Title: Heaven Sent Rain
Author: Lauraine Snelling
Heaven Sent Rain is a story that captures the heart and tickles the imagination. The tale is written with a flavor of mystery. Readers will find themselves captivated by the character of Jonah and his dog, Downmutt. The central female character is Dinah Taylor who loves to lose herself in research and discovery all to help others gain better health, but the role she must fill is that of CEO along with all the administrative responsibilities. Dinah’s life seems orderly and her condo’s furniture, walls and décor is all white with nothing out of place. Her routine never changes until she meets Jonah.
There is a vet whose lives with a menagerie of pets, loves to paint, sketch and draw. His artwork of various animals is displayed on the walls of the waiting room in his practice. Garrett publishes a weekly cartoon with animal characters for fun; though the newspaper would love to run it daily, Garrett declines. For Garrett being an animal doctor is what he is meant to do, and the cartoon is for fun as he doesn’t want his love of drawing ruined by the pressure of having to produce something every day of the week.
Now that is basically the foundation of the story. What readers will discover is the deep faith in God that both Garrett and Jonah possess, but something in Dinah’s past keeps her from being close to God. Lauraine Snelling does a wonderful job of slowly peeling back the history of Dinah’s younger years to reveal why she is who she is as an adult. By slowly showing Garrett’s younger years, which are different than Dinah’s, he is seen to have an event in the past that keeps him guarding his heart from loving any woman. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the little boy character of Jonah and his mother, who appear to live so poorly and yet are rich beyond description in a way few people understand today. This is a great novel that reminds us of Who is more than we will ever understand this side of heaven, but cannot truly live without in our daily lives. Don’t miss reading Heaven Sent Rain!
My rating is 5 stars.
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