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THE BOY WHO LOVED RAIN: A NOVEL ~Gerard Kelly

“They say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you.  They’re wrong.” (cover)

The Boy Who Loved Rain is a beautiful story about healing a child and the lengths a Mother will go to uncover the truth and free her teenage son from his distress and open the window to a better future for her child.

Fiona is going from crisis to crisis trying to help her son, Colum who as he turns 14 years is becoming anorexic and is loosing the ability to care.  He is attacking other children at school and has been suspended several times.  With the help of her childhood mentor, Miriam, Fiona gathers her son and they head to an isolated retreat on the Atlantic Ocean in France.  Fiona’s brother Mark, a journalist and artist, joins them and begins researching and revealing secrets.  Colum’s father is the charismatic leader of a church centered on a Theology of Positive Parenting in London.  He is no longer close to his son and lets Fiona figure out what to do.

The big discovery is that Colum has signed a letter of intent to commit suicide by the time he is 16 and this is being promoted by an internet site and his only friend succeeds in following through on the site’s recommendations.  The story is serious.

Each chapter begins with a fact or quote about the nature of RAIN. THE BOY WHO LOVED RAIN  contains a tremendous amount of symbolism and a great deal of detail about the nature of the weather and the symbolism of waves and ocean currants.  The story has quite a religious nature and historic connection to Catholic theology and women’s participation in religion within family and community.

Kelly writes with elegance and a poetic grace in THE BOY WHO LOVED RAIN.  I could certainly identify with the struggle of the boy and the stress of the family.  The beautiful writing softened the blow of the hard, hard moments and kept me reading every page.   It was not a fast read, it was a stay with it read; I would have lost so much if I had speed read this story.    Helping a child find the way and heal is always a powerful story; I liked that Colum’s story helped to heal another child also.

There was a great twist in the story, that made me laugh when I did not even anticipate its arrival.   There were descriptions of the wind and the cold, that were so vivid, I had to put on a sweater to continue.

Quite a read for those who like psychology, secrets and stories about healing.

Gerard Kelly’s bio on Amazon

“Gerard Kelly is a writer, speaker and poet and a co-founder, with his wife Chrissie, of The Bless Network. Bless works alongside churches in the UK, France, The Netherlands, Croatia and Spain, empowering young people ‘to encounter the God of mission and find their place in the mission of God’. A member of the ‘Theme Group’ of Spring Harvest, Europe’s largest Christian teaching event and formerly Pastor of Crossroads International Church in Amsterdam, Gerard currently lives in Normandy, France, where he and Chrissie are developing a centre for missional formation.”

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4 Responses to “THE BOY WHO LOVED RAIN: A NOVEL ~Gerard Kelly”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — When I first started reading your review I thought, “There’s no way I can read this. It’ll bruise my heart too much.” But then I read your words:

    “The beautiful writing softened the blow of the hard, hard moments and kept me reading every page. It was not a fast read, it was a stay with it read; I would have lost so much if I had speed read this story. Helping a child find the way and heal is always a powerful story; I liked that Colum’s story helped to heal another child also.”

    Needless to say, I’ve added it to my reading list. Thank you.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Laurie
    I am not a great fan of Catholic Philosophy or cultist kinds of dogmatic groups – that this story was more about a mother wanting healing for her child made it such a good read and I could overlook some of the other things I was not as fond of – nice to support a mother even a fictional one
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  2. Sara Says:

    First of all, I can’t believe how many of your reviews I’ve missed. I apologize!

    Like Laurie, when I first started this review, I was uncertain about this book, but your review gave me hope, as does your reply to Laurie.

    I hope you’re feeling better.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Sara,
    I am fairly MIA recently myself. Somedays I just can not sit at the computer and write anything.

    You just gave me a lovely beach vacation on your blog….lucky me

    I am so excited to have the pain gone and being back to driving…I am going to feel better very soon.

    I am hoping not to miss any of my book reviews but I just may or at least be late.
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