First Line Friday — Send Down The Rain

26 Aug

Happy Friday! Today I randomly selected a book from my shelves. Charles Martin is a favorite, and I really need to read this book! Maybe I’ll sneak it into my book club’s reading list. 😉 Send Down The Rain sounds so good. Have you read it? I would love to know your thoughts.

Here’s the first line:

The breeze tugged at my hair and cooled my skin.

Allie is still recovering from the loss of her family’s beloved waterfront restaurant on Florida’s Gulf Coast when she loses her second husband to a terrifying highway accident. Devastated and losing hope, she shudders to contemplate the future—until a cherished person from her past returns.

Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences. Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone in a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest. A man of character and strength, he instinctively steps in to help them get back to their home in Florida. There he will return to his own hometown—and witness the accident that launches a bittersweet reunion with his childhood sweetheart, Allie.

When Joseph offers to help Allie rebuild her restaurant, it seems the flame may reignite—until a forty-five-year-old secret begins to emerge, threatening to destroy all hope for their second chance at love.

Send Down the Rain will take you on a journey that spans the sweltering migrant worker routes of south Florida, muddy battlefields of Vietnam, thickets of northwest North Carolina, and the idyllic shores of America’s most beautiful beach (Cape San Blas). At the story’s center lies the question: What does it mean—and what level of sacrifice does it take—to truly love someone?

Charles Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of 16 previous novels, including his most recent, The Record Keeper‘. His work is available in 35+ languages. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife and their three sons.

6 Responses to “First Line Friday — Send Down The Rain”

  1. Cindy Davis August 26, 2022 at 7:03 am #

    I have not read anything (yet) by Charles Martin, although I hear great things about his books!! Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary August 26, 2022 at 8:24 am #

      My favorite is Water from My Heart, but all are excellent.

  2. Paula Shreckhise August 26, 2022 at 5:24 pm #

    My first line comes from The Finding of Miss Fairfield by Grace Hitchcock:
    Sophia Fairfield’s heart skipped at the sight if Mother holding a damp handkerchief to her eyes as Father and his business partner Prescott Payne , stood before the floor length windows facing Charleston Harbor with their heads together, soeaking in low somber tones over the crackling of the fireplace.

  3. Nicole Santana August 26, 2022 at 6:00 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Eloise and the Grump Next Door by St. Clair and Proctor. It is so much fun!
    “The sun is an evil, evil orb.”
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Lisa @ theplainspokenpen August 27, 2022 at 8:48 am #

    I’ve never read this one, but it sounds good! Thank you for sharing!

    Come see what I’m reading!

  5. Danielle Grandinetti August 29, 2022 at 12:14 pm #

    That’s a gorgeous cover! I’m reading A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer. The first line is: “I’m closing the school, Miss Atherton, and that’s my final word on the subject.”

    Hope you have a great week!

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