Rainwater

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 3, 2009 - Fiction - 256 pages
27 Reviews
A romantic historical novel from New York Times bestselling authr Sandra Brown, about an independent woman who runs a boarding house in Dust Bowl Texas.

Ella Baron runs her Texas boarding house with the efficiency of a ship’s captain and the grace of a gentlewoman. She cooks, cleans, launders, and cares for her ten-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose busy behavior and failure to speak elicits undesired advice from others in town. Ella’s plate is full from sunup to sundown. When a room in her boarding house opens up, the respected town doctor brings Ella a new boarder―the handsome and gallant Mr. David Rainwater—but Ella is immediately resistant to opening up her home to this mysterious stranger.

Even with assurances that Mr. Rainwater is a man of impeccable character, a former cotton broker and a victim of the Great Depression, Ella stiffens at the thought of taking him in. Dr. Kincaid tells Ella in confidence that Mr. Rainwater won’t require the room for long: he is dying. Begrudgingly, Ella accepts Mr. Rainwater’s application to board, but she knows that something is happening; she is being swept along by an unusual series of events. Soon, this strong-minded, independent woman will realize that the living that she has eked out for herself in the small bubble of her town is about to change, whether she likes it or not...

Racial tensions, the financial strain of livelihoods in cotton drying up into dust, and the threat of political instability swirl together into a tornado on the horizon. One thing is certain: the winds of change are blowing all over Texas—and through the cracks in the life that Ella Barron has painstakingly built. This is the story of a woman who takes her life’s circumstances in both hands, but who will be forced to reckon with the chaos of her historical circumstances..
 

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User Review  - SadieSForsythe - LibraryThing

I read a lot more fantasy/Sci-fi than I do literary fiction, but even I need a little variety every now and then. This was a Firstreads win, so I decided to finally give it a read. I'm glad to have ... Read full review

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User Review  - Olivermagnus - LibraryThing

This story, inspired by actual events during the Great Depression, takes place in 1934 in the small town of Gilead, Texas. Ella Barron runs a boarding house. Money is tight, yet Ella works hard to ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
15
Section 4
26
Section 5
36
Section 6
49
Section 7
66
Section 8
81
Section 12
132
Section 13
143
Section 14
155
Section 15
169
Section 16
183
Section 17
195
Section 18
209
Section 19
223

Section 9
94
Section 10
107
Section 11
118
Section 20
241
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Sandra Brown is the author of sixty-eight New York Times bestsellers, including Mean Streak, Deadline, Low Pressure, and Smoke Screen. Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, most of which remain in print. Sandra and her husband, Michael Brown, live in Arlington, Texas.

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