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Romance in the Rain (Six Seattle Novellas)

Romance in the Rain (Six Seattle Novellas)

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by Kristine Cayne
From the pioneer days of Seattle through the smoke-filled clouds of WWII and into the present, Romance in The Rain takes readers on a journey with four generations of the strong-willed and passionate Caldwell family. The anthology of six novellas is a collaboration of the Seattle-based Rainy Day Writers group.

Splendor in the Moss by Charlotte


From the pioneer days of Seattle through the smoke-filled clouds of WWII and into the present, Romance in The Rain takes readers on a journey with four generations of the strong-willed and passionate Caldwell family. The anthology of six novellas is a collaboration of the Seattle-based Rainy Day Writers group.

Splendor in the Moss by Charlotte Russell—By the spring of 1853 Englishman James Caldwell has traveled thousands of miles in a quest to find a place to call home. Newly settled Seattle isn’t that place and he’s ready to move on again when widowed Mattie Jensen marches into his life as somber as a cloudy day. But James can see through the solemn haze to Mattie’s strength and passion. Now he has a reason to stay, if he can just convince Mattie to take a second chance on love—and him. (22,000 words)

Final Approach by Marianne Stillings—With the world at war, Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Service pilot Lt. Charlene (Charlie) Thompson faces personal battles as well. Pearl Harbor left her a widowed bride, certain love would never come again – but battle-scarred Capt. Joe Caldwell has other ideas for the beautiful lady flyer, if he can just keep her safe from the secret saboteur who’s already taken the life of Charlie’s best friend. (18,000 words)

Love Phantom by Dawn Kravagna—University of Washington, 1983: A great place to get an education and meet single men. Drama major Kara Caldwell prefers to hide behind the characters in her plays, yet feels pressure to live up to the example set by her brave and witty grandmother, a veteran of WWII. Can she learn to overcome her reticence and prejudices to discover which guy truly cares for her—and who is just putting on an act? (17,000 words)

What’s Wrong with Mr. Perfect? by Sherri Shaw—No sooner did Chef Ivy Turin wish to meet the perfect man than Sam Rockney walked into her restaurant. But is the sexy Seattle quarterback for real or is there something wrong with Mr. Perfect? (17,000 words)

Shelter from the Storm by Clare Tisdale—Seven years and one broken heart later, JD Caldwell returns to Seattle to pick up the pieces of his old life, never imagining he will fall for Maya—the mysterious woman who lets him into her house and bed but keeps the door to her heart tightly closed. When their summer fling takes an unexpectedly serious turn and Maya gives him his walking papers, JD has to decide whether their love—and his legacy—is worth fighting for. (21,000 words)

Aftershocks by Kristine Cayne—When Seattle is struck by a devastating earthquake, technical rescue firefighter Jamie Caldwell must save his estranged wife and daughter from the wreckage of a collapsed building. He’s defied the odds hundreds of times, but will his luck finally run out for good? (24,000 words)

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Meet the Author

The Rainy Day Writers is a group of six authors that was first put together by Marianne Stillings, award-winning author of humorous romantic suspense. We meet about twice a month to share our stories and get feedback. We help each other stay abreast of publishing news, and we celebrate and commiserate the ups and downs of our respective journeys.

To fill the need to surround herself with like-minded obsessive-compulsive self-doubting lunatics, in 2005, Marianne Stillings, who writes Romantic Suspense, established what came to be known as The Rainy Day Writers.

Charlotte Russell joined the group in 2006 at the suggestion of a former member. Charlotte writes Historical Romance.

Dawn Kravagna became a member in the spring of 2007 because of a writers' list where Marianne had posted looking for new members. Dawn writes Comedy and Mystery.

Sherri Shaw found her way to the group in the autumn of 2007 because she and Marianne happened to sit at the same table at the Emerald City Writer's Conference that year. Sherri writes Historical Romance and Paranormal Historical Romance.

Clare Tisdale joined in 2008 as the result of an email Marianne posted on the Greater Seattle Chapter Romance Writer's list seeking new members. Clare writes Contemporary Romance.

Kristine Cayne found the group in 2009 because she won Marianne's raffle basket at the Emerald City Writer's Conference that year. The basket included an offer to critique the winner's manuscript—an evaluation that resulted in an invitation to join. Kristine writes Romantic Suspense.

For more information on Romance in the Rain and the Rainy Day Writers, visit them at www.seattlerainydaywriters.com.

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Romance in the Rain (Six Seattle Novellas) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tpg1 More than 1 year ago
Great set of stories!!
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
When reviewing and anthology, one runs into a very difficult position--reviewing all six stories in one review. It's not necessarily fair when you like some of the stories but not all. There are six novellas in this anthology, and I absolutely loved the first two, found the next two pretty good, and did not care much for the last two. Again, realize that this is personal preference, and depending on your preference of genres, you may find that you enjoy different ones than I did. I loved the first two because they were historical in nature. It doesn't get much better than early settlers in Seattle--an English lord and a young widow? Talk about the ideal story! And then onto WWII, and a little bit of mystery. Add a Texas setting and a Seattle native--sounds pretty fantastic to me! I am honestly not sure which story preferred. Both were so well-written, and if the anthology contained only these two stories, I would have given it a five-star rating. But my favorite genre is historical fiction, so it stands to reason. The next two took place in the 1980's and then the 2000's. Seattle was still the setting, but things had changed. I found the stories much more lacking, and the sexual mores were much more open. None too surprising, of course. And the final two took place in 2011 and 2014. My least favorite was the last because I just didn't want to read a book about a Seattle earthquake--that is just too close to home.  As to the writing of these books, all are written fairly well. Or course, I am biased as to my favorites, but each writing style is pretty good. There are no major sex scenes--plenty implied, and the morals of many of the characters are not good. The profanity in the stories is there, but it's not too rampant.  The best thing about this anthology is that there is probably a romance story that will appeal to all romance lovers. So if you love romance, this is for you! And, of course, since I am a Pacific Northwest native, what could be a better setting the place that is always cloudy and often rainy--Seattle, Washington! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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