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.