Child of a Rainless Year
Review by Josie Mae R.
= Read & Recommend
Child of a Rainless Year by Jane Lindskold reads a bit like an Isabel Allende novel, with artistic descriptions and mystery surrounding the whole story. The book is a bit slow in parts but ultimately ,, a girl who is told she was born in a year without rain, fulfilling, weaving together magic, mystery, and a little bit of romance, in telling of a young girl’s story as she grows into womanhood. Mira, the main character, lives in a gorgeous old silent Victorian with servants and an eccentric, cold mother. When she is 9, her mother disappears unexpectedly, and she is raised by a lovely warm and welcoming set of foster parents, a relationship set up by trustees, with certain unexpected caveats. Upon her foster parents' death, which is when most of the book takes place, she begins to explore the mysteries of her past, returning to the house she grew up in and the shadows that remain there, reawakening the good and the bad of a hidden past, and learning who she is, as well as finding a community.
This is a beautiful story of magical realism, of past meeting present, and one must extend their imagination a bit to find themselves in a world of possibilities. The book is almost poetic in parts of its telling, and the reader finds themselves rooting for Mira as she learns more.
There is an appreciation of the beauty of art, color, and the nuances that make up our world in the words on the written page, and after getting into the story, it is easy to find yourself immersed in the page.