The Boy Who Loved Rain  -     By: Gerard Kelly
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The Boy Who Loved Rain

Lion Fiction / 2015 / Paperback

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Londoners admire Pastor David Dryden for emphasizing the importance of the Christian family. But all is not well in his own household. He and his wife have been ignoring their son Colom's erratic behavior. When a school friend commits suicide, they find a commitment to die in Colom's room. Can David restore his broken family? 288 pages, softcover from Lion.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1782641297
ISBN-13: 9781782641292

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When the teenage son of a successful church leader vows to die, his struggles open secrets long concealed. A novel about starting again.

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  1. Richey, MT
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought Provoking
    November 27, 2016
    Heather
    Richey, MT
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I did enjoy this book in the end. I have to admit that it was a hard starter. But it really did keep you guessing because this poor 13 year old keeps dreaming of a sister drowning. He knows he doesn't have a sister but you also know that there is some sort of secret being kept. There were a number of twists and turns in this book that kept me going to the end. Very thought provoking. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    I received a free copy of this book for my honest review from Books are Fun.org.
  2. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Book!
    February 10, 2016
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Boy Who Loved Rain is an emotional, and thought-provoking book. It describes the experiences of a teenager with emotional issues, depression, and suicidal tendencies. The book describes all the family secrets. It is intense at times but well worth the effort to read.

    I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion
  3. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    slow start
    June 5, 2015
    grammy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The first thing about this book is that it is written by an English author so it's not the usual sort of Christian book I am used to. That being said, I liked the book. But, it was very slow going to begin with. I almost gave up several times. In fact, it was more than half way through before I got really interested. It was well written, but too much descriptions for my taste. Too flowery/poetic. Even after reading the whole book, I feel there are things that could have been left out without hurting the book at all. All in all, if you are the type of reader that likes a lot of descriptions, you will love this book. If you are more like me, you will like the book once you get into it. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    One Word: Compelling
    May 5, 2015
    calliegh
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Boy Who Loved Rain is not the usual type of book that I read. I like the stories that end in happiness and make me feel good. However, this novel brings about many emotions. They could range from joy to anger. I found that I really enjoyed it. It opened my eyes to the reality of suicide and long buried family secrets which can eventually come to the surface and break someone to the point that one does not know if they can return. Being there myself at times growing up, I was able to relate to the emotions.

    Colom and his parents appear to have the perfect life. I mean he is an only child whose Mother dotes on him. His Father is a Pastor of a large Church which carries prestige but also too much responsibility at times. He is distracted and often distant from his family. As Colom though slips into further trouble and depression, his Father strives to keep up appearances and refuses to admit there is a problem. He does not allow outside help to be sought. Fiona, the Mother, soon realizes that without the outside help she stands to loose her son. Fleeing in order to seek the help Colom needs seems to be the only solution. But what will the solution show? Will it tear them apart or bring them back together as a family?

    This is a wonderful book to read. It left me rethinking many things.

    I received my book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Ephrata,PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful message, Heart-warming story
    April 25, 2015
    memakf
    Ephrata,PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This novel has such an important message that it needs to be read by anyone willing to undertake a wrenching story of a young boy and his troubled life. There are times I found it hard to go on because it broke my heart, but I am so glad I didnt put it down. I dont want to say too much about the story because I think it is more powerful if the reader discovers the truths along the way. Suffice it to say that the author did an excellent job in telling the story of a troubled youth and sending the message that it is so important to dig deep and uncover the core of anyones problems before we judge. The reader starts to understand the characters bit by bit, until all is clear at the end. The story is so powerful that it carries the reader along with the characters, so you feel their pain and agony and triumphs. This author has embraced a fragile subject in a very humane and personal style. Well done, Mr. Kelly.

    I received this book from BookFun.org in exchange for my honest review.
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