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BOOKS & BOOZE REVIEW: WILD RAIN







The second novel in USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins’ compelling new Women Who Dare series follows a female rancher in Wyoming after the Civil War.


A reporter has come to Wyoming to do a story on doctors for his Black newspaper back east. He thinks Colton Lee will be an interesting subject…until he meets Colton’s sister Spring. She runs her own ranch, wears denim pants instead of dresses, and is the most fascinating woman he’s ever met.


But Spring, who has overcome a raucous and scandalous past, isn’t looking for, nor does she want, love. As their attraction grows, will their differences come between them or unite them for an everlasting love?





 

Thoughts from the Book Bar...

Wild Rain is the second book in the Women Who Dare series, and from the very first page, you feel like you have arrived with the family with its feeling of coziness.

We meet Spring Lee, as we soon find out her life's journey has been easy and for reasons having nothing to do with it being the post-civil war era. It is this journey that has shaped her into the person we meet in this story.


Spring Lee is unique and unapologetically her, and she is as unconventional as a woman can be during this time in Paradise. It's this uniqueness that makes Paradise either turn its nose up in resentment or be in awe of her independence and strength.


When a newcomer from back east rides into town for an interview for a Black newspaper with the colored doctor, he finds that it is more than one that demands his attention.


Garrett gets thrown from his horse during a blizzard, and it's Spring that rescues and nurses him back to health. The questions that arise about Spring comes naturally for the reporter in him. The more he learns, the more intrigued he is. It will take a special something or someone to get close to Spring. With all the experiences, she is a tuff nut to crack. Will Garrett be able to get through the layers and win her heart or go back east defeated like most of the men in Paradise?


What I have come to love about Beverly Jenkins's book is how easy it is cozying up and getting into a story rich in history and characters full of depth. Wild Rain was that for me.


If you are like most, you fell in love with Regain and Colt from Tempest, and we get to catch up with them. It is no surprise that Regan and Spring get along so well.



 


FLAVOR PROFILE - Fresh green apple, French Vanilla, and fragrant elderflower.

FOOD PAIRINGS - Aged parmesan, cheddar cheeses, shrimp fajitas, grilled pork chops, summer fruit salad, and cinnamon coffee cake.

COST - $10-12


On some level, you are a surrealist with dreams and fantasies.


Stella Rosa Platinum French Vanilla is the semi-sweet, semi-sparkling Luxury Collection wine that will take you further into your magical elements; be prepared for something wondrous.


 

Platinum French Vanilla is one of Stella Rosa's most recent release to its catalog. Originally this wasn't what I had in mind for a pair for Wild Rain. My first thought is this one may not be bold enough for a Women Who Dare story, but both were new releases, so I figure I would give it a try.


The first thing you notice on the nose and taste is its bold embodied French Vanilla flavor. There is no denying or misunderstanding its flavor, and for that reason, it complements Spring's character in Wild Rain, which is unapologetically unique.


If you are a fan of semi-sweet white wines and French Vanilla, you will enjoy this as its smell prepares your taste buds for the burst of flavor and smooth finish.


Both book and wine provided an enjoyable experience.



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