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Fire and Rain

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  940 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Publishers Weekly:
The venerable theme of the stranger who comes to a community and acts as a catalyst for change and redemption receives an entertaining treatment in this new novel by the author of Lovers and Strangers. Years of drought and devastating brush fires have whittled away at the morale of the inhabitants of Valle Rosa. The fortunes of this quaint Southern Califo
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published (first published April 1st 1993)
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Jan 09, 2015 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.
Apr 11, 2015 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 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
Sara Smithson
Aug 06, 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
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.
May 25, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-listened
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.
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.
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
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
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
Dec 28, 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
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 02, 2016 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story, based outside of San Diego during an extreme drought and out of control wildfires, is about a mysterious man, Jeff Cabrio, who shows up and says he can make it rain. The book is about two relationships and deals with guilt, regret, self-esteem, and forgiveness. It was an interesting story yet predictable and one dimensional. An easy summer read.
Candace Norris
Mar 07, 2014 Candace Norris rated it really liked it
Another solid book by Chamberlain

Another solid book by Chamberlain

Though the "shocker" was quite predictable, this was a well written story. Chamberlain is excellent at developing characters and this book was no exception.
Feb 14, 2016 Leanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favourite Chamberlain book, but still good. Slow to get started, but got better. Kind of humorous to read about tracking down people without google and taking pictures on film. Things have changed since this book was published in 1993/1994!
Nov 21, 2015 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially wasn't going to read, but I started a chapter & got hooked. Was impressed with how the author was able to intertwine these people's lives into a beautiful and, in places, painful story. Glad I dove into this one.
Jun 29, 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
Victoria Kator
it kept my attention but i thought it took a little too long for the secrets, etc to come out. a different ending than i thought but i liked it, it fit well.
May 14, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed this book and the author tackled some difficult subjects, much was too unbelievable. Not my favourite book by this author.
Jul 03, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book A LOT. many reviews complained that they didn't like the ending. I was more than satisfied.
Jun 03, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy all Diane Chamberlains books however this one was not as good as others I've read probably due to the rather far fetched story line and the lack of a complete ending.
A light read. I read one of her other books too and was disappointed at the end.
Jan 12, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little out there, and not a fulfilling ending, but they don't all need to be, do they?
Mar 24, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the mystery in her books and the interconnection of her characters. I will read more of her books.
Joan Horkey
Feb 06, 2016 Joan Horkey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good. Not Diane Chamberlain's best but I enjoyed it very much.
Apr 22, 2015 Jeanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diane Chamberlain comes through every time!
Apr 05, 2014 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Diane Chamberlain’s books but this was not one of her best. Interesting characters but I found the plot pretty implausible and the end unsatisfactory.
Regina Mills
Feb 04, 2016 Regina Mills rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite authors!
Nov 25, 2014 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book! Not thrilling, not upsetting, but keeps your interest.
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Diane Chamberlain is the 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 sisters, and fr ...more
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