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Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin
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May 04, 12

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Read from April 21 to 22, 2012

I am ashamed that Thunder and Rain and The Mountain Between Us are the only books I have read by this author. If his others are anywhere near the quality of these two, I need to rush out and buy them. While I believe The Mountain Between Us to be a wonderful book, I liked Thunder and Rain even better. I found it to be a heartwarming, emotional story, yet with a nice edge of suspense and action. Tyler Steele was a fantastic character, and seldom have I read a book about a man so with such strength of purpose and character. Samantha was damaged, yet her strong will and Tyler's timely intervention helped her to heal and become the woman she was meant to be.

Tyler Steele, a retired lawman formerly with the Texas Rangers, is on his way home after making a trip that will see his divorce finalized, when he meets Samantha and her daughter, Hope. After seeing what dire straights the two are in, he offers to turn around and drive them to a relative several hours away. When taking shelter with the relative doesn't pan out, and Tyler realizes that the mother and daughter are in danger, he does the noble thing and takes them to the home he shares with his young son, Brodie. Soon, Tyler has Samantha set up with an apartment and a job, and he does his best to see that her life and Hope's are put back together. As the two females start to creep into his heart, Tyler decides to take steps to make certain Hope and Samantha will remain safe. Danger from his own past, as well as his loyalty to his former wife, threaten the joy Tyler is starting to feel with Samantha. This stalwart, honorable man has to find and take the path that is right for all those he cares about.

Tyler Steele is such an incredible character, and he just made this book for me. I loved his idealism and belief in what it meant to be a Texas Ranger, and the fact that he was a third generation Ranger. The tone and setting of this book felt genuine to me as a native of that area of Texas. The storyline and characters completely captured my heart, and will stay with me for a long while. Charles Martin has become a must read author for me after experiencing two fantastic books by him, and I will be finding the books on his backlist quickly. I have no doubt that this will top my list of favorite books of the year. I received this book as an ARC through Netgalley.



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Amy you definitely need to run out and buy them. The first one I read was "Chasing Fireflies" and I can't wait to read this one. He is a fantastic storyteller!


Helen Read THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US first then went back and read his other novels in order they were written; loved each one; have never been disappointed. Just finished THUNDER AND RAIN; read it in less than 24 hours.


Dawn must read "the dead don't dance."


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