Shelf Control #214: Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes

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cropped-flourish-31609_1280-e1421474289435.pngTitle: Sheltering Rain
Author: Jojo Moyes
Published: 2002
Length: 451 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You, the basis for the major motion picture, comes the touching, unforgettable story of three generations of Irish women faced with the fundamental truths of love, duty, and the unbreakable bond that unites mothers and daughters.

Estranged from her mother since she ran away from her rural Irish home as a young woman, Kate swore a future oath that she’d always be a friend to her daughter, Sabine. But history has a way of repeating itself, and Kate now faces an ever-widening chasm between herself and her daughter. With Sabine about to make her own journey to Ireland to see the grandmother Kate abandoned, Kate is left wondering how they ever made it here, and what she can do to close the gap between them. 

For Joy, seeing her granddaughter is a dream come true. After the painful separation from Kate, she’s looking forward to having time with Sabine. Yet almost as soon as the young woman arrives, the lack of common ground between them deflates her enthusiasm. And when Sabine’s impetuous, inquisitive nature forces Joy to face long-buried secrets from her past, she realizes that perhaps it’s time to finally heal old wounds.

How and when I got it:

I picked up a copy at a library sale.

Why I want to read it:

I’ve read a lot of Jojo Moyes books — but I think there are about five or so of her earliest books that I haven’t read yet. And apparently, this was her very first novel! She’s such a terrific writer, always finding just the right balance between plot and emotions. I love mother-daughter stories, so this sounds like a great choice for me. And then, maybe I’ll work my way through a few more of her books too!

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17 thoughts on “Shelf Control #214: Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes

  1. Pingback: Shelf Control: The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman – a hot cup of pleasure

  2. After reading Me Before You I went and read some of her backlist books, and I was surprised how different they felt compared to her most popular book. But, going back to the backlist, I LOVED One plus One and Silver Bay and just recently absolutely ADORED her latest one The Giver of Stars.

    • I really like One Plus One and Silver Bay too — although I think my favorite might be Ship of Brides. 🙂 I haven’t gotten to The Giver of Stars yet, but I’m looking forward to it!

  3. I have not read this one, but am working my way through her backlist. I got put off by the plagiarism scandal [minor] on her new book and was a tad disappointed that the “other” book on the Kentucky Book Women wasn’t the one to get the movie contract. Happy for Jojo on that, but still. I still haven’t read the new one. Trying to imagine what she’d make of my neighbors to the south (Kentucky) lol

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