Title: Send Down the Rain
Author: Charles Martin
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
Story Perspective: First-Person
Themes: Family, Relationships, Honesty, Deception, Kindness, Forgiveness
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Thank you to the NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for giving me the opportunity to read and review Send Down the Rain.
Allie’s second husband dies in a horrific accident, while war veteran Joseph lives on his own trying to heal from his tours in Vietnam.
When Joseph meets a mother and two children in extreme danger, he holds no qualms in helping them escape to safety. However, when he sees the devastating vehicle accident that caused Allie’s husband death, he is pulled to reunite with his past sweetheart. Will they be able to rekindle their love? Can they look past Joseph’s secretive past?
This is one of those books that I was given from Netgalley a while ago and didn’t have the chance to read and review it. I’ve read another book from Charles Martin that I found to be okay, so I was a little worried about this one. However, I did find myself enjoying most of the book!
The protagonist, Joseph (Jo-Jo), is one that would be extremely challenging not to like. He is a man in his sixties that have experienced some devastating events while being at war and feels the need to make up for the times that he felt he did wrong. Therefore, he ends up being this kind, selfless person who is hard to love while at the same time there are things he is capable of doing if the ones he loves are in danger. As a reader, we get to know some of the secondary characters more than others, which fits in nicely with the story since we are really following Joseph and his experiences.
For most of the plot, I was invested and interested to find out what would happen next. Learning about Joseph’s harrowing background tied well with the current timeline in the book. Also, I liked how his story unfolded throughout the book rather than learning about his background all at once. It created curiosity within me. However, toward the end part of the book there were a couple of lulls in the plot that I could’ve sworn the author was wrapping his story up when he wasn’t. Then, one of the final scenes when Joseph speaks a lot, though full of maturity, my attention span was dwindling. I ended up skimming through some of these monologue moments.
The writing flowed nicely throughout most of the book. It was easy to read and picture what the characters were experiencing. I especially enjoyed the couple of twists the author provides in the book. One in particular I did not see coming, while the other I had a suspicion toward. I really appreciate it when authors do this successfully.
Overall, this was a book that I enjoyed, with the exception of a couple of plot points. I can easily see myself picking up another one of Charles Martin’s books in the future.