16 Aug 2010

Some new books

 When we were in Singapore last time, Sara bought this book by Nancy Pickard - The Scent of Wind and Lightning. I've never read her before and I'm a bit fussy about my authors. I always want one who writes well, with detailed descriptions and characters who have depth as well as a plot that sizzles. Nancy Pickard's The Scent of Rain and Lightning fulfills my expectations. This novel wraps a plot of twists and turns around characters that are alive with complications and nuances. Her characters are themselves a collection of stories, embodying the good and evil that exists in all of us. The plot weaves its way across the pages dynamically, like  the storms that advance towards Rose, Kansas, bearing with them the heat of passion, the violence of revenge, and the rains of love. I have not read Pickard before, but I'm on the way to the book store for more!

Jody Linder, a young school teacher had lost both her parents when she was a baby - her father was murdered and her mother went missing, presumed dead.The perpetrator  a neighbour,  had been arrested soon after. But  now 26 years later, Billy Cosby the man thought to be the murderer is going to be granted a re-trial. The lawyer doing this is none other than Billy's own son who believed that his father was innocent of the crime. Can Jody go through the torment of seeing her parents' murderer out on bail? 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.

The Scent of Rain and Lightning

A really great story - one that will keep you glued to the book right till the last page.


Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

THE SCENT OF RAIN AND LIGHTNING sounds like a great read full of intrigue. What a great title choice! It's great when the characters all have their own stories. So many spin off books could come from this one.

How has your summer been going? We are experiencing the beginning of autumn with lower humidity. I loooove this time of year. :D

Cheers, JJ

naida said...

It sounds like a really good book. How wonderful to find an author you really enjoy reading.


Kat said...

Dear JJ,
WE've got eternal summer here in Malaysia, unlike you lucky people with 4 seasons. But it's been a good July and August - not too hot, with plentiful rain and no smog from the forest fires of Sumatra.Or maybe not yet... I don't know. Thank you for your comments.

And Naida,

Yes, its a great read. Surprised me rather , cos I'm usually very choosy about new authors.