Saturday, January 13, 2018

Book Review: Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio


Before the Rain Falls
Camille Di Maio


Book Description:


After serving seventy years in prison for the murder of her sister, Eula, Della Lee has finally returned home to the Texas town of Puerto Pesar. She’s free from confinement—and ready to tell her secrets before it’s too late.
She finds a willing audience in journalist Mick Anders, who is reeling after his suspension from a Boston newspaper and in town, reluctantly, to investigate a mysterious portrait of Eula that reportedly sheds tears. He crosses paths with Dr. Paloma Vega, who’s visiting Puerto Pesar with her own mission: to take care of her ailing grandmother and to rescue her rebellious younger sister before something terrible happens. Paloma and Mick have their reasons to be in the hot, parched border town whose name translates as “Port of Regret.” But they don’t anticipate how their lives will be changed forever.
Moving and engrossing, this dual story alternates between Della’s dark ordeals of the 1940s and Paloma and Mick’s present-day search for answers―about roots, family, love, and what is truly important in life.


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My 5-Star Review:

Captivating. That is the word I think of when I think of this amazing story by Camille Di Maio.

Della comes home after being incarcerated for seventy years. It is time to tell her story, and a not-so-eager reporter comes along to tell it. Family secrets soon begin to come to light .

If you love books where the story goes between the generations and comes together in the end, you’ll love this one. I highly recommend.




About the Author:

Camille recently left an award-winning real estate career in San Antonio to become a full-time writer. Along with her husband of twenty years, she enjoys raising 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 doesn't involve heights, roller skates, or anything illegal. "The Memory of Us" is Camille's debut novel and is a finalist for the Holt Medallion Award for Literary Excellence. Her second, "Before the Rain Falls" was released in May 2017. Her third, "The Way of Beauty" will be available on May 1, 2018, but can be preordered now.

She appreciates you stopping by, and welcomes you to reach out and share a love of books!

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Look for Camille’s upcoming book, THE WAY OF BEAUTY, now available for preorder on Amazon.

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