This is the 3rd book I've read by Charles Martin and they are all good. His characters deal with real problems, are flawed in someway, and are relatable. In this story we meet Joseph, a Vietnam Vet, who has not healed from his time at war, and has been living in a secluded cabin in the Carolina mountains. His quiet cabin life is disrupted when he finds a frightened woman and her children freezing in the woods. As he helps them, he ends up going back to Florida where he grew up. The other part of the story is about Allie who has just lost her husband in a horrible accident, and has lost her family restaurant due to huge un-payable debts. Allie and Joseph knew each other as kids, and there has always been a love for each other, but both are damaged emotionally and when Joseph returns, their unexpected reunion brings up good and bad memories of their pasts. Between the immediate problems they face, and the flash back memories, and the other people in their life Charles Martin's writing ramps up the intensity and keeps us turning the pages to see if there is hope for any of them. I read it in 2 days so I'm giving Send Down the Rain 5 stars.
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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 forty-five-year-old secret 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 strengths we must summon when life seems to threaten what we hold most dear.
*Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Charles Martin never fails to ask and answer the questions that linger deep within all of us." --Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author, for Long Way Gone
"Charles Martin understands the power of story and he uses it to alter the souls and lives of both his characters and his readers." --Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author
- Full-length, stand-alone novel
- Includes discussion questions for book clubs
- From the author of The Mountain Between Us and Where the River Ends
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This is the 3rd book I...
Intense and Extraordinary!
" . . . . .I built myself a cabin . . . . on a property that shouldered Mount Mitchell. And there I have spent my days quietly, trying not to think about the life I left behind." Decorated Vietnam War veteran Joseph Brooks planned to live out the remainder of his days deeply secluded within the mountains of North Carolina, until the primal scream of a young child awakens his senses. After rescuing a mother and her two children from a ruthless drug lord, Joseph returns to the place where memories of long walks on the beach, and the love of his life, slithered away with the ravages of war. Allie Gibson has just lost her second husband in an horrific highway accident just miles from their home on Florida's Gulf Coast. Her entire life has literally gone up in smoke; she has no money, no family, and very few friends. When Joseph finds her, she has collapsed on the beach, looking nothing like the girl he left behind. Charles Martin has the uncanny ability to paint his stories with the swath of a very wide brush, bringing characters to life who manage to outlive themselves. This beautifully written book has enough strategically thrown curve balls to fill nine innings of baseball, but oddly enough they are quite comforting, rather then confounding, because of the messages they carry .. . . "evil won't kill evil . . . . not ever" . . . and "love rushes in where others won't . . . . and "thank you . . .for giving me what I needed. . . . And not what I deserved." Yes Lord, "please send down the rain".
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Thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an advance e-copy of Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin in exchange for an honest review. I must admit that the first few chapters are quite baffling but the author soon knits them into his storyline and off we go with quite a book. Allie had inherited her Florida restaurant, the Blue Tornado, from her parents and, after two failed marriages, lost her life's work. Joseph, a Vietnam vet with too many tours of duty, has been a loner and drifter for most of his life due to all the emotional baggage that the war has left him with. Allie and Joseph had grown up together and there had always been love between the teenagers, till Joseph left for Vietnam. The book is basically about what happens when Allie and Joseph's paths collide, almost fifty years later. You will laugh and you will cry but, most of all, you will enjoy reading Send Down the Rain.
Title: Send Down the ...
Title: Send Down the Rain (A Novel) Author: Charles Martin Pages: 352 Year: 2018 Publisher: Thomas Nelson My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars. While this is a fictious story, there is some truth in how men were treated when they returned home from serving where their country sent them. The last book I read written by Charles Martin was exceptional and this one is above and beyond Long Way Gone. Each story he writes is a stand alone with unexpected twists and turns, characters that seem lifelike and plots that are heart-grabbing from the first page. Send Down the Rain is set in the early 1960s. I was a young toddler when the Vietnam War was happening, and my parents protected us form seeing the news so as not to upset us. However, now I am older and personally want to thank all who have served and are serving and apologize for those who didn't or don't give you the thanks you richly deserve. The story is about a family that a father deserts, and a mother who works her tail off to provide for her two young sons. Her sons are each unique and different; they have their strengths and weaknesses, but like any mom she loves them both. Joseph and Bobby grew up in California and were very close, but life tended to tear their hearts out and set their feet on two very different paths. What Charles Martin wrote is a story of the scars of the heart each bore and the pain each carries within their souls. Bobby handled his life one way and Joseph another, but both were destructive in their own way. Each one affected others' lives, and it took literally decades for the truth to come out and healing to come. On top of that, Joe and Bobby must decide if the path to forgiveness and freedom of the heart and soul is worth the risk, high cost and possible ramifications. Personally, Send Down the Rain will always be a favorite of mine and on my shelf to reread sometime in the future. The novel is mainly from Joseph's perspective and life, and it is one very gripping tale. It isn't really a tear jerker, at least for me, as much as a heart jerker. The power of forgiveness, truth and love will always beat evil and its intentions bar none. With all that is going on in the world today, this piece of fiction is well-timed. I ask that you read it and ask others to read it as well. While it is a work of fiction, there are nuggets of truth that will touch your heart, soul and mind for days to come! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255. "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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3.75 I was sent this book through Book Look Bloggers. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review. "Soul-wounds are scars on the inside, etched with permanent ink." Ok! I am guilty! My close friend has been telling me to read a Charles Martin book forever. She even gave me a few of her favorites to read, and I just never picked them up. I ended up giving them back to her. But, when I saw he had a new release coming out, I thought it would be the perfect time to sit down and give his work a chance. Where this story deals with love, loss, forgiveness, secrets, and the hardships during and after the War, this also deals with so much more. This story is following our main character, Jo Jo. Along the way, you will meet and learn the stories of so many others including Allie, Bobby, and Catalina. When this first started, I was a little confused. However; it will all come together. Each is facing their own journey and you will read about each with twists and turns along the way. This story will break your heart and leaving you wondering what is going to happen next. At times the writing was a little choppy. The last 3/4th of the book was a little disappointing for me. It was very repetitive as you hear about the same story over and over again. Even though a lot still happened, I felt the ending was slow (most stories the beginning or middle will drag a little, but this was the opposite). Overall, this was still really good and I did enjoy it. I look forward to reading more from the author in the future.
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