Friday, October 31, 2014

Bring Down the Rain Review & Giveaway

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J. Lloyd Morgan
Starting at a new high school is hard, especially as a senior. At age 17, Derek moves with his family from North Carolina to Utah. Derek learns about the unwritten laws of dating in Utah, and that his mom and dad have a history at his new school—a history that threatens his future.

Set in 1986, “Bring Down The Rain” is a story of loss, grief, redemption, hope, and making life altering choices.


I have to admit I was hesitant to read this book.  It did not seem like it would be something that I would enjoy.  I don't really care for baseball, and it features a teen boy.  I was not sure I could identify with him or the book very much.  Boy, was I wrong.  This was a great wholesome book full of life lessons.  As for baseball, there were a couple of references because Derek had been a star baseball player but there really was not much else about baseball.

I was quite surprised by how taken I was with this book.  I could not put it down.  J. Lloyd Morgan pulled me in from the very beginning of the book.  The feelings in this book were palpable.  I felt such empathy for the characters, and really cared about what happened to them.

What is really refreshing, is how wholesome the book is.  This is a book that is appropriate for all ages.  I would not have any hesitancy in letting my nephews that are in middle school read this one.  In fact, I will be recommending this book to them.  There are so many things they can learn from this book while also being entertained and engaged.  This book teaches values without throwing it in your face.

Most of the characters, if not all, are Mormon.  Again, this is not thrown in your face.  It does talk about the values that Derek has, and that he might go on a mission.  While I don't know much about the Mormon faith, I do know that they share many beliefs with Christians,.

The only problem I see that some parents might have with the book is that they might think that the book might try to convert their children.  Well, they do not have to worry about this because the book does not discuss the beliefs that Mormons have.  It only touches on some of the values that they have.

I give this book 5 stars.  It is entertaining while also teaching values and morals.  It is a wonderful book that people of all ages will love.  Boys may like this more than girls but just because the main character is male.  I strongly urge you to purchase and read this book.  You will love it.

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Meet the Author

Taylor Stonely J. Lloyd Morgan is a bestselling author and an award-winning television director. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Communications and a minor in English. In 2014, Morgan earned his Master’s degree in Creative Writing. Morgan has lived all over the United States, but now resides in North Carolina with his wife and four daughters where he teaches college English classes. Aside from writing, Morgan is an avid reader. He’s also a huge fan of baseball and enjoys listening to progressive rock.

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