A review by Maria.
I’d like to thank author Wesley Banks for giving me the opportunity to read and review his book Hope In Every Raindrop.
Katie is searching for a new book idea. After publishing some best-sellers, she’s feeling the pressure to write another great novel. She remembers her deceased father’s advice about being able to find stories everywhere. She picks a random stop on the map, which happens to be small-town called Bishopville, South Carolina. While talking to locals, she hears a story about a doctor, his nephew, and their magic dogs. Intrigued, Katie sets out to find them and uncover the story there. She finds more than she thought possible.
Katie was a relentless, dogged, writer who had the admirable quality of passionately pursuing a story. She was intelligent, self-deprecating, kind, and patient. She was also recovering from the recent death of her father, and writing was her connection to him and his poems. I think the only thing I would have liked to know more about Katie, was maybe a little bit about what her previous best-sellers had been about.
Kyle was a very strange leading male. He was quiet, reclusive, and wary, with everyone except his dogs. Katie first spots Kyle doing magic with the dogs. It wasn’t actually magic but a loving bond between man and beast and involved patience and training. Kyle develops a mutually respectful but commanding relationship between himself and his 31 dogs. Together with Doc, his uncle, he nurtures them both in mind, soul and body.
Doc was an interesting character and I’d like to have gotten a little more of his backstory aside from bits and pieces. He was a witty, funny, older man, still grieving his deceased wife. He seemed to always be one step ahead of both Kyle and Katie always anticipating exactly what either needed.
King, the leading canine of Kyle’s pack bears mentioning. He was every bit as enigmatic as his owner. However he was a different kind of canine being neither dog nor wolf. He was loyal and fearless. He was a leader but seemed almost magical in his movements. He became a main character all on his own.
Hope In Every Raindrop is a hard book to categorize. It was part mystery as Katie learns more about the dogs and their owner. It’s a book for animal lovers and it’s part contemporary romance. The romance between Katie and Kyle moves so slow it might as well have been moving backwards. But as these two characters start to develop a mutual trust for each other their walls start to come down, and the romance is worth the wait.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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About the Book:
“Small towns have big stories.” That was a lesson Katie’s father taught her years ago. A lesson she’s taken to heart. And right now, Katie is desperate for a big story. Reeling from the recent loss of her father and with her agent breathing down her neck for the next book, the twenty-one-year-old writer picks a spot on the map and finds herself bound for a middle-of-nowhere town called Bishopville, South Carolina.
Taking a chance on the words of a local grocer, Katie stumbles upon a rare breed of dogs raised by the town doctor and his nephew Kyle. The only problem? Kyle isn’t interested in telling stories—especially not to a big-city girl who can’t seem to sit still. In an attempt to win him over as the clock winds down, Katie finds herself immersed in Kyle’s world, doing everything but writing.
When inspiration finally strikes, Katie is faced with an unforeseen catastrophe and a truth she can no longer ignore. While she has come to love the dogs, the real story may be about Kyle Walker.
About the Author:
Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing.
Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he’s love so much. He lives with my wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as they can fit in.
$25 Amazon gift card & 2 ebook copies of Hope in Every Raindrop (INT)