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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  7,545 ratings  ·  1,276 reviews
The year is 1934. With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic depression, Ella Barron runs her Texas boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance. She also cares for her ten-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion. Davi...more
Paperback, Trade Paperback Australian Edition, 245 pages
Published 2010 by Simon & Schuster Australia (first published 2009)
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*sigh*, what to say without giving too much away. This was a touching heartfelt little book. You can tell that Sandra wrote with her heart with this one instead of what a contract states she should write. It was a romance, pure and simple, but it was more about the struggles of a woman alone with a child in hard-baked Texas in 1934. It also touches on how children with autism were treated. Racial and bigotry were also brought to the forefront. I won't mention the romance, because it is really so...more
This was different from other Sandra Brown books I have read. It was a lovely story.

Ella Barron, a single Texas mother, built a careful life running a boarding house in the Depression-era cotton South. But when a mysterious stranger takes a free room, he also takes Ella’s careful life apart.

“Even knowing the ending was sad, I wouldn't have deprived myself the beauty of the story. Would you?"

The subject matter was based on some family history in the author’s life.

She had her life in careful
♡Karlyn P♡
Warning! This book will rip your heart out in a good way. Not a traditional romance but there is a great love story. I cried both happy and sad tears for hours when I finished it. And it was worth it.
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
This was my first Sandra Brown and from what I've heard, Rainwater is quite a departure from her usual writing style. I can't really comment on that, but Sandra Brown's prose in this book is really beautiful and inviting!

My opinion
Rainwater starts at an antique shop run by an old man. Two visitors are quite entranced by the eclectic selection of collectors' delights that meet their eyes. At one point, they notice the pocket watch on the shop owner's wrist, and express their interest to buy it. T...more
Tracy Walters
This was such a sweet and endearing little is hard not to love the Ella and David, the main characters in this book. The story is based in the depression era and the many difficulties people had to deal with and a small boarding house and it's occupants. It is touching to see how love develops between Ella and David but it also stings the heart when the outcome is not what you would wish to happen........the ending is bittersweet and there is a chance it will bring tears to your eye...more
I’ve read absolutely nothing by Sandra Brown. Absolutely. Nothing.

I know she’s a prolific writer with dozens of titles to her name, but those are the writers I usually avoid – serial authors (Patterson, Baldacci, who spew forth a book every 6 months or so. I’m more of a “one book every three years or so-author” reader – I guess I’m kind of a book snob. Not that their literary talent it less than the others, but I like following my own trends.

Under normal circumstances, I probably would no...more
Mia Queen
Rainwater, novel terbaru Sandra Brown yang baru bulan lalu diterbitkan Gramedia sudah menarik perhatian saya sejak pre-release. Cover bukunya yang tidak seperti cover Sandra Brown pada umumnya yang menampilkan wajah wanita, alih alih Rainwater malah menggambarkan ladang rumput keemasan dan rumah dari kejauhan. Terlebih lagi lebih dari dua kali saya baca kalau novel Rainwater adalah novel Sandra Brown yang lain dari biasanya.

Rainwater mengambil setting tahun 1934 di kota kecil Texas saat-saat era...more
In 1934 Ella Barron owns and operates a boarding house in Gilead, Texas. The depressed economy is affecting many lives and she must keep her boarding house full in order to provide for herself and her mentally ill son, Solly. When the local Dr. asks her if a distant relative of his could rent her one vacant room, she agrees. Her new boarder, David Rainwater, is handsome and intelligent and takes an immediate interest in Solly. As David spends time with Solly day after day, Ella begins to realize...more
In this touching historical novel Ella Barron runs a boarding house in Gilead, Texas. It is 1934, the Great Depression, drought, poverty and people are losing their homes. Life has not been easy for Ella. She has a ten year-old son Solly, who is prone to outbursts and in today's terms would be called autistic. One day the local doctor visits Ella with David Rainwater, who is hoping to rent a room. The thing is Mr. Rainwater is terminally ill, and Ella is not sure that she can handle any more str...more
This book is nicely written. I stumbled across it and I understand the author is pretty prolific. However, I think the plot is more suited for a novella. It has more meat than a short story...but not enough for a book. It takes place in the south during the depression era. Ella runs a boarding house and has a son Solly who is likely autistic. As expected.....a new boarder appears, a tall, handsome, lanky man names "Rainwater" who is dying of a terminal illness. There is a side plot about the cam...more
I'm always tickled when I come across a book that I know nothing about, purchase and read it on a whim and wind up enjoying it a good amount or better, and can then bring it to the attention of others.

"Rainwater" is by Sandra Brown, who, from my understanding writes mostly in the genre of mystery and suspense. This was written between contractual obligations, inspired in part by her father's life during the Depression in the Texas dustbowl.

It is a well, smoothly written, throughly intersting, at...more
This was a very enjoyable book, my first one by Sandra Brown. I like how the book started and ended in the antique shop, with the store owner telling the couple the story about his mom and his pocketwatch.

At first the story seemed slow but then later on it blossomed into a beautiful, bittersweet love story that grabbed my attention and I didn't want to put the book down.
Salah satu buku SB favorit. Bener2 lain daripada yg lain dan berasa ky lagi baca bukunya CA krn agak2 depreso crtnya. Walopun dari awal uda tau kalo buku ini bakal sad ending tp ga mengurangi ketertarikan gw buat ngelanjutinnya. Alur ceritanya bagus dan sungguh sangat menyentuh. Suka dengan semua karakter2nya, terutama David. Bener2 luar biasa pengorbanan seorang David utk orang2 yg bole dibilang baru dikenalnya. Untuk kisah cinta David dan Ella walaupun singkat tapi mengena banget di hati. Top...more
Sep 28, 2010 Jacqueline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: regular fiction readers
I learned a lot about the depression that I didn't know even though I consider myself pretty well aware of the history of that time period. The portrait drawn of the times and the people who lived through them was extremely vivid. The characterization was wonderful. They kind of just gently knocked on the door of your mind and stepped inside. Before you knew it you were totally vested in them. You'll probably cry. I did. But so worth it.
This book was quite different from Sandra Brown's often lusty love stories. This one was set in 1930 during the Texas Dust Bowl. It was very slow at first and I had to force myself to remain interested, however it was well worth my effort. It is a story of a mother's unending love for her child, the passionate love between a man and a woman,the love and care of a community for each other and those less fortunate than themselves. Beautiful book.
I loved this book! The time period was interesting to read about and the hardships women faced then. To read about a boy with autism and the courage the mother took to keep him with her was wonderful. Most were institutionalized then and I commend her for not doing so. Mr. Rainwater was such a sweetheart and knew how to give of himself to others. Definitely a must read for all.
Audiobook narrated by Victor Slezak

I had decided to pass on Rainwater when it was first published because I'd been warned that it was ultimately a sad story. I'm glad that I gave up trying to resist the wonderful Brown/Slezak pairing. This is a profoundly touching story, reminding us that hard times bring out the worst and the best in us.
Dara S.
I was going to give this 4 stars, but the last 20 pages bumped it up to 5. I guess, I love what I am affectionately going to call sappy love stories. This the second one I have read in the last month and gave both 5 stars. I wish there was more to the story.
The story unfolds in an old antique shop where a young couple is purchasing some antiques from the old man running the store. They stop to admire is solid gold time piece that he is wearing and ask if it is for sale. He says no, it will never be for sale and then he starts to tell the story of where the watch came from.

This novel is set in the Depression Era, in a small town. Dr. Kincaid brings a Mr. Rainwater to Ella Barron’s boarding house to rent a room. She knows nothing about him except tha...more
Anne OK
A beautiful story - one that will stay with me for a long time to come. Nothing like anything Sandra Brown has ever written before. Warning: You'll need lots of kleenex!
Starlet Laura
The narration was great by Victor Slezak; it made the listen just perfect, and this is one of those books that needs to listened to instead of read – there are a few out there like that – it’s such a wonderful find when this happens. The narrator’s slow drawl and way with words allowed me to paint a vivid picture of what the characters looked like and of everything that was going on – one can truly connect with the characters. I’ve never read one of Sandra Brown’s books nor had I heard of her. _...more
This story, inspired by actual events during the Great Depression, takes place in 1934 in the small town of Gilead, Texas. Ella Barron is a young single mother who runs a boarding house. The local doctor brings her a new border, David Rainwater, who is dying of cancer, but Ella agrees to take him in because he is Dr. Kincaid’s relative.

Much to Ella’s chagrin, Mr. Rainwater gets involved in the local politics, which include conflicts over a very distasteful (and historically authentic!) governmen...more
This is a touching novel of a time gone by. The setting is the small town of Gilead in rural Texas during the great depression and the dust bowl drought of the 1930’s. Ella Barron is a determined and hard working young single mother who runs a boarding house of “high standards” with deep roots in the community. These are hard times for everyone but they are particularly difficult for Ella, not only because financial failure is a daily possibility but in addition, her only child is afflicted with...more
Sandra Brown's books have always been enjoyable for me, but this book is by far the best story of all. The story takes place in small Texas town in the 1930's. Biogtry is running rampant and there isn't a real sense of safety as the law enforcement in the town is a bit crooked. Solly, an autistic young boy is one of the main characters of this novel. Sandra Brown does a fantastic job of portraying his character in a very kind way while at the same time showing the reader how difficult it was for...more
I won this in a GR giveaway, otherwise I probably would have never picked it up... But I'm really glad I did! It's a very quick and enjoyable read, but heartbreaking at the same time. I'm not a big crier, but I felt my eyes tearing up several times during my reading. It takes a lot to make my cry, so I was definitely surprised to feel so close to it!

I finished this book in one day, which says something, because I'm not necessarily a fast reader. Maybe it was just that this was completely differe...more
Connie Kania
I purchase this audio book because I am a huge fan of Sandra Brown but mostly because the narrator is Victor Slezak. As I started to listen to this book in my car going to and coming from work I was hesitating to finish it because I knew it was going to have a sad ending but since I already bought it I was going to finish it no matter what. I stayed with it and it became a really good book. The author did a good job of taking you to 1934 Depression pre-dust bowl Texas. I like the characters and...more
Apr 30, 2011 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wanda
Shelves: 2011-reads
I originally picked this book up at the library because I liked the cover and it looked like a quick, easy read. I was delighted, therefore, to get hooked on it from the very first few pages. It tells the story of the quietly mysterious Mr. Rainwater who rents a room at Ella Barron's boardinghouse. I do not want to spoil any of the secrets of this book - of which there are quite a few - but I did enjoy the mounting attraction between Ella and Mr. Rainwater. It was told with such honesty and beau...more
Sandra Brown freely declares this is unlike anything she has written before, and it's certainly different from anything of hers I have read. While the prologue is set in current times, the majority of the story is set in the Dust Bowl area of the United States in 1934. Examples of the depressions and bigotry abound. Emma Barron runs a boarding house and takes in a new boarder with unexpected results. Her son suffers from some unknown "abnormailty" that quickly points to autism.

The images of the...more
Хубава книга с много трогателна история.Определено не е в стила на другите книги на Сандра Браун,но тази е разлика ми хареса.
„Тя осъзна всичко това за секунди,през които сякаш някой беше издърпал всичкия въздух от дробовете й.Една светкавица проблесна опасно близко.Гърмът,който я последва,разтресе къщата.Порцеланът и стъклените чаши задрънчаха в шкафовете.Крушката в коридора се залюля.Задната врата се затръшна с трясък.
Въпреки това и двамата останаха неподвижни.Очите им не можеха да се разделят....more
Kendra /Books Complete Me
This book, according to Sandra Brown was more of a labor of love than an actual contractual obligation. I am glad that she took the time to write it. It is unlike her other books, which I am also a fan of. There is a lot of heart and soul put into the characters of this book. They pull you in and make you care about what is happening to them. It is a good look at different social groups trying to make a living, and live life through the Great Depression. Beautifully written, this is a very bitte...more
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