Romance - Contemporary
318 Pages
Reviewed on 05/22/2014
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Author Biography

I was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but grew up and still live in a small town in northwest Iowa. I did live in southern California for seven years, which is where my first novel, The Color of Tears, became a dream story.
I've always had a love for songwriting and have written and composed over a hundred songs. At times it was personal satisfaction writing the words, then taking my guitar and putting those words to music.
With a never ending love for writing, it would only seem natural to take the words I carried in my head and turn them into full length novels. The one thing I've decided not to worry about is critics. They're always going to be there no matter what. I take it with a grain of salt because you can't please everyone.
I also have an undeniable love for animals, and if I could, I'd save every homeless animal on the planet. Please adopt from shelters because there are so many animals that need good loving homes.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

When Rainstorm opens, Jessy Kalender is looking out over a gorgeous Wyoming morning, contemplating breaking off her five-year-relationship and returning to Deer Creek. Her Uncle Frank’s letter gives her the perfect reason to return home: the Diamond-K Ranch. The only problem with returning is that the one person still living that she would like to avoid is the former love of her life, Matt Donovan, who also married her sister. So Jessy did what any brokenhearted woman would do; she ran and stayed away. Diane Brandow seems to have a knack for infusing such life and excitement into situations that could easily become melancholy. Much of Jessy’s story and life has undertones of sadness, heartbreak and tragedy, yet this story feels so hopeful.

I loved that all throughout Rainstorm Jessy wonders if leaving Brad was the right thing. She loved him and he was amazing, but he wasn’t Matt and that is a problem without a solution. Even though it didn’t work out, after her father’s awful treatment of her, a dead mother and Matt’s betrayal, I’m glad Jessy got to enjoy five years of real, if half-hearted, love. Having gone through so much in life, Jessy was strong and fragile all at once, which made her one of Diane Brandow’s most compelling creations. In the midst of the burgeoning second chance love between Matt and Jessy, there is a mystery surrounding Jessy’s long-dead mother, which just makes this a complete western tale. Rainstorm is a well-rounded story filled with drama, love, anger, hate and all the other decadent emotions that kept me enthralled from the first page.