The Scent of Rain
By Kristin Billerbeck
About the book:
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.
Being a regular reader of Kristin Billerbeck's blog, I have been anticipating this book as she posted about the struggles of writing it as well as what she learned through her research.
Daphne Sweeten is a professional "nose" someone companies hire to smell things and put together scents for their products. Her life is glamourous and she has everything she could dream of but is willing to give it all up for to marry the guy she thinks she loves.
When she is suddenly left at the alter she has no where to go but to the life she had planned for after she was married including moving to Dayton, Ohio from Paris and working for company formulating cleaning products. To make matters worse, the trauma of it all has caused Daphne to loose her most precious asset, her sense of smell.
Is this really what God had planned for her? Can she survive without everything she thought she needed?
I really liked Daphne's character. She's straight forward and honest about what she is going through as she tries to sort it all out. She makes a lot of discovers that help her to grow personally and spiritually without loosing who she was.
Kristin Billerbeck took a traditional romance and filled it with the spunk of chick lit making for a unique read.
* I received this book free for review from Thomas Nelson publishers*
"Though knowing that logically and believeing it emotionally were two different things."
Rating: 5 carats
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