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Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2014
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To Everything a Season, Song of Blessing Series #1 -eBookLauraine SnellingBethany House / 2014 / ePub$9.69 Retail:
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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.
"Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty."National Church Library Association
"Snelling (One Perfect Day) continues to draw fans with her stellar storytelling skills. This time she offers a look at smalltown medical care in a tale that blends healing, love, and a town's recovery. . .Snelling's description of events at the small clinic during the storm is not to be missed."Publisher's Weekly on Wake the Dawn
"Snelling's fast-paced novel has characters who seek help in the wrong places. It takes a raging storm for the for them to see that the help they needed was right in front of them the whole time. This is a strong, believable story."RT Book Reviews, ****, on Wake the Dawn
JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Well, this is certainly not my usual bookJuly 24, 2014JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4
But I received a free review copy in eBook from Lauraine Snelling and I decided to give it a try.
And darn it! Now Im going to have to go buy the paper version too!
BE WARNED! This book will pull you right in and it will NOT let go of your heart strings!
And its not just the mysterious little boy who has hold of them either.
Chapter 1 of Heaven Sent Rain had me going Huh What Why
It dives right into the story and hits the ground running. And it only took a paragraph for me to be hooked.
Chapter 2 had me going Awwww. And then, Huh again I will NOT spoil it for you but I will say this is an extraordinary book written about an unexpected journey guided by what some will probably try to deny is The Holy Spirit even though it clearly is Gods voice that Dinah is hearing in the completely unexpected thoughts that simply will not stop and it is a book that EVERYONE should read!
I am so glad I asked to review this book. I might have missed out on the tremendous blessing otherwise.
The absolutely only complaint I have is that Lauraine is just a bit stingy with details she drops little hints of detail and then moves on without explaining. And perhaps her usual readers prefer this or they know enough about her writing to read between the lines but it just left me feeling confused.
However, the impact of the story itself far outweighs any petty issues I might have. It is well worth a read!
I would also like to extend my congratulations to the cover designer. It is spectacular. Not only does it bring to mind what we see in the book (minus perhaps the rain coat our mysterious little boy is wearing), it also looks so realistic, you can almost hear the rain.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sometimes you never know what storms will bring!June 24, 2014Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
You are about to encounter a young boy named Jonah and his dog, Downmutt. They are an unlikely pair if you should ever meet them. Sitting outside during a rainy day on a park bench, they will change the life of Dinah Taylor, scientist and pharmaceutical CEO of Food for Life. Some might call it fate, but Jonah sees it as God's hand in his day. While waiting outside in the rain, Dinah feels compelled to buy this inspiring boy she is drawn to breakfast. Not sure if he is homeless or what his reason for being on the bench is, besides waiting to go to school, Dinah is convinced she needs to know more. While he doesn't look the part of a homeless boy, even if his dog does, Jonah displays a childlike innocence and maturity that draws people to him like a moth to a flame. It's the very reason Dinah finds herself meeting Jonah every morning for breakfast. She hopes to learn more about him.
Dinah is fine with her life the way it was before Jonah, on the cutting edge of developing and marketing a product that eliminates the symptoms of diabetes without claiming that it does just that. Even though all the clinical case studies is showing surprising and miraculous results, she knows if they market it as a drug then the FDA will need to get involved and that will cause the product to be delayed for further testing. So she is marketing the products as a food supplement to bypass the long lengthy process to get it into the hands of people who need it now.
When a late night phone call from Jonah demands help from Dinah to aid his dog that has been attacked, she knows she needs to help. Unsure of why his mother can't aid Jonah, she meets him on the corner and drives him to an urgent care clinic for animals. Dinah only knows that Jonah can't lose his dog because of the bond that goes beyond a simple boy caring for his beloved dog. They seem to be connected at a soul level and she will stop at nothing to ensure that the dog receives the very best medical care. Even though it means more than a handful of stitches, a cone of shame, and a few days at the pet hospital Jonah is thrilled to learn he won't lose his dog. Garrett Miller, the veterinarian assures Jonah he can come by as often as he wants to see Downmutt. As part of his practice Garrett draws a caricature of the pets and their owners and for some reason seems obsessed with Jonah and his dog. He finds himself drawing and painting them whenever he has a free moment. Just what is calling on his heart and soul to keep this little boy in his heart?
But bigger plans are being put in the works and these seemingly random events all have a divine purpose when fate hands Jonah the ultimate hand in life. What role will Dinah have to play in Jonah's life? Will she have what it takes to help her through the transition she doesn't see coming? What is the obsession that Garrett has with the look in Jonah's eyes? What role does he have to play in what circumstances follow Jonah? Find out in Lauraine Snelling's latest novel, Heaven Sent Rain that I received from Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Group for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. There are no coincidences in life, simply divine appointments and in the lives of Jonah Morgan, Dinah Taylor and Garrett Miller. They will each find out what God is calling them each to do and how they will all intersect. Each of them will have their faith put to the ultimate test to see which will be refined and which will grow in character and strength in the end. I easily give this one a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars. Sometimes it takes awhile to see the good in the storms life hands us and it isn't until we get to the other side that we can see God's hand in it all.
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heaven Sent RainJune 13, 2014Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Heaven Sent Rain is a touching, heartbreaking, gut wrenching, and inspiring read. This is the first time I have read anything by this author. I now know why she is so popular. I found Heaven Sent Rain to have kept my interest throughout. I didn't want to put the book down.
mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Family in Unexpected PlacesApril 6, 2014mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5
Dinah Taylor and Garret Miller are professionals with busy careers who find themselves drawn into the world of Jonah and his dog, Mutt. Through a turn of events, Dinah finds herself in a guardianship role to Jonah and she must learn how to balance work and family. Garrett provides a counterbalance for Dinah and the two find themselves bumping into one another in difference circumstances. There are some oddities in the story of Jonahâ€™s young life, but the true goal of the story is bringing three people closer to each other and to God. Author Snelling works with that theme and creates an enjoyable tale in the process. Thanks for FaithWords for providing me an advance copy for review.