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Drops of Rain (Hale Brothers Series Book 1) by [Andrews, Kathryn]
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**This book is for anyone who loves a good romance and it is intended for those who are 16 years of age and older.**

Ali Rain
Sometimes I think to myself, “How did I get here?” Then the pain hits and I remember…it’s because she’s gone. I now live in a new town, go to a new school, and I’m supposed to be moving on with my new life. Only, I no longer know who I am anymore. Dancing is all I have left and every day I feel completely alone. Silence has become the theme song to my life. She said to find some joy and light, but I don’t know how. Mostly, I feel surrounded in darkness…that is until I meet him.

Drew Hale
I have only one goal, in 298 days I’m going to drive away from this small beach town and never return. People are always watching me closely, too close, and I’m tired of wearing a mask. I need to be free. Swimming is my ticket out of here and I remind myself daily to fly under the radar, stick to my routine, and under no circumstances let anything distract me. I’m not as perfect as they think, most days I am drowning in guilt. I’m not sure I will ever be able to escape the feelings of shame, worthlessness, and just being unwanted…that is until I meet her.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1090 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Kathryn Andrews, LLC (9 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I have now read this book twice and have fallen more in love with the story. I can relate to Ali quite well and still had the pounding heart and emotions as if I was reading it for the first time. I'm a big fan of Kathryn Andrews having read all her books and look forward to what's next!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So much to love.... 12 August 2014
By Jessica Sotelo (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads) - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
There was so much to like about this book. The plot... Ali, a dancer grieving after the recent loss of her mother relocates to Florida with her absentee father where she meets Drew, a popular swimmer at her high school, who also happens to be fighting demons of his own. The characters, even the secondary ones, were really likeable.

The writing is good. With this being Kathryn Andrews debut novel, it was a refreshing surprise to see that she's a talented writer, without a doubt. There are certainly things that will come with time and experience, a bit of polishing of her writing style, but for a first time author, her writing pleasantly surprised me. This story doesn't read like a debut novel. The writing is really good, the story is captivating and interesting. The characters drew me in with their respective personal problems, their heartbreaking secrets and their individual personalities. The only sign that this story comes from a "newbie author" came with how wordy the story was at times. Sometimes the story felt a little drawn out, like I was waiting for something pivotal to the plot to happen. But for the greater majority of the book, it was a fluid read.

Despite my appreciation for the plot and the characters in this book, the pacing and the timing took away from my enjoyment of this book. For me, it felt so drawn out, like huge expanses of time passed by without anything pivotal to the story happening. It's hard to explain, but I just grew bored. I needed more action or more meat... something to keep me engaged. The author does a lot of telling, rather than showing. I reached a point in the story where Ali and Drew had apparently been together for six months. I knew this because I was told so, but I never saw it or felt it so I couldn't emotionally commit to this relationship. I can't believe in something I haven't seen build and grow. Another point, late in the story, Drew states that his mother knows about Ali... but again, when did that happen? When chapters would break and then pick up weeks later, I felt like I missed important facets in the build and development in the story. The dynamic between Drew and Ali was changing, growing, and I was missing it.

At times, I felt the characters were a bit oblivious on a level that took away from the believability of the story. Almost two months had passed and Ali didn't realize Drew lived directly across the street? Both were completely blindsided by the fact that despite their coexistence in roughly the same circle at school, that the other even knew their name. Ali never realized Drew sat directly behind her in class for weeks? I just found it all a bit unrealistic. The fact that these two people both happen to turn TWENTY soon, but are straight A students in high school is bizarre. I'm not sure what the point was of making these characters so old, yet still in high school, other than to make a sexual relationship seem appropriate and to make it believable that Ali is left on her own so long. Other than that, the story would have worked so much better if they'd been 17. Then the Cassidy situation took things a bit over the top for my taste. The setting up of the relationship by their parents, the expelling of Ali for the vandalism even though there were security cameras present the whole time... it was all a bit farfetched. I'm just one reader, but as this one reader, I prefer things to come across as believable, even in my fictional choices. Though minor in the grand scheme of things, these little details detracted from what has potential to be a really great story.

My biggest issue with the story structure was how drawn out it felt. Important scenes (like the fight with Drew and his dad, Ali's audition) are rushed and completely glossed over, but other inconsequential scenes are detailed and seem to drag on and on. I felt like I missed the details of the more important parts, the parts that would have connected me more with the story.

Despite my criticisms, this was a good story with good writing. With this debut, Kathryn Andrews undeniably demonstrates her strengths as a writer. I'm very much looking forward to Beau's story and to see how this author grows and develops with each subsequent story in this series.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful 5 Star Read 10 August 2014
By Elle Brooks - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
From the very first page of this book I felt connected to the characters and I can't stop thinking about them even now.

There were parts that made me smile stupidly to myself, to the point where my husband wanted to see what I was reading because of the silly grin. Then there were others that broke my heart and had me holding my breath, teary eyed.

Ali and Drew's story restored my faith in true love, and that it is worth fighting for. Nothing in life is easy, people always have baggage and things going on in their personal lives that they hide away from view.

Ali is trying to cope with a devastating loss and accept her new life in a new town and all alone. Drew is living from day to day in an almost robotic state of existence. He's counting down the days until he can finally leave. The couple meet and slowly but surely begin to form a friendship that develops beyond what the other was expecting. They become each others life line. I was so enamoured with Ali & Drew's story that once i'd started to read it, I couldn't put it down.

The author has done a beautiful job of drawing you in and making you feel every single emotion her characters are portraying.

This is the first book in the Hale Brothers Series and I am eagerly awaiting the second one now.

A perfect late summer read, 5 Beautiful Stars.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully touching story. 22 August 2014
By ANJasper - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I am not usually a big fan of YA but this book was amazing. I don't even know how to begin to start this review....

Drops of Rain follows the story of Ali as she tries to put the pieces of her life back together after her mother passes away. Her father moves them across the country to Florida for her senior year of high school. One her morning run, she meets a sexy stranger and shares a passionate kiss. In a moment of clarity, thanks to a seagull, the embrace is broken. Little does she know that her mystery man is none other than Drew, her neighbor and the king of her new school. She has decided that she isn't going to make waves; just stick to her plan- practice her dancing and nail her audition to Julliard.

Drew is the ultimate boy next door. He is a star athlete, a good student and devoted to the few people he lets into his life. He is harboring a huge secret though. To say things at home are not good is a vast understatement. Along with his brother Beau, they are the guys that all the others want to be and all the girls want to date. However, Drew is just counting down the days until he can leave for college. When Ali walks into his class on the first day of school, he thinks things maybe looking up. However, she does her best to keep to herself and doesn't even notice him until a few weeks into the school year.

When Ali and Drew finally come face to face with each other again, there is no denying the connection they have. Through the bumps in the road of life that each of them lead, they find a way to give the best of themselves to each other. When they finally admitted their feelings to each other I was thrilled for them- that they had found some goodness in the chaos that was their life.

When Ali is witness to Drew's father's scheming, she misinterprets the situation and is devastated. My heart broke for this girl who had already lost so much and was once again losing someone she loved. And that wasn't the end of the blows that came her way. She became the prey of the school's mean girl and suffered a down right vicious attack. But that isn't all the lovely couple had to endure. Secrets and feelings are revealed. This allows Ali and Drew to make progress in their relationship. Just as things are looking on the up and up, things at home for Drew go from bad to worse, he does what he has to do to defend his mom and brothers. This lands him in a heap of trouble. He finds an unexpected ally and the crazy situation works itself out.

This book touched me in so many ways. I was rooting for Ali and Drew to find the happiness they deserved but it was so much more than that. It was about so much more than finding yourself. It is a book of fighting for yourself and those you care about. Finding your way back to yourself when you're lost and, of course, love finding a way when you've reached the end of your rope. I absolutely can not wait for the next book in this series about Beau.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut! 19 August 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on
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Have you ever read a book that as soon as you finish it, you immediately flip to the beginning and read it again? When I read Drops of Rain by Kathryn Andrews that is exactly what I did. The book is that good. I needed to read it again so that I could experience all the feels again and make sure I didn't miss a thing. Drops of Rain is a story about loss; whether that be loss by death, loss of love of a parent, or loss of self esteem. Kathryn Andrews did an awesome job of immediately pulling you into the lives of her characters. This is the story of two high school seniors that are both masters at hiding their hurt. Drew, the golden boy that is counting the days he until he can leave his past behind. Ali, the new girl who is finding her way in a world that has been suddenly altered and doing it alone. I liked how Drew wasn't your stereotypical high school jock going out with every girl he meets. Ali wasn't instantly popular and she endured bullying. These characters were REAL. I will confess to moments of feeling that this couple had a little insta-love, but as I read, Kathryn's storytelling masterfully weaved these two people together and I realized that they were just two people who found their other half; the one that understood them the best. The story being told in both Drew and Ali's POV provided me the opportunity of seeing circumstances through both characters and helped me to really understand them and feel their pain, their confusion and their happiness when things begin to go right. I honestly don't want to give any of the story away because the themes and story lines are something you need to experience yourself. Expect a few tears, a little bit of laughter, and a whole lot of smiles. Drops of Rain does not include a cliffhanger, but there is a second book about Drew's brother Beau that I am anxiously awaiting! Steamyness is light, a few tasteful fade to black scenes.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STUNNING & HEARTFELT STARS 14 August 2014
By Trish Bacher - NIH - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow, just wow…Kathryn Andrews really brought to the forefront what some young adults deal with on a day to day basis. Whether it good or bad, it can be hard doing it alone.

When you feel like you are all alone, sometimes things get a little tough.

Drew and Ali…. Two young adults who have been handed their own horrible cards in life need to find a way to make things work for themselves and maybe with each other.

Their story was so believable. The issues they faced, the circumstances they were in.

The struggles they both go through were heartbreaking.

The peace they found in each other was beautiful.

Ali is having a hard time dealing with the loss of her mother and the absence of her father and the fact that she has moved to a new state and a new school just puts that added pressure on her. The grief she feels is heartbreaking. She is counting the days of the loss of her mother, like it will bring her solace. She feels so alone and tries to move on, but her feelings of loneliness are always present. But she holds her head up high and is smart, witty sassy and funny.

"Two words.... eight letters that have forever changed my life."

Drew is living a dual life. One completely different from the other. His home life is deplorable and traumatizing. His school life as Mr popular doesn’t feel real to him. Girls love him, he is gorgeous and sexy being on the swim team keeps him fit. Drew keeps to himself, even though he is popular, he doesn’t want people to know him, to know what he’s going through or his secrets. He feels bad enough about himself as it is, he doesn’t need his friends to feel sorry for him. He carries his secrets heavily in his heart and his mind. He’s just counting down the days until he’s out of there. College can’t come quick enough.

"Ninety-five percent of the day I have to wear a mask to cover up the truth. No one really wants to know the truth. The truth is ugly, and every day I feel ugly."

His self-worth is completely broken as he has constantly been told he is “good for nothing” and “worthless” by his sickening and repulsive father who I just wanted to kick upside the head and get rid of him.

The way these two meet and their ongoing connection was really surprising. Drew’s struggle with his feelings and resistance to let someone in and Ali’s battle with her grief and loneliness. I loved the friendship and the angst between these two. I loved the confusion and surprises they both went through with each other.

How will these two heal each other?

Will Drew find his worth? Will Ali be that person he can turn to?

Will Ali begin to heal the grief in her heart? Will Drew be the one to heal her heart and be there for her?

I laughed and I cried for both Drew and Ali as well as Beau, Drew’s brother who plays a big part in this story. I loved Beau, his relationship with Ali was so delightful that it made me smile every time they were together. All the side characters within this story all felt so real within their circle. It was so uplifting to see friends stick together no matter what. I’m looking forward to reading Beau’s story so much, that I’m hoping I don’t have to wait too long.

I have to add here and admit, I read Promises Hurt by Elle Brooks before this and it has some similarities, even though the storylines are different, and yes this was a little predictable at times, but I still loved it. I loved that it made me feel. I loved that it had me connected with each character and their story.

A story of finding true love, and the person who is your soul mate. The one person worth fighting for and knowing they will fight for you – no matter what you have going on in your personal life, true love will always find a way.

I’m a sucker for a beautiful story of love, friendship, heartache and happily ever after.

The meaning here for me was friendship and love is the most valuable thing one could ever have in their lives. Having that is priceless.

Congratulations Kathryn Andrews on this beautifully written, beautifully emotional story that had me riding the emotional rollercoaster the whole time reading. I love the emotional rollercoaster.

I’m glad you “Found something that you love and told yourself, “I do, therefore I am.” Just beautiful and so true in so many ways.

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