BLACK RAIN RISING
ISBN #: 1-60154-600-9
The Wild Rose Press
Historical Romance (recent history)
Rating: 5 Cups
Evie is the daughter of a wealthy radio station owner. She is beautiful and very capable in her job working for the station. She needs to find a new singer for a show.
Dallas has had a tough life, but he does the best he can for his little girl. He is a gifted singer and songwriter and all he needs is a break.
One rainy night, an angel walks into Duff Black’s tavern to use the phone. Evie Lake has been listening to mediocre country singers all night and her car breaks down in front of the run down honky tonk. She sits down with a cup of coffee and is amazed by the singer, Dallas Baird. Dallas is amazed by her as well, but their relationship is anything but smooth. Duff is murdered, and the Sheriff is reluctant to look any further than Dallas for a suspect. Dallas’ little girl is in need of an operation as well; but the biggest impediment to their being together is Dallas’ superstitious belief that everyone who gets close to him dies.
This is a wonderful story set in the fifties. Dallas and Evie come from opposite sides of the tracks, but the author conveys an immediate and strong attraction between the two. They share the same values, and Evie is one determined woman. I had no doubt that she would get her way in the end. The author does a masterful job of bringing the reader back to small town Texas in the fifties. She has the values and prejudices of the era down pat, and the characters she has created are memorable and realistic. The plot is gripping and full of romance, drama, and a bit of suspense, just like one of Dallas’s songs. The reader will love reading about Dallas and Evie’s story.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More