by Anne Montgomery
Treehouse Publishing Group
General Fiction (Adult) , Teens & YA
Pub Date 28 Mar 2017
I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of The Scent of Rain through the publisher and Netgalley:
Rose Madsen has grown up in the FLDS, forced to be homeschooled by the “prophet” the local public school is closed.
Adan has not planned his escape well. Stuck in the middle of the desert with no food or water
Track Benally is driving through on his way home to visit his family when he noticed a boy laying in the Desert immediately his Army Medic training kicks in.
Rose has been taught the prophet should always be foremost in her mind so when he is arrested she has him on her mind.
Daisy is four years Rose’s junior and disabled. Many think she cannot comprehend anything including their Mother butrodsecknows better.
Rose endures abuse for daring have a mind of her own, telling her parents she does not want to get married, and when they inform her she is soon to be married off, she asks them who will care for Daisy.
When Eldon Higbe is released from jail after four months over a hundred people are their to welcome the prophet Home.
Her parents tell her no one would ever want Daisy, and that they would be better off if she died.
Soon the Prophet declares they must kill all non essential animals, and that means Daisy must kill her pet.
While at the creek Rose meets the town Marshall’s third wife, and she tells her of her plan to escape and asks Rose if she’d like to go along. Soon the women is found dead, murdered. Bonnie Buttars the Marshal’s third wife is murdered.
It comes to light soon that the reason behind the Prophet’s decree to homeschool all the children came from the cases of abuse. Fifty seven had been reported.
Rose runs off after freeing her sister’s bird and heads for the caves where she finds Adan dehydrated and hungry. She is fearful of strangers but she can’t leave him there to die.
Soon Rose hears a search party and she knows if she’s caught she will be severely punished.
When they are found and someone tries to stab Adan Rose stands in the way and gets stabbed in the chest. Adan not carrying what happens to him goes to find help. When the medic tells her parents their daughter needs a specialist or will likely die her Mother refuses but her Father steps in and agrees to having her transferred to see a specialist.
While visiting Rose in the hospital the prophet decides that she will be his seventy fifth wife. Rose ends up being taken from the hospital by the woman determined to please the so called Prophet. Her finally determined not to see his daughter hurt More seeks help in getting her back.
The Scent of Rain is the story of a tragic, intolerable situation, but it is a story of Hope and love as well.
I give The Scent of Rain five out of five stars.