Two Years, No Rain by Shawn Klomparens is a great novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. I tried to remember the last time I read a novel about a man and his issues with trying to find himself in this crazy world and I couldn’t think of one. I think that is what I liked most about this book. It was refreshing to read a book about a man struggling to find himself and I have to say that I found it hard to put this one down. It was one of those books that I picked up every second I could because I just had to know what would happen with Andy next.
Andy is a thirty-something man who has been going through a rough spot in his life for a long time. He works for a satellite radio station reporting the weather and even there hasn’t had much to report since they were getting no rain. He felt he was becoming redundant everywhere in his life including his marriage. Turns out his wife was happily having affairs while he thought they were ok, not great – but ok. She ends up leaving him and moving practically everything out of their house. Yet another blow to the already bruised ego.
He hears about a job though doing voice for a kid’s television show. He auditions for it and to his surprise gets the job and not only doing voice, but actually hosting the show. He had pulled a stunt of sorts with some kids and a magic carpet and that had managed to win him his new job. Andy has a knack with kids and a knack in front of the camera. His personality shines through and kids love him. Thing is, it seems women all over are loving him too! All of a sudden Andy can’t go out to the bar or the grocery store without being accosted by women.
Now while Andy has been struggling with trying to rebuild his life after his wife has left we find out that he has had a long standing crush on a woman who worked in the same building as he did. Hillary is married and a very interesting character and she and Andy have been carrying on a texting and phoning relationship for almost two years and of course they see each other at work. Theirs is a confusing and stormy relationship as Hillary doesn’t have a good marriage and Andy’s marriage had been on the rocks for a while. I think that while they were attracted to each other, this just added to the bond they had. Their love seems sweet, but troubled. Where will it end up leading them – to each other, or away from each other?
Andy is just a great character. He’s funny, caring, a family man and just completely likeable. The author has a way of just pulling you completely into Andy’s life. He’s had things happen in his past that have worn him down and things going on in the present and you find yourself really caring about this man and what will happen to him. He has a niece Hannah who I just took to right away. She’s delightfully funny in that teenage way and she had me laughing a few times with the things that would come out of her mouth. As a matter of fact, there were many instances in this book that had me laughing that had to do with Andy as well.
This novel shows us that even when life beats you down, there is still hope. You can get back up, dust off and try again. You also never know when things may look brighter for you, life is about possibilities and chance. Sometimes you just need to be in the right place at the right time. My favorite quote from the book is the perfect example…
- ‘Everything is shaded by degrees of possibility. Not only in the weather; every aspect of your life is colored by chance.’ (pg 347, ARC copy, may be different in final printed copy)
Two Years, No Rain is about Andy Dunne reinventing himself and hopes and dreams coming true. It’s about confronting your past and dealing with it and moving on; it’s about so many things. It’s a great read that I found different from everything I’ve been reading recently that I would easily recommend. Make sure to check out Shawn Klomparen’s website here and Two Years, No Rain is available to buy here in the US and here in Canada.
Many thanks to Lisa for having me participate in this TLC Book Tour.