Historical Fiction

Book Review – Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio

Goodreads Synopsis:

After serving seventy years in prison for the murder of her sister, Eula, Della Lee has finally returned home to the Texas town of Puerto Pesar. She’s free from confinement—and ready to tell her secrets before it’s too late.

She finds a willing audience in journalist Mick Anders, who is reeling after his suspension from a Boston newspaper and in town, reluctantly, to investigate a mysterious portrait of Eula that reportedly sheds tears. He crosses paths with Dr. Paloma Vega, who’s visiting Puerto Pesar with her own mission: to take care of her ailing grandmother and to rescue her rebellious younger sister before something terrible happens. Paloma and Mick have their reasons to be in the hot, parched border town whose name translates as “Port of Regret.” But they don’t anticipate how their lives will be changed forever.

My Opinion:

Before the Rain Falls is a beautifully written story about love, hope, and family.

Della Lee Trujillo is 90 years old when she returns home to Puerto Pesar, Texas. In 1942 she was found guilty of killing her sister Eula Lee and received a sentence of 70 years.

Mick Anders is a newspaper journalist for a Boston paper. He found himself in a bit of trouble for an article he ran and was told to take a two-week leave. His boss has sent him to Puerto Pesar to chase a story of a crying portrait.

... a portrait was found in a thrift store and was thought to be leaking tears. The image was that of a young girl about four years old – Eula Lee, whose father owned the fish cannery that had been the town’s largest employer at the time. Her sister had murdered her years later. Della Lee had gone to prison and recently returned to the family house after seventy years of incarceration.

Paloma Vega has lived in New York for the past ten years. She recently graduated from college and has just been offered a job at Lenox Hill Hospital. Her grandmother, living in Puerto Pesar, had a heart attack, so Paloma has decided to take a leave of absence and return home for a few weeks to help her get back on her feet.

The story alternates between current day and the 1940’s. The current day changes perspective between Paloma and Mick. They travel separately to Puerto Pesar, completely unaware how their lives will change once they meet. Before arriving they each have very busy, successful, and fulfilling lives. Once they befriend each other, they discover things within themselves they didn’t even know existed.

The 1940’s is told from the perspective of Della Lee, starting with her being found guilty of murder and being taken away to prison. She slowly reveals the story of her childhood and life in prison. She opens up some very personal, old, painful wounds.

This is a story of self-discovery, finding happiness, and family. This story is slow to evolve, but it takes you on a real journey. I felt it was a bit predictable, but otherwise I loved this sweet story.

Thank you NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Camille Di Maio for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

My Rating: 4/5

Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: None

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Publication Date: 5/16/2017

Pages: 334 (eBook)

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