Somewhere to review books I'm reading without giving away any spoilers!
Title: Things to do When It’s Raining
Author: Marissa Stapley
Publisher: Graydon House Books, Harlequin
Published: February 6th, 2018
This story has a beautiful cover but for me the contents didn’t reflect this – it is probably a case of least said, soonest mended…..
The story concerns tragedy, lies and secrets that impact three generations. It explores friendship, hidden truths, guilt, heartbreak and aspects of living with dementia with a range of characters but I actually found it difficult to feel connected to them in anyway and this detracted severely to my enjoyment of the story. The story is told from different points of view and sometimes from different time perspectives, too. It is a sad, tragic tale with a slow, character driven plot with the epilogue being the bright light at the end of the story. I admit I found myself skipping my way through it (and that’s not how I usually read at all) but I did finish it. However, I suspect some people will love it, so don’t let me put you off giving it a try – I hope you love it! I suspect it will appeal to people who enjoy trying to unravel melancholy, tangled messes created by so many lies and deceptions in a family orientated drama.
I requested and received a copy of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
When secrets tear love apart, can the truth mend it?
Mae Summers has it all: a loving fiancé, Peter, a job at the flourishing company he owns and a beautiful New York City apartment. But Mae’s life shatters when she wakes up one morning to discover Peter gone—leaving only a cryptic note behind him—and the company in shambles, its investments founded on lies.
There’s only one place for Mae to go: home to Alexandria Bay, the small tourist town in upstate New York where she was raised by her grandparents in the inn they own. And not all is right in Alex Bay, either: Mae finds her grandmother struggling with dementia, separated from Mae’s grandfather thanks to a terrible secret she never meant to reveal.
She also finds Gabe, her childhood best friend who became the love of her young life—now a handsome if brooding adult, working through a private trauma that still haunts him.
A lifetime of secrets stands in the way of Mae and her family’s happiness. Home may be where the heart is, but sometimes it takes equal parts love, forgiveness and will to mend that heart.