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Atmospheric and evocative
on 16 August 2011
I'm on a bit of a Diane Chamberlain kick at the moment and the synopsis of this one really intrigued me. From the outset I expected this to be a compelling read and I wasn't wrong; with its memorable characters and beautiful, haunting setting it was a very appealing story. There's a nice romantic arc running through it as well as several intertwining back stories that really grip the reader.
The book is set in Valle Rosa, California, an area plagued by drought and fires. Desperate to save his scorched community, the mayor of the town seeks the assistance of a compelling stranger, one who promises to bring rain to the valley but at the same demands privacy in his work. With the mayor's ex-wife being a TV reporter though, and half the town thinking the elusive stranger is a con-man, keeping a low profile might not be as easy as expected...
As I've said, this was a really wonderful read. Though I didn't always like the characters and thought some of their actions questionable on occasion, they were nonetheless believable. There's nothing worse than one dimensional characters, but thankfully there were none here. The plot moved along at a steady pace with interesting little twists and turns that I'm coming to realise this author is excellent at creating. The story wasn't predictable either, which was reassuring; this was a terrific piece of contemporary fiction full of emotion and depth.
If you've never read a book of Diane Chamberlain's before, then what on earth are you waiting for?