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Publisher Description

A romantic historical novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seeing Red 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 circumstances...

Victor Slezak
hr min
November 3
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

DJ5954 ,


The depth of the character development kept me listening. Readers who like slow paced stories would enjoy this book. The end surprised me, but it made sense based on the strong relationship between Emma and Mr. Rainwater.

Newbienomore ,

Rainwater by Sandra Brown

Best novel I have read in months!!! I have long been a fan of Sandra Brown's novels and read most of the earliest. The character development is seamless within a story rich in the emotions and challenges of living an ethical life.

Shapoopy ,


I've loved Sandra Brown's stories for years. I own, I believe, a copy of everything she has written. This has to be one of my all time favorites. My favorite has changed over the years as I age. This is a story grabbing your interest from the very beginning. Even though this is fiction it mirrors reality and is a both sad and happy...it keeps you listening. I've listened to this one twice already.

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