In a departure from her romantic suspense novels, Sandra Brown’s new book is set in depression-era Texas of the 1930′s. Ella Barron runs a small-town boarding house and cares for her son Solly, a ten-year-old mentally challenged child. David Rainwater comes into her life as a boarder under the care of his uncle, the local physician. The story of their relationships unfolds amidst the racial and economic tensions of the time. In Rainwater, the author has been able to convey the hardships of people who survived the dust bowl era in rural areas. The characters are touching and the story bittersweet–this is a small book whose characters stories will touch your heart.