The Scent of Rain - eBook
The Scent of Rain
The Scent of Rain
By Kristin Billerbeck
When deprived of her most prized sense, Daphne discovers a life she never expected, right under her nose.
Daphne Sweeten has left Paris Ã¢ÂÂ and a career she loves Ã¢ÂÂ in order to marry a man she loves even more. But when he stands her up on their wedding day, DaphneÃ¢ÂÂs left reeling. Trained as a professional Ã¢ÂÂnoseÃ¢ÂÂ or perfume creator, Daphne soon realizes that her sense of smell has somehow disappeared too.
In the days following she moves to Dayton, Ohio, to take on a job creating fragrances for household products. Without her sense of smell, she must rely on her chemistry skills, and hope her handsome new boss, Jesse Lightner, doesnÃ¢ÂÂt notice before she can figure out how to get it back.
Despite her desire to return to Paris, she canÃ¢ÂÂt deny the way Jesse makes her feel. But when Daphne approaches former contacts, she learns her missing ex-fiancÃÂ© has somehow snagged her old job.
As Daphne and Jesse work on a signature scent for their new line, she feels God at work in her life as never before. And the promise of what is possible is as fresh as the scent of rain.
I just got my new Kindle and I love reading on it. I couldn't put this book down. The story was so engaging that I wanted to find out what happened next. The story was a little predictable but I still really enjoyed it. I like to lose my self in a book that doesn't require a lot of thought, that is exactly what this book is. Love it!
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255 : Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
December 12, 2012
Scent of Rain
What a horrible thing! Not only to have the man you planned on spending the rest of your life with stand you up at the altar, but to also have the one thing disappear from you that you counted on as a money maker.
Daphne is trained as a perfume creator and without her sense of smell, she can no longer do her job properly. But God has shown her amazing promises and that good can conquer evil- love can win and in Him all things are possible.
This was a lovely read and I think I learned a few things from the characters. Life isnÃ¢ÂÂt always easy, but with God, all things ARE possible.
December 4, 2012
The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck, published by Thomas Nelson, is a contemporary chic lit piece. Daphne, a perfume creator with a heightened nose, has left Paris and the ideal job for love and to marry in San Francisco, California. When neither groom nor any of his family show up to the church, Daphne is encouraged by her parents to move across the country to Dayton, Ohio, a city she knows nothing about, to begin the job she and her fiancÃÂ© had planned.
Following the trauma of being jilted at the altar, Daphne loses her sense of smell. How is she supposed to begin working at this new company that is apparently on its last leg financially? Can she fool them long enough to get her sense of smell back?
I am grateful this was not one of those love-at-first-sight sort of books. The characters were able to develop a great camaraderie throughout the entire book. Light moments of spirituality are woven throughout the piece. It is easy for me to sympathize with Daphne through the authorÃ¢ÂÂs use of setting and situation. I mean, who wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt want to be a perfume designer in Paris? But then to be stood-up on your wedding day? And then having to move so a strange little down in the middle of nowhere?
The one aspect IÃ¢ÂÂd expound upon would be the development of the scenes when the heart is tugged by the interaction between Daphne and Jesse. There are moments when my heart is captured by the interaction, but the story quickly moves on without taking the opportunity to squeeze at the heart once itÃ¢ÂÂs been captured. I am one of those hopeless romantics who likes the emotions to be toyed with a bit more than was in The Scent of Rain. That being said, I have no problem recommending this book for young and old, women and girls. It is fun, easy read, and light-hearted.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com <http://BookSneezeÃÂ®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
September 14, 2012
Not up to Billerbeck Laughing Meter Standards
I usually laugh all the way through a Kristin Billerbeck novel...but not so much on this one. There were a few guffaws at points, but The Scent of Rain wasn't as wildly humorous as most of her books. In fact, I thought the ending to this book was quite odd. If it hadn't had an epilogue, you would have been shaking your head wondering if the author had gone to wash the dishes or something and forgotten she was finishing a book.
Here's the synopsis of this book: Daphne Sweeten is left standing at the altar. She'd created a fragrance for her fiancee' which she was giving as a gift to everyone who attended the wedding. Daphne is a chemist who develops scents. The problem after being left at the altar is that the trauma has left her without a sense of smell. And...she's just been hired by a new company as a "nose"--a person who develops scents for products--in this case, cleaning products. When she gets to Dayton, Ohio she finds a company struggling to stay afloat and depending on her nose to succeed. She also finds that the guy who left her at the altar also traded the beautiful house her father had given them for a wedding gift for a fixer-upper--and taken the difference in the money with him to Paris--to her old job.
If you haven't read any of Billerbeck's books before, you'll find plenty to chuckle about in this book. But for those who are Billerbeck fans, I think you'll be mildly disappointed. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255.
September 12, 2012