignant story about depression era America. Good solid characters with a story to match. I would recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faye | 11/30/2013

    " A nice change from her usual work. Very readable, touching, good character development as is usual for her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katharine | 10/13/2013

    " Different from her usual work, this is an absorbing and moving novel. And a quick read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beskeslien | 6/14/2013

    " Sandra did such a good job with the characters and the era the book took place in "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda Van Zandt | 5/28/2013

    " This was a short read. This book was different than Sandra's other books. Set in the 1930's, it explores racial tensions of the time and of course she includes a love story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corrine | 3/7/2013

    " This book was just O.K. to me. I thought a story that takes place during the Depression would be interesting and it was interesting for that reason. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina | 3/1/2013

    " Pretty decent. Shows what matters in life and bullying is not it. Funny how some things don't change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 12/23/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction set in the Dust Bowl in the Depression, with its strong central characters and their relationships. What a different life that was, difficult in so many ways, especially for women. The main character was "a hoot". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 5/2/2012

    " What a great book! Thanks to Julie for sharing it with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Peut | 4/3/2012

    " Well written, poignant story. Not like any of her other books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rdtilludrop | 12/27/2011

    " Excellent, light depiction of a location and time period I don't think much about. I love books about strong women. This one was simplistic but still engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/18/2011

    " Quite a departure for Sandra Brown...loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Wiemeri | 10/17/2011

    " OMG what an ending.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dara S. | 6/21/2011

    " I was going to give this 4 stars, but the last 20 pages bumped it up to 5. I guess, I love what I am affectionately going to call sappy love stories. This the second one I have read in the last month and gave both 5 stars. I wish there was more to the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June Ahern | 6/21/2011

    " Rainwater was a book I picked up at an airport for 1/2 priced. It keep me reading during my short bumpy flight and even after in bed that night. An easy feel good book with a bit of history of Texas during the dust bowls. Somewhat predictable but sweet and loving. The Skye in June "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty Ann Baer | 6/17/2011

    " This book is not a typical Sandra Brown book. It's about a man that is in the process of dying and how he helps other people. It is a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D. | 5/21/2011

    " A wonderful book that reminds me of Steinbeck at his best. Different that any of Sandra's other books. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndy | 5/15/2011

    " Best book I read this year! Young widow trying to survive during the
    great depression and raising an autistic child alone. A love story
    with a Sandra Brown twist in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vonda | 5/15/2011

    " Even though this was a very different book from the other Sandra Brown's I have read I loved it. The ending made me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 5/10/2011

    " Loved this book. It was such a wonderful portrayal of that time and the tensions that were surrounding it. And the ending took my breathe away and had tears streaming down my face, both sad and happy tears. Can't beat a book that makes you feel that way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 5/9/2011

    " Picked it up and read it in one sitting... captivating... painful racial issues, but reality nonetheless. Not earthshaking - but something to take my mind away which is what I needed :o) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helgaklassen | 5/8/2011

    " i probably would only give it 2.5 stars......it was an easy read and quite entertaining but kind of a typical romance. She does touch on some grittier subjects like the predjudice of the times not only against blacks but also against poor whites and those with learning differences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiary | 5/7/2011

    " Novel SB yg lain dari yg lain...menawarkan crita yg tidak biasa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilbenedict | 5/5/2011

    " Engaging book. Racial hatred is a strong theme.
    Romantic with a fairly nice ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M.G. | 5/1/2011

    " This should actually be a 3.5 I liked it, but found it slow moving at times. "

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Author Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, many of which have ranked in the number one to five slots, with over eighty million copies of her books in print. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.