Book Review: I WILL SEND RAIN (⭐⭐⭐⭐) by Rae Meadows
Genre: Historical Fiction
Samuel, a farmer, and his family (wife Annie, teen daughter Birdie, and 8 year old son Fred) struggle to eek out an existence during the Great American Dust Bowl tragedy of the 1920s. Will their family survive this era intact? What toll will the lack of rain take on their family?
Since the premise reminded me of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (4 stars) by Timothy Egan, I was excited to read it and learn more about the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. I’ve also recently read The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (3.5 stars) but didn’t love it because it was depressing as hell, lacked hope, and the ending was melodramatic.
Although Rain was bleak, depressing, and sad (true to the times and situation), I liked it better than Winds because there were also a couple of interesting plotlines unrelated to the dust, as well as rays of hope woven throughout, especially at the end. Additionally, there was a “life must go on” mentality as well as the promise of new life. After reading three books about the Dust Bowl, I’m pretty sure I’ve reached my quota on that sad time in American history. 😉
Location: Mulehead, Oklahoma
I received a copy of this book in a giveaway from @suzyapprovedbookreviews. All opinions are my own.