The Rain Sparrow (A Honey Ridge Novel)
About the Book:
Renowned yet private, thriller writer Hayden Winters lives a life colored by lies. As he is deeply ashamed of his past, his hunger for an honest relationship and dreams of starting a family remain unsatisfied, and he can trust no one with his secrets. He's determined to outrun his personal demons, but the charming old Peach Orchard Inn and a woman whose presence is as gentle as a sparrow's song stops him in his tracks.
Carrie Riley is afraid of everything from flying to thunderstorms, and pretty much of life itself. But meeting the enigmatic writer staying at the inn emboldens her to learn everything about him. When they discover a vulnerable boy hiding at the inn, Hayden is compelled to help Carrie protect him. Soon they're led to a centuries-old mystery that haunts Hayden's sleep, and his only safe haven is Carrie. As the secrets of the past and present cause their lives to become entwined, all that's left to come to light is love—if the grim truth doesn't tear them apart first.
I love stories set in two different time periods and that is exactly what this second book in the Honey Ridge series is. You can read my review of the first, The Memory House, here. Like The Memory House, this story is set at the Peach Orchard Inn. The modern-day thread is the story of Hayden Winters and Carrie Riley. The historical thread is set during Reconstruction and involves a local woman and a Yankee who is working for the family. While the historical story in The Memory House is told through letters, in this book the historical story is dreamed by Hayden. The unanswered mystery at the end of The Memory House was the fate of two boys; one from the modern day and one from the Civil War era. The Rain Sparrow mentions that the boys are missing; however if you didn't read The Memory House I'm not sure you'd even notice the reference to the modern day boy and I doubt you'd consider the reference to the Civil War boy to be all that important. There was no resolution to that part of the story, or any real movement toward resolution. Despite the fact that this book is the second in the series, it stands well by itself, though knowing the back story on some peripheral characters does make the experience of the story a bit richer.
I'm not usually one to comment on the writing but in this case I will; I loved Linda Goodnight's writing and consider it above the usual writing found in romance novels, particularly series romance novels.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: A-