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Fire and Rain

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3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,092 Ratings  ·  75 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 ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 18th 1994 by HarperTorch (first published April 1st 1993)
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Laura
Oct 08, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok
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
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Carol
Jan 09, 2015 Carol rated it did not like it
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
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Lesley
Apr 11, 2012 Lesley added it
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
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Erin
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 ...more
Nicole
May 25, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it
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.
Mariann Primus
Jun 25, 2012 Mariann Primus rated it liked it
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.
Debbie
Jul 14, 2013 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Not my favorite offering by Chamberlin. Story line was a bit far fetched. Really interesting, well-developed characters, though.
Rae
Oct 25, 2016 Rae rated it it was amazing
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
Mary
Nov 02, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favourite by this author took me about half way through to really get into it, glad I didn't give up though
Holly
Nov 06, 2016 Holly rated it did not like it
Didn't like and didn't finish reading
Donna Moore
Oct 14, 2016 Donna Moore rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Diane Chamberlain, she never disappoints.
Pamela
Feb 27, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it
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
Sue Burton
Sep 23, 2016 Sue Burton rated it it was amazing
great book by one of my absolute favourite authors she just gets better
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
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Jennifer
Oct 01, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
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
Kathy
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 ...more
Jo
Jul 30, 2016 Jo rated it liked it
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
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Chrissi
Oct 26, 2014 Chrissi rated it liked it
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
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Sara Smithson
Aug 06, 2015 Sara Smithson rated it really liked it
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
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Sue
Jun 29, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
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
Stephanie Adams
Mar 18, 2016 Stephanie Adams rated it liked it
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
Liz Balaam
Feb 15, 2013 Liz Balaam rated it really liked it
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!
Gina
Dec 22, 2015 Gina rated it liked it
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.
Dallas
Oct 14, 2011 Dallas rated it really liked it
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Susan
Jun 02, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
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.
Lynn Jenkins
Jul 01, 2013 Lynn Jenkins rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading Diane Chamberlain novels, and this one was no exception. Compelling storyline and good character development. As often happens with her books, I found myself up late at night unable to put the book down.

This was one of the author's earlier books. She did not have the luxury of the internet to do her research while writing
Amy
Mar 20, 2016 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
I'm a real fan of Diane Chamberlain, but can't say I found this (older) book to be anywhere near the quality of her more recent works. Ignoring the glitches of a e-book, the writing didn't always flow, there were parts of the story that were never wrapped up. I definitely expected more. The premise had potential, so I would love to see the Diane Chamberlain of today update/refresh the story.
Dan Dinello
Jun 30, 2013 Dan Dinello rated it liked it
Fire Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSN & Y and the Lost Story of 1970 told me some interesting backstories about these amazing musicians. I'm uninterested in the music and life of James Taylor, but the rest of the book provided fascinating social/biographical/historical/musica context for these artists.
Katy
Jul 23, 2012 Katy rated it liked it
The lower rating is because I really felt like Chamberlain could have delved more into the science behind making it rain, whereas throughout the book it was ignored as to how it was being achieved and instead the love story was focused on much more intently. Other than that, again I'd recommend it, but if like me, you have a thirst for theories and science - you may be a bit disappointed!
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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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