Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck
I usually laugh all the way through a Kristin Billerbeck novel...but not so much on this one. There were a few guffaws at points, but The Scent of Rain wasn't as wildly humorous as most of her books. In fact, I thought the ending to this book was quite odd. If it hadn't had an epilogue, you would have been shaking your head wondering if the author had gone to wash the dishes or something and forgotten she was finishing a book.
Here's the synopsis of this book: Daphne Sweeten is left standing at the altar. She'd created a fragrance for her fiancee' which she was giving as a gift to everyone who attended the wedding. Daphne is a chemist who develops scents. The problem after being left at the altar is that the trauma has left her without a sense of smell. And...she's just been hired by a new company as a "nose"--a person who develops scents for products--in this case, cleaning products. When she gets to Dayton, Ohio she finds a company struggling to stay afloat and depending on her nose to succeed. She also finds that the guy who left her at the altar also traded the beautiful house her father had given them for a wedding gift for a fixer-upper--and taken the difference in the money with him to Paris--to her old job.
If you haven't read any of Billerbeck's books before, you'll find plenty to chuckle about in this book. But for those who are Billerbeck fans, I think you'll be mildly disappointed. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.