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    Vivid, captivating, and melancholic!

    The Rain Watcher is a moving, beautiful portrayal of a city in turmoil and a family struggling to understand, accept, and outwardly show compassion and love for each other. The writing is impassioned and eloquent. The characters are empathetic, distressed, and genuine. And the plot is a mesmeric, foreboding tale set both in the present day and mid-1900s about life, loss, love, family dynamics, secrets, determination, hope, sacrifice, and the desolation and destruction mother nature can reap. The Rain Watcher is a wonderful blend of historical facts, intriguing fiction, and palpable emotion. It’s a nostalgic, heartbreaking, consuming tale that reminds us of the complex relationship that can exist between a father and son and highlights once again de Rosnay’s insight and passion for La Ville-Lumière.
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    well written sad tale

    A sad tale of the Malegarde family and the flooding of Paris, France. The Malegarde family consist of father Paul, mother Lauren, daughter Tilia, son Linden. Linden is a world famous photographer who has never told his world-renowned arborist father that he is gay. The family have gathered in Paris to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary when Paul suffers a stroke during an unprecedented rainfall that floods Paris. The writing lets you picture the devastation of Paris, the wonder of Paul's estate trees, the photographs Linden has taken. You can feel the emotional impact of life and weather events. It is not a happy story but it is so well written that it deserves the 5/5 rating. I volunteered to read an ARC from St. Martins Press through Net Galley. (less)
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    Family drama in Paris

    What a joy to read a family drama written by Tatiana de Rosnay. The Rain Watcher follows the Malegarde family who meet in Paris to celebrate the 70th birthday of Paul, the patriarch. The weekend was arranged by his spouse, Lauren, to gather together their adult children, Tilia and Linden. The reunion unfolds as the river Seine is bursting its banks and threatening to flood the City of Light. There is a sense of foreboding throughout due to the constant rain and the dysfunctional relationships of the Malegardes. Paul, an arborist, has a better understanding of trees than of his family. Lauren wants the weekend to be a success for all. Talia, the daughter, has problems of her own at home in London and Linden, the son, left the Malegarde home as a teenager and never really went back. And everyone has secrets of their own. The Rain Watcher reminds us that all families have issues. An entrancing read. Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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