Synopsis from the Author’s Website:
Daphne White is staring down the barrel of forty—and is distraught at what she sees. Her ex-husband is getting remarried, her teenage daughter hardly needs her anymore, and the career she once dreamed about has somehow slipped from her grasp. She’s almost lost sight of the spirited and optimistic young woman she used to be.
As she heads off to a Caribbean island to mark the new decade with her best friends from college, Daphne’s in anything but the mood to celebrate. But when she meets Clay Hanson, a much younger man, she ignores her inner voice warning her that she’s too old for a fling. In fact, this tropical getaway might be the perfect opportunity to picture her future in a new sun-drenched light.
With the help of her friends, Daphne rediscovers her enthusiasm for life, as well as her love for herself—and realizes that her best years are still ahead.
About: Wait for the Rain is a women’s fiction novel written by Maria Murnane. It was published on 2/24/15 by Lake Union Publishing, an imprint of Amazon Publishing, 281 pages. The genres are women’s fiction, chic lit, and romance. The author recently published a new book called Bridges and it follows the main character from this book. Maria Murnane has written many books, of which, Katwalk was one of my favorites, but then, Katwalk was the only book I have read until this. (You can read my mini rave for Katwalk HERE). Please see below for more information about the author.
My Experience: I started reading Wait for the Rain on 4/3/17 and finished it on 4/12/17. This book is an easy going read. It has friends who support each other through the good times and the bad. I like the different measurement of each character’s happiness & sadness in this book. I also like a glimpse on how alike women are at different stages and areas of their lives. A college girl could have boy trouble as a woman in her forties and a woman with dead end career path could be as unhappy as a career woman if she doesn’t get along with her boss. I like the different personalities and experiences this book brings.
“In my book, gray hair is a badge of honor, like you’ve earned it!”
“I have zero interest in reading that book.” p.63
In this book, readers will follow the point of views of Daphne White, an emotional and unstable woman on the brink of tears due to recent events in her life. Her college friends, KC and Skylar invited her to join them for a reunion at St. Mirika, an island in the Carribbean with special rain and sangria ocean view. As they rekindle their friendship, Daphne began to open up about her troubles. KC and Skylar were very supportive. I like reading the different backgrounds of each women. KC is a tomboy who loves sports and always happy and energetic. Skylar is a successful business woman who’s very good at multi-tasking both in her professional and personal life. I find her rotation schedule very interesting and I wonder if this practice exists in real life. She’s also the queen of nicknames and I lost count of all the nicknames she gives to KC. I enjoy reading the women talks about online dating and the adventures they have during their vacation with the new people they meet.
“You unsubscribe from people?”
“All the time. Life’s too short to deal with unstable personalities.” p.166
This book has it all, many great lessons learned and reminders to readers. I enjoy the humor in this book, especially the use of euphemism. I like the advices KC and Skylar gives to Daphne. Daphne has regrets about making decisions when young without knowing the consequences, but truly, no one know what the right decision is at any age. It’s interesting how reading this book will make you think and compare your own life and I like that Daphne pays attention to anyone she encounters with, either by getting to know them or eavesdropping on their conversations and realized that we all really not so different from one another. This book, overall, is a great read for anyone who loves women’s fiction. I would highly recommend it to you.
Pro: friendship, reunion, vacation, easy to read, laid back, humor, relatable, good advice, cover
Con: nothing against the book, but apparently I enjoy reading mystery/thrillers more because of the suspense and young adult genre more because of the drama.. this book is too laid back for me
I rate it 4.5 stars!
About the Author:
A former PR executive who abandoned a successful career to pursue a more fulfilling life, Maria Murnane is the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly), as well as Katwalk, Wait for the Rain, and International Book Award winner Cassidy Lane. At her speaking engagements Maria shares the “story behind the story,” an entertaining tale of courage, passion and perseverance that has inspired audiences across the country to follow their dreams—no matter what.
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Maria Murnane for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest.