Every once in awhile, a book cover will catch my attention. For some reason, that is what happened with Lauraine Snelling’s Heaven Sent Rain. The woman wearing the pristinely white jacket with a red umbrella had me wondering what her story was. The cover almost makes her seem mysterious. I was easily sympathetic towards the boy and dog sitting on a bench getting wet. I couldn’t help but what to know what their story was as well.
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Dinah Taylor has an orderly life that is just how she likes it. A perfectly furnished luxury apartment, a satisfying career as a scientist and CEO of her own company, and an uncomplicated personal life. But all of that changes when she meets seven-year-old Jonah.
The boy shows up one day, a scruffy dog by his side, in front of her office building. Dinah knows nothing about kids and even less about animals, but after she buys him breakfast, he shows up the next day…and the next. She tries to learn more about him, to help him, but he’s remarkably skilled at evading her questions. And then, late one night, he calls her in a panic-his dog has been badly injured. Dinah rushes them to a local animal clinic, where she meets Garret, a veterinarian with a thriving practice and a passion for drawing. Though Jonah takes to Garret right away, for some reason neither understands, Dinah and Garret just don’t mesh. But for Jonah’s sake, their lives continue to collide, and slowly the relationship between these three strangers begins to change.
It took me awhile to get drawn into this story, but once I did, I enjoyed watching the story unfold. Lauraine Snelling leaves a lot of questions unanswered about Dinah’s past. Curiosity drove me to keep reading. As I continued reading, the struggles we have with our faith become quite evident. Sometimes it has to do with grief, and others it is our own stubbornness to believe that God really does want the best for us.
Jonah was definitely a favorite character of mine. The romance factor was definitely not a big player in this story. The majority of the novel was focused on the relationship that forms between Dinah and Jonah. Each character does go through a number of changes, but they are subtle.
While the story wasn’t necessarily a page turner, it did have a certain spiritual depth to it. For that reason, I did enjoy the book. It was just a bit slow to get through at times, but in the end, I did get the answers to my questions about the cover of the book.
I would love to hear from you! What covers have made you want to read the book? Did you love it as much as the cover?
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**I received a free copy of this book from Faithwords/Center Street and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**