My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I started off lost in the rainy, grassy lush coulee with three of my Traveling Sisters reading Only The Rain and this turned out to be quite the interesting read for me when we clearly were left lost in different coulees. Often in our sister reads we have different thoughts and views on the books we read and usually I can see both sides of the coulee however for this read I really struggled with my thoughts on this one.
Through an email from our main character Russell to his army buddy Spencer, we learn of a desperate decision referred to as a “victimless crime” from the description of this book that Russell makes, that sets off a chain of events resulting from that decision. This has me asking myself if this could really be considered a victimless crime when these types of criminals are involved. Russell remembers and shares some war stories and I did find that interesting. We all liked the flow of the book and found it an interesting way to really get into Russell’s mind however once in his thoughts things started to go sideways for me. To me, it felt like he was justifying his actions to some very serious moral decisions and explaining how bad he felt about the things he did or didn’t do. I went from enjoying this one to being annoyed.
There are some good dynamics here in this story and we all agreed we loved the tender relationship Russell had with his grandparents and that added a nice touch to the story we all enjoyed. We all loved Pop, such an interesting, strong, witty and wise character. I felt the dynamics between Russell and his wife Cindy was just too much drama there. I listened to some of this one and had to switch to reading it when this became too annoying for me.
Things did start to pick up for me with the ending and things turned exciting and I was satisfied with the ending but it didn’t save this one for me. I still recommend this one as my TS really enjoyed this one and were left in the rain in the lush coulee. For me, I was left annoyed soaking wet in the barren coulee.
Published January 1, 2018
Thank you, NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, and Randall Silvis for a copy to read and review.