The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

The Rain Watcher

The first new novel in four years from the beloved superstar author of Sarah's Key, a heartbreaking and uplifting story of family secrets and devastating disaster, in the tradition of THE NEST.The Rain Watcher is a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father's 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. Seen through th...

Details The Rain Watcher

TitleThe Rain Watcher
Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, France, Literary Fiction

Reviews The Rain Watcher

  • Melissa
    I will start with the tree. Because everything begins, and ends, with the tree. When this novel finds its way into your hands, you very well could be basking in a sunny or warm locale, but it won’t make a bit of difference. Cracking this cover guarantees reality will fade into the background as the transportive nature of Tatiana de Rosnay’s words take over. She’ll land you smack dab in the heart of Paris during a run of gloomy and wet weath...
  • Elyse
    There are many things I enjoyed about this novel.......I’m absolutely glad I read it. I definitely recommend it. TRUTH IS I LIKED IT A LOT.....( gorgeous writing and vivid descriptive experiences - a very interesting story - with characters to cozy up with and become intimate rather quickly). There are some problems however: .....incomplete tale-add-ins....stories got dropped off. Some never got developed-barley off the ground- or they interru...
  • Angela M
    A family reunion to celebrate a father’s seventieth birthday and the parents’ wedding anniversary brings together a family whose love for each is part and parcel of this story. Yet they don’t seem to know each other very well, harboring secrets of who they are, holding regrets over mistakes they made, or something they can’t bear to speak about, sad times in their past. This time in Paris, the complicated family relationships slowly to co...
  • Diane S ☔
    An historic flood, a flawed family, and the last chance for understanding and redemption, converge in this well done novel. When the Malegarde family arrive in Paris to celebrate the Father's 70th birthday, they little expect the incessant rain, nor the impact the flooding of the Seine will have on their stay. Linden, a very successful photographer is our narrator snd our tour guide, chronicling the flooding. The family will soon be dealing with ...
  • Paromjit
    This is my first read of a book by Tatiana de Rosnay, and whilst it often strained to retain a cohesive coherent whole, I nevertheless loved the beautiful rich tapestry of prose and description and its character driven narrative. This is an intensely vibrant, melancholic, atmospheric and multi-layered family drama set in Paris, as the city endures the dangerous and menacing flooding of the River Seine. It focuses on the reunion of the dysfunction...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    4 atmospheric stars! From the first page of this story, I felt as if I was transported into the rain drenched city of Paris, France. The pitter-pattering of the rain against windows, the splashing through endless puddles, the droplets of rain dripping from umbrellas, the constant measure of the waters’ rise. I was entranced by the intensity and beauty of the atmosphere of this novel. The scenes felt so real and vivid that my imagination didn’...
  • Cheri
    4.5 Stars”As long as I rememberThe rain's been comin' downClouds of mystery pourin'Confusion on the ground“Still the rain kept pourin'Fallin' on my earsAnd I wonder, still I wonderWho'll stop the rain?”--Who'll Stop the Rain, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Songwriters: Glenn Gregory / Ian Marsh / Martyn Ware ”I will start with the tree. Because everything begins, and ends, with the tree. The tree is the tallest one. It was planted way befo...
  • Katie B
    I find books that explore family relationships so fascinating and this one did not disappoint. Linden Malegarde goes to Paris to meet up with his sister and parents to celebrate his father's birthday. As Linden reflects back on key moments in his life that led to fractured relationships with family members, a natural disaster threatens to bring down the city.While the book focused on the complicated relationships Linden had with each family membe...
  • Carol
    Well....My Goodness! Ha! 4+ Mind-Bending Stars! THE RAIN WATCHER is a perplexing read that, at times, felt disjointed because intermingled throughout the story are tidbits about trees, but I soon found.....Everything here begins and ends with a ancient and powerful tree....a tree that has seen many secrets over its 300+ years of existence. This clever tree is not afraid and likes to pretend it's dead. Trees are very important to life.....
  • Linda
    Expectations often bend us away from the purity of intent.The Malegarde family has set its site on Paris for a private celebration of Lauren and Paul's 40th wedding anniversary and Paul's 70th birthday. Daughter Tilia and son Linden are told to leave their significant others at home. It was expected to be just a small gathering of the four. And the rain that fell upon the City of Light that weekend was never forecast to be so all-encompassing eit...
  • The Lit Bitch
    Tatiana de Rosnay writes beautiful novels, usually set in Paris, that capture the hearts and minds of readers.I read Sarah’s Kay back in 2011 and wasn’t terribly as impressed as I had hoped. I find that I am in the minority when it comes to this opinion. But since then I’ve seen a number of her books climbing the bestseller lists with speed—though I haven’t read any others.Could it have been the mood I was in at the time that made me no...
  • Amy
    Five Glorious Stars for this beautifully written book. Thank you to Goodreads and the publisher for the opportunity to read an early copy, through the giveaway program. The Giveaway concept is meant to help an author create buzz for a new book - for this one that is delightfully easy to do. There is a certain pleasure in being one of the first people to read a book that is going to sweep hearts and shelves. This time the pleasure was mine.Can I c...
  • Krista
    Rating: 2 stars This is such a hard review for me to write. I fell headlong in love with de Rosnay’s earlier work, ‘Sarah's Key’, and was anticipating a similar experience with her newest book, ‘The Rain Watcher’. Alas, this book was not a repeat performance for me. I think that if I had to sum up this book in one word, it would be ‘dreary’. Like ‘‘Sarah's Key’, this book is principally set in Paris, but the comparisons end th...
  • Martie Nees Record
    Genre: Historical and General FictionThe rain watcherPublisher: St. Martin’s PressPub. Date: October 23, 2018To begin with, let me tell you that the real characters in this family saga are not the characters, but rather Paris itself and the weather. I read and enjoyed Tatiana de Rosnay’s previous historical novel “Sarah’s Key” which also takes place in Paris but during WWII. I found her soon to be published novel, “The Rain Watcher”...
  • Zoe
    Vivid, captivating, and melancholic!A beautiful portrayal of a city in turmoil and a family struggling to understand, accept, and outwardly show compassion and love for each other.Full review to follow shortly.
  • Kathy Sandlin
    I loved Sarah's Key from Tatiana de Rosnay so I was very excited to read this book and I love the cover. I was immediately drawn into the story about a family that meets in Paris to celebrate the father's 70th birthday. After you initially meet the family the story started getting scattered and repetitive. You know as soon as you meet everyone that things are being left unsaid and not talked about that is probably similar to most families. The is...
  • Susan
    Paul Malegarde and his wife Lauren meet their two children Tilia and Linden in Paris to celebrate Paul's 70th birthday. As soon as they all arrive the torrential rains begin and a series of events begin that make for a tragic reunion. Unfortunately this book did not work for me. I would have had a better reading experience if there had been more focus on either the flood or the relationships between the family that needed sorted out. All in all a...
  • TJ
    I read Sarah’s Key a year ago and absolutely loved it, so I was very excited to receive a free copy of The Rain Watcher expecting to be wowed one more time. That was not the case. I have to say when I read the last paragraph, my first thought was “you have got to be kidding me.” I have never read a book that ended so abruptly that left so many questions unanswered. Unfortunately I was never drawn in to care enough about the characters to ev...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON OCTOBER 23."Linden wondered why his mother organized a family get together in Paris for his father’s 70th birthday since his father didn’t like Paris.In addition to his dislike of Paris, Paris was having torrential rain fall threats of flooding. The rain and flooding continued throughout their time in Paris and throughout the book with worries it would be as bad if not worse than the Paris floods of 1910.THE RAIN WATCHE...
  • Sue
    I am normally a very fast reader but I read this book slowly so that I could savor every word and marvel at the way the family secrets were brought to the light. I love Paris and felt like I had taken a wet and rainy mini-vacation after I finished it. I loved the family and they are not characters that I'll soon forget.The Malegarde family is meeting in Paris to celebrate Paul's 70th birthday and the anniversary of Paul and Lauren. They both trav...
  • Diane
    Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for sending me this electronic copy in exchange for an honest review. #TheRainWatcher #NetGalleyI was over half way through this book before I discovered any resemblance to a plot and/or story line. Basically it is a story about a family that planned to reunite in Paris to celebrate the father's birthday. The two grown children came from San Francisco and London to meet their parents. Once they family al...
  • Molly
    THE RAIN WATCHER This is a beautiful and tender novel. As a family reunite in Paris to celebrate the father's 70th birthday, a natural disaster and family illness set the stage for emotions to run high. Throughout the days of unrelenting rain, as Paris floods, we discover the details and secrets of each member of the family. What I found so enjoyable about this book were the fantastic descriptions and details. I felt like I was right down in the ...
  • Mrsk Stephen
    Wow! It's not often that I have to re-read a novel to come to an understanding of its theme. In her latest novel, The Rain Watcher, Tatiana de Rosnay draws the reader into a character study of a family who are stranded in Paris as the Seine overflows its banks. The severe flooding and disastrous drowning of the city makes an apt metaphor for a family that is drowning in secrets. As the water continues to rise to historic levels the family is both...
  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    See full review at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel early.The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay was one of my most anticipated reads for the end of 2018 due to my love of the author's previous book, Sarah's Key. Sarah's Key is solely responsible for spurring my love of World War II Historical Fiction, and is on the list of my all-time favorite reads. It was a book I...
  • Joy D
    Contemporary fiction about a family of four getting together in Paris for a family reunion in honor of his father’s seventieth birthday, told from the point of view of the son, Linden Malegarde, an acclaimed professional photographer. The father is a French arborist, the mother an American, the daughter a painter married to an alcoholic. This family reunion has gone terribly wrong, involving medical issues and a natural disaster. Each family me...
  • Enchantress debbicat ☮
    3.5 stars rounded up to 4. Great setting and descriptions. I truly felt like I was there in rainy Paris waiting for a flood. I felt the fear, the angst, the heaviness, the sleeplessness. As someone who lives on the Gulf Coast and knows about flooding due to hurricanes, I was fully engaged in all the emotions this story could evoke. Well fleshed out characters that I can easily relate to. A gay son who can't tell his dad who he is. A wife that see...
  • Toni Osborne
    Set in Paris during a stunning natural disaster “The Rain Watcher is a drama that slowly unfolds the Malegarde’s family secrets. Paul and Lauren Malegarde are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and Paul 70th birthday with their two adult children but unfortunately the reunion doesn’t go as planned. The streets of Paris are waterlogged and the Seine is still rising at a rapid pace amongst the chaos sickness is at the family door….....
  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    Very well written family drama which takes place in modern day Paris during a massive flood, with continuous rain and the Seine rising to record breaking heights, paralyzing the city and suburbs. A family is gathering for a reunion with both affirmative and tragic results. Long kept secrets are revealed and everyone finds out more about themselves and others than they might want to know.Tatiana De Rosnay has created a depth of emotion that keeps ...
  • Lorrie
    Oh my goodness! I don’t know what to think! I want to write a review about this book while everything is sharp in my mind; while at the same time, I want to just go sit and think about it for a bit. This book is so very different from the author’s very popular novel “Sarah’s Key”. It’s as different as Elizabeth Gilbert’s first two novels—of which I also loved both. Or as different as JK Rowling’s HP series and “Casual Vacancy...
  • Donna Hines
    On June 3rd 2016 the level of the Seine reached 5.58 m in Paris. Perhaps not comparable to 1910 when it reached 8.42m causing extensive damage. in 2018 we have this eloquent, heartbreaking, and magically heartwarming story provided by Tatiana de Rosnay which built upon the tragedies of earlier days for the Parisians and the Malegarde Family.Each character has it's own unique style and story to bring wit...