Author: Rae Meadows
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Paperback: 272 pages
Annie Bell can’t escape the dust. It’s in her hair, covering the windowsills, coating the animals in the barn, in the corners of her children’s dry, cracked lips. It’s 1934 and the Bell farm in Mulehead, Oklahoma is struggling as the earliest storms of The Dust Bowl descend. All around them the wheat harvests are drying out and people are packing up their belongings as storms lay waste to the Great Plains. As the Bells wait for the rains to come, Annie and each member of her family are pulled in different directions. Annie’s fragile young son, Fred, suffers from dust pneumonia; her headstrong daughter, Birdie, flush with first love, is choosing a dangerous path out of Mulehead; and Samuel, her husband, is plagued by disturbing dreams of rain.
As Annie, desperate for an escape of her own, flirts with the affections of an unlikely admirer, she must choose who she is going to become. With her warm storytelling and beautiful prose, Rae Meadows brings to life an unforgettable family that faces hardship with rare grit and determination. Rich in detail and epic in scope, I Will Send Rain is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, filled with hope, morality, and love.
This book grew on me as I kept on reading. Annie is a woman that is trying to survive in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. She is struggling with the life she has and is doing what she can to make the best of what she has. As her marital life is going through the ringer she starts having an interest in a younger man, that also happens to be the mayor of the small town. As Annie starts getting closer to her admirer, life at home is getting worse. Samuel is Annie’s husband. As the draught is hurting his and his neighbor’s crops, Samuel starts praying more and more. Annie and Samuel are so caught up with trying to survive, their children Fred and Birdie are also being pulled in opposite directions.
In this book I really enjoyed reading about Fred. This boy has so much love for his family and chickens. You can see it by how he acts towards everyone. After each dust storm he worries about his chickens and does whatever he can to protect them. He takes his time trying to calm them down. I was upset when he got caught in a dust storm. He was by far my favorite character. For Birdie, I hated how the book finished her story. I would have loved to find out what happened to her.
This book was well written and descriptive to the point that I can see everything. It was as if I was transported to Oklahoma in the early ‘30s. I Will Send Rain is an amazing book about a family struggling to survive during an extremely difficult time.
I received this book from goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I am thankful for receiving this book and have already recommended the book to several friends and coworkers.