Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin

Send Down the Rain

Allie's second husband is killed tragically when his 18-wheeler crashes into the rocks near their home in Cape San Blas--the tanker was full of fuel and the explosion could be seen on overhead satellites. She'd already lost the beloved waterfront restaurant her parents started and now losing her husband, no matter how unfulfilling their marriage was, might just push her over the edge.Joseph's time in Vietnam left him with scars that never seemed ...

Details Send Down the Rain

TitleSend Down the Rain
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Christian, Novels, Romance, Christian Fiction

Reviews Send Down the Rain

  • Cheri
    ”It don't feel right, but it's not wrong.It's just hard to start again this far along.Brick by brick, the letting go,As you walk away from everything you knowWhen you release resistanceAnd you lean into the wind,Till the roof begins to crumble,And the rain comes pourin' in,And you sit there in the rubble,Till the rubble feels like homeThat's how you learn to live aloneThat's how you learn to live aloneThat's how you learn to live alone” How ...
  • Lisa
    Send Down The RainCharles MartinMY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐PUBLISHER Thomas NelsonPUBLISHED May 8, 2018A masterful love story draped in sacrifice, secrets, suffering, solitude and healing. SUMMARYAllie’s second husband is killed tragically when his 18-wheeler crashes into the rocks near their home in Cape San Blas, Florida. The tanker was full of fuel and the explosion could be seen a hundred miles away. Allie had already lost the beloved waterfr...
  • Marialyce
    "So one important lesson of Vietnam is, the first casualty of an unwise and unjust war are the American troops called on to fight it. Their service should be honored." (Paula Begala)Forty five years is a very long time to hold a secret. For Joseph, a Vietnam War veteran, he has been plagued not only by this secret but also by the years he has been separated from the woman he loved, Allie, his brother, a now famous Senator, and the home he once kn...
  • Judy
    Charles Martin has crafted a beautiful story of sacrifice, forgiveness, love and redemption. He is becoming one of my favorite authors very quickly. I've only read this one and The Mountain Between Us, but both have been exceptional reads for me.This story is about two brothers, Joseph and Bobby, whose father left their family when they were under ten years old. Their mother raised them as best she could. Joseph went off to Vietnam while Bobby en...
  • Dannii Elle
    Whilst certainly of initial enjoyment, and discoursing on some hard-hitting topics, I can not see this maintaining a long-lasting appeal. I feel this may be due to a construct of the genre, rather than this particular book, however, as I read this assured in the character's protection, and with the safety net of the happily-ever-after I felt sure was going to be delivered, to cushion any intense emotional discomfort. This was solidly written, wel...
  • Melissa
    Martin's latest is another beautifully written winner. It is filled with emotion and a very realistic portrayal about the after-effects of the Vietnam War on Joseph. The story is told in a unique way with some surprising twists that keep the tale moving. Amazingly heartfelt statements about love, loss and the true meaning of friendship will resonate deeply with readers. Everything wraps up a bit too neatly overall, but this is a novel to savor an...
  • Karen
    Wow, what a tale! Masterful storytelling, with realistic characters, drama, and action made this a powerful read. A story that leaves a lasting impression. Told in part with flash backs through the main character's point of view, the author brings the reader along for an amazing series of events in Joseph 'Jo-Jo' Brooks' life. There are some gritty moments, including war scenes, and violence, key to understanding what has shaped his life and made...
  • Oluwatosin
    This was a beautiful story. I have been hearing a lot about Charles Martin and seen a lot of great reviews of his books.This is the first one I have read and I'm looking forward to reading more of his books.The story initially captivated me as he introduced these, seemingly unrelated, stories and I was eager to see how it would all come together.There were parts of the story that seemed to drag on, some twists I saw before they were introduced bu...
  • Jill
    4 starsAllie and Joseph were childhood sweethearts whose lives were interrupted when Joseph was sent to Vietnam. Allie has had two disastrous marriages and a failed business. Joseph suffers from severe PTSD after four tours of duty in Vietnam. His life is one of pain, feelings of unworthiness for being alive, helping others and forgiveness.There is so much good about this book starting from the first page, you are drawn into the story as Martin, ...
  • Linda
    This is a hauntingly mesmerizing story of a man’s decision and the emotional path to his redemption. You will laugh, cry, howl at the injustice of it all, but come to the same conclusion he does. What is the conclusion you ask? The answer lies in the pages of this beautiful story.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.Highly recommended!
  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    While finishing this story, I had tears in my eyes. This story was filled with passion, romance and hope for second chances. The characterization was top of the line and it had such unique characteristics that forces you to keep scrolling/turning pages to have more. Mystery, romance, passion, drama and intensity brought together brings you Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin.I want to thank NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for...
  • Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.
    3.75I was sent this book through Book Look Bloggers. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.“Soul-wounds are scars on the inside, etched with permanent ink.”Ok! I am guilty! My close friend has been telling me to read a Charles Martin book forever. She even gave me a few of her favorites to read, and I just never picked them up. I ended...
  • Mary Loomis
    I've loved every Charles Martin book I've read and this was my favorite so far. I could easily relate to all of the characters and rode a roller coaster of emotions throughout thus story. Thus is as story of healing and restoration for the individual characters and the relationships between the characters. Surprisingly, I found myself experiencing healing and restoration personally as I was given insights into things in my own life through this s...
  • Susan K
    Romance, clean, but really a novel; mild Christian faith elementsJoseph's life story, his secrets, his worries, the love of his life, and his family story is a poignant, compelling read. As I say this is a romance, it is really his life story, his secrets, his heart, his caring for all those he loves, and the struggle against good and evil in the world. His heart, his dog, the world that he protects and cares about is revealed over the course of ...
  • Shelby
    Charles Martin is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I don't even have to read the descriptions of his books before I start reading them because I know it will be good regardless of what its about. So I literally had no idea what this was about before I dove in. And guess what? I loved it. As usual, he has crafted an unforgettable emotional and dramatic story in Send Down the Rain. From the beginning I was pulled into the story, reading...
  • Melissa
    I stumbled upon Charles Martin from a book club choice years ago. Since I read that first one, I have read every book he has written. He is truly an author that a person can relate to. You can imagine my excitement to finally read this latest book of his. In true Charles fashion the beginning pulled me in. There were a lot of questions that were not being answered through a complete story line. Then, a whole different story line started and I fou...
  • Crystal
    Martin has become one of my favorite authors because I know every time I pick up one of his novels, I will find a story that reaches beyond the pages of the book into the deeper reflections of life. Martin doesn't just give the reader a good story; he takes them on a journey. Send Down the Rain shares the story of Joseph Brooks. A hero to everyone except himself, Joseph has struggled with the abandonment of his father as a child, soul-deep trauma...
  • Mary
    “Sir, we live in an angry, evil world. Where stuff doesn’t always make sense. Where hope seems like something we did when we were kids and the love we cling to slips through our fingers like cold water, but” –I tapped my chest—nothing that happens here today changes the fact that love heals the shattered places.” --Joseph “Jo-Jo” BrooksOnce again Charles Martin draws the reader into a multi-layered, emotional drama with depths th...
  • Kimberley
    Thank you Edelweiss for granting access to this advanced eGalley of Send Down the Rain.Joseph is a veteran of the Vietnam War, living in an isolated cabin, deep in the North Carolina mountains. He's unmarried, childless, and his only connection to the outside world comes via Roscoe (a dog that has no owner, but is loyal to Joseph all the same), and Suzy (a radio host with a knack for reaching into the dark places of those vets who came back from ...
  • Jenna
    Like life, Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin is rarely neat, tidy, or straight forward which allows the story to grab your attention and not let go until the final pages. The book follows a Vietnam veteran named Joseph “Jo-Jo” Brooks’ journey from his solitary life in the North Carolina mountains to his childhood hometown of Cape San Blas, FL. After finding a woman and her two children in the woods, Joseph makes the decision to not only ...
  • Teresa Nasson
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.After reading so much recommendations about Charles Martin, I was excited to be chosen to read and review his upcoming book – Send Down the Rain - as my first Netgalley choice. I must admit it took a couple of chapters for me to get into the book. It seemed a bit tedious to follow the jump between unconnecte...
  • Holly
    A second Vietnam War book in the line-up this month, Martin brings to life the struggles of veterans, including PTSD, trouble with forgiveness, addiction, and abuse. There are war scenes that will leave you struggling to understand how anyone can move forward after these experiences. The story is told in both the present day and in flashbacks (to the war scenes), and we get a true depth of the main character as he takes a journey of self-forgiven...
  • Brenda
    This book was incredible! I can't nail down what it was that kept me reading. There were so many aspects of this book that I loved! It is the first one by this author for me but I will search out others by Charles Martin! This book made me get mad, laugh, be happy, be sad and cry. My feelings changed from page to page. The story was so believable that I am sure there are men/soldiers whose life was exactly this way, which really makes me feel for...
  • Pam
    Thank you NetGalley for advanced digital copy. Couldn’t put this one down. What a story, with several interesting stories within. While mostly set in the present day, we experience the heartbreaks and lives of the main characters dating back to their childhood and the impact of decisions, secrets, the depths we go to protect those we love, and the Vietnam war. This is a book about second chances, brothers and first love. It’s an emotional boo...
  • Barb
    Thank you NetGalley, the publisher Thomas Nelson, and the author Charles Martin for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this wonderful book.I was captivated from the very beginning.Great characters, that are well developed, and easy to love, the good ones that is.Excellent plot with lots of twists and turns.This is a romance, with some mystery and a whole lot more. An emotional roller coaster for sure.Easy to read, impossible to put down.
  • Amy
    Send Down the Rain is a wonderful read. It is probably my new favorite that I have read by Charles Martin. The characters are true to life to me and I felt like I knew them and understood them. A beautiful story of healing, hope, and faith. I believe many readers will be inspired by Send Down the Rain. I give it 5+ stars. Highly recommended for readers who are wanting to discover the truth with themselves.
  • Stephanie Crowe
    Martin has written another compelling story about the human experience and takes us on a journey through the lives of Allie, Joseph and Bobby. Although there is much loss and devastation expressed , the significant premise so beautifully expressed is the importance of love and the positive impact it has on life if fully embraced. Thoroughly enjoyable and once started I couldn’t put it down!
  • Dawn Byers
    Wow!!!!! I started this book and finished it in a day - what an awesome book!I can't tell you how many emotions run through you as you read this book, happiness, sadness, anger, tears, etc etc-Pick up this book - you won't be disappointed!
  • Janette Mcmahon
    A novel that has many facets; substance abuse, family issues, immigration, Vietnam draft, and poverty. One would not think an author could adequately put all of this in one book, but Martin did. The novel was well written and engaging.
  • Diane Merritt
    OMG!! Tears and more tears. Just loved this book, shows how family and brotherly love is always there. Great book.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.