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Title:
Things to do when it's raining
Author:
Stapley, Marissa, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Graydon House, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
362 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
"Mae Summers has it all: a loving fiancé, Peter, a job at the flourishing company he owns and a beautiful New York City apartment. But Mae's life shatters when she wakes up one morning to discover Peter gone--leaving only a cryptic note behind him--and the company in shambles, its investments founded on lies. There's only one place for Mae to go: home to Alexandria Bay, the small tourist town in upstate New York where she was raised by her grandparents in the inn they own. And not all is right in Alex Bay, either: Mae finds her grandmother struggling with dementia, separated from Mae's grandfather thanks to a terrible secret she never meant to reveal. She also finds Gabe, her childhood best friend who became the love of her young life--now a handsome if brooding adult, working through a private trauma that still haunts him. A lifetime of secrets stands in the way of Mae and her family's happiness. Home may be where the heart is, but sometimes it takes equal parts love, forgiveness and will to mend that heart" --
General Note:
Includes discussion questions and a conversation with the author.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781525899010
Format :
Book

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Summary

When secrets tear love apart, can the truth mend it?

Mae Summers has it all: a loving fiancé, Peter, a job at the flourishing company he owns and a beautiful New York City apartment. But Mae's life shatters when she wakes up one morning to discover Peter gone--leaving only a cryptic note behind him--and the company in shambles, its investments founded on lies.

There's only one place for Mae to go: home to Alexandria Bay, the small tourist town in upstate New York where she was raised by her grandparents in the inn they own. And not all is right in Alex Bay, either: Mae finds her grandmother struggling with dementia, separated from Mae's grandfather thanks to a terrible secret she never meant to reveal.

She also finds Gabe, her childhood best friend who became the love of her young life--now a handsome if brooding adult, working through a private trauma that still haunts him.

A lifetime of secrets stands in the way of Mae and her family's happiness. Home may be where the heart is, but sometimes it takes equal parts love, forgiveness and will to mend that heart.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Mae and Gabe were childhood friends, then first loves. They planned to spend their lives together, but a cruel lie separates them. Seventeen years later, Mae has built a life in the city, away from the tiny fishing community she and Gabe had grown up in. But her shiny new life comes crashing down when it is revealed that her fiancé is a con man who has embezzled thousands and disappeared. With nowhere else to turn, Mae escapes to the home she loves and the grandparents who raised her. When Gabe unexpectedly shows up soon after she arrives, Mae is stunned to learn that the person who drove Gabe away was her own beloved grandmother Lilly. Mae knows that she has a chance to make it right. But just as she and Gabe begin to finally reconnect, tragedy and circumstance may lead to an even greater rift. A charming tale with an enchanting setting, Stapley's latest (after Mating for Life, 2014) is an engaging read about keeping secrets, starting over, and loving the family you choose.--Platt, Diana Copyright 2018 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Stapley's memorable novel (following Mating for Life) is about the strength of enduring relationships. Mae Summers leaves her life in New York City behind when she discovers that her fiancé and business partner is missing, their company doesn't exist, and the money invested in it is gone, too. Upon returning to the home of her youth in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., where she lived with her grandparents, Mae discovers her grandfather is living away from her grandmother in a nearby hotel. Mae is even more stunned when Gabe Broadbent, her childhood best friend, returns to town. Gabe broke Mae's heart after their friendship became a teenage romance. As they come to terms with the misunderstandings of their past and the possibility of a future together, Mae and Gabe must decide if they are willing to take a chance to rediscover the love they once felt. The intensity of the lasting love and friendship between Gabe and Mae is emotionally powerful and finely wrought, and Stapley complements this story about the difficult choices family members make for those they love with an evocative setting. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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Things to Do When It's Raining Virginia has always loved the rain. She never hides inside: she goes fishing or for a walk, and she doesn't mind getting wet. Even now, when she knows that rain means danger, she tilts her face up to meet the droplets. The fear retreats for a moment. But then she lowers her head and keeps on across the ice, faster now because she knows she must find her husband, somewhere out on this river, and save him before it's too late. In the distance, she hears what sounds like a gunshot: the ice surrendering. If she'd known it was going to rain, she'd have gone for help. Usually, she feels it coming. But this time the clouds gathered and she didn't notice. There were bigger things on her mind. And now that she's out on the river she can't turn back. He needs her. The river, which tells her where the biggest fish are when she goes out in her boat, which tells her so many other things because she listens, is telling her now that Chase is in danger. She's known everything about Chase since the moment he stepped off his family's yacht and onto her family's dock six years ago. She tossed her braid over her shoulder, rolled her eyes and helped him tie a proper sailor's knot, and then he looked straight into her and said, "Thank you," but he meant other things and the world stopped spinning for a minute. Later he told her he felt an axis tilt, a realignment of planets. He saw a constellation of freckles on her nose. She fell in love with him because he said stuff like that to her. None of the boys in Alexandria Bay talked that way. And now he needs her. She knows. It would be the same if their daughter were in danger: the river would whisper the threat in her ear and she would go find Mae. But their girl is out of harm's way, up in the attic of Virginia's parents' inn, also her home, playing with her friend Gabriel, oblivious to the ice that is shifting and about to crack in her world. There's another splitting sound in the distance just as Virginia approaches Island 51. She stops and looks at the shack with its boarded-up windows. She's afraid to move, afraid to stay still. Pointless to even try, but maybe Jonah Broadbent is her only hope. Part of her still believes in this boy she once knew--now a broken man--so she climbs the slippery bank, scrambles up the stairs and pounds on the door of the shack, but then doesn't bother to wait for an answer. It's unlocked, as always, so she turns the knob and walks in. Excerpted from Things to Do When It's Raining by Marissa Stapley All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.