Friday, March 5, 2010

Review: She-Rain

She-Rain: A Story of Hope
Author: Michael Cogdill
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 9781600377020
Audience: Older teen through Adult
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis from publisher:

In the early 20th Century, a pair of North Carolina mountain children sow the seed of a love that becomes their only solace in the hard yet beautiful world they know. They grow it from steep ground of poverty, ignorance, and violence. A landscape so brutal it can kill hope long before claiming life.

Bloodshed years later finally sends Frank Locke on the run, deep into wilderness, abandoning his extraordinary love, Mary Lizbeth. When a whitewater river washes this desperate soul into the hands of Sophia, he discovers a luminous woman steeped in mystery, trapped in a tragically brilliant life. Far ahead of her time. Secreted from the world. As she awakens Frank's mind, they rise to meet a love that binds three people for a lifetime.

This love triangle forms a beauty no one sees coming. From the wilds of Appalachia, crossing nearly a century, it runs deep into a lush American fortune, and lives in letters of adoration and hope of the least expected.

In a rhapsody of Southern voices, mingling hilarity and sorrow, She-Rain speaks of lives soaring beyond heartbreak, fundamentalism, and self-destruction. Through the most graceful longing, two women in love with one man ultimately prove the power of human hearts to answer high callings. They show us all how to heal -- and thrive -- to the very end.

My Comments:

I am really struggling to write this review, because everything I've tried putting down so far, seems so lame. There is no real way I can describe how beautifully written this book is. She-Rain was written with the most beautiful prose and has that rich Southern feel that makes this book amazing and one of the best, if not THE best story I've ever read.

Beautifully written, "She-Rain" captured my soul from the beginning. The story is about an abused boy, Frank Jr., who grew up in a mill town in the 1920's with an alcoholic and drug addicted father and a strong and hard working mother. The emotions are raw and real and cover all from anger, hatred, and rage, to love, hope and forgiveness. The characters are so very real, so real that I swear I've known some of them from my own childhood.

Although I finished this book a few days ago, I still am breathless by this most unforgettable novel. This is a book that I will be keeping in my permanent collection and will be read again and again. I honestly won't be surprised, if in years to come, it becomes a classic. It is truly a treasure that should not be missed. This is a must to add to this year's reading list.

The reason for the older teen to adult rating: There is a bit of sex, abuse, drug usage, alcohol use, language. With that said, I don't think any are out of character, and are quite necessary for the impact of the story.

If you would like to read more about this author, please visit my Author's Spotlight featuring Mr. Cogdill. There you will find more information about him as well as a beautiful article written by him. If you would like to learn more about the book, please visit:

This book was sent to me by Caitlin from FSB Associates in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Well, now you're making me regret turning the book down. Story of my life. ::sigh:: Glad you enjoyed it so much and maybe one day I will pick it up.

  2. Wow. This is definitely a glowing review! I have this book in my ARC pile. Unfortunately I am a bit behind and have several books ahead of this one. But I am more excited than ever to read it now.