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Rainwater by Sandra Brown
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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 a, then unnamed, condition that makes him different from all other children and she fears that the future holds little but heartache for them both. Her life is difficult but regimented and she controls it with a sturdy hand until David Rainwater moves into her house and her world. This is a story about people with strong principles and character that face the direst of circumstances and become even the better for it. This novel captures the sense and feel of a small American town better than any novel I’ve ever read. I can almost smell the biscuits in the oven and taste the peach cobbler shared by the boarders. The rigid social structure and the complexities of dealing with it are displayed for all to see in all of its ugliness as well as its communal beauty. There are no surprises here. It’s not a mystery with an unpredictable twist for an ending; it’s just a story well told and one that I enjoyed immensely.
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