Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck
The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck, Thomas Nelson Publishers, $15.99 list price, paperback.
From the publisher:
When deprived of her most prized sense, Daphne discovers a life she never expected, right under her nose.
Daphne Sweeten has left Paris – and a career she loves – in order to marry a man she loves even more. But when he stands her up on their wedding day, Daphne’s left reeling. Trained as a professional “nose” or perfume creator, Daphne soon realizes that her sense of smell has somehow disappeared too.
In the days following she moves to Dayton, Ohio, to take on a job creating fragrances for household products. Without her sense of smell, she must rely on her chemistry skills, and hope her handsome new boss, Jesse Lightner, doesn’t notice before she can figure out how to get it back.
Despite her desire to return to Paris, she can’t deny the way Jesse makes her feel. But when Daphne approaches former contacts, she learns her missing ex-fiancé has somehow snagged her old job.
As Daphne and Jesse work on a signature scent for their new line, she feels God at work in her life as never before. And the promise of what is possible is as fresh as the scent of rain.
This was an enjoyable book to read and the first one for me by this author. The romance between Daphne and Jesse (a widower and father of a young son) is predictable but this is a romance novel, after all, so it is what the reader would expect. The story is written well and in a way that allows readers to feel Daphne's pain at being left at the altar by her fiance Mark but then happy for her that she didn't end up with him as his true character is revealed.
There are other characters that add to the story such as Anne, Jesse's secretary and wife of the pastor of his church; and Sophie, Daphne's best friend who is there for her during the heartbreak and then the adjustment to a new location and job. There are a few villains besides Mark as well who add to the storyline.
The romance element isn't sappy as some novels like this tend to be and the Christian theme is done in a realsitic way that doesn't come across as preachy.
Anyone who enjoys Christian romance will enjoy this book and it would be a great one to read over a leisurely weekend.