Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio (audio)

Title: Before the Rain Falls
Author: Camille Di Maio
Narrator: Dara Rosenberg
Published: May 2017, Brilliance Audio
Length: 10 hours 25 minutes
Source: Publisher
After serving seventy years in prison for the murder of her sister, Eula, Della Lee has finally returned home to the Texas town of Puerto Pesar. She’s free from confinement—and ready to tell her secrets before it’s too late.

She finds a willing audience in journalist Mick Anders, who is reeling after his suspension from a Boston newspaper and in town, reluctantly, to investigate a mysterious portrait of Eula that reportedly sheds tears. He crosses paths with Dr. Paloma Vega, who’s visiting Puerto Pesar with her own mission: to take care of her ailing grandmother and to rescue her rebellious younger sister before something terrible happens. Paloma and Mick have their reasons to be in the hot, parched border town whose name translates as “Port of Regret.” But they don’t anticipate how their lives will be changed forever.

Moving and engrossing, this dual story alternates between Della’s dark ordeals of the 1940s and Paloma and Mick’s present-day search for answers?about roots, family, love, and what is truly important in life.

My thoughts: Wow...what a stunning, mesmerizing story! This is the first book I've picked up by Camille Di Maio and it certainly will not be the last, that's for sure!

This story will grab you right from the start and keep hold of you until the very end. The characters are so well-developed, flaws and all, that they draw you into their world. As the story moves between the past and present, you find yourself completely engaged and wanting to know more, finding it hard to concentrate on anything else other than what is going on within their world.

This is an emotional story, yet one filled with hope. It's about the lengths one goes for the love of family; it's about sacrifice and forgiveness; love and loss. But just as much as the characters make the story come to life, so do the settings of the story - Puerto Pesar both in the present and the past, as well as the prison where Della Lee spends the majority of her life. 

I loved the way everything unravels, ever so slowly - but oh so worth it! And the ending - OMG...the way it all comes together - tears streaming down my face - both of joy and sadness combined. So beautiful, so captivating! I cannot wait to read more from this author.

Audio thoughts: Dara Rosenberg did such a great job with the narration of this story. She was able to bring these characters to life, giving each of the characters distinct voices and infusing just the right amount of emotion and tension into her voice when and as needed. This was such a great book to listen to and I found myself wanting to just listen to huge chunks of the book at a time - it was that good! I've listened to Dara before and I think this is one of her best narrations yet!



  1. Wow! This was a very emotional read, or listen. Excellent review. I will keep this audio book in mind.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful review.


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