BookBrowse Reviews The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

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The Scent of Rain and Lightning

A Novel

by Nancy Pickard

The Scent of Rain and Lightning
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    May 2010, 336 pages
    Feb 2011, 352 pages

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Engrossing, lyrical, and suspenseful, capturing the essence of small-town America

23 BookBrowse readers read The Scent of Rain and Lightning before it was first released, rating it an average 4.5 out of 5.0.

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Fair warning to the reader who starts this book, you will be immediately pulled into its all-encompassing plot (Robin F). Nancy Pickard is one of those masterful story tellers who can, in the first 11 pages, tell you the life-defining tragedy of the central character, then flash back to (some of) the events leading up to that tragedy, and keep the reader eagerly turning pages for the next half of the book (Mary G). Once I was hooked it became a compulsion to read in one sitting. It becomes a whodunit mystery and love story, but it also deals with human behavior, how we judge people by past behavior and conclude that that judgment is consistent at all times, with tragic consequences (Mary P).


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