Black Rain Rising by Fleeta Cunningham
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Full (330 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia
A down-and-out country singer with nothing but spare change and troubles, a dingy tavern with dangerous associates, and a mysterious brunette with raindrops in her hair. The setting sounds like every bad country song he's ever heard, but Dallas Baird believes he can win the girl and Nashville stardom…if he can just avoid the sheriff and that inconvenient murder charge.
The imagery in Black Rain Rising makes the story magical at times. Fleeta Cunningham takes the reader to the deep-inner longings, beliefs, fears, and hopes of the characters. She also creates settings that evoke the senses to the utmost.
Dallas Baird, with a voice to “melt icebergs”, sings his music so it wraps its invisible arms around the listener with sensuality. Even though he sings in a down-at-the-heels tavern, his music is spellbinding. His life revolves around his little daughter Heidi who needs an operation on her heart so she can run and play like other children. When Evie Lake walks into that seedy tavern one rainy night with rain drops that look like diamonds in her black hair, Dallas and Heidi’s lives take a turn and the reader gets to share a beguiling story.
Evie Lake, a rich woman with “business cards”, becomes “Miss Angel” to Heidi. Before long, Evie is “banking her heart on” being able to help Dallas love again. “…he fills a place in her heart no one ever found before.” But trouble overshadows their lives and, even with Evie’s connections, proving Dallas is innocent of criminal activity looks hopeless since a single-minded sheriff has his mind made up that Dallas is guilty.
The secondary characters add intensity, mystery, intrigue, and suspense to the story with good and evil vying for supremacy. The antagonists make a body want to whack them really hard and tell them to straighten up and do what’s right.
Fleeta Cunningham weaves all the happenings together so smoothly, the reader is swept right into the emotions, the settings, and the innocent faith of a child that renews one’s belief that good can win over evil and that love can find its way even in the darkest of times.
Black Rain Rising, a story of dreams coming true against tremendous odds, is set in the not-too-distant-past. The climax and dénouement sizzle with tension and surprises.