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The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck

Thursday, September 20, 2012

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.

Goodreads Summary

When I was a kid, my grandpa used to tease me…saying that we could have been professional tasters. I thought the idea of that kind of job was great but odd; a professional “nose” seems even funnier – but also great! Doing her best work for her wedding favor is such a romantic, sweet idea. Reading that Daphne was left at the altar – was horrible! I don’t think I’ve read this author before, but she created the ultimate “tool” (everyone Daphne knows refers to him that way):Mark Goodsmith. Expecting an apology from her..cheating her out of home, job, and money – then, trying to take credit for her wedding favor formula! The author also creates additional frustrating people for Daphne’s life: Dave the boss and Kensie the bossy.
It’s maddening to read how Daphne tries to find ways to understand and forgive Mark’s betrayals as they heap up. She’s frustratingly too good to be true, but from a spiritually guided personality like her, who believes that scent has the power to “transform the energy of a place”…like “an imaginary friend”, Billerbeck makes her reactions possible. I loved when Daphne explained the title – her favorite rainy days - spent with her grandfather. A rainy day is “like God’s mercies are new every day” …unconditional love.
Daphne had me imagining what scent would describe my husband, each child, mom, dad, etc… Would they be strong, woodsy, light, floral, cloying, baby soft…? I loved the protectiveness Jesse feels for Daphne – his interest is so pure, so high-minded…and sweetly questionable – because he is so attracted to her. This sweet romance/friendship progresses so slowly, but then, results in love and a proposal surprisingly quickly. The happy ending may seem too quick, but it’s really happy. Jesse considers his son’s needs and Daphne’s needs for romance, career, home, and love. She DESERVES terrific Jesse after surviving Mark!

Four Stars

*Reviewed by Colleen*

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