I’ve dreamed of him since before I was old enough to form memories. I’m as sure of this as I am of breathing.
When I close my eyes, my mind paints a picture of his smile and shades the contours of his hands, the deep scar around his bicep.
People say that I’m an artist, yet my mind is vacant, my hands unsteady. With his presence, he has unknowingly broken that something inside of me that makes me who I am, because being around him is like standing in a rainstorm.
First the drops tickle my skin, and then they coat me, refusing to be ignored. Finally, it seems they soak into me, reaching parts of me I don’t think anyone has ever touched. I’m not certain how he’s capable of doing so—I’m not sure that he even realizes it. Sometimes I’m terrified that it’s apparent in my reactions: other times—I really hope that it is.
I’ve been waiting for this. For him.
But I never knew it would come with such a price.
When Mariah Dietz revealed her next book, the Weight of Rain, I got so excited. The cover is just gorgeous and the blurb gave nothing away. My interest was piqued. I’m gonna keep this review just as vague as the blurb, cause this book should be an experience, an exploration for readers as they turn the pages.
Diving into this story, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. But here is what I got… Absolute book love. A story with depth but without added drama just to create angst. Every word perfectly written and flowing as we head towards the completion of a story that will make your heart flutter but will feed your soul in a most fulfilling way…
“I don’t know why the terrible things said to us are what we hear while we try to sleep, or what feeds us when we’re struggling and starved for encouragement. I guess it’s because as much as we don’t want to care what others think, we do.”
We meet Lauren after an out of her comfort zone but ohhhh so fulfilling one night stand. We follow her as she navigates through her last year as an art student, her friendships, her job and her love life in a most satisfying soul growing way. Her journey is simple yet full of wisdom and self-recovery.
Mariah Dietz is so talented when it comes to writing about love connections. The forceful pull between her characters is there before they even know that they are meant to be. The electricity crackles off the pages without it ever feeling forced or overwhelming.
And him I loved, whose name may or may not start with the letter B. They both have a past, they both have scars and yet when they’re together they make unbelievable magic.
“Sometimes I feel like you understand me so well. Like you are looking at me and hearing everything that I don’t know how to explain, and then other times you come out with bullshit like this, and I feel like I don’t know who in the hell you are, and I feel confident you don’t know who I am either.”
You know how they say? You are with the right person if you better each other without even trying? That’s them!!! Sometimes things get bumpy but they always find the way…
All the supporting characters just added even more layers to the story. Helping with the ride as the rain keeps coming down on Portland…
Our parents, our families, our upbringing are all part of who we are. But it doesn’t define us. Our experiences, friendships, our lovers, our choices and the changes we endure as we navigate through life is what makes us who we are…
“You love the rain.
You can’t hate it just because it doesn’t always do what you want or expect. We all have ugly sides.”
Mariah Dietz is slowly becoming one of my go to authors and I can’t wait to see where she takes me next!!!
About Mariah Dietz
Mariah Dietz lives in Eastern Washington with her husband and two sons that are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.
She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.
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