November 27, 2014

REVIEW: Rainfall by Melissa Delport


Psychological Romance:

Paige’s father has Alzheimers, and her fiancĂ© is shot and killed in an armed robbery. Paige fights her depression and pulls herself out of the dark place that she has succumbed to, with monumental effort and a new-found determination to live her life to the fullest, doing things that both terrify and exhilarate her.

When Paige meets Adam, the attraction is instantaneous. Adam grew up in an orphanage and has no recollection of his life before the age of six. Paige falls head over heels in love and embraces a happiness she never dreamed possible. Until the day she finds Adam in bed with another woman.

Wanting nothing more to do with him, Paige cuts Adam out of her life, until she receives a mysterious visitor, who reveals secrets about Adam's past that shock Paige to her very core.

Determined to fight for the man that she loves, Paige finds herself on a journey that will change her life forever.
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“The universe is cruel. Life is not fair. Our ability to feel and to love is our weakness; this is what it means to be human.”

Rainfall is one of those books that hurts. It's heartbreaking and completely surprising. I really didn't know what to expect when I started reading it. The events that occurred in the story left me speechless with my mouth hanging open and 24 hours after finishing it, I still find myself obsessing and trying to get over this book hangover! I'm not going to be able to summarize the plot in this review because I owe it to you to not give away the shocking details of this book. You just have to read it!

This book is a lot of things. Its a love story, its a psychological mind-bender, in some ways its a tragedy, and in other ways its a story about growing and moving forward despite all obstacles. I never base my ratings on how a book ends. It could be a HEA or a complete heartbreak ending but as long as the book draws emotion out of me and I feel connected to the characters, I will give the book my well-deserved praise. Rainfall made me want to turn the pages. As soon as I started it I couldn't stop. Paige and Adam's story is completely unique and unlike anything I've ever read before. Their love was all consuming and completely overwhelming at times. It made Paige's fight for her true love that much more agonizing when you find out Adam's secret...God the choices she had to make and the obstacles she had to withstand were gut-wrenching. I really felt for both her and Adam.

One of the only critiques I have is about the writing. It's not the best I've ever read, but Melissa Delport kept the story moving. That is probably the only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars. Some of the events felt rushed to me and the characters probably could have been a little more developed in the beginning. I also noticed that there was some British language used which I found slightly distracting at times since the characters were American. It probably sounds knit-picky of me to mention and it really wasn't a huge deal, just something I noticed. In my honest opinion, the only thing it needs is some editing TLC and tweaking but even without that, it knocked my socks off. The story was so good that I didn't feel so critical of the writing as I was reading it.

I can't praise this book enough! If you are looking to break out of the typical romance formulaic mold, I would definitely recommend this book for you. Pick up Rainfall by Melissa Delport today and prepare to have your heart shaken and your mind epically blown!

About Melissa Delport:
Wife and mother of 3, Melissa Delport is the author of The Legacy Trilogy, Rainfall & The Traveler. She graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelors Degree in English in 2000. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Hillcrest, South Africa, and is hard at work on her latest book, scheduled for release late 2014.

Her first novel, The Legacy, self-published in 2013, is the first in The Legacy Trilogy, and is followed by the sequel The Legion. The main-stream publisher, Tracey McDonald Publishers, is re-releasing The Legacy and The Legion in July 2014. Book 3 of the trilogy, The Legend, is due out in 2015. Melissa has also written an independent novel entitled Rainfall, a psychological romance, and a science-fiction, action-adventure called The Traveler.

An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop “watching from the sidelines” and to do what is her passion.

“I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days, it was all I could think about and eventually I realised that the only way to get it out of my head, was to put it all down on paper. I started writing, and that was that.”