Things to Do When It's Raining
by Marissa Stapley
Pub Date 06 Feb 2018
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When secrets tear love apart, can the truth mend it?
Mae Summers has it all: a loving fiancé, Peter, a job at the flourishing company he owns and a beautiful New York City apartment. But Mae’s life shatters when she wakes up one morning to discover Peter gone—leaving only a cryptic note behind him—and the company in shambles, its investments founded on lies.
There’s only one place for Mae to go: home to Alexandria Bay, the small tourist town in upstate New York where she was raised by her grandparents in the inn they own. And not all is right in Alex Bay, either: Mae finds her grandmother struggling with dementia, separated from Mae’s grandfather thanks to a terrible secret she never meant to reveal.
She also finds Gabe, her childhood best friend who became the love of her young life—now a handsome if brooding adult, working through a private trauma that still haunts him.
A lifetime of secrets stands in the way of Mae and her family's happiness. Home may be where the heart is, but sometimes it takes equal parts love, forgiveness and will to mend that heart.
"I enjoyed THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING enormously. A lovely book full of emotion and wisdom.” — Marian Keyes
Redbook Magazine: For fans of Nicholas Sparks, Things to Do When It’s Raining should be the first novel on your list of books to read in 2018.
Publishers Weekly: “The intensity of the lasting love and friendship between Gave and Mae is emotionally powerful and finely wrought, and Stapley complements this story about the difficult choices family members make for those they love with an evocative setting.”
PopSugar: "If you're also a fan of the old-school tearjerker Dawson's Creek, Marissa Stapley's new novel set along a river will be your favorite read of February."
Booklist: “A charming tale with an enchanting setting, Stapley’s latest (after Mating for Life, 2014) is an engaging read about keeping secrets, starting over, and loving the family you choose.”