Before the Rain Falls, by Camille Di Maio, *Review* Lone Star Book Blog Tour

Genre: Women’s Fiction / Historical / Family
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication: May 16, 2017
Number of Pages: 334
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    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.
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Praise for Before the Rain Falls:
Still wiping away tears! Before the Rain Falls is simultaneously heartbreaking, hopeful, and joyous: a story of complex characters with varied pasts and bright futures. Loved it! - Jennifer B. on Goodreads
This novel takes readers on an emotional, fast-paced, ride through one sister's journey to self, redemption, and the true meaning of "freedom." - Nicole W. on Goodreads
There is romance, mystery, and secrets that are kept till the very end that will have you not wanting this beautifully written story to end. - Carol B. on Goodreads

Some books are good escape. Some are simply good stories. Some give food for thought. Some show us our past. Some show us our present. Some show us Texas. Some soothe a hurting heart. Some make you think about walking in another's shoes. Some take you out of your chair and put you right into a world you don't inhabit. This one does it all, I really loved it. 
"Before the Rain Falls" cast a spell on me with its characters that came alive in the "Port  of Regret," past and present.  It is not just the story of the purported murderess, Della Lee, but also that of down and out reporter Mick Anders, and newly graduated doctor Paloma Vega, home for a spell to help her ailing grandmother and wayward leaning younger sister.

I was interested with each twist and each POV.  In fact, the multiple viewpoints helped me digest what otherwise would have been a hard story, knowing that Della Lee spent all of her life in jail for a crime that she seemed incapable of committing. I was rooting for Mick to figure it out, while he took the time to remember what brought him to reporting in the first place.  I was also hoping Paloma would find a way to live her passion, while finding more time for her family. 

The stories of Della Lee captured me because the writing made it all unfold before my eyes, as if this were a more serious women's version of "Oh Brother Where Art Thou."  And I loved the Texas diversity of the story as much as I loved the characters and the story itself. I'll definitely be reading more of Camille di Miao's writings.

Thank you for allowing me to read and review this book.  It's a five star for me.  Just needs an Audio!

Camille recently left an award-winning real estate career in San Antonio to become a full-time writer. Along with her husband of 19 years, she enjoys raising their four children. She has a bucket list that is never-ending and uses her adventures to inspire her writing. She's lived in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California, and spends enough time in Hawai'i to feel like a local. She's traveled to four continents (so far), and met Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. She just about fainted when she had a chance to meet her musical idol, Paul McCartney, too. Camille studied political science in college but found working on actual campaigns much more fun. She overdoses on goodies at farmer’s markets (justifying them by her support for local bakeries) and belts out Broadway tunes whenever the moment strikes. There's almost nothing she wouldn't try, so long as it doesn't involve heights, roller skates, or anything illegal. The Memory of Us is Camille's debut novel. Her second, Before the Rain Falls was released on May 16, 2017.
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