Only the Rain

Only the Rain

When family man and war veteran Russell loses his job as a quarry worker, his life suddenly seems more like a waking nightmare than a chance to finally live the American dream. Facing bills, a new baby, and a bone-dry bank account, he’s got nothing left to lose. Russell comes to the rescue of a naked stranger dancing in the rain, and what was supposed to be a straightforw...

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Author:Randall Silvis
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Only the Rain Reviews

  • Tulay

    Very glad that I chose this book, Amazon First Read December novel.

    Russell is Iraq veteran, grandfather is Vietnam veteran and they know what other needs. Love, support and understanding of family. Russell writes everything about himself and what is going on to his sergeant, even the things he couldn't tell his wife. Touching, though provoking story. Rainy days will remind me this novel.

  • Holly  B

    When it rains, it pours!

    Captivating with a suspenseful pace that is simply spellbinding.  5 STARS!!

    This author's storytelling and characterization had me emotionally involved in this story.  I was experiencing feelings about what I might have done or how I may have acted or reacted to the various situations.  I found myself asking many questions about the dilemma that the main character Russell set in motion. It takes a special skill to be able to provoke so much emotion in the reader (me)!

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    When it rains, it pours!

    Captivating with a suspenseful pace that is simply spellbinding.  5 STARS!!

    This author's storytelling and characterization had me emotionally involved in this story.  I was experiencing feelings about what I might have done or how I may have acted or reacted to the various situations.  I found myself asking many questions about the dilemma that the main character Russell set in motion. It takes a special skill to be able to provoke so much emotion in the reader (me)!

    A rainy day that won't be forgotten...

    Russell has just been fired and he has no savings, could Russell's day get any worse? He has two young daughters and a wife expecting a third.  They depend on him for financial security.  He is determined not to let them down. He is a family man!

    He is on his way home wondering how he is going to break the news to his wife. He is speeding along on his motorcycle in the pouring rain with the weight of his predicament on his shoulders.  He passes a cottage and sees a naked lady out dancing in the rain without a care.  He passes by, but something doesn't feel right so he decides to go back.  Doesn't that seem like the "right" thing to do? The actions and decisions he soon makes will start to spiral out of control.

    He can't take what he did back. Why didn't he just look the other way? Keep his eye on the road? 

    If you're like me and love suspense novels that offer "moral" choices and let you into the "mind" of the character, you will devour this one quickly!

    This was my Kindle First Pick for February and I couldn't be happier!!

  • Diane S ☔

    A kindle first pick for me and one in which I was very pleased. I have read his two DeMarco series books and also enjoyed both. A simple story, simply written as a modern day morality tale. A young man, husband, father of two young daughters, wife expecting another, loses his job. Feeling desperate, and though he is at heart a good man, a loving man, does something he comes to regret. Something with a terrible cost, something he needs to put right.

    The writing is vivid, flows well as we see all t

    A kindle first pick for me and one in which I was very pleased. I have read his two DeMarco series books and also enjoyed both. A simple story, simply written as a modern day morality tale. A young man, husband, father of two young daughters, wife expecting another, loses his job. Feeling desperate, and though he is at heart a good man, a loving man, does something he comes to regret. Something with a terrible cost, something he needs to put right.

    The writing is vivid, flows well as we see all the thought processes of this conflicted man. How can he make this right and keep his family intact? We learn of his past, his closeness to his grandparents who raised him to do right, another thing he has trouble forgiving himself for. I couldn't condone his actions, but understood how he made the decisions he made and why. Found myself rooting for this little family. Loved his remaining grandparent, Pappi, who helps without condemnation. Also, I liked how this author took us back to both these men and their war experiences, advice, action then that they use now. Could it have ended the way it did? I thought so.

  • Marialyce

    4.5 marvelously written stars

    There are some books you read because they have gotten so much hype you just can't pass them up.There are some books you read because a friend, or a family member recommends them. Then there are books you read just for the beauty of the writing, the ease in which he author tells his or her story, the emotions that stir inside you are you turn the pages. Only the Rain is one of those books. It comes at you slowly, pulling you into the story of a young veteran, a fathe

    4.5 marvelously written stars

    There are some books you read because they have gotten so much hype you just can't pass them up.There are some books you read because a friend, or a family member recommends them. Then there are books you read just for the beauty of the writing, the ease in which he author tells his or her story, the emotions that stir inside you are you turn the pages. Only the Rain is one of those books. It comes at you slowly, pulling you into the story of a young veteran, a father, a husband who finds himself in the middle of a problem created because he loves his family and needs to protect and provide for them

    Russell, the main character in this tale finds money stashed in a meth house. He takes it, a victimless crime really, and that money is so needed by him and his family. Russell has just lost his job, has two young daughters, and a wife who is expecting baby number three. How could he not take the money? And yet, Russell struggles with his conscience, struggles with the impact of what he has done, and when the meth dealers come after him, his life and family are in jeopardy. Russell has a grandfather, the man who raised him, who is the impetus behind the man that Russell is and wants to be. He also have the memory of a man who was the leader of his company while serving in the army overseas.

    Told with tenderness and a certain amount of grit, this story was wonderfully done and had this reader rooting for Russell, his family , and Pops.

    Thank you to Randall Silvis who provided this reader with hours of reading pleasure and to the publisher, and NetGalley for a copy of this awesome book.

  • Brenda - Traveling Sister

    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,

    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.

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