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Review: Mother of Rain

September 26, 2013

Mother of Rain

After her mother passes away, Maizee is sent to live with her childless aunt and uncle in Christian Bend.  They love her as if she were their own child, but that doesn’t keep Maizee’s inner demons from tormenting her.  Maizee meets and falls in love with Zeb, a kind and gentle man, and it seems he’s able to calm the voices she hears.

When Maizee discovers she’s pregnant, she and Zeb marry.  They’re devoted to each other and their child, but Pearl Harbor is attacked and Zeb feels he must enlist.  While he’s gone, Maizee’s voices come back and she struggles to fight them.

Karen Spears Zacharias has written several non-fiction books – Mother of Rain is her first work of fiction, and it’s a good one.  She uses the vernacular of the Appalachian setting and it brought the story and the setting alive for me.  Readers will love the wonderful characters, especially Maizee and Zeb.

Maizee’s story is compelling and emotional.  I didn’t always understand her but I always felt for her and my heart ached when she suffered.  She can’t always control her demons but she’s a caring woman and puts others first even in the most difficult times.

I thoroughly enjoyed Mother of Rain and recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories of Appalachia.  There is a glossary of Appalachian terms in the back of the book, but I only had to refer to it once or twice.

Review copy provided by Mercer University Press.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
23 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2013 6:00 am

    This sounds really good but sad maybe? I’m kind of worrying here about whether Zeb comes back!

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    September 26, 2013 6:28 am

    There is always something really visceral about stories that take place in Appalachia. These stories never depict an easy life, and have so much heartbreak. I hope Zeb comes back…

  3. September 26, 2013 7:09 am

    This sounds right up my alley — I like the setting and I already hope Maizee finds inner peace.

  4. September 26, 2013 8:07 am

    Oh, this sounds really good… probably a little sad, too.

  5. September 26, 2013 8:24 am

    Sounds like a good read!

  6. September 26, 2013 9:16 am

    I haven’t heard of this one so I’m curious. I do love Appalachian stories. Great review, Kathy!

  7. September 26, 2013 10:45 am

    Sounds like an emotional book, and the WWII setting makes me especially curious about it.

  8. Literary Feline permalink
    September 26, 2013 10:59 am

    This does sound good, Kathy. Like Anna, my interest was especially piqued with the mention of WWII. I will have to look for this one.

  9. September 26, 2013 11:08 am

    I haven’t heard of this one yet but it sure sounds like one I would like.

  10. lab1990 permalink
    September 26, 2013 12:37 pm

    That’s great her first foray into fiction was a success!! Thanks for sharing.

    Lauren from

  11. September 26, 2013 1:35 pm

    This sounds like a great book! Wonderful review as always, Kathy!

  12. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 26, 2013 1:59 pm

    I bought this book the minute it was released and can’t wait to read it. Terrific review, Kathy!

  13. September 26, 2013 2:30 pm

    The Appalachian setting sounds interesting! I got a taste when I read Kresley Cole’s Lothaire and I like the sound of visiting it again in days gone by. 🙂 Heartfelt reads such as this are rare, I shall look out for this one. Maizee sounds like a very interesting, if troubled, main character who’s easy to root for. Thanks honey, reading this was very helpful, you’ve introduced me to a new author.

  14. September 26, 2013 2:37 pm

    Sounds good.

  15. September 26, 2013 5:33 pm

    I’ve been eying this one, ever since I first heard about it. I read and loved another book by this author: A Silence of Mockingbirds (about an abused child). Thanks for your review…now I’m adding this one to my huge list.

  16. Patty permalink
    September 26, 2013 5:37 pm

    This sounds so powerful!

  17. September 26, 2013 8:24 pm

    This sure sounds like a good one. I’m sure I’d need the glossary so I’m glad it’s there!

  18. September 26, 2013 10:28 pm

    Thank you, Kathy, for this review. So glad you opened your heart to Maizee & Rain.

  19. September 26, 2013 10:46 pm

    This is a new title to me, and I think it’s one I would enjoy.

  20. September 27, 2013 8:22 am

    I love regional settings in books. Helps me to understand people better. I too, am worried about Zeb!

  21. September 27, 2013 7:59 pm

    growing up in Appalachia TN and GA I can understand how some of the vocabulary would be difficult to interpret! There’s some great stories to be told from these parts. . .and it sounds like Mother Rain is definitely in that category!

  22. September 29, 2013 9:59 pm

    The setting is one that is always a character of its own in good novels and it looked like it worked here. Probably too sad for me.

  23. bookingmama permalink
    September 30, 2013 7:28 am

    This definitely sounds like a book I’d enjoy. Hope I win! LOL!

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