Review: Things To Do When It’s Raining


Title: Things To Do When It’s Raining
Author: Marissa Stapley
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher & NetGalley
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

When secrets tear love apart, can the truth mend it?

Mae Summers and Gabriel Broadbent grew up together in the idyllic Summers’ Inn, perched at the edge the St. Lawrence river. Mae was orphaned at the age of six and Gabe needed protection from his alcoholic father, so both were raised under one roof by Mae’s grandparents, Lilly and George. A childhood friendship quickly developed into a first love—a love that was suddenly broken by Gabe’s unexpected departure. Mae grew up, got over her heartbreak, and started a life for herself in New York City.

After more than a decade, Mae and Gabe find themselves pulled back to Alexandria Bay. Hoping to find solace within the Summers’ Inn, Mae instead finds her grandparents in the midst of decline and their past unravelling around her. A lifetime of secrets stand in the way of this unconventional family’s happiness. Will they be able to reclaim the past and come together, or will they remain separate islands?

From the bestselling author of Mating for Life comes a powerful story about guilt, forgiveness and the truth about families: that we can choose them, just as we choose to love.


I loved this book!

The story was very fast paced. A lot happened in a short time. Though there were a lot of characters, I felt like I knew all of them very well. They all had a detailed history, from Lilly and George’s generation to Mae and Gabriel. This made them feel like real people.

I usually have trouble with novels with ensemble casts who span generations. I find the authors try to appeal to readers of different ages by including specifics about each generation. However, it was not the case with this book! Each of the generations brought a new depth to the story.

This story contained many different genres. There was mystery or thriller because Mae’s fiancé disappears under suspicious circumstances. There was also romance between the characters. Finally, there was historical fiction when George has flashbacks to his time in WWII. I loved the way these different genres were woven together into this story.

I loved this book and I highly recommend it!

3 thoughts on “Review: Things To Do When It’s Raining”

  1. I also often struggle with mutligenerational stories, and I think you defined the usual problem perfectly! But if this one avoids that, plus moves quickly without skimping out on characterization, then awesome! I may have to keep an eye out for it. 🙂

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