Ella Barron runs her Texas boarding house with the efficiency of a ship’s captain and the grace of a gentlewoman. But when a room in her boarding house opens up and the respected town doctor, Dr. Kincaid, brings Ella a new boarder—the handsome and gallant Mr. David Rainwater—Ella is immediately resistant to opening up her home to this mysterious stranger. Soon, this strong-minded, independent woman will realize that the living that she has eked out for herself in the small bubble of her town is about to change, whether she likes it or not...
"A warm, nostalgic detour from the suspense queen's comfort zone...satisfying." -- People magazine (three stars out of four)
"Bestseller Brown (Smash Cut) brings Depression-era Texas to vivid life in this poignant short novel.... Brown skillfully charts the progress of Ella and David's quiet romance, while a contemporary frame adds a neat twist to this heartwarming but never cloying historical." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Brown, a master of contemporary romantic suspense, makes a huge genre leap.... Many will be irresistibly drawn in by this mesmerizing little fable." -- Booklist
"Brown demonstrates her incredible breadth of talent and versatility with this touching tearjerker. A quiet, tender story." -- Romantic Times Book Reviews
"(A) masterful tale. This beautifully written period piece [is] a parable perfect to showcase Sandra Brown s newly displayed brilliance as a skilled lyricist as well as storyteller." -- Providence Journal-Bulletin (Rhode Island)
"Author Sandra Brown has the golden touch.... Rainwater has a deeply personal feel to it, and there's a careful, loving tone that caries through in its simplicity.... A beautiful little tale with an engaging, timeless feel that's as comfortable as warm apple pie. Here's hoping Brown writes in this style again." -- Deseret News (Salt Lake City)