Three Days of Rain
By Christine Hughes
Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Available on Amazon
Just when he thought his life was turning around... Things haven’t been easy for Jacob Morgan. Persecuted by the ghosts of his past, Jake lives each day just going through the motions, barely getting by. Then Lily Burns comes to town and befriends him. As Jake starts to heal, he begins to hope that he has finally overcome the mistakes and tragedies that have tormented him for so long. But just when he thinks his problems are solved, his past comes back to haunt him, and once again, Jake is confronted by situations he is ill-equipped to handle. Can Jake hold on to the progress he has made, or will the lies, guilt, and secrets he’s tried to ignore shove him back into an abyss from which there is no escape?
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
My Review: This is the first book I've read by this author, and it certainly won't be the last. What an amazing novel with unforgettable, realistic characters I'm still thinking about a full day after finishing the book. Jake and Lily made me laugh and cry, and while I hated Maddie, the author had a way of making the reader feel sympathy for the even the most unsympathetic character. In fact, each character in the book was so well-drawn, I felt as if I knew them all my life. The author was masterful in the way she moved from past to present, carefully introducing details from Jake's volatile life with Maddie. It was hard to finish the book, not only because of the emotionally wrenching ending, but because it was difficult to say goodbye to a whole town full of people who captivated me. This is a book that kept me up all night because I couldn't put it down. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a character-driven, literary tale with romance, complicated family-dynamics, and the promise of hope.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars