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A Connecticut heiress learns she was adopted and travels to a northern Florida ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds a wealth of big-hearted ranch hands, many with cognitive impairments. By the end of the summer, she's given her heart to all of them, including an unfriendly "cracker horse" and the handsome ranch owner.
Paperback, 371 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by BelleBooks (first published September 1st 2007)
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karen
retard ranch!!

this is the best romance novel i have ever read. which really only means it is better than this.(now that i have learned how to do that, i am going to link to every part of the internet, given time...) and sarah palin will probably hate this review. but the fact of the matter is, i love the word "retard". i think it is a funny-sounding word, along with "renal", "swizzle" and "filbert". but i don't want any angry facebook letters (because i am not even on facebook, so it will do you...more
Filipa
Já acabei o A Doçura de Chuva.
O título deste livro não poderia ser mais indicado. É mesmo uma doçura. Já tinha lido o outro livro da autora que foi publicado em Portugal, com o título Segredos do Passado e também tinha gostado muito. Por essa mesma razão, não poderia deixar de ler este tão aclamado, Doçura.
E não me arrependo do ter feito. Muito pelo contrário. É um livro lindo, do início ao fim.
Suscitou-me vários sentimentos, todos eles contraditórios, mas que foram importantes para eu viver...more
Cata
Desde Junho que sempre que ia à biblioteca, perguntava se este livro estava disponível. Desde Junho que a resposta era sempre a mesma: “Desculpe, mas de momento o livro está indisponível”.

Da última vez o livro finalmente estava disponível, por isso não hesitei em lhe deitar a mão. Já tinha ouvido opiniões bastante favoráveis- “esse livro é tããããõoooo lindo”, “esse livro é muito doce”, “ai, adorei!”- que não estava disposta a arriscar a que alguém o levasse...outra vez.

Assim sendo, comecei o liv...more
Margarida
Não sendo o meu género de leitura preferida, foi sem dúvida uma deliciosa surpresa!

Doce como a chuva! Mágico!
Um romance que nos faz sonhar e… acreditar. Acreditar que é possível um mundo melhor, um mundo perfeito, onde a igualdade pode fazer a diferença e onde as diferenças nos tornam iguais!

De uma forma tocante, a simplicidade da escrita de Deborah Smith transporta-nos a um mundo onde conseguimos acreditar que a magia pode ser possível! A magia do Amor!

Um romance que nos faz sorrir, chorar, vi...more
Kathleen
3.5 happy stars for this heartwarming and sometimes amusing romance. I chuckled several times. Smith also wrote A Place to Call Home (which has been compared to The Sweet Gum Tree). However, this story is set in North-Central Florida, at Ben Thocco's ranch. The setting is contemporary, with references to Al Gore, Sarah Palin, etc.

Themes: Adoption. Trust. Animals. Environment. Appreciation for the heart and soul of the cognitively challenged, along with issues of inequity and bias. Recognition f...more
Rita
Kara Whittenbrook pertence a uma família abastada, o que a facilitou em vários aspectos, contudo também a colocou numa fasquia elevada, onde qualquer erro ou imperfeição eram dignos de nota. Quando perde os seus pais, famosos ambientalistas, descobre a verdade sobre o seu nascimento, o facto de ter sido adoptada, o que a leva a encetar uma viagem rumo ao local onde os seus pais biológicos habitam com o intuito de os conhecer e tentar compreender o que os levou a dá-la para a adopção.
Por sua vez,...more
Mafi
Beautiful and very well written! You can feel the characters and the story is beautiful :)
Debbie
After the death of her parents, Kara Whittenbrook was shocked to discover that she and been adopted. This information in hand, she started out to Florida because she had to know more about them, even though she had been told they were mentally handicapped, and she needed to know why she had been given up for adoption. The Thocco Ranch was home to several ranch hands with mental handicaps such as Down Syndrome or Autism, but somehow Ben Thocco saw that each of his employees has their own special...more
Célia
Com a morte dos seus pais, Kara Whittenbrook vê-se perante uma dura realidade: para além do facto de descobrir que foi adoptada, descobre também que os seus pais biológicos são deficientes mentais. Com o objectivo de conhecê-los e descobrir os motivos que os levaram a dá-la para adopção, Kara parte para o rancho da Flórida (e não Califórnia, como a sinopse refere) onde Mac e Lily residem.

Ao chegar ao rancho, Kara depara-se com um conjunto de pessoas muito especiais: para além de Ben Thocco, o do...more
Neide Parafitas
Este livro é sem dúvida um docinho!!!
As personagens são tão cativantes que me fizeram torcer, desde o início ao fim, por um final feliz!
Só posso dizer que AMEI!!! :)
Elisabete
O livro é maravilhoso… lindo, mas acho que prefiro “Segredos do Passado”
Donnell Bell
Well, if there isn't a Thocco ranch in Florida, there ought to be. A Gentle Rain captured me immediately from Kara's birth to her discovery that her birth parents were not your average mother and father. When Ben Thocco looks down and sees his baby brother for the first time and forms a protective bond, I defy anyone with a heart to set this book down. Written with charm and wit and just darn good storytelling, Ms. Smith had me choked up one minute and laughing the next. From Kara's ability to s...more
Maria
Um livro tão doce como o seu titulo indica. Era tão bom que a vida fosse assim tão perfeita como quase tudo o que acontece neste livro, mas é bom sonhar ao ler um livro destes. Gostei muito e de facto tem tudo a ver como o que tinha imaginado. Recomendo a quem gosta de romances doces com um final feliz
Patxi
Started last afternoon and couldn't stop till get to the end.
Really fantastic book.
So gentle, so sweet.

There are words that has left me with blurry eyes, a warm heart and a grin on my face all at once.
Almie
Loved it! The characters stayed with me even after I finished the book. It was one of those books that I just couldn't put down.
Darcy
I found this book through a very dubious connection, I needed a book with "G" for the title in a challenge and "G" was proving to be a very hard letter to find, so I randomly started to type words that began with "G" that would fit and found this book. Then when I started to read this book I didn't expect to really like it, just plow through it to reach my goal, so imagine my surprise when 50 pages in I really liked it and it just got better and better as the book went.

Kara, born into the super...more
Marissa
I had to read this book for my readers’ advisory class and I must say I enjoyed it a lot more than I initially thought I would. I think I was biased off the bat into liking Kara when I read she had a master’s in library science and world cultures (since I’m an Anthropology major and am getting a degree in library science). Be that as it may, I did like Kara’s selflessness and passion to protect those she loved. In terms of the writing, I really liked Smith’s use of language and imagery in the wa...more
Tânia
Unlike what happened with the last book I read by the author, A Gentle Rain didn’t engage me right from the start, which left me discouraged. I don’t know if I liked the story, I think I liked more the idea of the story, and not the way it was built. I expected so much more, considering all this range of fantastic and captivating characters, combined with beautiful scenery, this story could have been what The Crossroads Cafe was for me, an inspiration. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this one as mu...more
Heather
Dec 29, 2007 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: ladies
Deborah Smith is one of my favorite authors of all time!
Kara is an heiress who finds out she is adopted and ends up tracking down her parents at a Florida "cracker horse" ranch.
The story was a little stretchy, but I totally love Deborah Smith and would jump off a bridge if she told me too.
Diane


This is an incredibly well written and heartfelt novel. I am sad to finish its pages, but I am appeased by the knowledge it is here for me to read, time and time again. It is safe to say that this book will forever be on my list of Favorites, very near the top.
Dottie Legatos
4.5 stars. Although a bit unbelievable at times, this was a truly beautiful love story. Not just a love story of a man and a woman, but of family and friends. You can't help but cheer for all of the characters, even the animals! Highly recommend!
Susan Jorgenson
Endearing, romantic and action

Endearing, romantic and action

This is first book by Deborah Smith I have read. A Gentle Rain is a great read about discovering one's self, facing fears and finding strength deep down and surrendering to love. I laughed, sometimes deep belly laughs picturing the moment I was reading, sometimes tears. Another thing I enjoyed about this book it did not use offensive language. The romantic scenes she let you use your imagination, how refreshing. The characters living at...more
Filipa
Um livro absolutamente fantástico, com personagens autênticas que despertam desde logo um carinho irresistível..... Um romance sincero e uma leitura compulsiva. Deborah Smith uma autora a seguir sem dúvida :DD
Nancy
Wonderful characters, vivid scenes, and a good story. I would have given it 5 stars, but I felt the special needs folks in the story were a little too ideally portrayed.
Anna
A thoroughly pleasurable read by an under-appreciated author. Oh, to be able to write like Deborah Smith. One of my faves.
Wendy Hines
Kara Whittenbrook had a well-rounded upbringing that comes from having money. Her parents were famous environmentalists that had Kara brushing elbows with celebrities as well as roughing it in Brazil. When her parents unexpectedly die in a plane crash, Kara is an heiress left all alone, until she discovers adoption papers in an old chest.

Her search takes her to a cattle ranch in Florida.
Ben Thocco owns the ranch in Florida and most of his help is mentally challenged, including his little brother...more
Paty Hamdan
" Quando uma jovem que ser uma heroína nem a perseverança de quarenta famílias à sua volta a consegue impedir." Jane Austen

Adorei esse livro, e nessa minha pequena resenha pretendo demostrar pelo menos um pouco do que sentir ao ler esse livro lindo.

Exitem autoras que nos fazem sonhar, outras que nós fazem ter pesadelos, existem autoras que nós fazem ter fé e outras que nós fazem perdem a mesma. Que nós levam além das nossa expectativas, e fazem a cada virar de pagina uma nova experiencia de fé e...more
Marisa Martins
Apesar de ter crescido no seio de uma família abastada, Kara Whittenbrook teve os pés sempre bem assentes na terra. Filha de um casal de ambientalistas muito conhecidos pelo seu trabalho, Kara não só teve o previlégio de frequentar os melhores colégios, como também de viver alguns anos na selva amazónica.
Após a morte dos pais, descobre que foi adopdata e decide partir à procura dos pais biológicos. Uma aventura para conhecer as origens, que não lhe trará apenas uns pais "especiais", mas toda uma...more
Jessica
I loved this book. Maybe I'm a little hormonal right now, but I cried several times reading this one. LOL. It was considerable more well-written than most romance novels with highly developed secondary characters. There were many layers to these individuals and to the plot lines that made them seem realistic even when they were outlandish. The author's writing style is incredibly descriptive and the characters were charming. This really makes me want to read more from the author.

I couldn't tell...more
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Deborah Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of A Place to Call Home, and the No. 1 Kindle Bestseller The Crossroads Cafe, A Gentle Rain and other acclaimed romantic novels portraying life and love in the modern Appalachian South. A native Georgian, Deborah is a former newspaper editor who tu...more
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