Jeff LaFerney Loving the Rain

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Loving the Rain

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Clay Thomas had encountered Jack Harding twenty years before, when Jack was a brash teenager, hungry for success. Born with the uncanny ability to manipulate minds, young Clay occasionally used that skill to his advantage-but he recognized the moral consequences and vowed to keep his secrets to himself. Though he never knew of Clay's ability, Harding is convinced his former adversary is to blame for his past humiliation, and sets out to exact revenge. He first strikes at Clay through his talented son, Tanner, a star athlete who is beginning to recognize his own emerging powers. Stopping Harding's criminal activities could force Clay to expose his secrets-but could also finally offer him some peace. Loving the Rain is a dramatic novel about the power of unconditional love, unreserved forgiveness, and the importance of allowing others to make their own choices.

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Clay Thomas has spent his entire life trying to hide the truth. Born with the uncanny ability to manipulate the minds of others, he learned early on that his “gift” caused more harm than good. Desperate to be ordinary, he vowed never to use his powers, especially on those he loved. He kept that promise when he fell for Jessie, determined that she should choose him freely, out of love and not manipulation. When their son Tanner was born, Clay swore that he would allow the boy to make his own decisions—and his own mistakes—without his father’s interference. But Clay’s restraint comes at a price: he can never let down his guard and open himself up completely to his family’s love. Frustrated and lonely, Jessie seeks comfort in the arms of another man, while Tanner, frightened by his own emerging powers, grows angry and distant. Things become even more complicated when Jack Harding, a bitter rival from Clay’s past, reenters the picture. In high school, Clay irrevocably altered Harding’s life when he used his powers for his own benefit. Now, twenty years later, Harding finally seizes his chance for revenge by attacking Clay where he is most vulnerable: his family. As Harding closes in on Jessie and Tanner, Clay must choose between protecting his secret and protecting those he loves most. Peopled with dynamic characters, this moving novel offers an unusual take on a powerful lesson: that the truest love is that which is freely given.

About the Author:

Jeff LaFerney has been teaching secondary school English and coaching basketball and softball for more than twenty years. He earned his English and teaching degrees from the University of Michigan-Flint and his master's degree in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University. He and his wife of twenty-four years live in Davison, Michigan. They have two children. Loving the Rain is his first novel.

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