Life is tough and then you die. Harsh yet true words that hold particularly true during the difficult Dust Bowl days as seen in I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows.
Annie Bell’s life of being a farmer’s wife has been trying. One of her children died weeks after being born, her teenage daughter is headstrong and in love, and her young son has weak lungs and doesn’t speak. With a lack of rain during the spring and summer, it causes low crop yields, making it difficult to make ends meet. As dust storms begin to roll in with regularity covering everything in a layer of dirt, life becomes even more difficult and presents new challenges, but it goes on with determined perseverance.
A well-written narrative, the story develops naturally and offers insight into the human condition during a difficult time in history. Each of the four Bell family members was well developed and easy to connect to–even Samuel despite his overly religious tone. As everything that can go wrong does in the lives of the Bells, they struggle through to, if not happier, more livable days demonstrating the benefits of perseverance through the (questionable) choices they’ve made.
Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.