- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Chasing Pace Publishing (14 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986193410
- ISBN-13: 978-0986193415
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Civil Engineering. After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing. Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he's love so much. He lives with my wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as they can fit in. Come Chat With Me: https: //www.facebook.com/wesleybanksauthor https: //instagram.com/wesleybanksauthor/ Even More Awesome Stuff: http: //wesleybanksauthor.com
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Bishopville, a small town in nowhere is her destination and it is here that she meets Kyle, an enigmatic young man who speaks little but still intrigues her with his mysterious aura and his curious relationship with the 32 dogs that he trains.
Is there a story here that she can write?
Can she crack the mystery of the unusual dogs that look like wolves and their equally enigmatic master who shows her around but still makes her feel like he doesn't want her here?
Hope In Every Raindrop attracted me when I read the blurb. Instinctively I knew that this would be a different story and a unique experience. And I am so glad to say that all this is true!
I loved every bit of this book. The cover is nice and had me reliving the soothing feeling of rain and vast open lands away from the chaos and crowd of the city.
This is the first book by the author that I have read and I am so happy that I read his work. I loved his emotionally charged writing style that kept me hooked to the book right till the end. I could not leave the book and finished it in one sitting.
The plot is expertly conceived and executed. I could appreciate all the hardwork and research that the author must have done to bring forth a story that feels so real. The whole insight into the behaviour of dogs, their relationships with humans, names of new flowers and the human psychology had me feeling more enlightened to new facts. A story, in my opinion, is one that not only entertains but also teaches good and new things to the readers. Hope In Every Raindrop fits this criteria beautifully. It not only entertained me but also taught me things that I know will prove useful.
The story moves a bit slow initially but then alters its rhythm to match the developments in the story. I could visualize each and every scene and feel the calm of open country with no pollution, the joy of watching Kyle playing with the dogs, the anticipation of writing a story along side Katie as new thoughts flowed in her mind etc. The romance is clean and more emphasized on emotions than going physical which is a good thing and makes this book different from the other romances.
The characterization is admirably done and I loved Katie, Kyle, Doc and the dogs, especially King. The sweet store owner husband-wife duo were also endearing and I felt like I knew them already. Doc is mature, learned and kind. His character made me feel like I was visiting my own grandfather. Kyle looked a bit young to me in the beginning but then the author threw me and absolutely impressed me with how he developed Kyle's character in the story. Katie is sweet, independent and stubborn. She knows what she wants and doesn't back down from a challenge. I loved her grit and her strength to endure all kinds of challenges that Kyle threw her way. The chemistry between Kyle and Katie slowly simmers and then develops into a beautiful bond of love. While the human characters are great, the main characters in this story are the dogs.
I absolutely adored King and would love to adopt him myself. His strength, intelligence and the bond that he shared with Kyle had me feeling both awed and then sighing with love watching these two together. I could visualize him running in the rain, dodging the lightening, sitting regally and watching with intelligent eyes.
"Standing in front of her was a large black dog. It wasn't just any black dog, though.
Its front legs were lean and narrow. Its chest broad, and its eyes fixed on Katie.
It was King."
The other dogs like Biscuit, Belle and the pups also made a place in my heart and now I am itching to adopt a dog!
All in all, Hope In Every Raindrop is a stellar book that had me entertained throughout. I laughed, cried, fell in love and then felt satisfied because there was always hope! Wesley Banks' emotionally laden story made me remember the feelings I feel when reading a Nicholas Sparks book. This not just a simple romance but so much more. 4.5 out of 5 to it and strongly recommended to all readers. Wesley Banks is a talented writer and I am going to checkout his books in the future too.
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The story opens with Katie stuck with writers block and on a deadline. Her father has recently passed away and the words are not coming. When she finds inspiration in a dart and a map of the US she throws the dart and heads to the town to find a story. Now I really think the writing was a bit off for me. She arrives in town and meets one person and they say something about the magic dogs so she goes out to the farm and ends up staying there. It was all very strangely written for me. The conversations didn't quite feel real and the way she ended up staying there was odd. Doc just says something about how the only place to stay in town is closed and she would have to drive a few hours to the next town then walks inside. She takes that as an invite I guess and that is that. It was just off for me. I didn't understand the characters or how they were acting.
So Katie ends up staying on the farm and watching the dogs/helping out with the chores. She is kind of whiney about that, but really she is getting free room and board so you think she might be grateful. The way she talked about the story and the dogs and needing to get to know them was again off for me. None of it felt quite real. I didn't understand what the big deal was or what her book would be about other than a dog trainer. I expected more of an emotional read especially since there were some moments that should have been intense and sad. Only I was just annoyed reading them as how could Katie be so stupid? And if it was really such an intense situation how did everything get resolved the way it did.
So the barn where the dogs stay catches fire during a storm. Kyle gets the dogs out of the barn and Katie is supposed to take them inside the house. She does, but she realizes one is missing - the one that roams wherever he wants so of course he is not there. He is probably wandering around somewhere, but Katie thinks he is still in the burning barn so she goes in to look for him. And then climbs up the ladder to the loft for some reason. I was yelling at her in my head like why would you do that? The barn is on fire! He is not in the loft! I know you think Kyle might be up there or something, but what would you do if he was? Die with him?
So of course the loft collapses and she falls partly onto the sled and gets knocked out. Kyle was looking for her and gets trapped under some timber that fell on his legs. He can't get out and the fire is getting worse so he gets the rouge dog, his best friend, tied to the sled and in this should have been touchingly heroic moments the dog slowly pulls Katie outside. Only I kept rolling my eyes. Anyways Katie is outside, the dog had too much, his heart couldn't take it, and Kyle is in the burning barn trapped. And the fire is getting worse. Cut to Katie waking up and asking about Kyle and Doc telling her he is fine, the fire got put out by the rain, no big deal. That was really a wait a minute - if it was sooo important for Katie to get out of the barn so she didn't burn to death how did he survive being trapped in there? Either the fire was so fierce it was dangerous and she had to get out, in which case Kyle should have died, or it wasn't that bad, just a small fire that the rain could put out, in which case Katie was safe either way. I didn't understand how it could be life threatening, but also small enough for some rain to put out.
Overall not the book for me. I couldn't connect with the character, we never really get to know Kyle or the dogs and they are a big focus of the book. I don't know how Katie and Kyle fell in love or whatever, but apparently they did. I just didn't see it.
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
Author: Wesley Banks
Publisher: W. B.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Hope In Every Raindrop" by Wesley Banks
This novel had a well written storyline, with well developed characters...Katie, Doc, Kyle..[the dogs....King and Biscuit] that will keep your attention till the end here in Bishopville, South Carolina. If you are a dog lover...this story would be for you as you will see a 'man interacting with training sled Carolina dogs.' The story involves drama, mystery and yes also a love. In the end will this novelist [Kate Price] get the story she needed for her novel after suffering from writers block? To get that answer you will have to pick up "Hope In Every Raindrop" to see how well this author presents it to the readers. I would definitely recommend especially if you a a dog lover.