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The Rain Watcher is a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father's 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. Seen through the eyes of charismatic photographer Linden Malegarde, the youngest son, all members of the family will have to fight to ...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 23rd 2018)
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Shauna Holt Suzanne was Paul's babysitter - not Linden's. While she was taking care of Paul, she was raped and murdered. And he was safe in the Linden tree.…moreSuzanne was Paul's babysitter - not Linden's. While she was taking care of Paul, she was raped and murdered. And he was safe in the Linden tree.(less)
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Susan I might be stretching here, but Paul felt as if the tree had protected him and saved him from "the monster". Thus, his love for trees began, and he fe…moreI might be stretching here, but Paul felt as if the tree had protected him and saved him from "the monster". Thus, his love for trees began, and he felt he had to repay the debt.(less)
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Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, emotional
I will start with the tree. Because everything begins, and ends, with the tree.

When this novel finds its way into your hands, you very well could be basking in a sunny or warm locale, but it won’t make a bit of difference. Cracking this cover guarantees reality will fade into the background as the transportive nature of Tatiana de Rosnay’s words take over. She’ll land you smack dab in the heart of Paris during a run of gloomy and wet weather. Chic slickers and umbrellas are no match for the
Elyse  Walters
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are many things I enjoyed about this novel...
....I’m absolutely glad I read it. I definitely recommend it. TRUTH IS I LIKED IT A LOT.....( gorgeous writing and vivid descriptive experiences - a very interesting story - with characters to cozy up with and become intimate rather quickly).

There are some problems however:
.....incomplete tale-add-ins....stories got dropped off. Some never got developed-barley off the ground- or they interrupted the flow of the greater issues pressing.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read of a book by Tatiana de Rosnay, and whilst it often strained to retain a cohesive coherent whole, I nevertheless loved the beautiful rich tapestry of prose and description and its character driven narrative. This is an intensely vibrant, melancholic, atmospheric and multi-layered family drama set in Paris, as the city endures the dangerous and menacing flooding of the River Seine. It focuses on the reunion of the dysfunctional Malegarde family, gathering together for a sign ...more
Angela M
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A family reunion to celebrate a father’s seventieth birthday and the parents’ wedding anniversary brings together a family whose love for each is part and parcel of this story. Yet they don’t seem to know each other very well, harboring secrets of who they are, holding regrets over mistakes they made, or something they can’t bear to speak about, sad times in their past. This time in Paris, the complicated family relationships slowly to come to light while the relentless rain is flooding Paris. M ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A gathering in Paris. A reunion of the Malegarde family. A time not only to celebrate but hopefully repair a fractured family. Paul and Lauren have two landmark events to celebrate. Pauls’70th birthday as well as their 40th wedding anniversary. Children Linden and sister Tilia arrive in Paris for the festivities, having left their own loved ones at home.
This intimate party is strictly for the immediate family. Just the four of them.

This is a book of closely-held family secrets and desperati
Diane S ☔
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
An historic flood, a flawed family, and the last chance for understanding and redemption, converge in this well done novel. When the Malegarde family arrive in Paris to celebrate the Father's 70th birthday, they little expect the incessant rain, nor the impact the flooding of the Seine will have on their stay. Linden, a very successful photographer is our narrator snd our tour guide, chronicling the flooding. The family will soon be dealing with a life threatening illness, an illness do serious ...more
Susanne  Strong
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars.* (rounded up).

The Malegarde family arrives in Paris to celebrate both their Parent’s Anniversary and their Father’s 70th Birthday, during what is a tumultuous time for their family and Paris. The Seine River is flooding, due to the unrelenting rain.

I close my eyes and hear the pounding rain and see the Seine, rising up, up and over.

Linden Malegarde is a photographer. He arrives in Paris to meet his mother Lauren, his father Paul and his sister Tilda. His emotions, like the rain are
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As I read this novel, I felt like I was in the heart of the horrendous helplessness as huge parts of Paris were drowning last year. How can one throw a life-jacket or a life-raft to an entire city? How to explain that citizens, instead of helping, banded together in multiple groups to pillage and destroy the remnants of their neighbours’ lives by theft, by physical attacks on property, and even by the finality of fire?

How to begin to describe the fear and the sense of loss and bereavement shared
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 atmospheric stars!

From the first page of this story, I felt as if I was transported into the rain drenched city of Paris, France. The pitter-pattering of the rain against windows, the splashing through endless puddles, the droplets of rain dripping from umbrellas, the constant measure of the waters’ rise. I was entranced by the intensity and beauty of the atmosphere of this novel. The scenes felt so real and vivid that my imagination didn’t have to do much work at all.

This novel follows Lind
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully told, powerful story, about the complexities of family....

“I will start with the tree. Because everything starts and ends with the tree.”

Just as Linden’s story begins and ends with a tree, so does this book... The perfect and very telling first line to this wonderful story.... a story told solely from the POV of Linden.... A charming young man, who has struggled throughout his life to find acceptance of Who he is... not only from others, but from himself! The themes in this book ar
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 quiet and atmospheric stars to The Rain Watcher! 🌧 🌧 🌧 🌧

The Malegarde family has gathered in Paris to celebrate the birthday of the father of the family. At the same time, a natural disaster is looming, and as it occurs, the family’s hidden secrets are exposed as the rain continues to fall and flood the city.

The voice of the story is Linden Malegarde, a young photographer. What an interesting and astute voice he has. The Malegardes have grown apart over the years, but they are not acknowledg
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

A family comes together to celebrate the father’s birthday and the parents’ anniversary. They meet in Paris, during an unreal rainstorm that is causing Paris to flood in a way it hasn’t since 1910. The celebration would probably have been problematic even without the rain and various health problems. This is not a close, loving family. Everyone has issues. To say their relationships are complicated is probably an understatement. But the weather provides the perfect background to the underlying s
4.5 Stars

”As long as I remember
The rain's been comin' down
Clouds of mystery pourin'
Confusion on the ground

“Still the rain kept pourin'
Fallin' on my ears
And I wonder, still I wonder
Who'll stop the rain?”

--Who'll Stop the Rain, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Songwriters: Glenn Gregory / Ian Marsh / Martyn Ware

”I will start with the tree. Because everything begins, and ends, with the tree. The tree is the tallest one. It was planted way before the others. I’m not sure how old it is, exactly. Perh
Well....My Goodness! Ha! 4+ Mind-Bending Stars!

THE RAIN WATCHER is a perplexing read that, at times, felt disjointed because intermingled throughout the story are tidbits about trees, but I soon found.....

Everything here begins and ends with a ancient and powerful tree....a tree that has seen many secrets over its 300+ years of existence. This clever tree is not afraid and likes to pretend it's dead. Trees are very important to you will see.

This story, simply stated, is ab

Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher, fiction
Expectations often bend us away from the purity of intent.

The Malegarde family has set its site on Paris for a private celebration of Lauren and Paul's 40th wedding anniversary and Paul's 70th birthday. Daughter Tilia and son Linden are told to leave their significant others at home. It was expected to be just a small gathering of the four.

And the rain that fell upon the City of Light that weekend was never forecast to be so all-encompassing either. The trickling drops quickly turned into rivet
Katie B
I find books that explore family relationships so fascinating and this one did not disappoint. Linden Malegarde goes to Paris to meet up with his sister and parents to celebrate his father's birthday. As Linden reflects back on key moments in his life that led to fractured relationships with family members, a natural disaster threatens to bring down the city.

While the book focused on the complicated relationships Linden had with each family member, there was this simplicity to the novel I really
Holly  B
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it

A family re-union/celebration in Paris is interrupted by a force of nature. The torrential rain is not letting up and the Seine River is rising.

The Malegarde family find themselves trapped in a flooded city and the celebration they were looking forward to takes a tragic turn and they now face a devastating loss. The background of the gloomy, ominous weather adds to the atmospheric setting.

As the family deals with loss, past secrets and regret surface. They are revealed slowly and the family dy
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-besties, fiction
Beautifully written and filled with quiet emotion—The Rain Watcher by Tatiana De Rosnay is the type of book that made me feel an incredible stillness while reading. There is an elegance to the way De Rosnay writes that is so delicate, and I think that is where the sense of peace comes from as you read her work.

I was a big fan of Sarah’s Key. I still remember the first time I read it. This book is quite different from Sarah’s Key, but no less immaculate. I am so thrilled to share this beautiful
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I still remember clearly reading this author's book Sarah's Key. That key haunted me in my nightmares! The Rainwatcher is a very different kind of book, still memorable but in another kind of way.

The story takes place in Paris during a major flood and one of the most important things the reader takes away from it is the rain. It rains for the entire book, the Seine floods and, worst of all, the water rises from under the city swamping the Metro and forcing sewage and rats up out of the drains.

Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review

In an effort to be totally transparent, I must confess that it took me several attempts to get past the first chapter. However, I was definitely in the mood to give The Rain Watcher the attention it deserves. As per usual, Tatiana de Rosnay takes readers to her familiar stomping grounds to the streets of Paris, as the Seine waters rise and one modern family comes under the microscope. By the time I reached the end, I felt satisfi
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tatiana de Rosnay has spun a beautifully written tale of a family reunion set against the backdrop of torrential, never-ending rain in Paris and the flooding of the Seine river. The family is there for Paul Malegarde's 70th birthday and the 40th wedding anniversary of Paul and Lauren. Also in attendance are Linden, their son and Tilia, their daughter. This story is told totally from the son, Linden's point of view. The trip did not go as planned and there are several family dramas playing out at ...more
The Rain Watcher is one of the most enchanting novels I have read this year. An eloquent family story wrapped in secondary story about the floods of Paris, this book will capture your attention from the beginning and not let you go long after you have finished the tale.

From the author of Sarah's Key, de Rosnay weaves a tale full of family secrets. As the rain rises throughout Paris, so does the tension within the family. Sibling spats, unspoken hurts and anger, revelations from the past and a d
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Paul Malegarde and his wife Lauren meet their two children Tilia and Linden in Paris to celebrate Paul's 70th birthday. As soon as they all arrive the torrential rains begin and a series of events begin that make for a tragic reunion. Unfortunately this book did not work for me. I would have had a better reading experience if there had been more focus on either the flood or the relationships between the family that needed sorted out. All in all a very disappointing read.

Thank you Netgalley and S
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
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Today, I am reviewing Tatiana de Rosnay's newest book entitled, The Rain Watcher. I loved her book Sarah's Key, was not a fan of her book A Secret Kept and now with this one, I am somewhere in the middle.

One's family is the cornerstone of who they are. They are the ones who planted seeds within yourself that when nurtured grow to produce a good person. The Malegarde family comes together to celebrate their father's seventieth
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set against the backdrop of a historic flood in Paris, The Rain Watcher is an atmospheric tale about the Malegarde family, told primarily from the perspective of the youngest son Linden, who is a world-renowned photographer. As he and his family – older sister Tilia, his parents Lauren and Paul – reunite to celebrate his parents wedding anniversary as well as his father’s 70th birthday, the atmosphere around them is grim, with ceaseless rain that greets each family member upon their arrival. ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. What can go wrong when a family decides to meet in Paris to celebrate the father's 70th birthday and the parents' 40th anniversary? How about everything?

Let's start with the weather. Paris is experiencing torrential rains--what will happen when, not if, the Seine reaches historic flood levels? Is this the result of global warming and spreading development or is it just nature expressing its supremacy over man?

The father, Paul Malegarde, is a French arborist, who travels around the w
Rating: 2 stars

This is such a hard review for me to write. I fell headlong in love with de Rosnay’s earlier work, ‘Sarah's Key’, and was anticipating a similar experience with her newest book, ‘The Rain Watcher’. Alas, this book was not a repeat performance for me. I think that if I had to sum up this book in one word, it would be ‘dreary’.

Like ‘‘Sarah's Key’, this book is principally set in Paris, but the comparisons end there. This is mainly contemporary fiction about how a flood of the hist
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Rain Watcher is a family drama that slowly unfolds. Put that in contrast to the unrelenting rain and swiftly rising waters of the Seine River. There is a sense of urgency from beginning to end wrapped around a family crisis.

Our narrator is Linden, a successful photographer living in San Francisco. He will meet his older sister, Tilia and his parents Paul and Lauren in Paris for Paul’s 70th birthday. Paul is an internationally known arborist and he tends the trees that have been on his family
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
THE RAIN WATCHER is the first book I've read by Tatiana de Rosnay and I'm impressed by how the story got under my skin. I watched the movie version of SARAH'S KEY a couple of years ago and it was fabulous. For some time I have wanted to read Tatiana de Rosnay's work, and I am glad to have started with THE RAIN WATCHER<.

Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vivid, captivating, and melancholic!

The Rain Watcher is a moving, beautiful portrayal of a city in turmoil and a family struggling to understand, accept, and outwardly show compassion and love for each other.

The writing is impassioned and eloquent. The characters are empathetic, distressed, and genuine. And the plot is a mesmeric, foreboding tale set both in the present day and mid-1900s about life, loss, love, family dynamics, secrets, determination, hope, sacrifice, and the desolation and dest
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“I will start with the tree. Because everything begins, and ends, with the tree. The tree is the tallest one. It was planted way before the others. I'm not sure how old it is, exactly. Perhaps three or four hundred years old. It is ancient and powerful. It has weathered terrible storms, braced against unbridled winds. It is not afraid.
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