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The Passing Storm

4.73  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  42 reviews
A gripping, openhearted novel about family, reconciliation, and bringing closure to the secrets of the past.

Early into the tempestuous decade of her thirties, Rae Langdon struggles to work through a grief she never anticipated. With her father, Connor, she tends to their Ohio farm, a forty-acre spread that itself has enjoyed better days. As memories sweep through her, some
Paperback, 318 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2021 by Lake Union Publishing
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Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a very interesting and emotional book! This is definitely a page turner and hard to put down for any length of time.
Rae is a mother trying to come to terms with her teen daughters untimely death. This is her story of surviving life's unexpected tragedies and putting the pieces back together so she can live life again.
This book is about life, mistakes made, secrets, a mother's love, healing and moving past the heavy sadness that can engulf us.
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There are no words. The most beautifully written book that spills emotions on every page
Love, loss, anger, grief and sadness, forgiveness and friendship.
Rae has had her share of loss, it has hardened not only her but dad.
Quinn is the teenager in their town that needs a break, his parents don’t want him, and he has no friends .
Can Rae forgive him enough to help him? can she forgive herself?
There are so many secrets and plot twists in this small town that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough
Ronda Blanke Geiger
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderfully written book. In the beginning you wonder what happened to Rae. As the book progresses you start to catch glimpses of the past. Once Rae starts to reveal herself and deal with the past the story really takes off. Between her best friend Yuma, the ex boyfriend Griffin and her Dad, Rae starts dealing with her past. Quinn really has an impact on Rae and without knowing he brings Rae into the present and makes her face everything she has been repressing. This emotional rollerc ...more
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Review of The Passing Storm by author, Christine Nolfi (ARC)

The Passing Storm is a beautifully written story woven with elements of love, loss, grief, and strength. It gives to the reader an experience where the past meets present, and the future can hold promise when even the darkest of clouds give way to hope, forgiveness and light.

From lives shaped by choices made, to its tension, and the unraveling of secrets, Ms. Nolfi's characters are written as fragile, strong, and full of personality.

Amy Coats
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Passing Storm takes a look into small-town life and what can happen when everybody knows each other. A storm becomes a metaphor for many different parts of Rae's life and how they have affected her differently. What's the story about her mom? Who is this random kid who keeps trespassing? What really happened that night? And what if....just what if Rae decides to share some of her life with others? Letting people in doesn't always mean they'll hurt you...Does it?

This book explores relationsh
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written book that you will not want to put down. The Passing Storm is an intimate story of the past and how the past and the present collide. What I loved was the hope that came out of letting people in and healing those that were damaged. Rae, Conner, Quinn, and Griffin were such amazing characters. A great read.

Thank you to the author for an advanced copy of the book. This is my honest review.
Carol Deegan
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a well-written story about Rae, a single mother, who is learning to live with the death of her teenage daughter in a tragic accident. Her and her father take in a friend of her daughter and rescue him from his abusive parents. Lots of emotions as Rae fights her way through her grief to find healing and hope. The author held my attention as the various secrets were revealed. I received an arc of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
Betty Conway erb
A heartwarming story of love, loss, and new beginnings. So skillfully written! I love how Christine Nolfi intertwines the character's relationships without the reader knowing where she is leading you. There were several times while reading The Passing Storm, I set there and said out loud, "Oh wow, I didn't see that coming!"
This is a wonderful read and I would highly recommend it. I received the book from the publisher as an ARC and the review of the book is my honest opinion.
Amy Cummings
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I finished this novel a week ago, and have been ruminating on it ever since, to try to figure out how to write a review that gives nothing away. I can tell you this: Christine Nolfi has written a lovely, heartfelt story that doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of life. Rae, our protagonist, is so very believable. We meet her in a season of life when her strong exterior is starting to crumble and her frailty is beginning to peek through, a response to many years of living with different kin ...more
Carla Suto
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE PASSING STORM by Christine Nolfi is a beautifully-written and touching story of family, friendship and forgiveness that will stay on my mind for a long time. Rae Langdon and her father, Connor, tend their large farm in small-town Ohio. Both are dealing with grief and pain that never lets them go. Quinn Galecki, a teen who lives nearby, struggles with a troubled family life and painful losses of his own. Despite her misgivings, Rae offers to take Quinn in when he is thrown out by his parents. ...more
Big Time Book Junkie
The Passing Storm...what a great title for this book. In much the same way that a storm buffets nature, structures, and sometimes our very souls, these characters' lives were also affected, yet like a storm when it passes, a new day dawns for those willing to welcome it.

No matter what I say, it's not going to convey the beautiful and skillful layering of the multi-faceted characters, their pasts, presents, and what we can glimpse of, or hope for, their futures. Many were deeply flawed, as human
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a novel about forgiveness, of yourself and others. Christine Nolfi, the author has the unique ability to take difficult painful emotions and bring them closer to the spotlight without giving the reader that pain.
I found myself completely invested in Rae, and her father Conner as they came to terms with the past, showed they were human when dealing with the present; and found ways to look to a future.
I related to Rae easily, a person who was at times led by her emotions, and would then
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, deeply intense novel that I loved!
What is a passing storm?
It is the turmoil and heartbreak in our lives that we must somehow learn to face.
It is how we "choose" to move forward with our lives..
This is the journey of Rae Langdon and her family and the options they take.
The Langdon's live on their farm and certainly need help. They have lived through some difficult times on their homestead over the years.

Rae meets Quinn, a young man who needs refuge from an unsafe home life.
Rae an
Karren Jeske
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Christine Nolfi’s newest novel gripped me like ominous, rotating clouds attract storm chasers. I cared about its intriguing characters from the first pages, and as each subsequent character was revealed, I wanted to know more and more about them. Finding out what made each human tick compelled me to read non-stop until the storm passed. This novel is tight, while Christine’s creative use of similes and metaphors add much interest and enjoyment. This is a story of unconditional love and friendshi ...more
Joan Eckert maholtz
The Passing Storm is the perfect title for this book. We’ve all encountered storms in our lives - the trick is overcoming them and moving on. This is a wonderful story which got my attention right from the get go. It runs deep with, hate, sadness, happiness, depression, abandonment and joy. It begs the question - are we truly able to forgive others, as well as ourselves? How do we overcome and regain all that we lost while we were building up resentments? It’s a very intriguing ...more
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. The main characters were all so strong, each in his/her own way. The story developed beautifully, and absolutely gripped me. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, the author would wow me with another curve in the road! Nothing was how I planned it, and that is what I really love about this book. It is simply not predictable. I fell in love with Quinn….. what an old soul he is at just 18. There is nothing about this book that I didn’t just love. I highly ...more
Abby Zimmel
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Passing Storm had my attention right from the beginning of the book. The story has to do with a small town and the people in the town. The main character, Rae is a very strong woman and the story delves into the relationships she has with her Dad, and best friend Yuna. Great book and I would recommend everyone who likes small town characters to read raises book.
Susan Peterson
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Passing Storm is a book that will tug on your heartstrings, full of raw emotions, grief, and secrets. This book explores intimate subjects such as grief, betrayal, abuse, with honesty and compassion. Compelling and complex characters, as well as a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business, give readers a unique perspective on a touching story about reconciliation and hope.
Cindy Stamm
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of family, secrets, grief, and love. Christine Nolfi can weave every emotion possible into her characters. She takes the reader on a roller coaster ride that leaves them breathless. This was by far one of my favorite books so far this year.
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Christine Nolfi has written another wonderfully emotional family drama that takes place in a small Ohio town. Rae Langdon has lots of baggage from her past , most of it she keeps secret. In fact, there are many secrets to unravel in this story. It starts out slowly as the tension builds between several characters. Rae lost her mother in a terrible snowstorm they call the White Hurricane, while she was still in high school. She is now an adult and we learn that she recently lost her teenage daugh ...more
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When The Storms Of Life Slam Into You. This is a book that can be a bit oppressive at times in just how *heavy* it is. Our main character has suffered a lot of loss that she's never fully recovered from - some more recent than others - and now she has to confront it all. And yet, it is because of such heavy tragedy that the book is able to explore all that it does and indeed show just the level of hope and forgiveness it does. By the end, the reader is left feeling much lighter and more hopeful ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
With every storm comes a new day. A new beginning and a chance for healing. Rae has been through storms before. Starting with the White Hurricane that took her mother. But, like with any storm, it will pass and bring hope. Rae needs hope and a chance to break through the grief that has overwhelmed her. she finds hope and a chance to begin again in the unlikely form of Quinn. A boy who needs someone to care. As the two come together they learn how to continue on. Learning how to trust and to love ...more
Katie Hazel
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Firstly, thank you to NetGallery and the author for letting me have a Kindle ARC of this book. A really nice book about family, reconciliation, secrets and closure.
Rae Langdon is in her thirties, and is struggling to work through a grief she never expected. As she tends to the farm that she runs with her father, memories get to her - some too hard to bare, and then she provides shelter to a teenager Quinn, who has been thrown out by his parents. But it comes clear that Rae, Rae’s father Connor
Janet Charbonneau
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is another amazing book by Christine Nolfi! The story deals with the grief and pain of the main characters who have buried their secrets within. Like peeling an onion, Nolfi peels back the layers of secrets enshrouding them. As the secrets are revealed, you can see the growth of the characters as a new dawn of hope appears. I loved the main character, Rae, who tended to act quickly from emotions, but then was willing to step back and see things from a different perspective. With each secret ...more
Jan Crossen
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There is a unique intimacy found in small towns. It comes from families, friends, and neighbors sharing history, customs, celebrations and struggles. When people experience life together they often assume they know all about you, your story, and secrets. In truth, that is rarely the case. A small community is a place where strong feelings, extremes of both positive and negative, run deep. Relationships are complicated and those in The Passing Storm have unusual entanglements. Christine Nolfi ski ...more
Sheri P
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend Christine Nolfi's latest beautiful book, The Passing Storm. This mesmerizing tale artfully examines how the human heart weathers the storms of grief and trauma. Rae is a wonderfully complex character who has faced more of life's storms than the average person. Nolfi's descriptive prose depicts life in a small midwestern community, where everyone is connected, whether they like it or not. Rae's relationships with her father, her best friend and a young man named Quinn feel auth ...more
Karen Komarinski
The Passing Storm: Christine Nolfi: Has written a thoughtful and painful journey of family, friends and strangers showing how tragic events touched them all and had an affect on the direction of their lives. Lark never appears but her presence is felt, her soul & essence is apart of everyone she touched. Tragic event from the past still haunts Rae; her decision & secrets kept to protect others only caused hurt, misconceptions & eventually caused her to withdraw from life. When Rae opens her hear ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Passing Storm is an intimate look into the storm of emotions told mainly thru the eyes, thoughts and feelings of Rae, the main character. This is truly a beautiful, heartfelt story of hope and healing in those that have been buffeted by the "storm" and it's outcomes thruout the years following. The friendships, love, caring and misunderstandings that come with living in a small town add to the mix. Can Rae finally allow others in and accept that she does not have to go it "alone"? No spoiler ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very grateful to the author and publisher for allowing me to read an ARC of this novel. I absolutely loved it. Pretty sure my heart broke 1o times reading it. A beautiful and heartwarming story of love, loss, grief and hope. The main character loses her mother during a freak storm and years later also loses her daughter in a tragic accident. How do you go on from that ? She is angry, sad and has many questions. Her life changes in many unexpected ways . Will she find the answers she needs to acc ...more
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When a storm passes it leaves a new day to walk into. A new chance to heal and start again.
This is a journey Rae and her family take together.
Rae needs to find a way to break through her own storm and find hope and a way to forgive.
Can Rae allow family and friends into her own storm to help her move on? Heal her heart and soul.
A beautifully written and heartwarming story of loss, healing, hope, love, grief, happiness and forgiveness.

Thank you NetGalley Lake Union Publishing and Christine No
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