Send Down the Rain

In January, when the NetGalley became available for Charles Martin's Send Down the Rain, I jumped on it. While I post about a lot of books, I don't review many because it's biased or awkward to actually review books that I work on. I've realized I'm really lousy about writing reviews.

Press releases I can write. Reviews, not so much.

If you know much about my reviewing habits though, you could figure this one was coming. 

While I have been dreadfully behind on keeping my blog caught up these days, I at last had the "My take" section saved as a draft for a long, long while. It's finally release date today!

The cover copy:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Mountain Between Us comes a new, spellbinding story of buried secrets, lost love, and the promise of second chances.
Allie is still recovering from the loss of her family’s beloved waterfront restaurant on Florida’s Gulf Coast when she loses her second husband to a terrifying highway accident. Devastated and losing hope, she shudders to contemplate the future—until a cherished person from her past returns.
Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences. Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone at a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest. A man of character and strength, he instinctively steps in to help them get back to their home in Florida. There he will return to his own hometown—and witness the accident that launches a bittersweet reunion with his childhood sweetheart, Allie.
When Joseph offers to help Allie rebuild her restaurant, it seems the flame may reignite—until a 45-year-old secret from the past begins to emerge, threatening to destroy all hope for their second chance at love.
In Send Down the Rain, Charles Martin proves himself to be a storyteller of great wisdom and compassion who bears witness to the dreams we cherish, the struggles we face, and the courage we must summon when life seems to threaten what we hold most dear.
My take:

After reading the first chapter, I was thinking, "This is a really odd beginning of a book." However, different is not bad. Knowing Charles Martin's writing, I knew it would be good. And, it really was. Once I got started, I didn't want to put the book down.

There are some parts of the story that work together strangely, but that's a lot like real life. The path from point A to point B is rarely straight. Life has its twists and turns. Yet, in the end it made sense. Roads can merge in odd ways. I'd also add that you can't always judge a person by their past. It definitely plays a part, but it is not the total of who they are. It is hard to not judge yourself by those past circumstances. Sometimes you have to forgive yourself in order to forgive others.

Yes, this is a vague review, but I don't want to give away any of the story. You just need to pick it up and read it!

About the author:

Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of thirteen novels. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida. Learn more about him at; Facebook: Author.Charles.Martin; Twitter: @storiedcareer.