BEFORE THE RAIN FALLS
By Camille Di Maio
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
After serving seventy years in prison for the murder of her sister, Eula, Della Lee has finally returned home to the Texas town of Puerto Pesar. She’s free from confinement—and ready to tell her secrets before it’s too late.
She finds a willing audience in journalist Mick Anders, who is reeling after his suspension from a Boston newspaper and in town, reluctantly, to investigate a mysterious portrait of Eula that reportedly sheds tears. He crosses paths with Dr. Paloma Vega, who’s visiting Puerto Pesar with her own mission: to take care of her ailing grandmother and to rescue her rebellious younger sister before something terrible happens. Paloma and Mick have their reasons to be in the hot, parched border town whose name translates as “Port of Regret.” But they don’t anticipate how their lives will be changed forever.
Moving and engrossing, this dual story alternates between Della’s dark ordeals of the 1940s and Paloma and Mick’s present-day search for answers?about roots, family, love, and what is truly important in life.
How far can a person go to make sure that their loved ones are happy both before and after life? If you want to know then this story would provide you the answer.
Before the Rain Falls is a story of sacrifice. A sacrifice so profound that would make you think whether it is really possible to love someone so deeply.
“Grief was the most terrible feeling possible. Suffocating under the heaviness of regret. A body filled with rocks, each one placed there by a pain that grew until it hurt to move.”
Before the Rain Falls is supported by really strong characters. They are well built and felt very real. Della both as a old woman of today and young woman of 1943 or 44 is likeable. Though there is much difference between these two characters like the older woman is more mature and somewhat immune to the pain rather than the younger one but they both are very strong characters. Apart from Della, Paloma and Mick’s characters are also very good.
Before the Rain Falls has a lot of emotional moments where I could not stop myself from crying. The description of the pain Della suffered was enough to shred my heart into a million pieces and the joys that came in between and after the spells of her pain was enough to give me happy tears.
“She looked around this room, unfamiliar to her, and yet made of the same gray concrete as the hallways and the cells and the workrooms. How did one say how cold nights were with concrete walls and thin blankets? How hot the sun could burn in an open field? How bland the food, how lonely the heart, how desperate the ache? How did one say that here there could still be joys? The music, the love for a child not yet seen?”
The author described the emotions and dilemma of all the characters not only Della’s really beautifully.
This novel does not only tell the story of Della but also of Mick and Paloma. This two side stories are like cherry on the top for this book. The romance between Mick and Paloma is sweet and sometimes a much needed reprieve from the painful tale of Della.
Before the Rain Falls is a really well written novel and is one such story that stays with you long after you have finished reading it. This is book is recommended to everyone.
LIFE AT 17 RATING
(4.5 stars out of 5)
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*I received my book from Netgalley*