Thunder and Rain: A Novel by Charles Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Book Description: Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed-- a modern day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can't defend themselves. Despite his strong moral compass, Ty has trouble seeing his greatest weakness. His hard outer shell, the one essential to his work, made him incapable of forging the emotional connection his wife Andie so desperately needed.
Now retired, rasing their son Brodie on his own, and at risk of losing his ranch, Ty does not know how to rebuild from the rubble of his life. The answer comes in the form of Samantha and her daughter Hope, on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help-- protecting the innocent is what he does best. As his relationship with Sam and Hope unfolds, Ty realizes he must confront his true weaknesses if he wants to become the man he needs to be.
My thoughts: What I liked about the story was the way the author introduced and tackled tough issues - divorce, indiscriminate sex, pedophilia, homelessness, divorce, adultery, morality, and marriage. Rarely are these issues cut and dried but the protagonist, Ty, cleans up the grays and does not waffle through much of the ethical concerns. I like that he knows right from wrong and follows his convictions even when it's difficult. I also like that each of the above stated issues are approached carefully but courageously. The author includes enough detail to know what's happening but not so much detail that I blushed while reading it. The issues are real even in Christian people's world.
I liked the book well enough. I have no criticism of it except that it is forgettable. Not for everybody, I'm sure. I simply didn't connect enough with any of the characters to remember it in years to come.
*I received a free copy of this book from publishing company in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.