I just finished up the audio book Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin. I am a huge Charles Martin fan so I ordered this book on a pre-order basis through Audible. When I order a pre-order book…that’s how I determine that I am a “real” fan. If you’ve not read his books he’s a little “Nicholas Sparks-ish”.
I always worry as an author writes more. Their books can become the “same old”. The author can make their books somehow what they view as “more exciting”. Jodi Picoult did that and added an element of supernatural to her books. Now I only read her new books if I am relatively sure there isn’t a “supernatural” element. I hate that. Chris Bohjalian books can be so hit and miss too. So where would this new Charles Martin book land.
I ended up liking the book. I guessed the ending way early but it didn’t prevent me from wanting to finish. The only problem I had with the book is that the main character, Joseph, is always so eloquent when speaking about his feelings. I have yet to meet any man who is like that…or woman for the matter….but it is a book so that’s a little more par for the course. But he’s so so much so that it’s almost unbelievable. I can overlook that easily enough though.
Here’s what Amazon had to say:“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.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.8 stars. I was a little suspicious that only a few reviews had read it but no…that rating came from 242 people. I would say 4.2. It was good but I did like other books of his much better. I continue to say, Charles Martin is one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t, you might want to check him out.