When someone first recommended this author, I was reluctant to spend money on a writer I’d never heard of. Months later, Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin, is the second book of his I have read. He’s become one of my favorite authors. I find myself asking, “why is that?” Maybe it’s because Charles Martin novels make you feel part of the story; what happens to the characters matter. In this latest read I became so immersed in the story I found myself assessing the outcome of the book for days afterwards.
Send Down the Rain is a great read! It’s a classic struggle of good verses evil. The main character, Jo Jo Brooks, claims, “evil can’t kill evil.” He believes love is the only thing that can challenge hate and overcome it. Send Down the Rain is filled with secrets and plot twists. The reader is fed a steady diet of them both. It is a tale of how far is a man is willing to go to make a stand against evil.
When you are finished reading this book you will want to keep it handy for a second read.
All winter long Brody proved to be the most loving and cozy lap dog. Then spring came and awakened the wild beast in him. Our once manageable walks together became adventures in mayhem. There are robins to chase and lots of people and dogs to bark at. Did I mention squirrels, geese and deer? He’s now entering his third year and I had to remind myself that this behavior is not new. See post: Brody takes a walk
I’ve discovered a countermeasure, however, that has proven to be very effective. When he sees something causing him to enter a bark frenzy, I pick him up and hold him in my arms and immediately he stops barking. I can now carry on a conversation with a neighbor without trying to talk over Brody’s obnoxious barking.