What I’m Reading: The Scent of Rain and Lightning

I just finished up an audio book, The Scent of Rain and Lightning: A Novel, by Nancy Pickard.

It was a good book.  It caught me right away which is always a huge plus.  I was drawn to the book as I had read another book by the author, The Virgin of Small Plains: A Novel and had really liked that.

Here’s what Amazon has to say about it: “One beautiful summer afternoon, Jody Linder receives shocking news: The man convicted of murdering her father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-three years since that stormy night when her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of Jody’s three uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents’ ranch could erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophic night.

Now Billy Crosby is free, thanks to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father’s innocence. Despite their long history of carefully avoiding each other in such an insular community, Jody and Collin find that they share an exclusive sense of loss.

As Jody revisits old wounds, startling truths emerge about her family’s tragic past. But even through struggle and hardship, she still dares to hope for a better future—and maybe even love.”

I don’t know why but I seem to love crime mysteries and both of these fall under that category.  Amazon gives both books 4 stars and I would agree.  Both are well worth the time-just not epic books like Gone with the Wind.

Have you read anything good lately?  I’m looking for a good book.

6 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Scent of Rain and Lightning”

  1. I just read The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton. It was very good. If you like crime & mysteries you might enjoy this one. Another excellent read was Into the Darkest Corner, by Elizabeth Haynes. My mom devoured this book too.

  2. I have (re-) discovered the Nevada Barr mysteries, all of them happening in National Parks. I know they are ‘older’, but love them anyways.
    Can’t remember if you had read (& reviewed) Gone Girl, fabulous book.

  3. Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent. This is pretty true to life, I believe. A couple befriend a homeless man and find all their lives changed for the better. Not syrupy at all. Solid.
    Have you read the At Home in Mitford series by Jan Karon? Great books.
    Maeve Binchy writes about Ireland. Thick books. Scarlet Feather is my favorite. Very real fiction.
    Rosamund Pilcher is the author for our Book Club tomorrow night. She has a bit more bedroom description in her books, but not excessive. The Empty House and Snow In April are fairly short and two of my favorites.

  4. I’m on a Kim Harrison, Hollows Series, kick right now. The author is doing a read along through all of the series leading up to the release of her new book. She just started the second book in the read along and is giving background information on her thoughts on the story line and some unpublished “first drafts”, etc. From what I’ve seen of your reading history, they are probably not up your alley but for anyone that enjoys the paranormal mystery genre, I’d definitely recommend jumping in.

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