What Grows in Heavy Rain by Lisa Martens

Sunday, October 18, 2015

What Grows in Heavy Rain by Lisa Martens
Publisher: Tablo Publishing
Publication Date: May 7th, 2015
Pages: 177 pages
Song I Played While Reading: None
Rating: 3 stars

Two Americans, two Costa Ricans and two Nicaraguans struggle through the rainy season in a small gated community in La Garita, Costa Rica. Through the rain and budding fruit, they battle through terminal illness, poverty, boredom, ex-husbands, theft, and sexual assault. The Costa Rican air has a way of turning even the most logical mind wild with passion.

I'd like to thank Lisa Martens for giving me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. 

This was an unexpected read. I'm not sure what I was expecting from it, but the actual contents of the story were much more in-depth and varied than I originally thought. We deal with a lot of intense issues, and I really enjoyed the way Martens handled them. It wasn't done too lightly, where it doesn't  even feel like the author is giving the issue justice, but it wasn't full fledged, either. It was the perfect balance. 
The characters were absolutely fascinating, since most of them lived completely different lives from me. It really humbled me, making me appreciate the things I had, since some of these characters really didn't have much. 
The writing was super vivid, making me feel as if I was there with the characters in Costa Rica. It helped that I had been there before, so I was able to visualize some of the buildings, flowers, and beaches she described. 
My only issue was the way the ebook was put together. I'm assuming it's because of the format, but we would bounce from different POV's without a paragraph break, and it made it really difficult for me to connect with them, since I would just start too and then I would suddenly be in someone else's head. There were also some grammatical errors, and at one point, Suzie, one of the characters, had been called "Sarah." It took me a full minute to assume it was a mistake (I hope?)
But besides that, this was a super enjoyable read! It was refreshing and new, something I don't normally read, and I'm so glad I did. 

(Picture and summary from Goodreads)

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