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Carolina Rain (Carolina Rain #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  154 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
#Carolina Rain- Top 20 best selling historical fiction novels- Amazon/ebooks (Aug. 2013)

Open the page of Carolina Rain and step on the streets of an era gone by. Carolina Rain is not just a read, but an experience. You will smell the magnolia trees, feel the sun on your face and taste the bittersweet tears of a beautiful young girl coming of age at the dawning of the Civil
Paperback, 450 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Brentwood Communications Pr
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Yvonne Innes
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Brewer is a wonderful story teller. Right from the onset it felt as if Lizzie, the main character, was reaching out to me, her newly discovered friend. All I had to do to earn this friendship was to begin reading.

Historical fiction provides an intimate glance at what it may have been like to live in a certain place and time. While I had studied the events leading up to and through the civil war, Mrs. Brewer’s characters made them come to life. The novel may not cover everyone’s perspective,
Laura Davis
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Let me begin by saying I loved this book. I was initially put off by the cover. One look at it and I thought, "Aw, crap. It's a romance novel." I am not a fan of romance novels. I would never have picked this book up in a store, because the cover screams "romance novel" to me. I received this book as a review copy, and the synopsis I was given with the request for a review didn't sound like a romance novel, so I went ahead and read it . . . with some trepidation. I am very glad I did. Ignore the ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I loved this book; I felt as if I was in the story and knew each of the characters. Looking forward to reading the next one.I won this book on Goodreads First Reads.

The story is about a strong southern woman during a period of time that women had very few rights. A great read.
Nancy Brewer
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As an author, my historical fiction works are based on living eyewitness accounts, research and real life situations.

Carolina Rain, is set in Charleston, SC and is filled with intimate details and eyewitness accounts of The War Between The States. The heroine, Theodosia Elizabeth Sanders, (Lizzie) is in many ways no different than a young woman of our era. Her open heart is filled with hope and a desire for love. Yet, her innocence makes her a target for the less than trustworthy. As the novel
Jack Durish
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Until now I had never thought that I would find another author with the power to evoke an authentic sense of time and place as did Laura Ingalls Wilder in her stories of pioneer life. Until now I had never thought that I would find another author who could write with the authentic voice of the antebellum South as did Joel Chandler Harris in Uncle Remus stories. Until now I had not read Carolina Rain by Nancy B. Brewer.

Anyone interested in reading a really good tale well told should get a copy an
Carolina really touched home with me. Not only because of the subject matter but because I feel so connected to Lizzie. She is Southern, loves her family and friends, she never gives up, she cares deeply about helping others and loves the South.

Nancy truly has captured the essence of the South and the way of life during the 1800's. I felt as if I was transported in time and experienced the 1800's for myself. The character building is so strong I believe there is not one character I dislike, even
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed Carolina Rain. Being a transplant to the south and learning that the Civil war is called the War between the states, it was interesting to read a southern view point of the War. The author did her homework and I was transported in time to Charleston, South Carolina during the 1800's.
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved Carolina Rain!!!! I read the entire book in one day. This is a fascinating historical tale covering Lizzie Sander’s life in the 1860’s. The author definitely did her homework. I loved the history and all the facts I learned and the insight into the Civil War. I can’t wait to read Beyond Sandy Ridge and Lizzie After the War.
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Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This story about a young woman who comes of age as the Civil War begins gives a good picture of life before the war and life during the war. I became caught up in the story and finished it in two nights. I found the book on Amazon as a Kindle book.
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a historical fiction book set during the Civil War. The book begins in 1861 and details the lives of the Sanders family through 1864. They go through trials and tribulations and have to figure out what their lives will be like following the Civil War. A very enjoyable read! I loved it!
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing

A historical fiction of the life of Lizzie based on a true historical background. Book is sequel to "Carolina Rain" and both books are page turners
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Love this book!
Feb 14, 2012 added it
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it was an interesting perspective with a few facts and insights into the war from the heart of a woman...I enjoyed it as a light easy reading
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
well written, with attention to period details. I would definitely look for the sequels.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!
Jerry Jackson Jr.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I received this as a goodreads first-read.
If you push yourself through the first 75-100 pages I'm pretty certain that you will really enjoy this book if you like historical fiction or historical romance. I found that it was the foundations of the story in the first half dozen chapters that I had a hard time getting past. After that, the story really began to pick up and the character of Lizzie really began to develop. I was torn between giving this book a 3 or 4 star and if I could I would give
Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it
this was a pretty decent book. maybe i've been reading too many "whodoneit" books lately but there didn't seem to be a big point to the story. we weren't trying to find out who the murderer was, or why someone was killed. in a way this was nice but also in a way it made the story seem a little slow. but i have to say that i loved reading about southern life during that time (1860 - 1862 and the start of the war between the states). of course i have always been faciniated with that war and so thi ...more
Victoria Slotto
Sep 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Read this novel as part of a trip to North Carolina. Set in the Civil War period it gave a good feel for the pain and suffering in the South, issues surrounding slavery etc. and that is what I was looking for. The BIG downside for me was that there was very poor editing and e-book format was very faulty. I would strongly advise the author to pull the book, have it professionally edited and hire someone to do her formatting.
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Goodreads giveaway. This was an enjoyable read. There were parts of it that felt like I had read them before and it's hard to write about that time without repeating scenes and kinds of people. I didn't feel Lizzie's development from pampered rich girl to open-minded benefactor was too realistic but it was heartening. It's a good story and parts of it were fresh and new.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Nice historical fiction. Not terribly well-written. Plot problems or maybe just editing problems. Sparkling sunny day one sentence and the next threatening rain. I'm not sure if staph (or "staff" as she called it) infections were diagnosed in the 1860s. I did finish it and I am reading the next one so it is engaging if not technically perfect.
Carolyn Baker
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Carolina Rain was one of the best books I have every read. I felt like I was part of the story. I loved the history and all the facts I learned.
This author style reminds me of Jane Austen- she amazing! Better than Gone with Wind!
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great story. Loved it.
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