Blog Tour: Before the Rain Falls

Before the Rain Falls opens as one of the main characters, Della Lee is convicted of murder – in 1943. The second chapter brings us to present day – on her first day home from prison. Curious? You should be, and I’m joining up with Lone Star Book Blog to bring you a change to win one of three signed copies of this amazing book which is making my list of must-reads for 2017. So join me!
BEFORE THE RAIN FALLS
by
CAMILLE DI MAIO
  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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Clear your schedule before you pick up Camille Di Maio’s book, because it is simply unputdownable. Before the Rain Falls is primarily the story of Della Lee, and her tale begins as she is released from prison, an elderly woman now, but it is also the story of Dr Paloma Vega, raised in Puerto Pesar and home to check in on her grandmother and sister, and of journalist Mick Anders, who travels to the tired, dusty South Texas town in search of a story that will resuscitate his career. Their lives cross and become intertwined. The story is skillfully presented in a dual timeline format: Della Lee’s story beginning in the ’40s up until her release from prison, and in present day as their individual paths and goals knit together.

The book opens slowly, appropriately setting the mood for the dusty & drought-stricken, tired and faded Puerto Pesar (which means “Port of Regret”). Di Maio’s writing will slowly draw you in. She is wonderful with setting the scene and in telling a story that is tragic and fascinating, with characters that are sharply drawn and clever. She did a particularly wonderful job of bringing the Women’s Prison and the convicts to life in a way that was sympathetic, vivid and, honestly,  simply fascinating.

Della Lee’s life is a captivating tale, as sad and harsh as it was, and is told by Della Lee with an honesty and humor (in spite of all she has been through) that speaks to her true character. This is a story of love and sacrifice, of standing behind your beliefs, and ultimately, one of redemption. Before the Rain Falls simply a wonderful book, and I cannot recommend it enough.  Fans of Sarah McCoy will love this book – it’s one of my must read books for 2017.

More 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
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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  May 17-31, 2017 
CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:
5/17
Promo
5/18
Review
5/19
Excerpt 1
5/20
Review
5/21
Promo
5/22
Author Interview
5/23
Review
5/24
Promo
5/25
Guest Post
5/26
Review
5/27
Excerpt 2
5/28
Promo
5/29
Review
5/30
Deleted Scene
5/31
Review
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