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Send Down the Rain

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  7,444 ratings  ·  797 reviews
Listening time 9 hours 6 minutes

Allie's second husband is killed tragically when his 18-wheeler crashes into the rocks near their home in Cape San Blas--the tanker was full of fuel and the explosion could be seen on overhead satellites. She'd already lost the beloved waterfront restaurant her parents started and now losing her husband, no matter how unfulfilling their marriage
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Thomas Nelson
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 sentimental stars to Send Down the Rain! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This book!!! This is my first read by Charles Martin, but I own many on his backlist. I have read wonderful reviews of his books, and I could not wait to read Send Down the Rain!

Allie loses her second husband when his truck crashes and explodes. Not only has she lost him, but she has also lost her beloved family-owned, seaside restaurant.

Joseph was a soldier in Vietnam, and eventually, he isolates himself in a cabin, far away from family and frie

”It don't feel right, but it's not wrong.
It's just hard to start again this far along.
Brick by brick, the letting go,
As you walk away from everything you know
When you release resistance
And you lean into the wind,
Till the roof begins to crumble,
And the rain comes pourin' in,
And you sit there in the rubble,
Till the rubble feels like home
That's how you learn to live alone
That's how you learn to live alo
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
This is the first book I’ve read by Mr. Martin but I had heard his storytelling was great. I was not disappointed.

Everyone has secrets but Joseph has more than anyone. He is a Vietnam veteran who didn’t really want to fight the war but did his job. He did and saw things that he can’t reconcile his mind and soul with. After four tours of duty he didn’t know what to do with his life now. “As hard as I’d tried, I knew that the evil in me was still there, still bubbling beneath the surface . . . .I
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Send Down The Rain
Charles Martin

PUBLISHER Thomas Nelson
PUBLISHED May 8, 2018

A masterful love story draped in sacrifice, secrets, suffering, solitude and healing.

Allie’s second husband is killed tragically when his 18-wheeler crashes into the rocks near their home in Cape San Blas, Florida. The tanker was full of fuel and the explosion could be seen a hundred miles away. Allie had already lost the beloved waterfront restaurant her p
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
"So one important lesson of Vietnam is, the first casualty of an unwise and unjust war are the American troops called on to fight it. Their service should be honored." (Paula Begala)

Forty five years is a very long time to hold a secret. For Joseph, a Vietnam War veteran, he has been plagued not only by this secret but also by the years he has been separated from the woman he loved, Allie, his brother, a now famous Senator, and the home he once knew and loved. Can Joseph ever go back?
Send Down the Rain is an excellent novel of healing and second chances. Described that way, it may seem like the story is trite or typical, but I assure you, it's definitely not. The back cover copy may make you think that this story is about Allie, and it is in a way. But it's really about Joseph, a Vietnam veteran, a solider whose government denies his very existence. Plagued by memories and dreams of his time in a country that he wasn't supposed to be in, doing things that would shatter the s ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Charles Martin has crafted a beautiful story of sacrifice, forgiveness, love and redemption. He is becoming one of my favorite authors very quickly. I've only read this one and The Mountain Between Us, but both have been exceptional reads for me.

This story is about two brothers, Joseph and Bobby, whose father left their family when they were under ten years old. Their mother raised them as best she could. Joseph went off to Vietnam while Bobby ended up becoming a Senator. There is a
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Allie and Joseph are broken down from life's disappointments, trying to deal with the traumatic experiences of their pasts. Allie has just lost her second husband in a tragic traffic accident. Joseph carries the demons from his four tours of duty during the Vietnam War. Joseph has isolated himself in a remote cabin in the mountains of North Carolina, his only company his dog Roscoe. When he hears a scream on a cold snowy night he discovers an illegal immigrant and her two children who are are on ...more
Dale Harcombe
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story starts with two young brothers in 1964 trying to tune out the drama that is happening with their parents. Then it moves to the present day and a dramatic accident that leaves Allie Gibson stunned, before moving on to a Mexican family in North Carolina. The man, Juan Pedro, is a violent drug runner with a violent steak which he takes out on the woman, Catalina, her two children and anyone else who dares to cross him. Add to this mix of people Joseph, returned from Vietnam and his war ex ...more
"I think we all died a little over there. War has a way of killing you whether you die or not."

Charles Martin is a master storyteller. So sincere. And so genuine. He picks some challenging topics to write about.

In this novel - Send Down the Rain - Martin has written a multifaceted storyline that is essentially set in North Carolina. The main character, and narrator, is a Vietnam Veteran dealing with PTSD in need of pre and post-war forgiveness. He's become a recluse, with a storied and colorful
Laura Urban
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have read all but one of Charles Martin's novels and it seems that his characters are the same people just recycled and put in different circumstances. I have loved many of his novels but this one surpasses my ability to suspend belief.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
At the heart of this novel is Joseph, a Vietnam Veteran dealing with PTSD. His struggles can be harmful to both himself and others. Realizing that he is a danger to others, he becomes essentially a recluse. That is until he stumbles upon a single mother in need. Caring for others is what Joseph does best.

Joseph's story is filled with pain and so many twists and turns. Secondary characters make the novel stronger. I especially loved Joseph's dog Rosco, single mother Catalina and radio
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Martin's latest is another beautifully written winner. It is filled with emotion and a very realistic portrayal about the after-effects of the Vietnam War on Joseph. The story is told in a unique way with some surprising twists that keep the tale moving. Amazingly heartfelt statements about love, loss and the true meaning of friendship will resonate deeply with readers. Everything wraps up a bit too neatly overall, but this is a novel to savor and ponder.

Joseph Brooks survived multip
JD Sutter
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my word! I think I've just discovered a new favorite author. Wow. I have no other words at the moment.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Charles Martin did it again, such a great story . . . I haven't been through that many tissues in a long time. But this was a great story of one brother sacrificing himself for the other brother, sacrificing the love of his life so she did not pine for what could not have been. It is a story of love, siblings, hatred, forgiveness, and healing.

It follows the story of Joseph and his brother Bobby, and Joseph's girlfriend, Allie. How Joseph really is the protector of all. How his experi
Nora St Laurent
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Send Down the Rain is one of this authors’ best. I was hooked to this story from the first start, “Witnesses say the phone call occurred around seven p.m. and the exchange was heated.” This story is engaging, heart-felt filled with twists, turns and surprises.

I was captivated by the richness of the characters development, depth of human emotions, all of which quickly swept me into the novel and. I couldn’t put it down. This author is an exceptional story teller. I recommend this for
Wow! This is a high-drama book. The results of war and decisions. It’s something to think about. There is a lot going on in this story.
Karen R
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a tale! Masterful storytelling, with realistic characters, drama, and action made this a powerful read. A story that leaves a lasting impression.

Told in part with flash backs through the main character's point of view, the author brings the reader along for an amazing series of events in Joseph 'Jo-Jo' Brooks' life. There are some gritty moments, including war scenes, and violence, key to understanding what has shaped his life and made him who he has become today. His acts of generosi
Jocelyn Green
Overall, I enjoyed Send Down the Rain. The first few chapters were a struggle for me, since I didn't know who the main character was until around chapter four. But once I gained my bearings in the story, I was hooked. Sometimes the writing style (lots of fragmentary sentences) was a bit distracting, and a few of the plot techniques reminded me of Long Way Gone, but Martin excels at making you care about what happens to the character. I appreciated his handling of the subject and theme. It could ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
His earlier books are fantastic but the last few I’ve read are almost like they are rushed. This one was no exception. Way too unbelievable, phrases from other books repeated as well as using the same descriptive words several times. The first several chapters were gripping but as the story unfolded it became more and more outlandish and hurried. Very disappointed because Charles Martin is, in my opinion, a brilliant author.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved the characters. I also so loved Rosco, the dog. I don’t know if I can actually do a review that gives this book its justice. This author has such a wonderful way with his words and expressing emotions (this from his male perspective). I enjoy his books.

What I have to say is that this story is very well done. It is interesting and action packed. The main character, Joseph, is a tortured but bad ass soul with military medals and high honors galore. He is hardened from h
There's good and bad about listening to an audiobook.
Good: If the narrator is great (as is the case with Adam Verner) then the story really comes alive.
Bad: The Kindle version allows underlining and searches for say, phrases or characters. Audio versions do not. I can't re-read sections to refresh my memory. I have bookmarked a few things to replay, but it’s not quite the same.
Anyway, on to the story...

Joseph spent four tours in Vietnam, much of it classified, many injuries,
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While finishing this story, I had tears in my eyes. This story was filled with passion, romance and hope for second chances. The characterization was top of the line and it had such unique characteristics that forces you to keep scrolling/turning pages to have more. Mystery, romance, passion, drama and intensity brought together brings you Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin.
I want to thank NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportu
Cheryl Barker
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book by Charles Martin. Amazing story, amazing characters, amazing messages shining through. I wouldn't call the book perfect, but there was so much for me to love, I could easily overlook a few little things. Definitely recommend.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars
Allie and Joseph were childhood sweethearts whose lives were interrupted when Joseph was sent to Vietnam. Allie has had two disastrous marriages and a failed business. Joseph suffers from severe PTSD after four tours of duty in Vietnam. His life is one of pain, feelings of unworthiness for being alive, helping others and forgiveness.
There is so much good about this book starting from the first page, you are drawn into the story as Martin, once again begins to weave his tale of
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book hangover is said to be the inability to start a new book because you are still emotionally attached to the previous one.

Once again, Charles Martin has given me a hangover.

Charles Martin is, for me, that author whose book I will buy without question. No synopsis needed. No reviews read. As an author, he has proven himself to me without a shadow of a doubt that his stories will amaze me.

Send Down the Rain is no different. A Vietnam vet with a questionable past, an illegal immi
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't know about this one...probably closer to 2.5. I loved The Mountains Between Us and I remember reading some reviews for that one saying it was too unbelievable. But at least that one had one main story. I think the same thing happened here....Joseph's life had one-too-many "no way" moments for me. There were so many diferent plots in this story, it would have resonated better with me had Martin stuck to one or two main plots. It felt like as the story moved along, every few chapters reveale ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Charles Martin is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I don't even have to read the descriptions of his books before I start reading them because I know it will be good regardless of what its about. So I literally had no idea what this was about before I dove in. And guess what? I loved it. As usual, he has crafted an unforgettable emotional and dramatic story in Send Down the Rain. From the beginning I was pulled into the story, reading about the various characters and wondering how th ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful story. I have been hearing a lot about Charles Martin and seen a lot of great reviews of his books.
This is the first one I have read and I'm looking forward to reading more of his books.
The story initially captivated me as he introduced these, seemingly unrelated, stories and I was eager to see how it would all come together.
There were parts of the story that seemed to drag on, some twists I saw before they were introduced but there were a lot of twists to
Vannetta Chapman
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With this book, Charles Martin has catapulted himself to the top of my "must buy" list. Send Down the Rain is an absolutely beautiful narrative with characters that tug at your heart from the very first page. Each side story comes into the main narrative in a way that is smooth and purposeful.

Send Down the Rain is an important work that deals with so many things: how we treat our veterans, grace, mercy, forgiveness, the homeless among us, and family wounds.

Highly recommend.
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