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The Scent of Rain Could it be that the life Daphne s always wanted is right under her nose Daphne Sweeten left Paris and a job she loved to marry the man of her dreams in the US But when he stands her up on their wedding day, she s left reeling and senseless Literally She s been trained as a perfume creator and now her sense of smell has disappeared along with her fianceShe has to figure out why her nose isn t working, fix it, and get back to Paris Meanwhile, she ll rely on her chemistry skills and just hope her new boss at Gibraltar Products, Jesse, doesn t notice her failing senses They ll be working together on household fragrances, not posh perfumes How hard can it be As Daphne and Jesse work on a signature scent for their new line, she feels God at work as never before And the promise of what s possible is as fresh as the scent of rain The Scent of Rain I am a big Kristin Billerbeck fan, and was excited to have a chance to review a book of hers However this book didn t quite live up to some of her others such as Split Ends or etc.. I received The Scent of Rain from Thomas Nelson via Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review thank you to them.The synopsis Daphne arrives at the church in her Monique Lhuillier gown to marry her beloved Mark, for whom she has given up her job as a perfumer, a professional nose in Paris He was unable to find work in France for various reasons which become clear later and so she has flown home to marry in the US and go to work at the same company as Mark, a small chemical company i I received The Scent of Rain from Thomas Nelson via Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review thank you to them.The synopsis Daphne arrives at the church in her Monique Lhuillier gown to marry her beloved Mark, for whom she has given up her job as a perfumer, a professional nose in Paris He was unable to find work in France for various reasons which become clear later and so she has flown home to marry in the US and go to work at the same company as Mark, a small chemical company in Dayton, Ohio However nice Dayton is, giving up a plum job in Paris for it and for him is a tremendous sacrifice, but she has herself convinced or he has her convinced that this is what she wants She arrives at the church and leaves again a little while after with her best maid Sophie, because Mark has stood her up at the altar Crushed, and with, she believes, no way back, she has no choice but to go forward and excel at her new job with Gibraltar Products The problem with that plan is that, suddenly, her sense of smell has deserted her Before she even has the chance to take off her wedding gown she discovers that she has gone from having a highly trained nose capable of distinguishing thousands of unique scents to having a nose capable of distinguishing not even her wedding bouquet.I had a good time with the writing here It s breezy and warm and funny, and very sweet It is a Christian novel, but even when the Bible is quoted it is in context and with a comparatively light hand God s in control, right edited for clarity Right now it feels like SpongeBob is in control None of the characters are perfect or consistently sweetness and light, which is never a bad thing.Something like this would never happen to Sophie , because the singing birds that flew around her head like a happy halo would never allow it.It s a quick read, yet with a bit of heart to it The widower with the adorable son is not exploited for pathos nearly as badly as a lesser writer might have done their situation is in fact understated and touching.However This author s God takes a muchdirect hand in folks lives than anything I ve ever experienced The idea that if you turn away from what you re Supposed To Be Doing, what you re Meant To Be Doing, God will let you know with the clarity of a slap upside the head In my life, God has never given any appearance of giving a flying fig that I m under employed at a dull office instead of writing or drawing or sitting up to my ears in books in some research library So how am I supposed to interpret that in light of this book, to apply this book to my life I m not good enough at anything Great Thanks, Kristin Billerbeck s God Suddenly what was a light, sweet book becomes really depressing.Still, I liked it It was sweet, and though the end was never in any doubt how it would come about was I liked the main characters they weren t perfect, but they were pretty believably human The hateful are somewhat redeemed or punished the good are rewarded One of the best lines of the book was this, from the sister of the widower Now you re judging people by what they wear and they drive If Spike doesn t drive a sedan, he s not husband material Seriously, that s Christian That s a wonderful thing to find here.And this book gave me the phrase everyone and their turtle , which I have yet to use but I will.Other quotes I couldn t resist making note of As if Kensie would believe Daphne had any nightlife to speak of On a Friday night, Daphne was either at the archery range or testing scents in her home office maybe if she was really feeling wild, she d knit.He wouldn t blame Daphne if she wouldn t give him the hot air off her breakfast after the way he d treated her I have developed an aversion to all things tulle ETA This will be the last review I do for Booksneeze I just found they re promoting a book of, of all things, Sarah bleeding Palin quotations A whole book Good lord The one review it s earned so far was so glowy and gushy that it made me evennauseated than the knowledge of the book itself That a website claiming to promote Christian books would include this thing on its shelves outrages me, and I want nothingto do with them Disappointing Kristin Billerbeck does funny very well, in fact she is the Queen of humorous Chick Lit This one wasn t funny, it wasn t mean t to be funny But she wasn t operating in her gift of humor so it flopped for me The main heroine is so insecure and like a child, I can t believe she actually was a degreed Scientist Just was.flat HIGHLY RECOMMEND The Spa Girls series as a good example of what this author can do. Leaving her stranded at the alter is only the beginning of Mark Goldsmith s heinous behavior toward the fiancee who once thought he was her prince Left bewildered by his sudden betrayal and confused at her failure to notice the signs, Daphne Sweeten is further devastated when she learns that the entire basis for her career as a scent designer her sense of smell has suddenly disappeared on the heels of her groom How can she face her new employer without her one vital skill She knows that G Leaving her stranded at the alter is only the beginning of Mark Goldsmith s heinous behavior toward the fiancee who once thought he was her prince Left bewildered by his sudden betrayal and confused at her failure to notice the signs, Daphne Sweeten is further devastated when she learns that the entire basis for her career as a scent designer her sense of smell has suddenly disappeared on the heels of her groom How can she face her new employer without her one vital skill She knows that God must be using all of these disasters for a purpose, but what is it Jesse Lightner swore that he would never love again after witnessing the tragic death of his young wife that left him a single father and forced him to give up a prestigious career with Proctor and Gamble for a middle management position in a small company in Ohio Burdened by an overbearing boss and a desperate budget, Jesse can only see failure ahead for his new job When a hefty salary for the company s new nose, Daphne, is added to the mix, it s all he can do not to give up in despair Jesse knows that God has a plan for his life, but what is it When they meet, despite their initial misgivings, Daphne and Jesse see in each other hurting human beings trying to make the best of terrible situations Attracted to each other for reasons they don t understand, the two agree to work together to save the companybut will their budding relationship survive the secret that Daphne is hiding Will they be able to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to survive and succeed I was drawn to this book by comments from previous reviewers about its snappy dialogue and lovable characters I tried hard to see those characteristics in this book, but I just couldn t Although the premise of the story was interesting and the relationship dynamics were certainly intriguing, I couldn t help but feel that it lacked some vital spark that could make it an absolutely wonderful book Daphne is not a sympathetic heroine I didn t dislike her, but I did find it very hard to sympathize with her She s a bit out of touch with reality and shallow, she makes terrible choices that are obviously bad a scene with a lip injection gone bad comes to mind and seems too naive to be real Her conversations with the other characters reflect her confusion and poor judgment they always seem to know what s good for her much better than she does.and yet, she continues to make poor decisions Jesse, on the other hand, is a great hero but he is almost too stereotypical the perfect single dad with strong beliefs and just a little bit of emotional baggage from his previous relationship The bad guys, Dave, Kensie and Mark, are probably the most well written in the entire book It s really easy to dislike them Finally, the conclusion of the book seemed both rushed and contrived In summary, I feel bad for giving a poor review, but I just couldn t make myself like this book as much as I expected to I do thank Thomas Nelson and Book Sneeze booksneeze.com for providing me with a review copy and giving me the chance to review this book

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