Ella’s Rain by Buffy Andrews
Publisher: Prism Book Group
Length: Full (285 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Aloe
Ella is consumed by grief when her Grandma Dorothy dies.Slowly Ella learns to live again as she reads the letters Grandma left behind — one for every day of the coming year.
Ella lost her whole family in a car accident. She had stayed home because she was sick and her grandmother was taking care of her. She still carries grief with her even though it was years before. Now cancer has claimed her grandmother. Since everybody she loves dies, she’s pushing her boyfriend away from her. She doesn’t want to love and lose again…
This author expresses emotion very well. She must have lost some of her own family members because the grief feels real and the emotions are authentic. The story line is smooth and is actually a tale of romance, it just begins with grief and healing.
Ella’s grandmother has left her notes to read each day for a year. Grandma was smart, had been through a lot in life and offers words of wisdom in the notes. (The author has included them in this book so you can share Grandma’s wisdom, too. From proverbs to common sense, Grandma had an opinion on everything.)
Reading about Ella’s grief and her fear of loving made me sad, but when she gets hurt in a car accident herself and almost dies, she realizes you need to make the most out of the life you have.
Ms. Andrews must be a matchmaker in real life because she found spouses for everyone in this story. It’s fun to watch the old and young fall in love and begin to celebrate life again. This is a story for folks who like tidy romances that come together even if it’s been years since the people last saw each other. My favorite part was the quotes from Grandma. She sounded a lot like my own grandparents.