Thursday, June 22, 2023

Book Review of When the Rain Ends


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I have read several books by Mary Ellen Taylor in the past and have always been moved by the way she develops her interesting characters.  This book was no exception.  It deals with a mother and daughter who have their life changed by a series of events and the way they manage the challenges that life throws their way.  A very interesting novel that has a lesson for all of us in dealing with life.

Book Summary

Dani Manchester is hit by two very challenging life events in a short time and it throws her into a very unsettling time.  Dani is an artist and seeing colors and shapes are important to her work.  When she learns that her eyesight is failing due to a genetic disease she is devastated and unsure where to go next.  Then her ex-husband and father to her teenage daughter dies and she feels everything that is important in her life is disappearing.

Dani and her daughter Bella live in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Dani makes the decision to move to a small town near the Virginia border.  Here she wants to make a new start.  The property she buys has some silos on them that Dani is planning to renovate and open an art gallery.  This is a big move for the single mother and daughter and Bella is rebelling about the move.  

In this moving story we hear how they meet some new people who become important in their new lives.  They work through their grief and come out stronger.

As in her other books, Mary Ellen Taylor does a wonderful job of developing her characters and you find yourself wanting to turn the pages to find out what will happen next.  

The Book on Amazon

Other Books I have Reviewed by Mary Ellen Taylor

Here are links to two other books that I reviewed by the author and thoroughly enjoyed.

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  1. Mary Beth, I think it is always fun to find a new book by a favorite author. Obviously, Mary Ellen Taylor is fast becoming a favorite of yours. I will have to look into the books by this author, as your reviews have really piqued my interest.

  2. This sounds like a very emotionally engaging and thought-provoking novel, Mary Beth. Thanks so much for the review and recommendation.

  3. This story sounds compelling. Your review had me interested right from the start - I could almost feel the mom and daughter and all the troubles they faced, and I'm hoping, over came - The mother is already my hero lol

  4. I love a book with interesting well developed characters and this book sounds like the author is invested in the characters. Equally the storyline is interesting and I imagine would be a compelling read. Thank you for your recommendation.

  5. This sounds like a book that would draw you in, grab you by the heart and hold on tight. It would also make us all grateful for the blessings in our own lives. "When the Rain Ends" seems like an appropriate title. I certainly hope the "rain" ended for this mother and daughter and they got to enjoy a very long rainbow.


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