When the Rain Ends by Mary Ellen Taylor
334 pages, Kindle Edition
Publication May 1, 2023
Taken from Goodreads: From The Brighter the Light author
Mary Ellen Taylor comes the emotional story of a mother and daughter learning
to endure life’s twists and turns as they grieve a loss and face an uncertain
When artist Dani Peterson learns she’s slowly losing her vision, she becomes unmoored. Her ex-husband died only months before, leaving Dani and her preteen daughter grief stricken. Suddenly, the life Dani built for her family on the Outer Banks feels like a painful reminder of all they’ve lost.
On a whim, Dani sells her waterfront home and buys an old farm inland near the Virginia state line. But Dani’s daughter recoils at the sudden, drastic change. The Outer Banks’ sun-swept beaches, pink dawns, and savage storms are all she’s ever known.
But Dani is resolute, and the pair move to Virginia to embark on a challenging renovation. That summer, their efforts to turn a run-down silo into an art studio bring forth new friends, new loves, and new challenges.
As mother and daughter navigate the fiercest storm of their lives, they learn that instead of waiting for the skies to clear, they can withstand the wind and rain, so long as they do it together.
My Thoughts: I devoured this book. Dani is a character that was relatable and Bella, her daughter, is a typical teenager. With Dani being a mom, I could relate to how much she wanted her daughter to be okay after losing her dad in an accident. There are so many emotions that go with losing a father, much less moving that Bella was up and down, not really knowing how to feel at so many times. Dani has her own problem, losing her sight. She tries to be strong for her daughter but sometimes a mother does not have to be strong.
When the Rain Ends is a book of mother/daughter relationships. It is a book of the wonderful (or not) teenage years. It is a book of starting over after loss. There is a little bit of romance and it adds just the right touch to the story.
Thank you Mary Ellen Taylor for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet Mary Ellen Taylor (Taken from her website): Amazon Charts bestselling author, Mary Ellen Taylor’s love of her home state Virginia is evident in her contemporary women’s fiction, including Winter Cottage , Spring House, and Honeysuckle Season. She brings her new home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to life in her latest novel The Brighter The Light and When the Rain Ends
As do so many people, her protagonists search for their place in the world, exploring issues of family, home, love and belonging. Inevitably, Mary Ellen’s stories interweave setting, history and mysteries that span past and present.
Mary Ellen is also known nationally as New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense novelist Mary Burton. Together, they have published forty-nine novels and five novellas. Mary Burton’s latest, The House Beyond the Dunes, is a September 2023 release.
When not traveling or writing, Mary Ellen spends time with her husband enjoying walks on the beach with their miniature dachshunds, Buddy, Bella and Tiki.