Dublin in the Rain

Dublin in the Rain

by Andrew Critchley

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ISBN-13: 9781910053508
Publisher: New Generation Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 11/11/2013
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 1,038,037
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)

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Dublin in the Rain 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Writerartist1010 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I was lent a copy of the book and I couldn't believe how great that it was. Jonathan has a tough life and his life is a lot different than most people. His parents have both committed suicide when he was a child and he is having a tough time getting over that. Miraculously, he gets adopted by people who truly love him. Instead of feeling like a confused youth, he has opened himself up to a lot of love and he's feeling very positive about it. He's never felt so loved in his life and during this part in the book, I could truly feel as though he was happy. I was cheering for this main character throughout the book and this was one of his big milestones. Not only does he find love once, but he finds it again in a beautiful woman named Sophia. Sophia is everything that he has ever wanted in a woman and he can't believe that he got so lucky. Sophia and Jonathan have a lot in common and are very happy together. They decide to get married and everything is very blissful. They have a baby daughter together and nothing could go wrong. Jonathan's heart is very happy. Unfortunately, the baby dies suddenly and Jonathan is completely heartbroken. He wasn't expecting this at all and didn't think that his life would turn out this way. I felt bad for Jonathan at this time in the book. He finally has found his happiness and it's suddenly taken away in an instant. His marriage starts to crumble and he doesn't know if there is anything he can do to save it. He ends up losing Sophia because of his depression and his thinking about taking his own life. He doesn't want to be just like his father, so he doesn't do that. Something ends up saving him from taking his own life. Jonathan meets someone in a Dublin bar that changes his entire life. I don't want to give away too much of the story, but this book is about redemption, love and never giving up. I would have to say that this is probably one of the best books that I have read in a very long time. I couldn't put this one down and I was so interested in seeing what would happen in the story next. This is truly a brilliant read and I would recommend it highly. The writing was brilliant and the book is well-written. I loved every single second of this book and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next in the plot. Read this book, you won't regret it.
bitOhoney535 More than 1 year ago
Wow and Wow. This book is amazing. It is raw and emotional and grabs you by the heart and keeps you spell bound. I was hooked from he first page and hated to see it end. It is so compelling and filled with so much intrigue and unexpected events. The story line is touching and pulls so many lives together. The detailing is outstanding and sent me on a wonderful trip. The characters are very strong and perfectly compliment each other and draw you into their world. They are very well developed and realistic. Jonathan is my favorite, he endures so many heartbreaks I felt his pain. The lessons of family, friendship, loyalty and betrayal keep coming and so does the strength of finding, needing and wanting love. It is well written and easy to stay with but hard to stop. I read it in one sitting and was left wanting more. I really like the style of this writer, Andrew Critchley has such a great talent and so brilliant. I can not wait to read more from him. His passion and love for writing shows in every word and after just one book he is already a favorite. This is one of the best books I have read and I would give it 100 stars if I could. I highly recommend it to everyone, you will love it.
PurpleSeals More than 1 year ago
After a friend loaned me this book, I gobbled it up after just a few hours. With dynamic characters and an intricate plot, Critchley's debut novel is nothing short of brilliant. This is one of those rare books that inflicted all kinds of emotions in me. By the time I finished it my heart was scattered into a million pieces. You definitely need to read this one!
HeatherDawn More than 1 year ago
Andrew Critchleys “Dublin in the Rain” took me by surprise.  I knew it was going to be an emotional read, but not to the depth and honesty that was revealed.  Jonathan Melton has had an interesting, and hard life.  His parents, once so in love, found that love soured as time went on.  Like so many couples, they separated, but unlike the more familiar story, it was Jonathan’s father that gained custody of him, not his mother.  In fact, the grief that young Jonathan felt at the loss of his mother slowly erodes away, leaving him angry and bitter – a state that was greatly influenced by his alcoholic father.   Life doesn’t get any easier as the years pass.  New losses, new resentments, new pains find him.  It’s life, it’s brutal, beautiful and raw.  Critchley has an unbelievable talent in the way he draws the character, and draws you into him.  Jonathan is flawed and damaged, but you love him.  There is no way you cannot.  From his early years through his schooling years, past University to marriage and heartache.   A well written book that flows from the present to the past then back again.  
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
“Dublin in the Rain” is the study of one man’s life—his relationship with his parents, his friends, and his great love, Sophia—and how choosing to forgive or not forgive ultimately shapes his personality and his path. It begins with a great tragedy after World War II—a drunken businessman kills a devoted father who dies saving his son from being run over by the businessman’s speeding car. Flash forward fifty years, and a more prosaic tragedy is taking place—a man, Jonathan Paul, is living his life lonely, angry, and sad, though an intriguing bartender might be able to bring him out of his shell, at least momentarily. How J.P. grew to be lonely, angry, and sad makes up the bulk of the novel; it includes his parents’ disintegrating marriage and his mother’s new love, his own boyhood devoid of normal parenting until he goes to live on his friend’s farm, his experience at boarding school and university, and finally his relationship with Sophia.  The author tells his story with great detail, taking time for each character and their intersecting relationships to evolve; as a result, you feel the characters’ pain, happiness, and struggle. J.P. is alternately likeable and frustrating—he’s both hardened and soft, desperate for love but willing to push it away. He receives many chance for redemption, the book’s theme, and doesn’t always make the right choice at the right time. However, that’s what lends emotional resonance, depth, and realism to “Dublin in the Rain.” I most enjoyed the depictions of J.P.’s life at boarding school and his early relationship with Sophia; I also enjoyed Sophia as a character, though you never grow as close to her as you do to J.P. As a reader I also enjoyed the role of chance (or fate, if you want to call it that) around some of the minor characters and how they affect and play into J.P.’s story. I would recommend this well-written character study to readers who enjoy contemporary fiction, especially fiction that tackles the hardships of everyday life in a universal way. 
KCajkler More than 1 year ago
A mesmerizing and all-consuming journey through the lives of complex and multifaceted characters that deeply touched my soul!                        Dublin In The Rain is a beautifully executed and eloquently written novel, tracking the lives of cleverly constructed characters,  whose personal journeys will strike a chord with each and every reader!  It is a multi-layered, smart and sexy piece of contemporary literature that can be read and interpreted on many different levels.  Light, Dark, Paradox, Redemption, Symmetry, Love, Loss, Tragedy, Grief, Friendship, Destiny, Reincarnation, Afterlife….these  are just some of the themes that, for me, run rife throughout this fascinating and mystical plot. Never have I come across a novel, so capable of provoking such a roller coaster of highly contrasting emotions. As a reader, I found  myself on my own emotional journey, experiencing delight, despair, warmth, frustration, hope, sorrow, relief, panic, paranoia,  confusion – occasionally all at the same time. I laughed out loud, I shed a tear, I screamed at the page, I cringed, I slammed the  book down in utter horror and smiled profusely as the mystery unfolds and the pieces of the puzzle finally come together.  For me, Dublin In The Rain is real page-turner that you just cannot put down. The beauty and strength of the novel is that it creates a unique reading experience for each and every individual, the characters, events and magical climax are completely open to  interpretation and it raises thought provoking questions about life, love and humanity. A story that you’ll want to read again and again!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this book to review in exchange for an honest review. As I always do, I didn't look and any previous comments other than the book jacket. I always prefer to formulate my own unbiased thoughts of a book.  About the book: This book revolves the life of Jonathan Melton. We are taken through the ups and massives downs of a torn individual. As his life spirals out of control, we see that this man has no clue what he is missing out on in life. For every step forward, you see him take one to two steps back. It takes an accident for Jonathan to realize that if he wants to move on with life, he needs to seize life by the reigns and control what is out of control. (I can't really tell you much other than this, I will ruin a perfectly good book for y'all!) There has only been a small handfull of books that have made me actually gasp out loud. I was actually grabbing my chest and just saying, OH MY GOD!, over and over again. This book had made this woman who rarely cries, cry at least three times. When I finally put the pieces together, I was yelling OH MY GOD! I don't know what provoked Mr. Critchley to write this story. If this was a biographical story, then I want to say, "you have lived and loved some remarkable people." If this is a product of imagination, then I want to say, "I want to live in your head!" No matter what, this was one of the most touching stories I have read in a very long time. I personally related with Jonathan in so many ways. The way he dealth with his father and mother was like looking in a mirror. Then there is the love of his life and how he struggles with dealing with some harsh realities. I personally have been in these shoes and know how hard it is...he handled them almost the same way I did. The friendships that Jonathan formed over his life are exactly the same as the friends in my life...the most wonderful and loving people I could know. In conclusion, this was such a remarkable story of a man trying find himself in life. It's such a gripping story that you can't put it down. You will find yourself celebrating along with Jonathan at times. Then at times, you will want to just reach out and slap some sense into this stubborn man. I'm not a mushy story kinda gal, but I will tell you this...I was turned to mush by this book. Exceptional story!
PAT-240 More than 1 year ago
Dublin in the Rain by Andrew Critchley with its captivating and beautifully constructed story line is the moving and emotionally charged journey of Jonathan Paul Melton as he moves through life, from boyhood to manhood, experiencing its many highs but also its heartbreaking lows. Born into a loving, caring and financially comfortable family, Jonathan’s early years were happy and care free but all that changed forever as his parents marriage disintegrated, his mother abandoned him and his father eventually commits suicide. Life, first at boarding school and later at university, brought a new family, new friends, and the love of his life, Sophie Chatterley. With marriage to Sophie and the birth of a daughter, life seemed rosy and full of promise, but, everything changed when tragedy struck. Will Jonathan ever be able to come to terms with the past and move forward into the future? Is redemption possible? I simply loved this novel. With its many fascinating characters and totally absorbing plot, it made me laugh, shed a tear and kept me completely engrossed all the way through. Dublin in the Rain comes highly recommended. Happy reading everyone!