You know sometimes when you read a new book by a new author and just get swept away? CD Cain’s first book, and the beginning of a four part series, is a classic in the making. I literally can’t wait for book two.
Set in the south with the delightful backdrop of the Louisiana bayou and a real southern belle family setting, “When it Raynes” brings its location to life. The mannerisms, speech and habits of the family we meet create a deep and solid canvas for the authors exploration of relationships.
The main characters, Rayne and Memaw, are wonderful creations. Between them, Sam and the other ladies of the house, we have a wide array of powerful women characters who literally warm the heart. The few men we spend any time with seem like cyphers in comparison. CD Cain has a gift for expressing the feelings of her cast through both language and physical reaction. Without ever feeling she is telling you a tale the characters themselves speak from the page.
This really is a classic, slow and generous with its time like the waters flowing past Raynes hideaway, don’t expect to be rushed anywhere. Feelings, hopes, dreams and actions take their time to develop and the author deepens and explores the relationships between her cast as the plot slowly unfolds. The writing is almost poetic at times, and simply flows.
Be warned though – it has a major cliffhanger which has clearly annoyed a number of readers – as they point out the arc of the story is presumably across the series. For me that didn’t detract from excellent writing, a wonderfully evocative setting, an interesting ‘will she wont she’ romance and characters I would love to meet.
When the next one comes out in May I may just have to find the time to re-read this to savour the pleasure all over again. Excellent first novel and seriously one to watch.
(publisher review copy received)
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