When Rain Falls

When Rain Falls

by Tyora Moody


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When Rain Falls by Tyora Moody

First her mother, then her detective husband Frank and now her best friend Pamela Coleman: Murder keeps striking down those who Candace Johnson loves most, and now she faces a terrible crisis of faith. Enter Detective Darnell Jackson. He's determined to track down Pamela's killer, but he's going to need Candace's help. In Darnell, she sees a chance for justice; in Candace, he sees a beautiful, dynamic woman who desperately needs God in her life. As Candace reluctantly opens up about some unsavory aspects of her friend's life, Darnell starts to see disturbing connections between Pamela's killing and Frank's. But the culprit is still out there, and if Candace and Darnell can't put the pieces together soon, they may be the next victims!

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ISBN-13: 9781601628220
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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When Rain Falls 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
P_Emmanuel More than 1 year ago
When Rain Falls (Victory Gospel Series #1) is one of the best novels I've read this year. Its a page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Moody does an excellent job of tying in the murders of the main character's husband and best friend. Character development is phenomenal. The characters are real and I could relate to them. Christian principles are present but not forced on you. Moody does a brilliant job of bringing readers through this suspense-filled journey! I can't wait to read her next book in the series, When Memories Fade: Victory Gospels Series, when it releases March 2013
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
Tyora Moody’s “When Rain Falls” is about the life of Mrs. Candace Johnson as she endures sorrow, pain and death. Candace was a motherless child. After marrying the man of her dreams and having two children, her husband was murdered. Then Candace's best friend, Pamela, was found murdered. “Why does God keep taking away people I love?” Rachel, Candace daughter cries out. Readers will have to read the book to find out why and the many plots and twists this novel takes. With “When Rain Falls,” I walked away satisfied as a reader and a reviewer that this was a great “whodunnit” novel. I rated this book five stars because it was an excellent read. You will encounter: death, crime, violence, love, betrayal, spirituality, adultery, and the trauma of dreams. The setting was in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2008. My favorite character was Candace Johnson for being a resilient strong woman; a widow raising two teenagers who has faced death more than her fair share. The writer's style was excellent. This was a page turner once you got involved. It started off a little dry. Everything was realistically set and believable. All I can say is remember the clues to see what happens next. The character development of each character was well thought out and placed exactly where they needed to be placed in this novel. The flow and the suspense were built in a crescendo and unbelievable good. Readers witness a police station, crime scenes and a mega-church for the services. The teen-angers are rambunctious teenagers who do silly things such as playing basketball, video games with raging hormones. “When Rain Falls” would be a great book for book clubs or mystery book lovers to tear apart or if you love a great mystery on a cold winter's night. Enjoy this novel and throw the answers to the wind. Reviewed by: Marilyn
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Tyora Moody Published by: Urban Books Age Recommended: YA - Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "When Rain Falls" by Tyora Moody was a very uplifting read that I simply could not put down until the end. This will make my third book I have read by this author and YES, it was one that kept you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what would happen next. How this author can present such a wonderful read with murder of the husband and best friend...finding out that there maybe a link to it all? The characters were are so well developed and so captivating that you could even relate to them. I was extremely taken with how this author was able to present 'Christian Principals.' Be ready for a wonderful well written read that you will not forget long after the read that takes you into the police station, crime scenes, beauty salon, the mega church and teenagers just being teens with raging hormones. Be ready for a mystery, suspense and thriller read that will have you guessing till the end. Oh, what a end it is! Would I recommend "When Rain Falls"...I am sure you have guess my answer.YES!
CorLaw3 More than 1 year ago
The title refers to the life of one Candace Johnson and she’s in the midst of a personal torrent of perpetual heartache. I won’t give away those issues, read the back cover copy for a preview, but needless to say, she’s an emotional wreck. Enter Detective Darnell Jackson of the Charlotte Police Department. His main agenda is to solve the case presented before him, but simultaneously, he’s got this other agenda that slowly evolves and the target of it is one Ms. Johnson. Fortunately for him, despite common sense to the contrary, she’s feeling his vibe as well. You’ll understand that statement once you read the book. I don’t fancy myself a reader of romantic suspense/mystery. I’m more of a straight-laced police procedural/thriller kind of guy, but Ms. Moody kept both facets of the genre building toward the climax and kept this reader turning the pages. It takes its time to get where it’s going focusing on the world of relationships in the lives of Candace and Darnell, but cranks up the pace where it needs to at the end. For the sake of the genre requirements, Darnell, and he thought as much too, may have tipped his informational hand a bit with Candace that might be over the line in a real life investigation, but like Bobby Caldwell sang back in the day, ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’. A plethora of tangled relationships drives the engine of When Rain Falls and it’s up to Candace and Darnell and a few other chosen folks to decipher truths from lies. A couple minor craft quibbles, Tyora: 1) Trust the simple believability of contracted words; it makes the dialogue sound more realistic. But too, we’re all different and our myriad relationship contacts in life affect our word choices. Like I said, minor quibble, but worth rethinking for the future and 2) You didn’t need to utilize a third POV when it was used so infrequently as it didn’t add a lot to the story. I understand why you did it, but trust your two principal POV characters to carry the book; they got this. And I’m sure they got this in the next book in the Victory Gospel Series too and #Two. A good, and sad to say, rare entry in the Christian Black Crime Fiction genre. Come on, readers and publishers, support this and other bold novelists broadening the African-American Christian Market reading niches/experiences. Solid debut.
JGFavor More than 1 year ago
The storyline held my attention from the first page to the last. The charcaters were so well developed, that I truly felt as if I knew them.The Suspense was thrilling that it had me guessing all the way through to the end. The best position on loss and closure that I have read in a long time. Bravo to Tyora Moody and "When Rain Falls".
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Candace Johnson, has lost a lot, her momma, her husband and now two years after her husband, here comes another devastating loss.Her best friend Pamela was found murdered. Candace is not sure she can handle this. Her bitterness is overtaking her. She feels like God is taking away the people that she loves. This murder is high-profile, with Pamela a defense lawyer, she wasn't always the prosecutor or the police's favorite person. Her father being a judge also puts pressure on the police to solve this crime. Detective Darnell Jackson finds that everyone seems to know each other in this investigation. His partner is aquainted with the murder victim, and her best friend Candace, was the wife of Brunson's former partner, and his own aunt Beulah, knew them all. Would they be able to find the truth about who wanted Pamela dead? This book was a great debut novel for Tyora Moody. She gives us a great story full of suspense, with unexpected twists and turns. I truly enjoyed this story and so will you if your a suspense fan. Dealing with many hard issues in this story, Tyora Moody, does so with excellence and finesse. Definitely a book that I recommend! 4 stars! This book was provided by the author for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
Candace Johnson has lost a mother and husband to murder, and now her best friend, Pamela Coleman, the only daughter of Judge and Desiree Coleman. And the Police Department still hasn’t found her husband’s killer from two years’ earlier. She’s determined to ‘help’ the police department find Pamela’s killer, placing herself and others in danger. How much more can she handle? She wondered if God is punishing her. Her faith is slowly dwindling down to almost nothing. Detective Darnell Jackson, aka Mr. Hollywood, is new to the precinct, hailing from Los Angelus, though he actually grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Captain and the Judge are pressing him for evidence and closure, demanding an arrest yesterday! The detective’s aunt Beulah isn’t a help either, when she keeps trying to be a matchmaker between him and Candace, unknowingly sabotaging his work on the case. Tyora Moody in her book, When Rain Falls, has written a great mystery with plenty of twists, which blind-sided me from guessing the murderer up to the end. Circumstantial evidence abounds! Candace’s grief over her deep personal losses is palpable, as well as her teen children’s behaviors in the light of their losses. Her daughter Rachel’s acting out was so realistic, though not predictable. Detective Jackson’s work and personal relationship with Candace is well-developed and definitely interesting! His aunt Beulah found a special spot in my heart–so uplifting, sneakily conniving in her nephew’s romance, deep friend of Candace, and holding a deep trust in the Lord. Tyora’s style and depth are extraordinary. They bring a personal touch to the story. She used the lightness of Beulah’s personality to help defuse the horrendous pain involved. Though it’s a slow read, it’s certainly not boring. It gives you the time to digest the deep losses and frustrations of the characters. The message of trust, faith and forgiveness is interwoven throughout. It’s a bit preachy in the beginning, but I would love to read another book by Tyora any day!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
What a nail biting read! You won't be able to put this fast paced book down. Candace Johnson is just starting to get over the pain of her husband Frank's murder. Now another of her loved ones has been murdered...her best friend Pamela Coleman. How could this be happening again. She met Pamela when she moved to North Carolina as a 12 year old, after her own Mother had been murdered. She has two children Rachael 16, and Daniel 14, along with some very Dear friends. Loved the characters of Beulah, Tangie, and Mrs Roberts. Candace's Children were extremely close to Pamela, they thought of her as their Aunt, and now the hands of death have touched them again. Detective Darnell Jackson has transferred from LA back to NC, and near his Aunt Beulah. He works in Homicide and is now working on Pamela's murder. He was raised by his Aunt after his Mother died, and now recovering from his divorce is trying to move on. Pamela, Candace and Darnell, are all members of the mega church Victory Gospel. Candace and Darnell meet there at the funeral. Love how God is working in all of their lives. He does answer their prayers, sometimes not the way they want. Tyora weaves a great mystery, and you will have to keep keep reading so you can find out the answers. I was surprised by the ending in my mind accusing the wrong people. I received this book from the Author, and was not required to give a positive review.
OurVillageMagazine More than 1 year ago
Tyora Moody's debut novel is an inspirational work of fiction that addresses the dilemma of one woman's waning faith instigated by a series of life altering experiences that change her entire world. Single mother Candace Johnson has a lot on her; a thriving business and two teenage children keep her distracted enough to make it through two previous tragedies when she is suddenly stricken by another. In an effort to find justice for the death of her best friend and prominent attorney Pamela Coleman, she embarks on her own investigation and ultimately finds something she may not have bargained for. Her struggle to deal with all that has happened to her years earlier motivates her to take action so that she may try and find closure on her pain and heartache. Ms. Moody's When Rain Falls is a wonderful example of straightforward prose that is familiar and moving! Hanging suspense, budding feelings toward Detective Darnell Jackson, coupled with the fundamental struggle of faith in the face of tragedy is what makes this novel a 'Must Read'. Make this a top selection, and keep your eyes open for the others in the Victory Gospel Series.
OnAssignment More than 1 year ago
Debut author Tyora Moody’s combination of faith and intrigue is a breath of fresh air for the Christian fiction genre. From the prologue to the closing page her style of writing becomes a magnet that won’t let go. At the tender age of twelve Candace Johnson experiences great loss. That monster returns to disrupt the peace she’d regained when a one-two punch claims two more of the people she cherishes. The combination of the devastating losses that seem to be more than what authorities say they are causes Candace to takes matters into her own hands. Built on a strong foundation of a believable protagonist and supporting cast, When Rain Falls moves from the realm of an expected read to that of a ‘compelling’ read. Dr. Linda F. Beed/Reviewer Book provided courtesy of author
RhondaMcKnight More than 1 year ago
Tyora M. Moody’s When Rain Falls is great combination of Christian Fiction and Mystery. Two of my favorite genres combined into one well written, compelling story. The story starts in 1981 New York, where we first meet Candace. She experienced a life altering event that makes her wonder why God would allow such things to happen to her. When we next meet Candace Johnson she is a widowed parent of two teenagers and managing her own business in Charlotte North Carolina. Candace’s friend Pamela has information for Candace but she never finds out what the information is before tragedy strikes the Johnson family again. Darnell Jackson is a recently relocated detective from Los Angeles, California to Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the new partner to Candace’s husband’s old partner. He is not well received by the other detectives. So he tends to do things (investigations) his own way. Candace questions God when she is faced with another tragedy. She does not sit around and wait for the police to do their investigations. She investigates on her own. There are many twist and turns in this story and characters are well written. It is compelling from the beginning to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was so well written that it seemed as if I was right there with Candace trying to solve the mystery. If you enjoy mysteries then you will truly enjoy When Rain Falls. Tyora M. Moody is a great storyteller. I eagerly wait for her next book release. Reviewed by Janette Malcolm for Urban Christian Fiction Today
PauletteHarper More than 1 year ago
Tyora Moody breaks into Christian Fiction with her first debut novel “When Rain Falls”. An ideal book and must read for those who love suspense with twist and turns through out the chapters. A “who” done it book for sure. I love how Tyora set up each chapter between the two major characters which allows the reader to be drawn into the story. Great job, Tyora. A highly recommended novel to add to your library of well- written books. ~ Paulette Harper Johnson, Author of That Was Then, This is Now and Completely Whole
LPCR More than 1 year ago
Tyora Moody has crafted a suspense-filled mystery full of twists and turns punctuated with wit, wisdom and hope. The characters are well-developed and engaging and, at the end of the book, I found myself wanting more. This is one of those "hang on for the ride" kind of books, and all I can say is that I can't wait for her next book! I want to go on another adventure!