Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication Date: 5/21/2019
Pages: 288 (Paperback)
Happy Pub Day to Bring the Rain!
Sixty-three-year-old Dart Sommers―a professor of psychology and the founder of The Raindrop Institute (TRI), a think tank dedicated to eradicating poverty―is intelligent, resourceful, and ambitious. She has always considered her brain to be the best part of her. When she finds herself reacting inappropriately to situations at work and forgetting pieces of her day, she realizes that her mind is betraying her. Before she gets confirmation from a doctor, she knows her diagnosis: she has frontotemporal dementia (FTD). And whatever symptoms she’s experiencing now, they’re only going to get worse.
As she struggles with the reality of her illness, Dart finds herself falling for her friend Ash―who is her boss and the still-grieving widower whose wife died of FTD. As Dart’s health deteriorates and she faces conflict at work with a colleague who wants to take over TRI, she pushes Ash away, determined to spare him from more heartache. But he refuses to give up on her―and as events unfold, Dart begins to suspect that love, not decisions based on logic, might change everything.
Dart Sommers is the founder of The Raindrop Institute (TRI). She rents rooms to four women – Classy, Susan, Lynn, and Mary Beth (AKA The Raindrops). Their goals are to stop civilization from collapsing and eradicated poverty.
After putting five years into the TRI, the group realizes they have not accomplished nearly as much as they had set out to do. They have done good work, but wanted to do more. Dart decides it is necessary to focus just on poverty, but in order to be successful they need to broaden their reach and start a movement. The only problem is that The Raindrops are not all on board and Dart may have to push forward without them.
For being as short as this book is there was quite a bit going on. The largest storyline was the quest to eliminate poverty. In addition, there is a nasty feud between Dart and a colleague. Health concerns for Dart played a major role in her thoughts and life decisions. Last, but not least there is even a love story brewing.
I thought the love story was sweet, but what I will walk away remembering is Dart’s determination. I applaud anyone that seeks out their passion and admire their dedication to see it though. She embodies what it means to not give up, no matter what.
*Thank you Leslie Standridge and She Writes Press for my review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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