Review: A Rainbow Above Us by Sharon Sala

Posted June 22, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 10 Comments

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Review: A Rainbow Above Us by Sharon Sala
A Rainbow Above Us

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Series: Blessings Georgia #8
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on June 25, 2019
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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A new cozy, tender romance set against the turmoil of an old and dark family feud and small town George seemed perfect for a summer read on the porch with my iced lemonade near at hand.


A Rainbow Above Us is the eighth of the Blessings, George standalone romance stories loosely-tied by their connection to the town and the large group of familiar ongoing circle of friends and family that call Blessings home.

Bowie James is returning to a town that he left and swore he would never return to.  He has a bad history with one family in the town and he knows his return with stir up the old trouble once again.  But, a letter from his beloved aunt means he must come back for her and his grandmother’s sake.  He’s a builder of unique homes in out of the way places all over the country so he is exactly the help his family needs to renovate their old home after the floods from the hurricane.

Trouble with the Boones is a short-time in coming, but he’s no longer that scared, skinny fifteen year old boy they nearly beat to death and he has a bitter anger for breaking her mother’s spirit and causing her death all for an old grudge that he was never part of.

He tries to focus on getting his grandma and aunt and the pretty woman they took in after the floods situated into his comfortable and luxurious ‘home away from home’ trailer that he lives in since he travels to his jobs.  He and his crew will do his best homebuilding work for the women who gave him love and always a sense of belonging.

It helps that Rowan, the young woman his gran and aunt take in, is a quiet beauty whose sweetness attracts him and he wants to help her get over her own demons caused by the flood destroying her home and taking her daddy from her.  For the first time in his life, he is living for a woman’s laughter and cherishing the feeling of having her there when he comes home.  Is it finally his chance to have love?

Judson Boone, patriarch of his family, can’t let the old hate go.  He sicced his sons on teenage Bowie and drove him and his mom out of town and now he’s poised to take care of him once for all.  Only, the dark deeds done against the James family that he was behind are coming to the light of day and his whole world is unraveling.  His strong family implodes when the truth comes out and even the town is turning on them.  It’s all the fault of Bowie James’ return.

This was a gently paced character-driven story.  Bowie is the catalyst for it all and he is the central figure, but it is really the culmination of what happened in the past and continued into the present for the Boones and Bowie.  It was a captivating combo of dark family saga, new and hopeful beginnings for some, small town happenings, and a tender romance happening in spite it all.

The conflict in the story is all external to the romance.  Bowie and Rowan have enough going on from their respective lives and I appreciated that the author wisely let that stand rather than inserting trouble for trouble’s sake.  Bowie was a safe and solid man who gave to ‘his girls’ as he called them out of the joy of giving because he was a lonely man with a sad past.  Rowan saw this and appreciated it even if she was tentative because her daddy had selfishly told her she was too plain for a guy to want her, drove off any admirers, and kept her hidden away on the family farm because he wanted her as a companion into his old age. Bowie was patient with her innocence and let her lead in their growing relationship.

There are multiple narrators with each Boone, Bowie, Rowan, and a few other familiar characters getting page time.  There are slow moments, but it makes sense as transition spots to advance the story.  I was fully engaged in seeing the various story lines play out.  I was sad to see the fall-out and how the innocents were the ones hurt most by it all, but the author wrote in some hard consequences for those who did evil, despicable acts in the past which I was glad to see.  As always, there is a heartwarming and sweet quality to the story that counteracts the bad making me crave even more from the folk living in Blessings, Georgia.

If you want a mostly sweet, heartwarming romance set against a small town contemporary, you need look no further that this series.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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2 years ago

I have always adored Sharon Sala’s work, and her interactions on Facebook are priceless! Happy Friyay and thanks for such an amazing review. The soulful sound of No Ordinary Love from amazing Sade is a great way to start the morning too. Haven’t heard it in a while, but it’s always perfect! Hugs…

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  ROP

I can tell she is quite the character just by the fun Southern sass that comes through in her books. 🙂 This was a sweetie one. Hope you like it when you get the chance, Radiant Ro! 🙂

2 years ago

Loving the sound of this book. It goes be careful how you treat others as your actions of the past have a way coming back and biting your in the butt

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Oh yeah, the Boone family had to learn that lesson the hard way. And, they needed to.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

A family feud…. southern charm. i like the conflict was external. Lovely review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I do, too. It’s a nice change up from the usual angst in romances. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

Her father sounds so selfish, what a bad thing to do to his own daughter.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

He sure was, but at least she has Bowie now. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I love a sweet and tender small town romance!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Same here. They are so non-stressful and sweet most of the time. 🙂