Three lives converge in the small Texas border town of Puerto Pesar, which translated from Spanish into English means, “Port of Regrets,” in Camille Di Maio’s new novel, BEFORE THE RAIN FALLS (LakeUnionPublishing).
Ex-con, Della Lee returns to the small town after serving seventy years in prison for killing her younger sister, Eula. She’s free from the confinement of incarceration and ready to set her secrets free. She’s never talked about that night and very few people remain in the town where that murder occurred.
Boston journalist, Mick Anders can’t believe he’s been sent to this southern hole. It seems a portrait of murdered the Eula is shedding tears and investigating a story on this mystery is his punishment for mixing up facts of an earlier story. He crosses paths with not only Della Lee, but Dr. Paloma Vega, who is in town to help her grandmother who has suffered a heart attack and her out-of-control younger sister.
The narratives alternate between Della Lee’s earlier time in jail and present day, with Mick and Dr. Vega. BEFORE THE RAIN FALLS is a haunting story about family, loss, secrets and ultimately love. These people don’t seem to have a lot in common, but by crossing paths, their lives are changed forever. Camille De Maio constructed a brilliant complex tale with multiple characters we readers cared about in her first novel, THE MEMORY OF US and fans will equally enjoy her skillful story-telling in BEFORE THE RAIN FALLS.
Camille recently left an award-winning real estate career in San Antonio to become a full-time writer. Along with her husband of 19 years, she home schools their four children. She has a bucket list that is never-ending, and uses her adventures to inspire her writing. She’s lived in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California, and spends enough time in Hawai’i to feel like a local. She’s traveled to four continents (so far), and met Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. She just about fainted when she had a chance to meet her musical idol, Paul McCartney, too. Camille studied political science in college, but found working on actual campaigns much more fun. She overdoses on goodies at farmers markets (justifying them by her support for local bakeries) and belts out Broadway tunes whenever the moment strikes. There’s almost nothing she wouldn’t try, so long as it does’t involve heights, roller skates, or anything illegal.
THE MEMORY OF US was Camille’s debut novel. BEFORE THE RAIN FALLS is her second.
Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Camille’s wonderful publicist, Ann-Marie, we have one copy of BEFORE THE RAIN FALLS to giveaway. Just tells us which novel you’ve read recently that was set in history and the present. We’ll announce a winner Monday.