Monday, May 11, 2015
Book Review: A Plentiful Rain by Elizabeth Petty Bentley
Author: Elizabeth Petty Bentley
Enjoyment Rating: ***
Source: Digital Copy
Content Alert: A clean read
Ellis's youth was shaped by his family's relationship with his disabled sister, and his adulthood was marked by a family tragedy. Now his father and sister are both engaged and moving on with their lives, and they worry about Ellis, a never-married fortysomething opthamologist who is something of a Mormon iconoclast. He meets Cassie, a young doctor, at a singles activity, but gradually finds himself falling for her older sister, Hera, a recovering alcoholic who is investigating the church.
There is a lot to like about A Plentiful Rain. Although the book is the second book in a series (the first, presumably deals with the fire and the sister), it feels like a stand-alone novel. I also identify with the characters, and really like both Ellis and Hera. I think that there need to be more honest, interesting, flawed characters in Mormon literature. But the narrative arc of this story is primarily just conversion-- Hera's conversion to the gospel and Ellis's gradual transformation from cynicism to faith. For a novel to move me as a reader, I'd like to see more of a plot than conversion. However, I like where Bentley is going with her characters in this novel