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A Rainbow Above Us

(Blessings, Georgia #8)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  705 ratings  ·  133 reviews
What will it take to bring people together?

Hurricane Fanny left no one in Blessings, Georgia unscathed--including Rowan Harper, the only surviving member of her family. Rebuilding her life now seems almost impossible.

Bowie James comes back to help repair his grandmother's house, but he doesn't intend to stay long. He and his mother were forced out of Blessings a decade ago
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Genre: Sweet, Southern Romance (Clean Romance)
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Sharon Sala writes beautiful southern romances with wholesome characters. Her stories are mostly clean with one of two sexual scenes (nothing in depth or dirty) and are more in tune with falling in love rather than having sex dictate the relationship. Whenever I am in the mood of something really sweet Sala is my go-to. If you are a reader who prefers less sex in their romances then I would hig
Laura (Kyahgirl)
2.5 stars. This book was an easy read but not quite up to the standards I expect from Sharon Sala. Kind of a sweet romance in a small town, complete with nice older ladies, a decades old feud and some bad men getting their comeuppance. Most things were a bit too neat and tidy which just gave me the feeling that the author was writing by rote. I really enjoyed an earlier book in this series and might go back and check a couple of the previous ones.
Jul 12, 2019 added it

Heroine talked about her dead dad almost as much as Meghan McCain. It got really old really fast.
A new cozy, tender romance set against the turmoil of an old and dark family feud and small town George seemed perfect for a summer read on the porch with my iced lemonade near at hand.

A Rainbow Above Us is the eighth of the Blessings, George standalone romance stories loosely-tied by their connection to the town and the large group of familiar ongoing circle of friends and family that call Blessings home.

Bowie James is returning to a town that he left and swore he would never return to. He has
patrick Lorelli
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This is a very powerful book. Bowie James comes back to Blessings to fix his grandmother’s and Aunt home. Now after being run out of town along with his mother who has since committed suicide. She was raped many years ago and the men who said it did not happen can no longer deny the fact because Bowie James looks like the man who committed that horrible crime. The male family still in town for some reason are still mad at him and want to fight him until they end up in jail. Later the grandmother ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
In this visit to Blessings, Georgia, the residents are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Fanny that happened in the last book. Bowie James, is contacted by his aunt to come home and help fix his grandma's house. They are living in the nursing home until they can go back home, and shlle is worried she will never leave "that place". Bowie loves his grandma and aunt, so heads back to Blessings after vowing never to return after he and his mom left over a decade ago. You see, Bowie was the res ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid community, plenty of heart and clear issues that readers can find easy to empathize with, the characters in these stories bring some ‘repeated’ moments with community members and former ‘stars’ of earlier books while maintaining the simple premise that the new couple will find healing and acceptance in this little town. And so it happens with returning resident Bowie, chased out of town after he started to resemble his father’s family, and his mother’s claims of his paternity as a result ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2019-read
Not one of her best books. All the adults that should have atoned for their past ran away like children and the one person in the whole book who said this stops now and I am sorry was the 15 year old kid. Then his parents just drive off and leave him? Don't even get me started on the "romance". I love SS, but this wasn't a good book. If you want a really good SS, read the The Return of Chance McCall that was an awesome read. ...more
Bumped up a true 3.5 rating as I DO like HEA endings and this was nice.
I have enjoyed other novels in this series and will always want to know what’s going on in Blessings,GA !
(This was not a quick read for me .. indicates a story that was more on the average side.)
Janet Friesner
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. All 8 books of it so far have been extremely good. Glad to know a 9th book in the series will be coming out in December. Each book can stand alone but it is nice when characters from earlier books show up in the newer books. Like seeing old friends.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
If you have not ever read any of this series, then you need to start now (and of course with book 1).

Blessings GA is a place I'd love to live, the small town atmosphere and how everyone cares for each other is refreshing considering today's society and the turmoil we see in the media.

Blessings is dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane that has devastated many people in the town. Thankfully, one of the residents has a grandson that remodels/builds homes and he is able to come to their rescue.
Barb Lie
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Rainbow Above Us by Sharon Sala is the 8th book in her wonderful Blessings, Georgia series. As always when we return to Blessings, Georgia, I loved this story. In A Rainbow Above Us, Sharon Sala gives us another wonderful feel good romance and a great couple.

Bowie James, our hero, returns to Blessings after many years, to help out his grandmother and aunt. In the last book, a hurricane damaged a number of properties, and Bowie’s grandmother sent a letter to ask him for help restoring their hou
I used to love watching Murder, She Wrote, but after the nth season, I realized that for such a little town, most of the people must be either murderers or victims and that's sad. That's how I feel about this series. It's not that most of the residents of Blessings, Georgia are violent but rather they're all very gossipy and overly dramatic. And there's also a good portion of the population that is just hateful. It was nice to see some of the couples featured in previous books, but the story in ...more
Donna Repsher
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have always loved armchair traveling south and going back to Blessings, Sharon Sala's sweet, small Georgia town, and the setting for all of her Blessings novels, and this novel is no exception, and if you're not already hooked on a town where people care for, gossip about, show up when help is needed, gather together to celebrate, mourn and support one another, I suggest you start now, preferably with the first book in the series, although each one works as a standalone, you'll meet some of th ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I am always happy to go spend time in Blessings Georgia. I love language and the mannerisms of the people of Blessings, the feeling of community and the strong sense of right and wrong. In A Rainbow Above Us, Bowie James returns to Blessings having fled with his mother as a teenager in horrific circumstances.

If like me you are a believer in karma, you are going to love this story. Bowie returns to Blessings to help rebuild h
Jo Anne
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
It was so good to visit Blessings, GA , where love brings people together. Where folks can sort through life’s trials, form new bonds, and heal old hurts. Bowie James and his mother left town when he was fifteen, torn apart physically and mentally by the hatred of an old blood feud they didn’t even understand. Now, twenty years later, his loving Gran and Aunt Ella’s home is destroyed by hurricane floods, and even though he swore to never return, he will come home to rebuild for his only remainin ...more
Lyndi W.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
I've skipped around this series and haven't hit them all yet, but so far this is the mushiest of the cheesiest shit I've ever read. Don't get me wrong - I loved every corny minute of it. But it was 100% cotton candy fluff. Sharon Sala can write some serious drama very, very well. In this book, she let you taste drama, but then she immediately resolves it with the good guys doing nothing and the bad guys realizing how naughty they've been. I've never seen so many bad guys so sad and chastised. It ...more
Diane Saul
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bowie James has come back to Blessings Georgia, a town he swore never to come back to. His Grandmother and Aunt have been staying in a nursing home after their home was destroyed in a hurricane. Rowan, a young woman who lost her family in the hurricane has been helping them. Bowie has returned to fix the home of his Grandmother and Aunt. Some feuds never die, and Bowie has a run in with the family he was hoping to avoid on his first day.

This is a delightful story. There is some heartbreak in thi
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the best book in the series. After being beaten badly as a teen Bodie has left town and didn’t plan on returning until he got a message from her grandmother that her house has been ruined and she needed help. she, an aunt and a young woman,Rowan, have been living in a nursing home. Bodie brings his large motor home for them to stay in while he fixes up the house. The first night he is back the men that had beaten him, try again but he is older and stronger now. Their father also tries an ...more
Dawn ♥ romance
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I was totally absorbed in another good story set in Blessings Georgia. I enjoyed the personalities of all the main characters except for the bad guys of course. It nicely incorporated people from previous books in the series and the taste of the next book has me looking forward it. Bowie returns to his hometown to rebuild his grandma's house and welcomes Rowan, also stranded from the hurricane. ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice story about the good (and bad) people of Blessings.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
2.5-star read
Marie Christensen
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just binge read this series knowing that book #9 was out. It’s a great yourself a favor & read them
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. This is Blessings, Georgia #8 and it's a winner from page 1. Blessings is still recovering from Hurricane Fanny and Bowie James is back in town to fix up his Grandmother's home. He's been gone for over 10 years but there is one family willing to continue their vendetta against him. Bowie is a fine example of a troubled hero and is blessed with finding a woman who will be at his side no matter where he travels. Great story by one of my favorite authors. You can catch up with m ...more
Vikki Vaught
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the eighth book in the Blessings, Georgia series by Sharon Sala. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review, I eagerly accepted since I’d read the previous books and enjoyed them. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

I quickly became fully vested in the characters and the plot. The pacing is incredibly fast, moving from one story line to another. There is a lot of head hopping. Sometimes from one sentence to the next. By now,
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since I’ve been to Blessings, Georgia, and I was long overdue for a visit, so I was delighted to be able to read an early copy of this book. I had forgotten what a great fictional town Blessings is, as well as the amazing talent this author has for creating a touching, evocative storyline. If you like a romance with a hero and heroine who are flawed but immensely loveable, a story that elicits every kind of emotion to give your heart a workout, and colorful, endearing secondary ...more
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

It’s always a treat for me to return to Blessings, Georgia for another story in this quirky, amazing small town with interesting neighbors and stories that touch the heart. This time around we will discover a returning hero who along with his mother left Blessings years ago under horrible circumstances and a young woman who has lost just about everything and now needs to rebuild her life with the help of Bowie’s grandmother and aunt.

A generational family feud will rea
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Veronica – ☆☆☆☆
I am always happy to go spend time in Blessings, Georgia. I love the language and the mannerisms of the people of Blessings, the feeling of community, and the strong sense of right and wrong. In A Rainbow Above Us, Bowie James returns to Blessings having fled with his mother as a teenager in horrific circumstances.

If like me you are a believer in karma, you are going to love this sto
Lafourche Parish Library
Return to the fictional world of Blessings, Georgia with A Rainbow Above Us by Sharon Sala. For those of you who have been reading this series, you will recognize all of your favorite characters. This story is about Rowan Harper and Bowie James. Bowie is a native son of Blessings but was chased out of town as a teenager with this mother. Conflict and strife abound as his “real” family realize he is back. Rowan is a refugee from the recent hurricane and in need of a new family.

Bowie is a builder
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-authors, reviewd
A returning hometown man's life is about to get less lonely. Her rural isolated life outside of town was turned upside down by a hurricane. Lies break apart a family. What happens when two lonely people fall in love? They find the Rainbow Between Us.

Bowie James knows that the old family feud will be resurrected when he comes back to town. He doesn't care because his girls need his help. Hurricane Fanny destroyed his Grandma Pearl and Aunt Ella's home. They're currently living in the Blessings, G
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Sharon Sala is a long-time member of RWA, as well as a member of OKRWA. She has 100 plus books in print, published in five different genres – Romance, Young Adult, Western, Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. First published in 1991, she’s an eight-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, five-time Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader

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Blessings, Georgia (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Come Back to Me (Blessings, Georgia, #6)
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