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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 Sleza Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.” 


  • “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.” 


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Laura Swearingen | 1/30/2014

    " Great yet on the sad side. "

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