Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Scent of Rain

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-fiancĂ© 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.

I read about The Scent of Rain several times before finally deciding to request a complimentary copy through Thomas Nelson Publishing's Booksneeze Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. I was a little weary of the described plotline, as it seemed a bit strange to me. After reading a few reviews that the book was short and not up to Billerbeck's typical standards, I didn't expect much from this book.

I was very pleasantly surprised to thoroughly enjoy the novel. The characters are believable and it was easy to care about what happened to them. The plot was definately unique, and left me wondering what would happen next. The ending was satisfying, and as I looked at the other books Billerbeck has on her resume, I was reminded that she contributed to Smitten, which I also enjoyed.

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