Things to Do When It's Raining by Marissa StapleyThings to Do When It's Raining by Marissa Stapley

Things to Do When It's Raining

byMarissa Stapley

Paperback | February 6, 2018

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When secrets tear love apart, can the truth mend it?—from The Globe and Mail–bestselling author Marissa Stapley.

When secrets tear love apart, can the truth mend it?

Mae Summers and Gabe Broadbent grew up together in the idyllic Summers’ Inn, perched at the edge the St. Lawrence River. Mae was orphaned at the age of six and Gabe needed protection from his alcoholic father, so both were raised under one roof by Mae’s grandparents, Lily and George. A childhood friendship quickly developed into a first love—a love that was suddenly broken by Gabe’s unexpected departure. Mae grew up and got over her heartbreak, and started a life for herself in New York City.

After more than a decade, Mae and Gabe find themselves pulled back to Alexandria Bay by separate forces. Hoping to find solace within the Summers’ Inn, Mae instead finds her grandparents in the midst of decline and their past unravelling around her. A lifetime of secrets that implicate Gabe and Mae’s family reveal a version of the past that will forever change Mae’s future.

From the bestselling author of Mating for Life comes a poignant generational story about family and secrets. With honesty and heart, Marissa Stapley reminds us of the redemptive power of love and forgiveness, and that, ultimately, family is a choice.
Title:Things to Do When It's RainingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:February 6, 2018Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501131869

ISBN - 13:9781501131868

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it! This was my first book written by this author and I liked it. Made me want to read more from Stapley. This heartfelt story is about friendship, love and family... how complicated it can all be.. and how it's all worth it nonetheless! This was the perfect quick-read-feel-good novel and I really appreciated it!
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A tale of secrets Set in upstate New York, "Things to Do When It's Raining" centres on the lives of Mae Summers and her childhood friend Gabe Broadbent. They went separate ways but reunite after both have had bad relationship experiences. Mae grew up in an inn owned by her grandparents, and the title of the book comes from a list of suggestions for guests to do if it rains during their stay at the inn. While the title may seem odd to some for a book of this type, the author has crafted a well-written story which kept my interest from beginning to end. A great read!
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book! The story was very fast paced. A lot happened in a short time. Though there were a lot of characters, I felt like I knew all of them very well. They all had a detailed history, from Lilly and George’s generation to Mae and Gabriel. This made them feel like real people. I usually have trouble with novels with ensemble casts who span generations. I find the authors try to appeal to readers of different ages by including specifics about each generation. However, it was not the case with this book! Each of the generations brought a new depth to the story. This story contained many different genres. There was mystery or thriller because Mae’s fiancé disappears under suspicious circumstances. There was also romance between the characters. Finally, there was historical fiction when George has flashbacks to his time in WWII. I loved the way these different genres were woven together into this story. I loved this book and I highly recommend it! I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartfelt goodness! Things to Do When It's Raining is filled with many moments of healing, wisdom and reflection on family relationships, love and forgiveness. Each relationship in this novel spoke to me and the characters stayed in my heart well after I had finished. It was a book I could not put down and I am excited to see what comes next from this brilliant author.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful, poignant, and heartrending! Things to Do When It’s Raining is an absorbing novel that delves into the mental and emotional anguish that can be caused by underlying secrets, grief, guilt, family dynamics, friendship, first loves and loneliness and emphasizes the importance of closure and forgiveness. The prose is smooth and well turned. The characters are consumed, troubled, raw, and authentic. And the character-driven plot interweaves the past and present of two multigenerational families as they learn to cope, survive, accept, support and love each other unconditionally. Things to Do When It’s Raining is ultimately an intelligent, evocative, pensive novel by Stapley that tugs at the heartstrings from start to finish.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lifelong relationships Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for providing me with an e-copy of Things to Do when it's Raining by Marissa Stapley in exchange for an honest review. This is the story of Mae and Gabe who grew up together in Alexandria Bay at Mae's grandparents' summer inn. Their childhood friendship, over time, morphed into first love for both. During their teenage years, they became separated due to events beyond their control. Many years later, fate brings them back to Alexandria Bay and you will want to read this novel to discover all the secrets and mysteries that could again keep Mae and Gabe apart. This is a love story with much drama and suspense. I very much enjoyed Things to Do when it's Raining. Highly recommended. Marissa Stapley is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel Mating for Life.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely generational story A lovely and slightly melancholy story about three generations of a family with a whiff of a mystery pervading the narrative. The idea that we repeat patterns over generations and try to break certain moulds is explored effectively. I would recommend this as an easy read for the beach that will sweep you up in the story.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Family and the Ones You are Tied to.. A sweet read for those long winter nights, sitting on a beach or flying to a destination. Written with gentle wisdom, this book is filled with characters that you will know and like. Family secrets, enduring love, human behaviour and reactions to Life, make this an endearing read to be shared with family and friends.
Date published: 2017-12-17

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Things to Do When It’s Raining Virginia has always loved the rain. She never hides inside: she goes fishing or for a walk, and she doesn’t mind getting wet. Even now, when she knows that rain means danger, she tilts her face up to meet the droplets. The fear retreats for a moment. But then she lowers her head and keeps on across the ice, faster now because she knows she must find her husband, somewhere out on this river, and save him before it’s too late. In the distance, she hears what sounds like a gunshot: the ice surrendering. If she’d known it was going to rain, she’d have gone for help. Usually, she feels it coming. But this time the clouds gathered and she didn’t notice. There were bigger things on her mind. And now that she’s out on the river she can’t turn back. He needs her. The river, which tells her where the biggest fish are when she goes out in her boat, which tells her so many other things because she listens, is telling her now that Chase is in danger. She’s known everything about Chase since the moment he stepped off his family’s yacht and onto her family’s dock six years ago. She tossed her braid over her shoulder, rolled her eyes and helped him tie a proper sailor’s knot, and then he looked straight into her and said, “Thank you,” but he meant other things and the world stopped spinning for a minute. Later he told her he felt an axis tilt, a realignment of planets. He saw a constellation of freckles on her nose. She fell in love with him because he said stuff like that to her. None of the boys in Alexandria Bay talked that way. And now he needs her. She knows. It would be the same if their daughter were in danger: the river would whisper the threat in her ear and she would go find Mae. But their girl is out of harm’s way, up in the attic of Virginia’s parents’ inn, also her home, playing with her friend Gabriel, oblivious to the ice that is shifting and about to crack in her world. There’s another splitting sound in the distance just as Virginia approaches Island 51. She stops and looks at the shack with its boarded-up windows. She’s afraid to move, afraid to stay still. Pointless to even try, but maybe Jonah Broadbent is her only hope. Part of her still believes in this boy she once knew—now a broken man—so she climbs the slippery bank, scrambles up the stairs and pounds on the door of the shack, but then doesn’t bother to wait for an answer. It’s unlocked, as always, so she turns the knob and walks in.

Editorial Reviews

“I enjoyed Things to Do When It's Raining enormously. A lovely book full of emotion and wisdom.”