Title: Drops of Rain (Hale Brothers, #1)
Author: Kathryn Andrews
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 11 2014
Sometimes I think to myself, “How did I get here?” Then the pain hits and I remember…it’s because she’s gone. I now live in a new town, go to a new school, and I’m supposed to be moving on with my new life. Only, I no longer know who I am anymore. Dancing is all I have left and every day I feel completely alone. Silence has become the theme song to my life. She said to find some joy and light, but I don’t know how. Mostly, I feel surrounded in darkness…that is until I meet him.
I have only one goal, in 298 days I’m going to drive away from this small beach town and never return. People are always watching me closely, too close, and I’m tired of wearing a mask. I need to be free. Swimming is my ticket out of here and I remind myself daily to fly under the radar, stick to my routine, and under no circumstances let anything distract me. I’m not as perfect as they think, most days I am drowning in guilt. I’m not sure I will ever be able to escape the feelings of shame, worthlessness, and just being unwanted…that is until I meet her.
It’s our very great pleasure to welcome Kathryn Andrews to Sinfully Sexy today. She’s given us a wonderful video post to share with you all where she answers some questions about Drops of Rain and reads a tantalising teaser which includes the prologue and part of chapter one. For your viewing pleasure…………
“Batten down the hatches
But keep your heart out on your sleeve
A little bit of stormy weather, that's no cause for us to leave
Just stay here baby, in my arms
Let it wash away the pain
Feels like rain”
Feels Like Rain, John Hiatt
Drops of Rain is book one in Kathryn Andrews’ Hale Brothers Series. I went into this book not really knowing what to expect. I do not usually read too many books where the characters are in high school as I sometimes find them to be a little too young for me. However, I can definitely state that this author did not disappoint. Kathryn Andrews has penned a beautiful tale about loss, family secrets, pain, love and overcoming the hand you have been dealt in life. What a great start to this promising new series.
"Ninety-five percent of the day I have to wear a mask to cover up the truth. No one really want to know the truth. The truth is ugly, and every day I feel ugly."
Nineteen year old Drew Hale makes up one third of the infamous Hale Brothers of Anna Maria Island, Florida. Drew and his two younger brothers may seem like they have it all on the surface; however, the reality is far different from the façade they hide behind. The Hale brothers live in a world of darkness, one that is polluted with violence and feelings of unworthiness. As the oldest of the three brothers, Drew knows that he has to live his life flying under the radar keeping up the illusion of perfection. His only solace away from his feelings of guilt and worthlessness is found in swimming. This is his ticket out of the hell hole he resides in. After the completion of his senior year of high school, swimming is Drew’s only way to escape. He must remain focused with his eyes on the prize. The last thing Drew expects to have a tiny dancer come into his life and uproot it.
Nineteen year old Allyson Rain (Ali) has lost a lot in her young life. She now finds herself in a new town and new school with a father who is absent just as often as he void and vacant towards her. And, she is supposed to be moving on with her life. How is someone even supposed to start such an endeavor? Dancing is all Ali has left, the one thing that prevents her from completely falling apart in her desolation and despair. This is what she needs to stay focused on. Dancing is what is going to pull Ali out of the darkness. That is, until she meets someone who makes her lonely and broken heart beat once again.
Drew and Ali are two very different people yet they both use their talents as a means of escape. They meet and slowly form a tentative friendship that eventually develops into something so much more profound. Despite knowing that he shouldn’t get involved with anyone, Drew can’t seem to step away from the strong connection he shares with Ali, he can’t fight the pull. Even though the Hale brothers are quite popular, Drew is quiet, reserved and keeps mostly to himself. Only a select few truly know him. Ali calls to something deep within him. He feels protective over her and finds himself seeking a closer friendship and connection with her. For a young man carrying the weight of the world upon his shoulders, Ali was someone who relieved the burden just a little, gave him some relief.
Ali saw through all the cracks and recognized the pain in Drew’s eyes. He was hurting just like her. As Drew slowly lets her into his world, they become each other’s solace. As obstacles are thrown their way they realize that facing things together only makes them stronger. This really was a sweet love story. Love can often break us; however, it can also make us stronger and give you the strength to push through all the bad. Drew and Ali were there for one another in their time of need. This only solidified their bond that much more.
All in all, I truly enjoyed reading Drops of Rain by Kathryn Andrews. This is a book about two individuals who find one another in a time of need. Love can blossom during periods of torrential rain. You just have to remember the rainbow that often comes at the end of the storm. You also have to remember to dance in the rain.
“I once wished that rain drops would wash me away, but now I feel like they’re here to help my soul grow. Storms will come and storms will go, but it’s the rain drops that provide life to the world. They sparkle like glitter and shine in the sun. They magnify the light and make the colors brighter.”
Series Reading Order
1. Drops of Rain
Estimated Release Date – November 2014
3. Unforgettable Sun
Estimated Release Date – January 2014
I was once asked to give a three minute presentation describing who I am and here’s what I came up with…
Over ten years ago my husband and I were driving from Chicago to Tampa and somewhere in Kentucky I remember seeing a billboard that was all black with five white words, “I do, therefore I am!” I’m certain that it was a Nike ad, but for me I found this to be completely profound.
Take running for example. Most will say that a runner is someone who runs five days a week and runs under a ten minute mile pace. Well, I can tell you that I never run five days a week and on my best days my pace is an eleven minute mile. I have run six half marathons and one full marathon. No matter what anyone says, I am a runner. I do, therefore I am.
I’ve taken this same thought and applied it to so many areas of my life: cooking, gardening, quilting, and yes…writing.
I may not be culinary trained, but I love to cook and my family and friends loves to eat my food. I cook, therefore I am a chef!
My thumb is not black. I love to grow herbs, tomatoes, roses, and lavender. I garden, therefore I am a gardener!
I love beautiful fabrics and I can follow a pattern. My triangles may not line up perfectly…but who cares, my quilts are still beautiful when they are finished. I quilt, therefore I am a quilter.
I have been writing my entire life. It is my husband who finally said, “Who cares if people like your books or not? If you enjoy writing them and you love your stories…then write them.” He has always been my biggest fan and he was right. Being a writer has always been my dream and what I said I wanted to be when I grew up.
So, I’ve told you who I am and what I love to do…now I’m going to tell you the why.
I have two boys that are three years a part. My husband and I want to instill in them adventure, courage, and passion. We don’t expect them to be perfect at things, we just want them to try and do. It’s not about winning the race, it’s about showing up in the first place. We don’t want them to be discouraged by society stereotypes, we want them to embrace who they are and what they love. After all, we only get one life.
In the end, they won’t care how many books I actually sell…all that matters to them is that I said I was going to do it, I did it, and I have loved every minute of it.
Find something that you love and tell yourself, “I do, therefore I am.”
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