Drops of Rain (Hale Brothers, #1)by Kathryn Andrews
Sometimes I think to myself, “How did I get here?” Then the pain hits and I remember…it’s because she’s gone. I now live in a new town, go to a new school, and I’m supposed to be moving on with my new life. Only, I no longer know who I am anymore. Dancing is all I have left and every day I feel completely alone. Silence has become the theme song to my life. She said to find some joy and light, but I don’t know how. Mostly, I feel surrounded in darkness…that is until I meet him.
I have only one goal, in 298 days I’m going to drive away from this small beach town and never return. People are always watching me closely, too close, and I’m tired of wearing a mask. I need to be free. Swimming is my ticket out of here and I remind myself daily to fly under the radar, stick to my routine, and under no circumstances let anything distract me. I’m not as perfect as they think, most days I am drowning in guilt. I’m not sure I will ever be able to escape the feelings of shame, worthlessness, and just being unwanted…that is until I meet her.
Kelly - 4.5 Crowns
Drops of Rain is an emotionally charged, coming of age romance that will have you turning the pages long into the night. A Must Read!!! - Kelly, Perusing Princesses
Drops of Rain is more than its title suggests, this isn't just a fleeting light scatter, think more... whirlwind, as it sweeps you up and whisks you away on a journey that is, quite simply, unforgettable. The ride is warm but turbulent, beautiful yet emotional, profound and sincere, while delivering a clear message; Love will find you, if only if you are brave enough to believe in it.
Drops of Rain is a story of friendship, trust, brotherhood, dark secrets and finding belief in self-worth. It hooked me from the off, and didn't let up until the very end.
A beautifully written debut that focuses on two remarkable young souls who understand life's struggles. The elusive and quiet Drew Hale vs the grieving and lonely new girl, Ali, makes for an electrifying combination. Their journey has incredible depth and flow, it wasn't rushed but nurtured with a caring hand, giving the reader time to connect with the characters and understand their needs, their dreams, their fears and to watch them grow and gain in strength together as one was a humbling and pleasurable experience.
There is a darker subject matter lurking behind the bright and sunny Florida backdrop that gives this story its angst factor. You will experience a myriad of emotions such as anger, upset and intrigue, but Drew and Ali shine as two characters that, despite all odds, are brave enough to fight for what they believe in, even if those sacrifices come with dire consequences.
A strong and highly commendable debut. Can't wait for Beau's story in book 2!
Emma - 5 Crowns
Book 1 in the Hale Brothers series.
Well I need to start this by telling you that it has taken me a couple of days before I could attempt to jump on here to review this stunning book. My fellow Princess Kelly insisted I read it as soon as I had finished my last book knowing that I would love it. Well Kelly, you know exactly what books are going to float my boat. This book not only floated it but set my propellers at full speed ahead.
This is Drew Hale's story. The oldest of 3 brothers, Drew is the most popular guy at school... every guy wants to be him and every girl wants to be with him. Drew is however a loner who has built walls around himself to protect his damaged soul, his brothers and his sanity. Drew's only focus in life is his swimming; training for hours a day is his ticket away from the island he lives on and from the father he despises.
Ali Rain is in mourning. Having lost her mother to cancer, her father moves her from everything and everyone she knows in Colorado to a small island of the west coast of Florida. Left to fend for herself, she finds herself in a big and lonely beach house in a place she doesn't want to be at the most devastating time of her life. Ali is a dancer and has plans to follow her and her mothers dreams to win a place at the highly converted Julliard in New York City. Using the Dragonfly charm necklace her mother gave her before she died as as a source of strength; all she has to do is get through her final year as a senior at a new school and remain focused on her dreams.
When Drew and Ali meet in the most unlikely of places they feel this immediate magnetism to each other. Drew's loner tendencies soon kick in though and he leaves Ali in a state of shock at her reaction to this beautiful guy; so when the school year starts life might be about to change for these 2 lost souls.
Will they be able to heal each others emotional scars? Will the weight of their problems be too much pressure for them to carry? And will they find happiness in the lonely worlds in which they cling to?
Get ready to be put through the emotional wringer folks. This is a beautiful, poignant and seriously touching story of 2 sad, lonely and lost souls who not only recognise that in each other but try to heal and support the home they have found at each others sides. The story tackles a sensitive subject matter but it is dealt with in a sympathetic way and Kathryn makes you feel in particular 1 character's pain, guilt and helplessness on such a deep level. The characters she has created are amazing. They draw you into the world they are living in and because it is told in a dual POV you feel everyone of their emotions.
So my main question is... Where are these amazing new authors coming from? Once again this is a debut novel and I struggle to find words to explain my absolute surprise at this. Kathryn Andrew's writing is sublime, the talent she has is inspiring and as a lover of all things literary I am seriously in awe of the story she has created. For any wannabe authors out there this is how you write a book. Fill it with love, angst and passion because that is exactly what Kathryn has done.
I am going to stop right here as I could seriously go on and on about Drops of Rain. What I will say though is that I loved the last POV - Beau's. I loved his character and I look forward to his book coming soon. You have set the bar high Kathryn, but I have absolutely no doubt that Beau's book will be just as good if not even better and I for one can't bloody wait.
Well done Kathryn, I highly recommend Drops of Rain and it has definitely found a spot in my top 10 reads of 2014