Book Review: Summer Rain by Cherlisa Starks Richardson

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Sixteen-year-old Summer McClain seemingly has it all—a doting mother and father, two best friends who stick closer than glue, and a grandmother who can cook the pants off any chef who dares to go up against her. Her world is perfect in every way—until tragedy strikes the core of her family.

When Summer thinks the worst thing in her life has happened, she’s dealt more blows that make her question her young faith. Her two best friends, who should be there to love her through her devastation, have personal issues of their own, and on top of that, a girl at school starts bullying her for no reason. Will Summer be able to withstand the heartache, pain, and pressure she has to endure?

In her debut novel, Summer Rain, Cherlisa Starks Richardson has woven together a gripping novel that shows the faith even a child must have to endure when challenged with the pain life sometimes presents.



I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Summer Rain is a dramatic young adult story that deals with the realistic teen issues of bullying, eating disorders, depression, loss, and relationships with peers and parents. It grabs your interest from the beginning and never lets go. It has  a good message about keeping faith in God no matter what happens in your life but it did get a little preachy at times. 

The characters are well developed. Most of the book is told from the viewpoint of Summer but occasionally, when it helped with the development of the story, it was told from another character’s viewpoint. It was well done and easy to follow.

This is a good book for teens and adults a like. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy!

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About the Author:

2-23-2014 5-54-28 PMCherlisa Starks Richardson is a graduate of Indiana State University and also has an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Mrs. Richardson is a motivational speaker and a school board member in her township. She and her family lives in Indiana. For more information, visit her website at


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