Raining Fools by Jackie Castle

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About the Book

Bekka Winters hung up the phone. Ethan, her brother, needed her help with his new music production studio. She stared at her already packed bags. Why not? She’d just graduated from college and didn’t exactly have a job to go to. Besides, a music video might look good on her resume when she looked for real work.

Stephen Gaines couldn’t believe Ethan had called him after their last blow up. They’d been music partners once. Stephen had ruined that. It was his expertise to wreck relationships especially those he had with women. Fortunately, Ethan didn’t know about him and Bekka. She was the one woman that had broken through to the deep parts of his heart. If only… how many times had he said that in the past? A fresh start is just what he needed.

Bekka’s mind bubbled with ideas for Ethan’s studio. Not to mention she couldn’t wait to see Ethan and Haley, the woman who’d captured her brother’s heart. But when she pulled into the drive and saw the familiar fancy car that Stephen drove, her heart dropped. There was no way she’d let him back into her life. 

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About the Author

Jackie Castle looks for the extraordinary in every ordinary day that she experiences. She is the author of The White Road Chronicles a fantasy series, The Sentinel Archives for school-age readers, and newly released Madison Creek Bed & Breakfast romance series. She has also published articles and short stories in numerous magazines. She’s enjoyed many crazy adventures from working as a hairstylist, to her bravest quest: teaching children in daycare and elementary schools. Eventually, she settled down to a somewhat safer pursuit of being a Story-weaver.

Now she lives in her comfortable Texas home where she spins entertaining tales and enjoys relaxing in the evenings with her husband Bob, their children and grandchild.

Her favorite pastime, besides reading, is traipsing through her imaginary worlds in search of another story.

Find out more about her shenanigans over at Jackie Castle’s Story World: www.jackiecastle.com. There you can also sign up for her monthly newsletter.

My Review

From the moment I heard the title “Raining Fools”, I was intrigued, but that didn’t stop with the title. Friendship and love are the reigning theme throughout this book written by Jackie Castle. The romance between Bekka and Stephen is sparked by a difficult past that they both must overcome. Stephen’s friendship with Ethan is far from perfect, but through it all, Ethan sticks close to Stephen, no matter what.

This novel brings to my mind the passage of Matthew 18:21-22 (KJV), “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Til seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” The central theme of this passage was not that we should keep tally and stop forgiving after 539 offenses; but rather to forgive all offenses. After all, if one is keeping tally, then it’s not true forgiveness.  

You see this truth lived out in these characters’ lives, in a very real way. There are times they struggle to forgive and want to abandon ship, but the love they are called to show through Christ, keeps them pressing on.

What I liked:

I enjoyed reading “Raining Fools” and was sad when the end came. I would definitely read another book by Jackie Castle. While this book was a sequel to Snow Belle, I was able to read it as a stand alone without any confusion. In fact, I am excited to read Snow Belle in the near future!

As a mother of two young ones, it’s often difficult to read a book from the beginning to the end in one read. However, I was able to pick up this book and read a few chapters, put it down when I needed to take care of my kids, and pick it back up later without once getting lost. In simple words: it was an easy read. While I could put it down, I didn’t want to.

The characters were very real. In many ways, I viewed them as my friends. I cheered them on, wanting them to make the right decisions. Each action they chose seemed to reflect who they were and what they believed.

What I disliked:

I disliked the prequel. While it was well written and I enjoyed reading it, it confused me at first because it didn’t seem to flow well with the rest of the book. It took place in Haley’s viewpoint, but it would have made more sense if it had been written from Bekka’s viewpoint. I could also see the prelude having been better as a first chapter as there are parts of it that are essential to the book.

However, that is such a minor point that I would still highly recommend this book if you are looking for a light read, filled with Biblical truth and a thirst for second chances.

I was given a complimentary copy of “Raining Fools” to review by the author and Celebrate Lit. All views are my own. I would give this book four stars.

Guest Post from Jackie Castle

I’m best known for my fantasy series, The White Road Chronicles, and I love the make-believe world of Alburnium. But as these stories have traveled towards the ending, I’ve decided to venture into a more modern world. I enjoy a good, clean romance as much as anyone else, and I love writing stories about communities where people band together for the greater good.
 
So, I came up with Madison Creek, a small town on the verge of dying out. But the people there aren’t ready to give up. They decide that if they band together, maybe they can revive their little lakeside town and make it thrive.
 
My husband is from Michigan. I’m from California. We met in the middle: Texas. He’s adapted quite well to the south, loving the hot summers, hot food, and well, he simply likes being warm. Though I miss my moderate California, I’ve also grown to love Texas. Whenever we travel up north to visit his family, we lament over to lack of flavorful food and the ability to stay warm. (Even in the summer we’ve had to wear winter coats!!)
 
We are often teased by his family for how we put two syllables into words such as fire, dead and y’all. (Yes, he’s been in Texas long enough now to have developed a bit of a twang). I don’t know how many times we’ve talked about moving up north to open a BBQ joint so there’d be somewhere good to eat. Except, we both hate the cold and I’m sure I’d never survive a Michigan winter. I spent two weeks up there once in December, and swore I’d never do that again. I mean, 4 feet of snow in one night? Good Lord have mercy!
 
Basically, that’s how I came up with Haley Madison, the blond Texas gal who inherited her grandpop’s farmland in Madison Creek, Michigan. Her life has been one big mess after another and she’s determined to take this opportunity to set things right. She’s lived on ranches for over half her life and loves to cook a lot of food for folks. (My family was always big on cooking lots of food at holiday gatherings, so it just seems natural.)
 
Haley ends up meeting Ethan Winters, who she calls the handsome Yankee that plays a violin. The first book, Snow Belle is about how they meet. The second book, Raining Fools, continues Ethan and Haley’s story in the background. But in Raining Fools, you’ll meet Ethan’s sister Bekka and his best friend, Stephen Gaines who have a history with each other that neither cares to remember, except those old feelings they had for each other refuse to go away. Bekka, though strong in her faith, is uncertain about what God wants her to do with her life. Stephen, a playboy with a troubled past, appreciates his friend’s strong faith, but believes God doesn’t care about the ‘little people.’ At least, not until a series of mishaps has him taking a second look at the Winters’ beliefs.
 
What I hope people take away from my story beside an entertaining tale, is that God loves them. That they belong to a kingdom that’s bigger than themselves. That we are stronger together than apart. These are themes that readers can find in my stories.
 
I have several more ideas for novels and novellas that will continue Haley and Ethan’s story while we meet various people who visit the B&B when they come to Madison Creek hoping to start a new life. My hope is that readers will come to enjoy visiting this quirky little town as much as I do when I write the stories. Texas might have its spicy food and natural ruggedness, but I do love Michigan’s wild beauty and kindhearted folks. I just love it more in the summertime.
 

12 Comments

  1. Pam Lunsford

    Loved your blog, I hope to read more of them.

  2. Rebecca F

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for the info.

  3. Jackie

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my book and for your thoughtful review. Appreciate you.

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