SparkPress, GoSparkPress and BookSparks Winter Reading Challenge, continues with Marissa Stapley’s, THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING (Graydon House). #WRC2018
“Sunshine is easy, rain is a challenge.”
Mae Summer’s life implodes when she finds out her fiance, Peter is a con-artist, their fancy New York apartment is behind in payments and the so-called successful company, they ran together, WindSpan Turbine is a scam – it doesn’t exist. As police investigate and interview Mae, she learns basically nothing about Peter was ever true. He’s skipped out and left her in shambles. Once the police finish investigating her, she realizes there’s only one place she can go to pick up her life: home to Alexandria Bay, the small tourist town in upstate New York where she was raised by her grandparents in the inn they own.
But not everything is right in Alex Bay, either: Mae finds her grandmother struggling with dementia, separated from Mae’s grandfather thanks to a terrible secret she never meant to reveal.
She also finds Gabe, her childhood best friend who was the love of her young life – now a handsome if brooding adult, working through a private trauma that still haunts him.
“Home may be where the heart is, but sometimes it takes equal parts love, forgiveness, and will to mend that heart.”
I’ve been reading so many thrillers, as of late, it was nice to settle down with Marissa Shapley’s, THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING in quiet upstate New York. Shapley does something, which at first seemed like a gimmick, but then I really appreciated it. She begins every chapter with some positive task based around the river Inn. Readers have a sense of quietly living on the river throughout. Ultimately family is what matters most, even with it’s “yuckiness.”
“Forever one day at a time.”
Marissa Stapley is the author of the Globe and Mail bestselling and critically acclaimed novel Mating for Life — “intriguing and heartbreaking” (Publisher’s Weekly); “absorbing and entertaining” (Maclean’s magazine) — and the forthcoming Things to Do When It’s Raining, which author Lauren Fox calls “a gorgeously written page-turner”, author Jennifer Robson calls “one of the best books I have read in a very long time” and author Karma Brown calls “a deeply moving story about family, love and loss”. Things to Do When It’s Raining was released by Rowohlt in Germany on November 7, 2017 and will be released by Simon & Schuster Canada and Graydon House (US) on February 6, 2018. Marissa also writes Shelf Love, a monthly commercial fiction review column for the Globe and Mail and reports on books and culture for the Toronto Star. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Thanks to BookSparks, we have one copy of THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING. What do you like to do when it’s raining. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good Luck.