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Fire and Rain

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,288 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Into the drought-weary California town of Valle Rosa comes a stranger who promises he can make it rain. All he asks for is a place to stay and complete privacy. But he is too charismatic to maintain a low profile . . . and the adobe cottage he's given to live in is owned by an investigative TV reporter struggling to revive her career. Fire and Rain is a love story filled w ...more
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Published February 8th 2011 by Diane Chamberlain (first published April 1st 1993)
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Sep 15, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: two-star
Originally published in the early nineties and now re-released in the UK with a more modern look, this is an unusual tale of four people brought together through an extraordinary situation. I can't say I enjoyed this novel as much as Chamberlains others, I felt it was missing some of the heart which makes her other books so captivating. The story came across too sterile at times and occasionally I felt my attention wavering.

Mia is a talented sculptor now working as personal secretary to ex base
You can tell this is an old book of hers by the style. Ok storyline but a bit predictable
Dec 28, 2014 Carol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm having a hard time reviewing this piece of work. I needed a light read over the holidays that wouldn't consume too much of my time and that I would be able to pick up for a few minutes and put down easily. Did I say light reading? Well, I got my wish – this was so light, it hung in mid-air most of the time!

The author's audience was definitely not intended to be anyone with a memory since she explained everything in minute detail several times in case you didn't' understand it the first time
Whilst I really enjoyed the book, the ending was another disappointment for me.

I've read all of Ms Chamberlain's books, and this isn't the first one that just doesn't have a real ending, but seems to leave it open for a follow-up which never appears.

I'm afraid I do like a proper ending, not a "I've run out of pages! I'd better finish it now!" type.
Debbie (Doc)
I absolutely adore the narrator! Karen White could make a Steven King novel soothing. While I do have favorite authors that I go to when in a reading slump, I also locate books narrated by Ms. White. She always gets me out of my reading or listening slump!

This is one of Diane Chamberlain’s older books. However, this was just recently published as an audio book. Thanks to Tantor Media for sending me this audio in exchange for an honest review.

Valle Rosa, California has been ridden with drought ov
Dec 14, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published in 1993, "Fire and Rain" takes place in a southern California town that has not had any significant rainfall for 5 years. Our story, begins with veteran reporter, Carmen Perez racing to cover the story of a devastating house fire. Carmen, who has taken an absence from her job is resolved to find herself back at the front desk. She soon finds herself at the home of her ex-husband, Valle Rosa's acting mayor and former Padres pitcher, Chris Garrett. Chris, has also suffered dam ...more
Feb 09, 2017 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Probably my least favorite Chamberlain book. Glad it's done. Nor horrible, but more of a filler book. Filled the space while I waited for others to come available at the library!
Dec 27, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not my favorite Diane Chamberlain book, however, compared to her other earlier books, I liked this one better. The story had several holes and did not always make a lot of sense. At the same time, I could start to recognize thus as a Chamberlain book. Worth the read.
Mariann Primus
I enjoyed the book but did not like the ending. I don't expect everything to be tied up in a neat bow but this one left a lot of loose ends hanging. Overall, she tied four characters together well with a host of minor characters and her creativity was ingenious with the rain maker.
Jul 14, 2013 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Not my favorite offering by Chamberlin. Story line was a bit far fetched. Really interesting, well-developed characters, though.
Gina *loves sunshine*
Mar 29, 2014 Gina *loves sunshine* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, ebook
It took a bit for the story to build and characters to develop but I really enjoyed the whole story and was hooked! I'll have to check out more from the author
Dec 20, 2016 Rina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine tale by Diane Chamberlain. The only reason I gave it four stars is because I'm sure no one can produce rain. Good characters people this story of a drought-worn / fire-beaten town in San Diego.
And their stories individually and collectively come together in the author's inimitable fashion.
May 07, 2017 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Caroline Hedges
Not one of my favourite.
Donna Moore
Oct 14, 2016 Donna Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Diane Chamberlain, she never disappoints.
Feb 27, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Valle Rosa Mayor (and former pro baseball player) Chris Garrett is troubled. Due to the drought in Valle Rosa, the wildfires are rapidly spreading. The town could use a miracle, and the miracle comes in the form of Jeff Cabrio. He's intensely private -- no one knows who he is or where he came from -- but he says he can make it rain in Valle Rosa so Chris hires him on to save the town. Enter Carmen, Chris's ex-wife, and news reporter on the local channel. After a four year absence from TV, she's ...more
Pat Watson
Feb 19, 2017 Pat Watson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
book is only so so for me. I will finish it but not sure I will read any more from this author
This book is different than most Diane Chamberlain books (though it was written in 1994, so possibly that's why). It was a hard pick for me between 3 & 4 stars as I thoroughly liked the book, but it was much slower for me to get into, and so I decided on a 3. I felt the beginning was slow to get started and slow to get into. But overall, a solid book, and once I did get into it, the book really took off. I did think it was missing the typical Chamberlain 'charm' with there not really being a ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A true fan of Diane Chamberlain, I am trying to get a collection together of all her books. It took me a while to find this one, but got it second hand online in the US. Fire and Rain is about 20 years old and looks to me to be one of her earlier books, so the style of writing is a little different to what we all read now. But in saying that you can see how her current style evolved from this earlier book. I did enjoy the book even though it took me a while to get into the four main characters t ...more
Jul 30, 2016 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Valle Rosa, a small drought-weary town in Southern California, is under destruction from deadly wildfires. Into the midst of this crisis rolls a handsome stranger calling himself Jeff Cabrio, who claims he can cure the town's troubles by making it rain.

But Cabrio's entrance into the community brings more than just potential rain, and it's not long before the residents' interests turn from the weather to their mysterious neighbour. For tragedy-afflicted sculptress Mia Tanner, Cabrio unearths old
I have read several of Diane Chamberlain’s books in the past, I’m trying to make my way through some of her earlier books because I’ve enjoyed her writing. This book is a perfect example of how much a writer can develop as their career progresses. I thought Fire and Rain was a good read, but it certainly took me a while to get into it.

Fire and Rain follows several characters Jeff, Mia, Carmen and Chris. As with many Diane Chamberlain books, these characters are complex. They all have their separ
Wendy Jakob
I usually love books by Diane Chamberlain but this one took a while to grow on me.

Set in Valle Rosa in southern California, an area beset by drought and fires the story centres around Jeff Cabrio who arrives in the area and manages to convince the Mayor, Chris Garrett, that he can make it rain.

Chris's ex-wife, Carmen Perez is intrigued by Jeff who comes across as very myserious. As a reporter on a local network TV station, Carmen is trying to rebuild her career and sees an opportunity to help th
Sara Smithson
Aug 05, 2015 Sara Smithson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book! The ending was kind of open...the reader is left to wonder how things would be resolved. But I was satisfied with the ending, even if I didn't love it.

Jeff is a mystery man who is passing through Valle Rosa, a town devastated by drought. Despite the fact that is clearing running from something, he offers his help to town mayor Chris. He claims he can make it rain. There are a ton of questions that crop up throughout the novel. What is Jeff running from? Can he really ma
May 14, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
This was my first Diane Chamberlain book and I loved it! If this really is "not one of her best" as some have reviewed, than I look forward to reading her "better" works. Although the whole rainmaking premise was a little far-fetched and the ending was a bit disappointing, I thought it was very well written and the characters were well developed. I found myself totally engrossed in each of their lives and found something likable about each one. (I admit that Carmen took a little longer for me to ...more
Oct 25, 2016 Rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's always a treat to read a Diane Chamberlain novel and Fire and Rain didn't disappoint. It's the story of Mia, Chris, Carmen and Jeff -four characters each facing new challenges, whilst coming to terms with their past, set against the stunning backdrop of Valle Rosa, a small South California town dealing with the uncertainty of wildfires. Although not always likeable, Chamberlain's characters are never dull and so fully drawn as to have the reader rooting for them from the start. I've already ...more
Stephanie Adams
Not my favorite of hers, perhaps because it's older, but still has the Diane Chamberlain magic of making you care deeply about what in anyone else's hands might be mundane or ordinary. If you described the major traumas some of the characters faced to anyone else objectively, it would seem like any novel, but when you're in the story you care deeply and their sorrows seem unique and meaningful because you care about them - even those among the cast you don't like. Definitely worth a read, but I ...more
Dec 18, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this author and this book was one of her first written some time ago. Set around a town in a time of drought, a mysterious man arrives in town and says he can make it rain. While he is squirrelled away trying to stop the drought, the towns reporter, herself with a burden some past starts digging into his past. Needless to say there is a lot of soul searching for each character in this story. Although not up to the standard of he more recent books, I enjoyed this story and the characters d ...more
Liz Balaam
Sep 24, 2012 Liz Balaam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love finding a Diane Chamberlain book I haven't yet read. As usually the books grips you from the beginning. I love the way each of the characters has their own story to tell. However, when I got the end I was disappointed. But only for about an hour. Diane was clever in the ending of the book as she leaves it up to your imagination as to how it all pans out - I have woven my own ending in my brain and I like it!
Dec 22, 2015 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all of Diane Chamberlain's books, the plot lines were just beyond the line of "are you kidding me?!". Which isn't to say it's bad, just that the coincidences and connections and crazy backstories are something you have to just roll with... or embrace.

In this one, the characters were interesting. The story about a mysterious loner making rain for a town in the midst of a drought was novel. And the writing was simple, but not campy.
Jun 26, 2011 Dallas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 24 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and ...more
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