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Joy D | 4175 comments The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay - 3 stars

Contemporary fiction about a family of four getting together in Paris for a family reunion in honor of his father’s seventieth birthday, told from the point of view of the son, Linden Malegarde, an acclaimed professional photographer. The father is a French arborist, the mother an American, the daughter a painter married to an alcoholic. This family reunion has gone terribly wrong, involving medical issues and a natural disaster. Each family member holds at least one secret, and each has experienced trauma.

The plot is rather slow building and the tone is sorrowful. The desire to find out the hinted secrets kept me interested. The sympathetic main character is well-developed, and the family interactions were believable. The author explores issues around what it is like for a gay man struggling to feel accepted. At times it felt too detailed and repetitious, but overall, I found it a solid story with tender moments. Recommended to readers that enjoy family dramas or those familiar with the city of Paris, as it prominently features many Parisian sites and landmarks.

I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway with a request for a candid review. Release date is October 23, 2018.

message 2: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy | 9057 comments I also won the giveaway! I’ll probably read it this month and also review it. Liked your review, and I’m looking forward to it.

Joy D | 4175 comments I look forward to reading your thoughts, Amy!

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