Item description for Spring Rain (Seaside Seasons) by Gayle Roper...
Overview Leigh Spenser, a young teacher and single mother of ten-year-old Billy, is thrown into conflict when Clay Wharton, the boy's estranged father, comes home to await the passing of his twin brother. Clay's own conflict, as he seeks to come to grips with his brother's lifestyle choices and the needs of the boy he fathered, underline the issue of God's forgiveness in the hearts and lives of this modern-day family.
Publishers Description In this first book of the Seaside Seasons series, Leigh Spenser, a young teacher and the single mother of ten-year-old Billy, is thrown into conflict. Clay Wharton, the boy's estranged father, comes home to Seaside, New Jersey, to await his twin brother's death from AIDS. Threats against Billy's life ratchet the tension tighter, as Leigh wrestles with both tough and tender feelings for her old flame. Clay's own conflict, as he seeks to come to grips with his brother's lifestyle choices and the needs of the boy he fathered, underline the issue of God's forgiveness in the hearts -- and lives -- of this modern-day family. An emotionally gripping read
Awards and Recognitions Spring Rain (Seaside Seasons) by Gayle Roper has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christy Awards - 2002 Nominee - Romance category
Citations And Professional Reviews Spring Rain (Seaside Seasons) by Gayle Roper has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 08/01/2001 page 2088
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.06" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 3, 2001
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Seaside Seasons
Series Number 1
ISBN 1576736385 ISBN13 9781576736388 UPC 724927011993
Availability 0 units.
More About Gayle Roper
Gayle is the award winning author of more than forty books. She has been a Christy finalist three times for her novels Spring Rain, Summer Shadows, and Winter Winds.
Her novel Autumn Dreams won the prestigious Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Summer Shadows was voted the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Book of the Year (tied with fellow author Brandilyn Collins).
Gayle has won the Holt Medallion three times for The Decision, Caught in a Bind, and Autumn Dreams. The Decision won the Reviewers Choice Award, and Gayle has also won the Award of Excellence for Spring Rain and the Golden Quill for Summer Shadows and Winter Winds. Romantic Times Book Report gave Gayle the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Her Amhearst mystery series, Caught in the Middle, Caught in the Act, and Caught in a Bind, originally published by Zondervan, was reprinted in 2007 by Love Inspired Suspense with a fourth original title added, Caught Redhanded. Another original single title, See No Evil, was also released. Caught in the Middle has been optioned for film.
A Woman and her Emotions, an updated and expanded version of Gayle's title Balancing Your Emotions, also saw release in 2007. Gayle's other nonfiction title, Riding the Waves, has been called the "thinking woman's book on contentment".
2008 sees the release of Fatal Deduction (Waterbrook Multnomah) in May. Publishers Weekly states, "Roper's dialogue and character development are spot-on, which is no small feat, considering that Libby's world is peopled by everyone from elderly patricians to two-bit gangsters…This novel is a pleasure from start to finish."
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Reviews - What do customers think about Spring Rain (Seaside Seasons)?
Excellent book that tackled tough issues with wisdom and compassion May 1, 2007
This was a book whose plot and characters stayed with me long after I finished reading it. Gayle's treatment of difficult topics like AIDS, unplanned pregnancy and how God answers prayer, showed both wisdom and skill in crafting this story. I would recommend this book, and have done so many times, without reservation.
A story that mirrors the harshness and tranquility of the ocean. Jan 22, 2007
Roper gently and biblically tackles some of society's most difficult issues in this novel. As the two main characters Leigh and Clay struggle with their past and the present condition of Clay's dying twin, they both learn first hand how to show and share Christ's love.
The remaining novels in this series are just as good as the first.
Secret, Lies, and More Secrets and Lies Mar 27, 2006
Spring Rain, book one in the Seaside Seasons series by Christian suspense writer Gayle Roper is gripping. Leigh Spenser loves the small town feel of Seaside, New Jersey. She's a single mom who loves raising her son Billy there. Then Clay Wharton resigns his commission in the US Navy and comes home to be with his family because his twin brother Ted is dying of AIDS. This throws Leigh into a tail spin, trying to avoid him, so he can never find out he is the father of her son. In high school she lied to him, leading him to believe she'd been sexual with other men, causing him to leave for the Navy with bitterness toward her. After Leigh and her son are threatened by an excon, a heartwarming love story unfolds, with Leigh and Clay reviving their love, and Ted and Clay forgiving each other for years of pain inflicted upon each other due to Clay's judgementalism and Ted defensiveness. At times the novel rips the reader's heart out. The author handles homosexuality and pre-marital sex with taste, grace, and compassion, yet never comprises the Word of God.
A Captivating Romantic Drama May 29, 2004
Ted Wharton is dying of AIDS. With not too much time left, twin brother Clay arrives back in Seaside to try to rebuild his relationship with his brother, damaged because of Clay's attitude toward Ted's lifestyle choices. Meanwhile, this causes a problem for Leigh Spenser. While Ted is her best friend, she is holding a secret from Clay she's not sure if she wants exposed. But with the threatening phone calls Leigh keeps getting, she may have no choice to turn to Clay for help.
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I couldn't decide if it was mystery or romance or something else entirely. This is a dysfunctional family drama and romance that pulls you in from the very beginning. While many of the major plot points are easily guessed early on, I had to keep reading to see how things would play out. In fact, I stayed up way too late too many nights in a row to read just a little further.
Frankly, I don't see how Gayle Roper could have written this book. The characters go through so much pain and heartache I could barely deal with it some times. If that's how I felt reading it, I can only image what it was like to write.
Ms. Roper doesn't shy away from tackling such issues as homosexuality and premarital sex. She handles them with honesty both in the consequences and what the Bible says. It was refreshing to see in this novel things I've believed for years regarding sin and the forgiveness God offers to all sinners.
While not the type of book I would normally read, it really got to me. I couldn't stop thinking about the characters and the themes even when I wasn't reading it. I highly recommend this book.
A Book For All Seasons Jan 13, 2002
I was blown away by Spring Rain! I made the mistake of getting near the end around the time I should have been in bed, and wound up staying awake an extra two hours because I simply could not put that book down.
It's hard to say which plotline captivated me more- the romantic tension between Leigh and Clay or the smoldering conflict between Clay and Ted, fueled by severe stubbornness on the part of both brothers over the issue of Ted's homosexuality and brought out now because of Ted's impending death from AIDS.
You never know what to expect from any book dealing with sensitive topics such as AIDS and homosexuality, the author gives these timely issues the attention they deserve without becoming preachy. Through the interaction between Clay and his brother Ted, she gets the reader to see the fine line between righteousness and self-righteousness, and prayerfully, to be able to discern that difference in our own lives.
Not many authors could navigate the maze of family secrets and disagreements without turning their book into one big soap opera, but Gayle Roper has succeeded by treating each plotline with loving care, and giving us a clear look into the hearts of each character, from the youngest to the eldest.
I am eagerly awaiting more books in the SeaSide Seasons series (try to say THAT five times fast!)