Rain and Revelation was a pleasant read and I enjoyed the setting. The descriptions of the Irish countryside, the pub, and the rustic bed and breakfast put me in that world and actually made me want to take a trip to the Emerald Isle! Pautz’s love for Ireland can be felt in the detailed picture she creates.
Pautz also delivers on the atmosphere in her novel. There’s a feeling of melancholy that runs from page one to “the end” and it works with the story she’s telling. You can’t really nail down exactly how atmosphere or mood happens – it’s just alchemy, and Pautz has the recipe.
Although most of the book was solid and tightly plotted, I felt that the ending resolved too quickly. The confrontation between Eliza and the antagonist was not as powerful as I’d hoped it would be; I saw potential for a more exciting and emotionally-driven climax.
I’m about to get into spoiler-light territory here, so be warned.
It was difficult to believe that one character had experienced such extreme abuse from so many people in her life. I know that people who have been in dysfunctional relationships in the past tend to repeat that pattern, but eventually it felt like the pain was being piled on a bit thickly.
End of spoiler.
I enjoyed Rain and Revelation and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an emotional story about a family finding its way forward after a traumatic event. Rain and Revelation was a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist.
I was given a copy of Rain and Revelation in exchange for a book review. Thank you to Therese Pautz!