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The Rain Sparrow

(Honey Ridge #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  413 ratings  ·  80 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Linda Goodnight welcomes you back home to Honey Ridge, Tennessee, with another beautiful story full of hope, haunting mystery, and the power to win your heart...

Famous yet anonymous, thriller writer Hayden Winters lives a life colored by lies. Deeply ashamed of his past, his hunger for an honest relationship and dreams of starting a famil
Paperback, 375 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by HQN Books
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Katherine P
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
After reading the blurb I didn't realize that the book had 2 timelines so I was surprised to find myself in 1867 shortly after starting the story. In the 1867 story we meet Thaddeus, a former Union soldier with more than his share of tragedy in his past, moving to Tennessee to help his friend and cousin run a mill. But after that first chapter we're back in modern day meeting the thriller writer Hayden Winters who is rummaging about the kitchen of the Peach Orchard Inn in desperate search for co ...more
Diane Coto
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Staying at the Peach Orchard B&B in Honey Ridge, TN, Hayden Winters, a thriller writer, is getting ready to begin working on his newest book. When he meets Carrie Riley, he introduces himself, “I kill people.” Immediately, she began to back away. He quickly adds that he is a writer and kills people on the pages of his novels. Once he told her his name, she immediately remembered his books from the library where she works. But, there’s a lot she won’t know about Hayden Winters. For one thing, it’ ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Author Hayden Winters is staying in Honey Ridge, Tennessee doing research for his next book. The bed and breakfast where he’s staying, is known to help those having problems and for having a magical quality to it.

While there, he meets Carrie the local librarian who is afraid of just about everything … including the thunderstorm that’s currently happening around them. Their paths bring them to finding a young boy, wet, frightened and afraid to go home. They come to find that he’s from an abusive
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Far better writing than you usually see in romance novels. Full review 2/23/16 at ...more
Chloe (Always Booked)
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unhauled
I read this book as a part of the "Road to Love" anthology.
This book was terrible. It was WAY too long, predictable, cheesy and pointless. I like romance and sometimes a cheesy romance is just what you need, but this one was so long and pointless that it couldn't even be that brain candy. There are 2 storylines- one present day and one in 1867- and I kept expecting them to somehow connect but they didn't. The whole point was to lead to growth in the main male lead in present day. He is a writer
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second of the Honey Ridge series, I again enjoyed this work of historical fiction. Alternating between present day and the Civil War era, the narrative unveils important character and plot details gradually and effectively.
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Carrie is a librarian in Honey Ridge. She is scared of storms and pretty much everything else. Hayden is a writer who comes to stay at the local inn as a way to draw inspiration for his next novel. He is someone who is ashamed of his past and tries to avoid it at all costs. Still a different kind of past keeps haunting him in his dreams. When the two find a small boy hiding from a storm they take an interest in him and his well being. They both need to face their pasts, things they are s
Books and Spoons
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Intriguing two stories, twined together by history and the dream world.
The story is like a long stroll in the southern countryside, with warm sunny days, and families enjoying the lazy days in the garden. It is warm, and cozy, with a loving family, and life as we know it. Or so it seems at the first glance.

But there's lots of undercurrents even in the small town, and Carrie, with her kind heart and loving nature, is ready to step in, and take care of the situation, in whatever capacity is needed
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, for-review, 2016
The Rain Sparrow is an incredibly sweet love story involving two people who learn to let go of fears and look toward a future of happiness. Hayden Winters is a famous author who comes to Honey Ridge to do research for his next book. He never thought he would meet someone as interesting as Carrie Riley. She is the local librarian and is afraid of rainstorms and taking chances. Hayden begins to dream of another couple who lived right after the Civil War. When their story starts to resemble his own ...more
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Hayden Winters, a renowned author of thrillers, arrives at the Peach Tree Inn in Honey Ridge, Tennessee, his expectation is for some quiet solitude to complete his latest novel. Hayden, though charming, keeps people at a distance, not wanting anyone to know the secrets and torments of his . past. But when Hayden encounters the timid local librarian, Carrie Riley, in the middle of a stormy night, something sparks in Hayden's heart. Carrie is afraid of storms, flying and life in general, but ...more
Cathy Daniel
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as the first book (The Memory House), if not better! I loved the interconnecting love stories, both historical and contemporary. Loved the characters. The ending was deeply satisfying. I would have loved an epilogue for the Thad and Josie though!
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this sequel to The Memory House. It's the love, understanding and vulnerabilities that give these two stories (century apart) meaning and bravery in the characters thoughts and actions. Overcoming the past.
N.W. Moors
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hayden Winters is a thriller writer who comes to Honey Ridge, Tennessee to work on his latest novel. Carrie Riley is one of the town librarians, and Hayden is drawn to her sweetness. They get to know each other when the two of them help Brody, a boy with an alcoholic father who's out in a thunderstorm in order to evade another bad Friday night.
At the same time, Hayden is having dreams about the previous residents of the Inn where he's staying. Josie is a Southern woman who's lost her fiance in
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another nice entry in this series about the residents of Honey Ridge, Tennessee. It somewhat revolves around an old Victorian B&B, Peach Orchard Inn and the sisters (Julia and Valerie) who run it. This second book, though, features a guest of the Inn, Hayden, who is famous writer of thrillers as well as the town librarian, Carrie, who still hasn't recover the betrayal of a former love. They become involved in helping a young boy who has an unpleasant home. As they seek to help him and well as ea ...more
Pam Venne
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance and mystery lovers
Shelves: mystery, romance
This is the first romance novel I have read in a long time and I was delighted with my choice. It had enough mystique to keep me interested and wanting to read more. The main characters were believable and doubly so, in the dreams the handsome writer, was having as flashbacks in time.

Brody was the lost soul that brought Carrie, the librarian, and Hayden, the famous author, together and gave them a reason to fight to free him. All entangled in lies and deceit they don't know how to find the trut
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a story with two time lines that come together so well. Hayden Winters
Is a writer who comes to the Peach Orchard Inn in Honey Ridge, Tennessee
to write a book. Here he meets librarian Carrie Riley who is afraid of
everything. On a stormy night they meet a young boy who they help and who helps change their lives. The tale is about abuse, love, grief,and
Learning to forgive and leaving the past behind. One time line is the present
and the other is people in 1867 that haunt Hayden's dreams. As
Virginia Markhart
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a very good book. It was coupled with a book by Debbie Macomber which I had already read. I usually pass on books that are either co-authored or two authors in the same jacket. But, this book was given to me so what do ya do? It was so good! I loved the back and forth between 1800’s and present day. Also, the storyline was very very good.
sherry beth
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating Story

The author weaves past and present with skill. A complex plot with one focus being child abuse and neglect, handled with delicacy. The characters have enough depth to capture the reader's interest and empathy.
Veena Nadagouda
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Good read.... but had to pull myself from past to present and vice verse. Didn’t understand the significance of past as much in the story. Lot of concentration needed to understand the plot of the story
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had never heard of this author, and wasn't expecting much, but ended up really being intrigued by this story. Really was enthralled with the dual-story format, and was especially interested in the Civil War-era story. I would try another book by this author.
Kathy Heare Watts
I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. I am paying it forward by passing this book along to a family member who I think will enjoy it too.
Laura Aase
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Abused child growing up strong, abused child finding safety with strangers... right up my alley! Scaredy Carrie meets famous author Hayden when they stay at the same inn and rescue a little boy from a storm. Friendship grows his secretive past keeps them from love- or does it?
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Equally as good as the first one. What a great writer.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The way the author intertwined the past and present is phenomenal. Love never fails!!!
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable story of romance. I recommend to others who like easy going romances. The only thing I would have liked to have was a better ending with the two eras combined.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't care for the subject nor the transitions between past and present. Didn't finish the book.
Kiwanna Brown
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. Kept my interested throughout the whole book..good story line... enjoyed the characters.. lovely book
Mary Ellen Barringer
Another charming novel. It is the second in a series and seems like a carbon copy of the first novel with different characters. A nice twist in the plot at the end.
April Suter
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Post-Civil war romance with a parallel current budding romance is met by an author.
Terry Hammoutene
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I read by this author,
It went from history to now. It all comes together in each chapter and it was a page turner.
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NY Times and USA Bestseller, Linda Goodnight writes novels to touch the heart as well as to entertain. Her emotional stories of hope have won the RITA , the Carol, the Reviewer’s Choice, and numerous other industry awards. A small town girl, Linda remains close to her roots, making her home in rural Oklahoma. She and husband have a blended family of eight, including two teenagers recently adopted ...more

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