cover image Send Down the Rain

Send Down the Rain

Charles Martin. Thomas Nelson, $25.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-7180-8474-5

Martin (The Mountain Between Us) explores themes of grace, mercy, and forgiveness in this sweeping love story. Childhood sweethearts Joseph and Allie were ripped apart by the Vietnam War after Joseph was drafted. His years of service leave him decorated for bravery but broken in spirit. Instead of returning home to Florida’s Gulf Coast and Allie, Joseph moves to a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina to live in solitude. After a chance encounter with a woman near his cabin who is trying to move her children to Florida, Joseph decides to help her and finally return home. While in Florida, Joseph witnesses a fiery tanker accident that takes the life of Allie’s husband, Jake. Upon discovering the victim’s identity, Joseph contacts Allie and offers to help her rebuild her struggling restaurant. But their budding relationship is threatened by 45-year-old secrets that will shake them, their loved ones, and even the American public when revealed. Joseph displays an unexpected, hard-earned compassion after the suffering he endured during an unpopular and horrific war. His story acknowledges the unique trauma combat veterans share and the painful aftermath many never completely work through. While faith elements are subtle, Martin slowly unveils Joseph’s commitment to God. In this relatable tale of recovery from physical and emotional trauma, Martin beautifully captures the essence of Christian principles of sacrifice and forgiveness. (May)