I'm not even sure how to convey how I felt about this novel. It's amazing but on an entirely different level. The fact that the author, Bradley SomerI'm not even sure how to convey how I felt about this novel. It's amazing but on an entirely different level. The fact that the author, Bradley Somer could weave the plot lines together like he did and make them work, make the reader care about each and every character on some level is more than amazing. This is a book I will think about for years. And it will make me think about the people I cross paths with more patience, care and love. Yes there will still be that guy driving slow in the left lane that will tick me off, but this book will cause me to consider lives of others besides mine.
Mr. Somer starts us off with the tale of Ian, who at that moment in the first chapter is still happily swimming in his fishbowl on the top floor of The Seville on Roxy. And there begins this tale. First it's a tale of Ian's descent after he jumps out of his fishbowl, but it's also a tale of other people in the building and how even though they only know each other in passing, if even, they cross paths with each other and their lives overlap in small and large ways. It's a story of how one small gesture can mean the world to someone. It's a story of separate lives that touch in some way. It's a story of people.
I loved each and every character in some way or at least I could relate to them in some way. I was amazed at how someone I hated in the beginning was someone I liked by the end. Each chapter alternates with glimpses into the lives of Conner, Katie, Faye, Deb, Petunia Delilah, Danny, Claire, Herman, Garth, and Jimenez and yes Ian the goldfish. Each has a story and every story will bring out some emotion and a way to connect to each character. By the end of the book, I felt like I was living in The Seville on Roxy and they were all my neighbors and friends.
The plot is character-driven. Learning bits and pieces about each character through the present and sometimes flashbacks, it's wonderful to move through the book and slowly put the building blocks in place to see how all the characters overlap, meet and mingle and how each touches the life of another in some way, sometimes a way that's not even noticeable. It shows a look at the beauty in the world and hope in circumstances that seem to lack hope and beauty.
I am in awe. This book was a wonderful and entertaining read. The characters are heart-warming, they are funny and most important, they are real. To show how much the story touched me, I still remember specifics and think on them almost a week after finishing the book. A lot of the time, I forget what I read except for a few things after I finish reading. Not with this one, I still feel like I am living with the characters. It's great, it's entertaining and it's refreshing. It teaches you so many things. So go out and grab this one. I loved it. I hope you will too. Come join the group at The Seville on Roxy, pull up a chair and get pulled into their world, their building and their lives. Mr. Somer is a master at making you feel right there. Check it out, you won't regret it!
And you have to get the hardback of this just because the little surprise on the pages is adorable and so appropriate. If you buy the ebook, make sure you get to a bookstore to check out the pages of this gem.
If you are looking for heartwarming, entertaining and real in a novel, then Rainy Day Sisters is just the book for you. And now that I have read it anIf you are looking for heartwarming, entertaining and real in a novel, then Rainy Day Sisters is just the book for you. And now that I have read it and fallen in love with the village of Hartley-by-the-Sea and some of the townspeople, I cannot wait for future books in this series by Ms. Hewitt.
Rainy Day Sisters is a primarily character-driven novel. Lucy leaves Boston after a public embarrassment to go to England to stay with her half-sister and seemingly find herself. Lucy imagines herself on a quintessential British holiday, however she doesn't realize how far out of the way Hartley-by-the-Sea is or how two cultures can speak the same language yet not be understood. She also pictured bonding and healing with her half-sister Juliet. However as expected in a book, things don't go as planned. But sometimes things that aren't planned work out for the best.
Juliet extends the invitation to her sister then wonders why she did it. She's not a total recluse, she runs a B&B but she doesn't have anyone really steady and involved in her life. She sees the townsfolk and talks to them and she and her neighbor Peter talk from time-to-time but she doesn't even realize that she doesn't have any close bonds. And she doesn't expect any to form with her half-sister who their mother took with them when she left England and left Juliet behind.
There are bumps in the road with the relationship between Juliet and Lucy, but I was always pulling for them. I wasn't sure if I liked Lucy at first but she grew on me. I liked Juliet and could relate to her (well except for the being estranged from her mother). Both women want something more but they don't realize that they will find that something more together.
It's a great, fun novel about finding yourself and learning to trust others and trust yourself and decisions you make. Of course the path isn't easy, but life isn't. There are funny moments, sad moments, and profound moments. The writing is great. I think Ms. Hewitt told this story very well, interspersing humor and wit with the serious aspects.
If you enjoy women's fiction or just a great relationship read with some hints at a romance plot then this is the book for you. There is something for everyone in this one. Sisters, friendship, romance, failed relationships, family squabbles, small village life, it's all in there. And I loved the setting. I want to go to Hartley-By-The-Sea. No the weather is not always ideal but somehow it does sound like that quintessential British village in the countryside. I felt like I was there getting to know Lucy and Juliet and the townspeople.
I loved this book, the characters, the writing, the storyline and I look forward to future books in this series. Give this book a chance and I think you will really enjoy it.