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  • RAINY DAY PEOPLE by Susan C. Haley with Robert J. Delany - a review

    1 posts, 1 voices, 606 views, started Sep 21, 2008

    Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2008 by Suzann


    • Carnelian

      From the moment Rainy Day People by Susan Haley arrived from Amazon, until I got to the novel's last line, I felt like I lived in these pages. Susan's writing is poetic and personal at the same time. She writes of rainbows and a mystical fox, all the while detailing the private struggles and daily life of a young widow. I couldn't put it down.  

      Amber, the book’s protagonist, loves to drive fast, listen to loud music, and talk to seagulls, bears, cats, cows, and dogs. She’s been living alone, by the sea, since her husband’s death two years before, and she spends Saturdays at the bookstore in town. The Saturday she went in to look for Richard Bach’s new book and found Ben hogging the book’s display shelf, her life changed.

      Ben’s life changed, too. At first she thought him rude and he thought her crazy. But there was an electricity between them that kept them together. Almost as if each one knew, on a nonverbal level, that their meeting was not by chance.

      Susan Haley writes on many levels at the same time. On one level, Rainy Day People is the story of Amber and Ben - how they overcome enormous personal obstacles, how they trust in the Universe and in "fate," if you will - each in a different way. Amber will just jump into her car and drive without a map. Ben will over-think and protest.  

      Amber saves Ben’s life - by literally walking into the research hospital where he is dying, and taking him home with her. Ben gets well, and helps Amber find her dream-cottage by the sea. Each has a strong personality, a difficult past, and baggage full of quirks, and part of the story is the give-and-take between them.  

      On another level, Rainy Day People is about trust. It takes a great leap of faith to decide to be happy, to decide to talk your way out of being killed by a big mama bear in the forest - I mean talking to the bear instead of running away. It takes a leap of faith to call your grown sons and tell them you're taking a road trip with a man they've never met. It takes a trust in the Universe to leave your home and just drive with this man, and stop when your intuition tells you you've arrived at your destination.  

      Susan Haley is able to weave reality and mysticism into a love story about two strong-willed people who learn how to support each other rather than do battle. To me, it wasn’t a book, it was an experience. I can’t wait until Susan writes another novel.


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