Eight years after losing her closest friend, Tucker struggles to keep her rebellious, self destructive granddaughter under control When April accidentally kills her boyfriend while defending herself from his attack, Judge Jack helps Tucker ferry her granddaughter away to Spirit Lake, a remote treatment facility in the mountains of eastern Tennessee There, April creates a false identity, painting herself as a young socialite, and blocks Tucker s attempts at communicationTucker s grandson March, missing for eight years, is discovered half dead, having lost both his sight and his memories As he recovers, March s blindness persists but fragments of his life reemerge When he finds himself at Spirit Lake, he runs headlong into his pastWill Tucker be able to reunite her family after their paths have splintered Revised edition This edition of April s Rain includes editorial revisions


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  1. Judy D Collins Judy D Collins says:

    A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.APRIL S RAIN, the third installment in The Tucker Series, by master storyteller, David Johnson is an explosive, inspiring and emotional reunion of Tucker and her beloved family After many years of tears, fears and pain, they all come together, different people having faced many tragedies and heartaches, for a heartfelt reunion with tears of joy Come inside and sit a while, enjoy some homemad A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.APRIL S RAIN, the third installment in The Tucker Series, by master storyteller, David Johnson is an explosive, inspiring and emotional reunion of Tucker and her beloved family After many years of tears, fears and pain, they all come together, different people having faced many tragedies and heartaches, for a heartfelt reunion with tears of joy Come inside and sit a while, enjoy some homemade pie, coffee, music, laughter, and some sweet southern stories which will warm your heart You cannot read just one book, you will find yourself hardly stopping to write a review, before moving on to the nextI am into Book 4 MARCH ON tonight I will be so sad when this series ends however, just heard today, another one coming Yeah Having fallen in love with Tucker in Book 1, raising her three grandchildren, in Book 2, the unexpected gift of friendship and gift from Ella, and now in Book 3, when I did not think it could get any better.APRIL S RAIN broughttears than the others As a reader you are invested in the lives of these lovable and flawed characters you root for and pray for their well being, for triumph over tragedyPoor Tucker cannot catch a break, with her troubled two younger grandchildren March has been missing for eight years, and we find in Book 3 where he has been all this time, and it is not pretty He is lucky to have survived and is now blind He also has been sent some angels to rescue him, and now fate steps in to reunite him with his long lost sister Readers will also get to hear from August as Smiley has taken him under his wing as a great dad April, now a teen has not been an easy child She is angry and bitter, and she too has had a rough life When her life takes yet another downward turn, Tucker once again steps in, this time she plays tough love and sends her to Spirit Lake At first you will wonder what kind of place is this However, keep reading, as through the tough times, April will be able to forgive herself and find peace with God and her familyglad to see Jack stepping in to help.APRIL S RAIN crosses many genres, as a strong coming of age, ideal for teens and parents, alike, as well as, all the southern, social issues, family drama, suspense, fiction, humor, contemporary, and Christian readers a book for young and older adults What a journey The last part of the book, kept me glued to my e reader Johnson did a bang up job with the animal human connection, and the setting to pull all the pieces of this powerful story, for a suspenseful yet satisfying ending As you can see by my previous reviews, I am so in love with this riveting series David Johnson s writing reminds me a little of Charles Martin my favorite author , with some of his earlier books He writes Christian fiction, with powerful messages, concentrating on the poor, flawed characters, racial, and human dynamics, set in the southern South Georgia area, similar to the Tennessee area Fans of Charles Martin and Ace Collins,will enjoy The Tucker Series with the deep love and connections of their history, friends, roots, southern food, humor, music, hospitality, family, and God s power to heal and forgive, for some wisdom, self discovery and old fashioned life lessons Will not mention Madea again, as I am aware I have mentioned it in the two previous reviews however, every time I read Tucker s funny dialogue, cannot help but think of her would love to see these two together Once again, David Johnson, a winner I would love to give Tucker and Smiley, a big hug as can see them sitting around the table in her mobile home laughing and crying, enjoying the reuniting of lost souls Judith D Collins Must Read Books


  2. Carmen Blankenship Carmen Blankenship says:

    David Johnson has created a family and cast of charachters that I find myself thinking about as if they are part of my own life Not since Lonesome Dove have been so entranced and invested in the welfare of fictional charachters After I read Unexpected Frost I had to take a minute to start this book The pull of emotions I felt for all of the charachters when Ella passed was unexpected I mean c mon I read A LOT and I love a lot of characters.but am rarely as affected as I have been in this se David Johnson has created a family and cast of charachters that I find myself thinking about as if they are part of my own life Not since Lonesome Dove have been so entranced and invested in the welfare of fictional charachters After I read Unexpected Frost I had to take a minute to start this book The pull of emotions I felt for all of the charachters when Ella passed was unexpected I mean c mon I read A LOT and I love a lot of characters.but am rarely as affected as I have been in this series Now mind you, I am as tall as Tucker and can be as fierce so don t you dare call me a sissy April s way brings us 8 years after the passing of the classy and sweet Ella Our beautiful April has certainly grown and like both of us, is now having to face the demons of her passed From the very beginning of this series we have known that April suffered some sort of abuse at the hands of her brothers In April s way we also see just what losing Ella has done to her April, like most of Tucker s family takes the hard road I will not fill this with spoilers I WILL say, that as long as David Johnson is an author, I will be reading his work This series goes in my top 5 favorite books counting it as one I have told every person I know to read this series Now quit reading my review and buy this book already Thank you Negalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review


  3. Judie Dooley Judie Dooley says:

    I won this book on good reads Thank you for picking me I loved everything about it except the ending It was like WHAT I wanted . I had questions that were left unanswered but I guess there will be another book in the series and I ll have to wait and read that This book was great The characters were supurbe and easy to relate to The dialect of Tucker was easy to follow The story was about April who comes from a dysfunctional farm family She was always different being poor and I won this book on good reads Thank you for picking me I loved everything about it except the ending It was like WHAT I wanted . I had questions that were left unanswered but I guess there will be another book in the series and I ll have to wait and read that This book was great The characters were supurbe and easy to relate to The dialect of Tucker was easy to follow The story was about April who comes from a dysfunctional farm family She was always different being poor and was picked on by her classmates She is being raised by here grandmother,Tucker AS she becomes a teen ager she becomesandtroublesome until Tucker has to send her away to a place that she hopes will help her I d recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good story that will leave you crying


  4. Jim Zawada Jim Zawada says:

    ExcelentThe Tucker series is one of the most uplifting and moving books i have ever read I m 72 years old and have been reading books of all kinds all my life.


  5. Cindy Cindy says:

    Love this series Real life situations and relationship issues that when the truths are revealed, the healing can begin.


  6. Jenn 9 Jenn 9 says:

    I so love reading the Tucker series I am looking forward to book 5 hope it comes out soon I love in this book how they all come together once again.


  7. Rhonda Rhonda says:

    Another great book in the Tucker series.


  8. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    April s Rain is the third book in the Tucker series Like the second book, it is a short novel But, unlike the second book, it is an unpleasant story It begins eight years after An Unexpected Frost and continues the story of March, April and Tucker.The book reminds me of the True Confessions magazines that my friends and I sneak read in our early teens Perhaps pulp fiction is the best term for this book because the main purpose seems to be sensational or melodramatic Other problems The time April s Rain is the third book in the Tucker series Like the second book, it is a short novel But, unlike the second book, it is an unpleasant story It begins eight years after An Unexpected Frost and continues the story of March, April and Tucker.The book reminds me of the True Confessions magazines that my friends and I sneak read in our early teens Perhaps pulp fiction is the best term for this book because the main purpose seems to be sensational or melodramatic Other problems The time frame was poorly handled as seasons, school years and events did not jive with each other A murder is very unsatisfactorily handled by the authorities The author apparently has no idea of what happens in a murder investigation.An obese woman is disrespected because of her size and treated comically This was extremely surprising as the author claims to have been a family therapist.My experience with this book was a big disappointment I should not have wasted my time to read all of it


  9. Bonnie Dusseau Bonnie Dusseau says:

    David Johnson has done it again He has brought his characters to life, and while reading, I felt as though I was right there with then Tucker and her family have all experienced and overcome hardships and heartaches which has resulted in guilty feelings Each has found there own way of coping and dealing with their guilt and broken hearts What I found the message of this story to be is that whatever demons are haunting us, there is always forgiveness and redemption from God and from those who David Johnson has done it again He has brought his characters to life, and while reading, I felt as though I was right there with then Tucker and her family have all experienced and overcome hardships and heartaches which has resulted in guilty feelings Each has found there own way of coping and dealing with their guilt and broken hearts What I found the message of this story to be is that whatever demons are haunting us, there is always forgiveness and redemption from God and from those who love us I can t wait to see what happens in Tucker s life next


  10. Nancy Nancy says:

    This book is a continuation of the Tucker family stories and focuses on 2 of her grandchildren and their journeys The overall story was good, but for the first time in this series much of the dialogue seemed hackneyed, cliche and amateur I cringed many times while listening to it I loved the part about caring for the animals, and how the horses reflect the people caring for them.Tucker continues to delight in her homespun way, and the respectful way of dealing with her spiritual questions was This book is a continuation of the Tucker family stories and focuses on 2 of her grandchildren and their journeys The overall story was good, but for the first time in this series much of the dialogue seemed hackneyed, cliche and amateur I cringed many times while listening to it I loved the part about caring for the animals, and how the horses reflect the people caring for them.Tucker continues to delight in her homespun way, and the respectful way of dealing with her spiritual questions was uplifting