August 20, 2009

Two Years, No Rain by Shawn Klomparens: Review

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Andy Dunne is newly divorced and soon to be unemployed from his job as a radio weatherman. His life is a lot like the weather: one big drought. For two years, Andy has been having an emotional affair with a colleague, translator Hillary Hsing, through text messaging and late night phone calls. It's a relationship that's going nowhere.

But there's signs that a change in the weather is on the way. Andy has an opportunity to completely change careers when he's hired as a children's TV host for his own show: Andy's Magic Carpet. He joins a gym and gets fit. He starts getting recognized, especially by women. It's all very heady.

Still he pines for Hillary, as the phone calls between them become more intense. Sooner or later he'll either have to make a move or give her up for good.

I really did enjoy Two Years, No Rain by Shawn Klomparens. Andy is a likeable protagonist. I wanted to see him succeed and cringed at the bumps he had along the way. There were times I was annoyed with him though. Hillary is a married woman. Since Andy was recently cheated on, I wondered why he didn't have more sympathy for her husband, Jason. The whole relationship was something that made me uncomfortable. Just because there was no physical relationship, doesn't mean it's wrong. Hillary liked to play head games with Andy, usually calling him after she had a few drinks. This didn't endear me to her. Something she says about her husband at the end of the novel really bothered me. I just couldn't like her.

Two Years, No Rain has a distinctly 'chick lit' feel to it even though the protagonist is a man. It's interesting to read the male point of view on divorce and romance. Indeed, the romantic elements will be a draw for female readers. Andy's relationship with his sister and her family, especially Hannah, Andy's niece, is a nice touch. How can you not love a guy who has such a special friendship with his teen niece? Say it with me, "Awwww!"

This is definitely a touching read despite cold-as-ice Hillary. I would have preferred less of her but... still, I liked it!

Recommended.

This book was read as part of the TLC book tour. See more about the tour on TLC and more about the author on his website. Looks like I'm the last stop on this tour! Hope you enjoyed it.

8 comments :

  1. I enjoyed this book, too. I think a lot of what I liked about it was that the main character is a man!

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  2. I think Hillary was sad and neglected and both she and Andy just needed to feel connected to someone.

    I'm glad you liked the book!! Thanks for all the time that went into reading and reviewing it. Oh, and if you want to check out the discussion we had on my blog, come on by and add your 2 cents.

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  3. i also read this novel and struggled with hillary. i found it difficult to warm up to her...but thought andy was a hoot! it was an interesting premise from a fresh perspective. :)

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  4. Yep, we were totally on the same page with this book. I really liked Andy, though he ticked me off a couple of times. And I just really did NOT like Hillary. She bugged me alot.

    Overall, I still enjoyed the book! I'm glad you did too!

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  5. This book sounds cute. I'm definitely adding to my TBR list, thanks for the review!

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  6. I enjoyed this book--and your review.

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