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Painting Rain

(Books of Dalthia #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  663 ratings  ·  111 reviews
How do you heal your heart after tragedy leaves you broken? When the person you loved didn’t deserve it and they can’t earn your forgiveness because they’re already dead? How do you move on, and heal, and love?

If you’re Princess Lorraina, you paint.

A year ago Lorraina watched Tobias die, and she still doesn't know how she's supposed to heal—or forgive. How can she when she
Paperback, 217 pages
Published February 20th 2016 by Hidden Falls Publishing
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Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Such a great book! I loved reading Lorraina's story. This is a companion novel with characters who have been introduced in previous books but it can stand on its own if you haven't read them. Very much enjoyed this story.

Content: Clean
Source: Ebook review copy
Tori (Book Chick)
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
LOVED it. I have really enjoyed all of Annette K. Larsen's books. This one was no exception. I'll just be honest- I was seriously crushin' on West, Raina's guard- like for the entire book. It was ridiculous. But anywho...
Lorraina is the least likeable sister in the series. She's very worried about acting as royalty should act. Although this book can stand alone, you should probably at least read Missing Lily so you have a little bit of background on what Lorraina is working through. She had been
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book that must be read no matter what you are doing. I started it last night and finished it the next evening. I read at work, while blow drying my hair, I tried to figure out how to read in the shower but didn't want to destroy my electronics. I wasn't sure I would like this book. The story line was not my thing. Raina started to get in my heart during Marilee's story which I highly recommend reading, you would lose a lot by not reading that first. Annette writes with a pas ...more
While I've enjoyed all of the books in the Books of Dalthia series, I was a bit hesitant to read Painting Rain, as the protagonist, Lorriana, has always been one of my least favorite characters, and I wasn’t too keen to read an entire story from her perspective. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This was not only an incredibly sweet romance, but such a beautiful story in general.

What I loved the most was the self-discovery and internal focus of the plot revolving around Lorra
Nicole M. Hewitt
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Painting Rain is a sweet story about a woman coming to understand herself and learning to stand on her own two feet. Princess Lorraina was introduced in the first three books in this series, but each of the books can be read as a standalone - I missed book three, and while it was referenced a couple of times, I didn't feel like I was missing anything that was important to the current story. However, I do suggest readin
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I knew this book was going to be amazing. If you read Annette K. Larsen's previous books which I highly recommend, Just Ella,Missing Lily,Saving Marilee you get to know a little about Lorraina or Raina and who she is. I am so glad a book was written about her. I felt after reading this I had a better opinion of her and the struggles she faced. No novel would not be complete without a hero. I became smitten with West from the beginning. He is a good man and even handsome as Raina perfectly descri ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Great Addition to the Series

I enjoyed the rest of the books in this series, and while this book could stand alone, I'd recommend reading the second book, Missing Lily first.

Lorraina was the unlikable sister in the other stories. She's sharp and exacting, and unsympathetic. In Painting Rain, we see her a year after the events in Missing Lily. She's been broken, but she is trying to put herself together as someone that she would actually like to be. Raina leaves the castle to study painting with
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I love reading books by Annette Larsen. She has such a wonderful way of writing that draws me in from the beginning. Her characters have personality, depth and growth and this book was no exception.

We have seen glimpses of Lorraina in previous books where her sisters had the spotlight. She plays a minor role but you see the beginnings of a character shift for her. I'm so glad we finally got to Raina's story so I could really know and understand her.

Raina has fantastic growth in this book. As a r
I love this author. She knows how to write such moving stories. And best of all, her characters are so good! They are trying to be good and moral and kind.

The main character in this book, Lorraina, has been in her other books. She was not a beloved character. But she is changing and wants to be better, and I loved that. I found her completely inspiring in this book. And our hero was so good. The kissing was great and clean. I would have no problems recommending this to my niece or friend.

I hig
Larissa :) [HIATUS]
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-read
I only wish it had taken them longer to make their feelings known to one another.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply Beautiful!

I adored this book, and can’t believe I let myself go so long before reading it! I have loved each of her other Books of Dalthia, and this one was no exception. I’ve felt drawn to reread the series, and the further I got into them, the more I ached for Princess Lorraina and just HAD to know her story.

This story was poignantly beautiful- Raina embarks on a journey to learn from a master painter, to get away from the tragedy of her past, and ultimately, to find herself. There was
Emily Murdoch
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Lorraina's story. Like Marilee's story, it was more self discovery and internal plot than the first two books of Dalthia. I enjoyed the flowing plots of the first two books more than the internal struggles of the last two books of the series. But it was wonderful to be part of their world again regardless and get to know the final character. ...more
Sara Cardon
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've loved each of Annette Larsen's books, and though I was nervous about whether I would like seeing the world through Raina's perpective, I did. I enjoyed her story to overcome her need for perfection - one that's made her miserable - in order to love herself and her life, imperfections and all. With all the art in this story, the writing itself paints a pretty picture.

The hard part for me is the compassion I think is missing for Tobias, Raina's lost love. Pity for HIM alone, separate from he
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Hard life lessons are often learned after trial. Princess Lorraina is not a stranger to trial. The man she loved was killed before her eyes after he betrayed her. She spent her life separating herself from her sisters and was friendless.

This is book four in a series about Princess sisters. Each of them can be read as a stand alone, but this story was introduced in Missing Lily. It is a easier to follow along if you know what has happened before.

I have read all four of the books and highly recomm
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story focuses on Princess Lorraina. It’s a stand-alone book, but goes along with her sister’s books—Just Ella and Missing Lily. Lorraina was kind of the jerk sister in Just Ella, but a year has passed and she is trying to become a better person. The truths revealed about herself in the tragedy that happened in the last book haunt her, and she wants nothing more than to put the past behind her. The tone of this story was subdued. She goes off to study under a master artist for six months and ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Painting Rain is another winner by author Annette K. Larsen! It is packed with emotion, and although one might think a big adventure or royal threat will take place, the story mostly comes from Raina's internal struggle. She feels so many expectations and responsibilities, and happiness seems just out of her reach at times. The story really pulled me in, and I became deeply invested in Raina's happiness.

I read this very quickly and really enjoyed Raina's emotional transformation. Much of the foc
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
First read 2/22/16
4.5-With each of Annette Larsen's books, she does a great job a capturing each character's voice. Lorraina's voice and personality in the other books has been a person I wouldn't want to meet or be her voice, but I think her character development throughout the other books and this as well was very well done. I loved the premise of having personal strength first, and loving yourself and was very happy when that theme pulled through. Also, loved a story about personal growth and
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I wondered how I would like this book, because I didn't love Raina in the other books of this series. I love this author! She is amazing at writing in a way that connects you to the characters, and I loved it. Raina is an artist. It was amazing to me how the description of her art and feelings while she was working on her art and working through her past could be so intense at times! The love story was so sweet. I know my description does it no justice at all, so I'll just say that this
Melanie Charles
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy when I heard that Lorraina would be getting her own book. Painting Rain did not disappoint! I loved reading Lorraina's story and getting to see her grow as a character. And can I just mention how great West is? Seriously, I loved him. I've been a follower of Annette K. Larson since Missing Lily came out. So I'm sad that the Books of Dalthia are over, but I can't wait to read whatever Ms. Larson writes next. She definitely one of my favorite authors ...more
Valerie Waters
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well that was pretty much awesome. There was a bit of rambling in the middle and I'm sure the kissy stuff was so against the society rules and would have ruined her but it was still good. West. Aww west. Swoon worthy. ...more
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I love this series! This book was a tad different than the others however: There was less external action, and more (all) of the conflict was internal-- not a bad thing. I loved seeing Raina's change... I adored West. Overall I was very satisfied with the story as a whole. ...more
Soooo good and so sweet! This is the fourth book in this series and I love how we have gotten to know Raina in the previous books and her transformation in this one.
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well worth the read. Thank you for a clean read!
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as some of her others, but I really did. Probably because I felt like I could relate to Rain's struggles to find out who she really is. ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-the-heroine
I rate this 4.5 stars!! This review shocks even myself, because all along I haven’t totally been able to look forward to this particular book in the series because of Lorraina’s past personality issues. Imagine my surprise when this ended up being my favorite so far in the series! Lorraina may have had personality issues in the past, but they were built on pain and striving for perfection. She was just trying to make her parents proud, fill her position as princess well, and guard her volatile h ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book I read by Annette K. Larsen after being instantly charmed by her fist novel Just Ella. Painting Rain is the fourth book in the Book of Dalthia series. Each book is a stand-alone and tells the story of each of the Princesses of Dalthia.

Painting Rain tells the story of Lorraina, the fourth sister. She is not yet married and I remembered her as being portrayed as aloof and unfeeling in the previous novels. A year ago, she watched Tobias, the young man she loved, die and she h
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oooooooh. I LOVED this book. Annette's Dalthia books just keep getting better! :D It started at a leisurely pace and built up beautifully into a sweet, deep, heart-throbbing romance with intense chemistry!
The descriptions of Lorraina's development in painting were deeply moving and enlightening to me as a mostly-self-taught artist. I've never before understood WHY artists deviate from painting exactly the scene in front of them, but now I can understand how and why, in certain circumstances, you
Leia Rose
A good continuation of the series. Probably my least favorite so far, though I did enjoy finally getting to see Raina's story. I liked how she thinks about the changes she's made and how she wants to improve herself. I thought the romance could've used some more depth. I liked West a lot and I thought there romance was super sweet, so I think I just wanted more of it.

Then suddenly West makes a decision that while it sounded nice I didn't feel like there'd been a good buildup for it. The idea th
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-books
This is a charming book with plenty of fun but a little substance as well. I enjoyed the story of the Princess Lorraina recovering from a bad relationship that ended tragically. She heads to a different town to study painting under a master painter and a truly enjoyable story unfolds. However, the real pleasure in this book comes from the little pearls buried all throughout:

"The inconsistencies and imperfections are what make things beautiful. Perfection tends to be boring."

"I wondered when it w
This is the second book in as many days that I finished months after I started, and in both cases I have ended up giving them 5 stars. I can't tell you why I initially thought this would be my least favorite Dalthia book., except that those who are familiar with the series might remember Lorraina as everyone's least favorite sister, and understandably so. Out of all the heroines in this series (five as of my writing), Raina goes through the most personal growth. I didn't love the romance in this ...more
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I was born in Utah, but migrated to Arizona, Missouri, and Virginia before settling in Idaho.

Though I dabbled in writing throughout school, being an author seemed like an unattainable dream. It took me seven years to write my first book, Just Ella. During that time, I taught myself how to write a novel. Not the most time effective method, but it gave me an education I wouldn’t have received from

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