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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite
In It’s Raining Men by Beate Boeker and Gwen Ellery, Grandma Charlotte is close to the end of her life and needs to ensure that her grandchildren are cared for. She has property and numerous collectibles gathered from a life well spent; however, the only item she leaves them is an old umbrella. Obviously, the inheritance causes some criticism and negative comments, but because they love their grandmother, they commit to her request that each one has use of the umbrella for a period of three months. After that time, they are to be called to one final gathering where they will learn what Charlotte has really left for them.
The ensuing events, so delightfully captured in each grandchild’s three-month tale of ownership of the grungy old red umbrella, caused me much laughter as each individual’s private thoughts are made known to the reader. All the while, each one is sticking to Grandma Charlotte’s wishes that they use the umbrella and do not share any unusual happenings with any of the others. There is Travis, the musician, wild, free and liberal, brought to his knees when he meets Leila. Ainsley, serious and carefree, completely bowled over by Taran. Josie, the shoe designer who is not looking for love, but it keeps tripping her up. Then there is Carlo. Well, he is another story entirely – one I will not share here. I think you should read it for yourself. The four are kept in order by Charlotte’s legal adviser, Anatole. He has spent much of his life looking after the finer details in everybody else’s life, leaving little time for his own, and he is quite all right with that. Giving more information will spoil this delightful read.
It’s Raining Men by Beate Boeker and Gwen Ellery is a delightfully light romantic novel. I enjoyed it and found myself living each life alongside them as they discover that the red umbrella with the white spots is not at all what it appears to be: or is it their imagination? It is only by reading It’s Raining Men for yourself that you will find out. A good book for any time and any reader.