Dart Sommers knows something is wrong. Intelligent, resourceful, and ambitious, the renowned psychology professor and founder of the prestigious Raindrop Institute doesn't understand her sudden fascination with patterns, her disinterest in a job she loves, and her obsession with a small, stuffed brown bear. The diagnosis? Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), an often misdiagnosed disease that is destroying the best part of her: her brain. And she knows that whatever symptoms she's experiencing now, they're only going to get worse-that as time goes on, the essence of who she is will disappear. Bring the Rain is a story of courage, hope, love, friendship, and determination to beat the odds-at least for a little while.
This emotional sequel to The Raindrop Institute can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.
Publisher: She Writes Press
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
"Bring the Rain approaches an unsettling subject from a forthright perspective, but with a sense of more humanistic hope than inevitable tragedy."
"Franklin gently weaves psychosocial, emotional, and neurological threads into a work of beauty, giving us a touching exploration of love. . . . A beautiful, touching novel. "
-Barbara Sapienza, author of Anchor Out
"Bring the Rain is one of twelve profound books about hope and its power."
"Bring the Rain is a thought-provoking, deeply moving story about what happens to someone who is faced with the deterioration of their greatest asset."
"I thought the love story was sweet, but what I will walk away remembering is Dart's determination. I applaud anyone that seeks out their passion and admire their dedication to see it through. She embodies what it means to not give up, not matter what."
-Reading Between the Pages
"Dart's story is beautiful, tragic, and yet optimistic."
-Books, Advice & Everything Nice
"Bring the Rain stirred emotions in me, and really made me consider facts I had never thought of before. I was inspired by Dart's strength and her insistence that she remain in control as long as possible. I greatly admired her independence and her drive. I was then humbled by her acceptance and her allowing of love into her life, no matter the strings she may perceive to be attached. It is the most difficult thing, to give ourselves to someone else and put our hearts in their safekeeping . . . we can never be sure that things will work out. But I guess that's where faith and hope come in, and that's where we shine the most . . . when we take chances."
-A Belle in a Bookshop