Swagbucks Book Club: Take The Weather With You
Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s discussion of The Hunger Games! It was extremely intriguing and thought provoking. If you missed it you can check it out here. I’m looking forward to an equally enjoyable discussion of this month’s selection in October. (The official discussion date is now Friday October 14th due to a scheduling conflict on the 7th)
This month’s selection is The Scent of Rain & Lightning by Nancy Pickard. When I began this book I was worried as it moved like a hot summer breeze across the Kansas plain that offers no relief. The character descriptions and heavy details weighed me down. Soon enough though the story started to unfold and envelop me so I urge you to stick with it. I guarantee by page 45 you won’t want to put it down.
If you haven’t yet started The Scent of Rain & Lightning here is a description from thelitreview.com:
One beautiful summer afternoon, from her bedroom window on the second floor, Jody Linder is unnerved to see her three uncles parking their pickups in front of her parents’ house — or what she calls her parents’ house, even though Jay and Laurie Jo Linder have been gone almost all of Jody’s life. “What is this fearsome thing I see?” the young high school English teacher whispers, mimicking Shakespeare. Polished boots, pressed jeans, fresh white shirts, Stetsons—her uncles’ suspiciously clean visiting clothes are a disturbing sign.
The three bring shocking news: The man convicted of murdering Jody’s father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-six years since that stormy night when, as baby Jody lay asleep in her crib, her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of Jody’s uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents’ ranch could erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophic night.
Now Billy Crosby has been granted a new trial, thanks in large part to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father’s innocence. As Jody lives only a few doors down from the Crosbys, she knows that sooner or later she’ll come face-to-face with the man who she believes destroyed her family.
What she doesn’t expect are the heated exchanges with Collin. Having grown up practically side by side in this very small town, Jody and Collin have had a long history of carefully avoiding each other’s eyes. Now Jody discovers that underneath their antagonism is a shared sense of loss that no one else could possibly understand. As she revisits old wounds, startling revelations compel her to uncover the dangerous truth about her family’s tragic past.
Engrossing, lyrical, and suspenseful, “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” captures the essence of small-town America — its heartfelt intimacy and its darkest secrets—where through struggle and hardship people still dare to hope for a better future. For Jody Linder, maybe even love.
Intrigued? Don’t forget you can download The Kindle version in the Swag Store for 1799 SBs or if you are a NOOK fan we have a Barnes & Noble Gift Card available. Check the Special Offers section for any number of book retailers where you earn Swag Bucks in return. Finally there is the ever popular amazon.com card or your local library. Don’t miss out on this gem.