Rating: 2 stars
Read for The Reader’s Room Winter Scavenger Hunt Challenge
I got Rain Song as a free download when my husband bought me my Kindle Keyboard in 2008. No offence to Alice J Wisler, but it’s not a book I would have paid money for. It was a sweet story, but nothing particularly original.
The gentle tale was reasonably engaging. It passed the time. I found the main character’s voice confusing, though. She’s a teacher, so must be in her twenties at least, and yet for most of the book she sounds like she’s 15. Her concerns, her attitudes, the way she talks all come across as teenaged.
The story was interesting enough for me to read the book to the end, but I was able to skim read large sections of prose that didn’t go anywhere or really add anything without feeling I’d missed anything significant. Families are flawed. Some families are flawed in more interesting ways than others. This family were flawed in a cosy way. It reminded me of the gentle romances I used to read in my Great Aunt’s copies of People’s Friend and Women’s Weekly as a child in the 1970s. Diverting but not ground breaking.