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Review: In The Midnight Rain by Ruth Wind
Friday July 22, 2011 at 12:00 am |

inthemidnightrain-rwPublisher: Harper Collins
Copyright: 2010
Published: May 1, 2000
Pages: 327
Form: E-Book
Author: Ruth Wind
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Looking for the Past…

Ellie Connor is a biographer with a special talent for piecing together fragments of the past. Her latest project, though, promises to be her most challenging—and personal. Not only is she researching the life of a blues singer who disappeared mysteriously forty years ago, but Ellie is also trying to find the truth about the parents she never knew. The love child of a restless woman who died young and an anonymous father, Ellie has little to go on but a faded postcard her mother sent from a small East Texas town—the hometown of her latest subject.

Could Mean Finding Her Future…

It is there that Ellie meets Blue Reynard, a man with deep roots and wide connections who may help her find answers. With a piercing gaze and cool grin, Blue is as sultry and seductive as the Southern night air. Beneath his charming surface, however, lies a soul damaged by loss. Despite her better judgment, Ellie finds herself irresistibly drawn to Blue’s passion—and his pain. But Ellie’s been lured by sweet talk and hot kisses before. How can she possibly stay with Blue when every instinct tells her to run?

My Thoughts:

This was an enjoyable read but I have to say I enjoyed the mystery surrounding Ellie’s father and the vanished Blues singer more than the romance of the story.  The book was very beautifully written and the author really captured the beauty of the country and that backwoods, small town world.  More than anything, I was drawn to the mysteries and unspoken truths within this book.  It seemed to me that every major character was carrying a secret, and it would take the jaws of life for someone to wrench it from them.

This charming little town of Pine Bend that Ellie finds herself in is wrought with loss and heartache and the folks who live there will do anything to prevent her from uncovering parts of their pasts that they don’t like to talk about or confront.  While I wasn’t taken very much by Ellie, I did find her work interesting and loved the passion she had for music and mystery.  I also loved her relationship with her dog and the easy way she fit into the small town of Pine Bend.

I have to say the uncovering of what happened to Mabel Beauvais and finding her birth father kind of rocked me.  And though I was able to guess both parts accurately, I was still shocked by the revelation every time it was revealed to another character in the story.  And although I liked Blue well enough, I found myself uninterested in his and Ellie’s budding romance.  Blue is a charming country boy with an easy smile.  He’s kind and flirtatious, and has an unusual interest in orchids.  But I found my eyes glazing over and my mind tuning out whenever the romance between the two kicked up.

I did enjoy the supporting characters a lot though.  Especially Blue’s best friend Marcus.  I also really enjoyed Rosemary, Hattie Gorden, and Gwen Lassier.  Even Blue’s Aunt and Ellie’s grandmother managed to make me smile.  This book switched point of views between many of the characters, but I didn’t find it to be distracting at all.  Sometimes it was a welcomed break from the main point of views of Ellie and Blue.

Overall it was a decent book with a great mystery.  Though I wasn’t that into the central romance of this book, the mystery had me completely drawn in.  I would suggest this book to anyone looking for an interesting mystery and who likes reading about tight knit small towns.

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9 Responses to “Review: In The Midnight Rain by Ruth Wind”

  1. Nice review! I’m not loving the cover of this book for some reason. The mystery sounds fantastic. Not going to give it a go but I appreciate the introduction.

  2. Brie says:

    What is it about small towns and mysteries? That’s a genre that always seems to work best when is set in a small town instead of a city, must be that the claustrophobic feel and the “everyone could be the bad guy” plot device works best when everyone means thirty people and not thirty thousand!
    @Alexis: the cover looks like a scene from the movie The Notebook, judging by the cover I wouldn’t have guessed that it was a mystery!

  3. Jade Jade says:

    @ Alexis, I hate the cover too. This is actually the ebook cover. I like the paperback cover better. But since I read the ebook, thought I should use the ebook cover.

    @ Brie, I think you’re right. Only this mystery there aren’t really any bad guys. Just people carrying secrets that need to be uncovered.

  4. Missie says:

    Kissing in the Rain! I love that cover.

    Too bad the romance didn’t quite make an impression.

    I’m from a tight knit small town, and I’ve gotta say, people love to gossip and spill all kinds of secrets, especially about the past. So it’s kind of hard for me to imagine this town wanted to keep quiet. LOL

    Glad you enjoyed the mystery.

  5. Jade Jade says:

    @ Missie, I’m from a small towna s well so I know all about gossip. But undestandably this gossip brought up a lot of hurtful memories for all those involved o I could see why they were so tight lipped about some things. Sometimes folsk just want the past to stay buried.

  6. Your review shows the beauty of a good author…. a story within a story. I might just have to get me that book…and while I’m thinking about it, my blogger friend, when am I hooking you up with one of mine so you can post a review????

  7. Jade Jade says:

    @ Brenda I don’t have too muh lined up in August so anytime next month is fine.

  8. lena says:

    From the cover you’d think the romance in the novel would be smokin hot. Some how it fizzled or wasn’t thoroughly fleshed out suppose. The cover puts me in the mind of the book, The Notebook.

  9. Jade Jade says:

    @ Lena is does doesn’t it. And I’m sure for the majority of folks who reads this, they will probably find the romance to be well done. It just failed to keep my attention for some reason. And it could have been because I was more interested in the mystery than the romance.