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Rainwater by Sandra Brown
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Mar 30, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read in March, 2010

I was given this book for Christmas and wasn't real excited about it. I've read the author before and while entertaining, I remember it being just typical romantic fluff.

This book, however, was as gritty and realistic as the Great Dustbowl it was set in. It is an engaging story, with several tough elements, including the Depression, bone cancer and an autistic boy (before such things were named, much less acknowledged). The author even manages to make her characters warm, sympathetic, and all too human. Another interesting plot element is the government buy-out of cattle farmers during the drought of the thirties. It was ironic to be reading about that government aide because it appears to have worked as well as the bank bailout of recent history. I would like to do some research to see if the cattle bail-out program is historically accurate.

A quick read, with perhaps a "too fast" time line for what happens in the novel, it is still engrossing.
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