Every Cloud

Fiction - Literary
375 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2021
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Author Biography

Connie Chappell is a bestselling author of literary fiction and literary mystery. A lifelong resident of Springfield, Ohio, she devotes as much free time as possible to anything out-of-doors. Flowerbeds, golf, walking, and bicycle riding are particular favorites.

Every Cloud is her eighth novel. It is a humorous family drama, packed with mystery, romance, and fun. To date, Chappell has released four books in her Wrenn Grayson Mystery Series. These mysteries are fast-paced. Wrenn Grayson is a historian-for-hire in her hometown of Havens, Ohio. This historian possesses a one-of-a-kind investigative process.

Chappell’s Wild Raspberries Trilogy is now complete. These deeply emotional family dramas tell stories of love, loss, and second chances. They have touched the hearts of readers all across the country.

Chappell is the recipient of many writing awards and honors. The Ohio House of Representatives presented her with a commendation in 2019, honoring her writing skills.

Whether literary or mystery, Chappell’s characters are bound to captivate readers till the very end. All of her novels are standalone books that may be read in any order.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Every Cloud is a work of fiction in the family drama genre. It is suitable for all ages and was penned by Connie Chappell. The book follows an eventful summer at the estate of Artemus Deconcini as his adult children arrive to spend the season there in his absence. Each of the siblings is struggling with their lives, and with the long shadow that their father casts. As they face each of their dilemmas both alone and together, the possibility of a happy ending to each of their stories seems possible but they will have to fight for their silver linings.

Every Cloud does an excellent job of portraying the complexity of a family dynamic complicated by the demands of adulthood and the background of an upbringing defined by expectations. Each of the four principal characters feels like a realistic product of a childhood being raised by a parent figure who has seemingly achieved great things, with the world expecting them to do something great themselves. In particular Jillian stands out as a character whose view of relationships has been skewed by her upbringing, though author Connie Chappell is careful to never fully absolve the characters of bad decisions they made on their own. The plot is engaging and paced with great skill, moving between characters’ individual stories in order to expertly keep the reader engaged at all times. Every Cloud is an optimistic book about damaged people, and I am very happy to recommend it as a read to fans of family dramas.