In the Midnight Rain
Looking For The Past...
Ellie Connor is a biographer with a special talent for piecing together fragments of the past. Her latest project, though, promises to be her most challenging--and personal. Not only is she researching the life of a blues singer who disappeared mysteriously forty years ago, but Ellie is also trying to find the...more
This book is an emotional journey. Part love story, part mystery, it touched my heart. Ellie looks at Blue Reynard and sees that he's broken. She knows she can't fix him. She knows better than to get involved with a man like him. She's done it before, and it's never ended well. She can't resist, but she doesn't kid herself that it's more than an interlude.
Blue has lost a lot in his life and he doesn't think he can survive any more loss. He meets Ellie online where they discus ...more
Ellie Connor loves music especially the blues and works as biographer moving from town to town but resisting going closer to home since it means confronting her past. She was raised by her grandparents after her mother left her there and never knew who her father was. Her mother died when she was two, and since she was plain looking and illegitimate she didn't have an easy time of it. For the past year ...more
Okay -- I feel I have enough time to do a better job with this one. My first read by this author and will not be my last. This was recommended for me by GR based on other reads I've rated. When I looked at it, I noticed other people I follow rated it highly and hear quite a bit about how good Barbara Samuels [aka .. Ruth Wind] is, so had to give it a try.
Okay, you take East Texas and the Blues, put it into a romance and will it work? Well, this ...more
Dr. Laurence 'Blue' Reynard "with a bourbon voice, smoky and gold and dangerous." He was a charmer and a ladies' man. He owned a "rat-dog" named Sasha and an elderly cat on death's door called Piwacket. He was a guy that seriously grew and studied orchids and was a lover of old music. His speech was loaded with "blurred Southern vowels".
After corresponding with him in a blues music newsgroup on the Internet, biographer Ellie Connor took up ...more
Questioning the Segregation of Romance: Ruth Wind's IN THE MIDNIGHT RAIN
The United States Supreme Court's landmark Brown vs. Board of Education case, declaring separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional, was decided in 1954, more than fifty years ago. Racial integration in America's schools reached an all-time high in 1990, giving proponents of integration much to cheer about. But according ...more
I loved Ellie and what she did. Someone that loves music so much but that being unable to play has decided to write mus ...more
In a nutshell, a biographer of blues singers, Ellie Connor, travels to a very small town called Gideon (I think in east Texas close to Louisiana border), where she will work on the biography of Mabel Beauvais, a Gi ...more
On the other hand, though, it was an uneven book. The author introduces the mystery pl ...more
There are many theories about Mabel's disappearance being bandied about late at night on the various blues blogs and discussion boards tha ...more
This one is hard to review - I really loved it toward the end of the book, but struggled through the beginning and middle (lots of names, hard to remember everyone at first, and I had a hard time with the timeline of how things happened/sequence of events). It seemed to be more a mystery/disappearing act than a romance. While I saw the romance happening, honestly, Blue being the uber handsome and tortured hero he was, got on my nerves a bit. I loved Ellie tho. Loved all of the secondar ...more
Blue and Ellie are beautifully flawed characters. I couldn't get enough of their romance.
And the secondary characters + mystery at the heart of the plot make for a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Like the main characters and how the story entertained itself in all areas. It was unexpected for sure. Maybe a bit of a reach but that was ok with me. It made for a great story. Blue was quite an intense character and the south was a great backdrop. Will read more from this author.
It was more of a mystery than a romance. I prefer to be more emotionally drawn in than this book provided. However, someone looking for more human relationships fiction and mystery might enjoy this more than I did.
Ellie traveled to Pine Bend, Texas, to do research for a book she was writing about Mabel Beauvais. Mabel was a blues singer who disappeared twenty to thirty years earlier. Ellie was also trying to discover who her father was. She knew he wa ...more
The "mystery" aspect of the story was a total surprise, which was good, though, to be honest, I didn't find the mystery itself interesting, so...it didn't wow me or anything.
The lady knows how to make a reader feel every flutter, every trickle of sensual and sexual energy between the two main characters, even before they fall into bed together - Beautifully written.
These characters are damaged, afraid, desperately drawn to one another and beautifully human in their thoughts, emotions, desires and actions.
The author adds depth by introducing us to a handful of interesting, flawed but likeable secondary characters, by weaving in a mystery that is p ...more
The characters were well done, not just th ...more
Excellent read, even if the blurb in the ack of the book made it sound more ominous than it really was.
I'm not very big on mystery, but back in 2012 it was an impulse buy.
Like a lot of reviews have stated, the beginning is extremely slow.
So slow that I stopped reading it after about 20% five years ago.
About a month ago I was listening to a country song that reminded me of the title of In the Midnight Rain and it bothered me that I never did finish the book.
So I decided to give it another shot and I'm really glad that I did.
The book picks up a ...more
This was my first time reading this author. I’m not sure how that happened but I will definitely be looking into more of her work. This book took you on a journey of love and loss and truth. The writing was on point and I imagined myself hearing the music.
Her work has captured a plethora of awards, including six ...more