Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Scent of Rain

The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck

Goodreads summary:
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-fiance 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.

My review:
I am usually a fan of Kristin Billerbeck's books, but this one was kind of disappointing. It wasn't bad by any means, but it did not feel like there was any substance to the book. The majority of the book was just rehashing the same things over and over, so the book went very slowly for me.

I really enjoyed Jesse and how he was struggling with admitting his feelings for Daphne. There was a romantic tension there that I liked reading. I also enjoyed the Christian elements of the book. There weren't a lot, but they were good.

I just thought there might have been too much emphasis on the smelling. It seemed really unrealistic too how she ended up getting her sense of smell back. Maybe that is actually possible, but to me it was really cheesy and fake.

3 stars

I received this book for free from booksneeze in return for an honest review.

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