Book Review | She-Rain by Michael Cogdill

Title: She-Rain: A Story of Hope
Author: Michael Cogdill

About the Book:
In the early 20th Century, a pair of North Carolina mountain children sow the seed of a love that becomes their only solace in the hard yet beautiful world they know. They grow it from steep ground of poverty, ignorance, and violence. A landscape so brutal it can kill hope long before claiming life.Bloodshed years later finally sends Frank Locke on the run, deep into wilderness, abandoning his extraordinary love, Mary Lizbeth. When a whitewater river washes this desperate soul into the hands of Sophia, he discovers a luminous woman steeped in mystery, trapped in a tragically brilliant life. Far ahead of her time. Secreted from the world. As she awakens Frank’s mind, they rise to meet a love that binds three people for a lifetime.

This love triangle forms a beauty no one sees coming. From the wilds of Appalachia, crossing nearly a century, it runs deep into a lush American fortune, and lives in letters of adoration and hope of the least expected.

In a rhapsody of Southern voices, mingling hilarity and sorrow, She-Rain speaks of lives soaring beyond heartbreak, fundamentalism, and self-destruction. Through the most graceful longing, two women in love with one man ultimately prove the power of human hearts to answer high callings. They show us all how to heal — and thrive — to the very end.

My Review:

This story takes place in North Carolina in the 1920’s-30’s. Frank Locke {the main character} is living in a violent home with an alcoholic father, a meek mother and a wise grandmother. Events take place in his life leading to a crime which forces him to leave his home and the love of his life.

This book is filled with clever quotes and poetic language… it’s written in such a way that you can almost hear the North Carolina accents as you read the words. The main character in this novel has grown up in poverty, abuse and fear. Yet there are also times of joy, healing and self-discovery in the book as well.

Here’s an example of one quotes I loved.
“Children, though, have a sense rivaling a good dog’s nose for the ways and things adults believe they can hide from the world.”

I believe that to be so true. I think we don’t understand how perceptive children are and how we are affecting their lives, even at young ages with the
things we “keep” from them and try to shelter from them. {Just a personal side note!}

Thanks to FSB Associates for providing me with a review copy of the book.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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