Title: Three Days of Rain
Author: Christine Hughes
Release Date: December 9th 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Just when he thought his life was turning around…
Things haven’t been easy for Jacob Morgan. Persecuted by the ghosts of his past, Jake lives each day just going through the motions, barely getting by.
Then Lily Burns comes to town and befriends him.
As Jake starts to heal, he begins to hope that he has finally overcome the mistakes and tragedies that have tormented him for so long. But just when he thinks his problems are solved, his past comes back to haunt him, and once again, Jake is confronted by situations he is ill-equipped to handle.
Can Jake hold on to the progress he has made, or will the lies, guilt, and secrets he’s tried to ignore shove him back into an abyss from which there is no escape?
Three Days of Rain is an ideal novel for fans of New Adult Contemporary Romance, who enjoy their stories with a combination of love, family drama, and heartache.
I particularly enjoyed the fact that Christine Hughes’ main character is Jake, which is a change from the mainly female protagonists in the genre. Jake is still dealing with his grief and mixed emotions following a particular painful break-up. Jake’s present is full of routine, but he is haunted by frequent flashbacks allowing us to understand all he has been through. Christine Hughes shows us the different sides of Jake’s character; angry and violent; focused and contented; broken and emotional.
Although we are given clues about certain elements of the story, I was unprepared for the later chapters. The sudden change of mood, along with our disbelief and that of the characters, makes the ending one which we cannot help but be moved by, no matter how we have previously felt towards particular individuals.
Three Days of Rain is a powerful and touching journey on which Christine Hughes allows us to watch her main character emotionally mature and despite his circumstances, at the story’s conclusion, we are left with hope for his future. A definite recommendation – but keep tissues nearby!