Ava Lawton can’t believe her run of bad luck. It’s supposed to be an exciting time in her life: fresh out of college, living in a new state, with a new job, and away from her family at last.
But when she’s forced to quit her job, everything falls apart quickly. Suddenly, she’s alone in a crowd, with no one to turn to.
At her lowest point, a stranger gives her a message that brings her hope.
Now is the time to live life her own way.
Now is the time to choose to be happy.
And there we saw the sunset.
My mouth dropped open as a blaze of red and orange burned the sky, setting the mesa alight in an astonishing display of nature or God or some deity more powerful, older, more mesmerizing than anything I had seen.
I think I gasped, and clutched Cody’s arm, our silence more meaningful than any words could have been. A deep stillness filled me as I watched the cycle of day to night, as the earth turned. And I was part of it; together we were part of it. My problems seemed small and ridiculous and I promised myself that this was where my life started again: this day, this moment, with this man at my side—if he’d have me.
★★★★ 4 'Silver Lining' Stars
Playing in the Rain is the story of 22 year old Ava Lawton who seems so be having one stroke of bad luck after the other. After having lost her much needed job and source of income, she's all alone in a new city with no friends and no bright hopes for the future. And if that isn't bad enough already, she's also struck in traffic in the middle of a miserable rainy day. And that's when she meets him.
A stranger passes her a note that makes her smile and that will ultimately change her life forever. The next time she meets him, they strike up a conversation and they learn tthey have much more in common than they first thought. He's the one that will make her stop being afraid to live her life and to do whatever makes her happy. He teaches her to enjoy life to the fullest without letting any precious moments pass you by.
"Do what you need to do, Ava, but don't let life be something that happens while you're looking in the other direction."
I feel like I really can't say much more about the storyline without spoiling anything so I'm not going to elaborate any further. Just know that the story is full of surprises and revelations that will catch you off guard and leave you shocked and heartbroken. But, the overall message this story has is a beautiful one and it made all the emotional parts more than worth it.
Overall, this was a fun and light read at first but along the way it became much more gripping and emotional and it a profound impact on me. Ava was a likeable heroine (most of the time) but I especially LOVED Cody (view spoiler)[which is why it made me so sad to finally discover his secret (hide spoiler)]. This was my first book by this author but I can already tell it definitely won't be my last!
"You've gotta practive looking for the silver lining, pretty girl."
"It's easier with you," I admitted.
There was a long silence, then he simply said, "Good."
I started writing contemporary romance two years ago. Before that, I didn’t think I could write a sex scene. Turns out I can!
My lucky number is 13 because I was born on the 13th and live near a haunted castle by the ocean. My number one past-time is watching hot surfers get changed into (and out of) their wetsuits.
My husband doesn’t read my books. My mother does.
Writing is my love, my hobby, my total addiction. All my characters are important to me and whisper their stories, even when I’ve finished writing their books. That’s why you’ll often find bonus chapters/out-takes from various books, because those voices just won’t be quiet. You can also visit Jane on her Amazon Page.