Ellas’ Rain by Buffy Andrews is the story of a teenager who has experienced a lot of loss in her life. The story begins after Grandma Dorothy’s funeral when Ella leaves the home she shared with her Grandma to move in with Maddie, Dorothy’s best friend. Equipped with a lifetime of wisdom contained in the year’s worth of notes left by Grandma, Ella comes to terms with her grief and learns to live life without fear.
This is a work of fiction, but the characters are as fully drawn and as lovingly created as if Andrews were writing about her own family. In addition to a beautiful story, Andrews has included the 365 life lessons left by a grandmother who knew she wouldn’t have time to teach her granddaughter everything she wanted her to know. The reader is allowed to follow Ella’s story, as well as the parallels stories of those she loves, as she learns to find the sunshine in the rain. Readers will also be able to share in the wisdom that helped her find it. Ella’s Rain is one of those books that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last page.
About the Book:
My dearest Ella, I wish we would have had more time together, but we both know that we don’t always get what we want… Ella is consumed by grief when her Grandma Dorothy dies. Left with Grandma’s ashes in an alabaster urn, Ella dreams of rubbing it like a magic lamp and Grandma suddenly appearing. But it’s only a dream. To protect herself from experiencing this kind of heartache ever again, Ella pulls away from Trey, the love of her life. Better to leave him than to lose him, she thinks. Slowly Ella learns to live again as she reads the letters Grandma left behind – one for every day of the coming year. My dearest Ella, I can’t believe that I’m writing the last note you will ever receive from me. By the time you read this, a whole year will have passed since my death. I hope my notes have helped you find your way…
About the Author:
A journalist by day and an author by night, Buffy Andrews loves telling stories. Some of her fiction ideas pop into her head at the most inopportune times, such as during a sermon or in the shower or when she’s supposed to be listening in a meeting. She’s written all over church bulletins, jumped out of the shower more than once to write down an idea and turned meeting handouts into story boards. When she’s not writing, she’s leading an award-winning team of journalists at the York Daily Record/Sunday News in York, Pa., where she’s Assistant Managing Editor of Features and Niche Publications and the newspaper’s social media coordinator. In addition to her writing blog, Buffy’s Write Zone, she maintains a social media blog, Buffy’s World. She is also a newspaper and magazine columnist and writes middle-grade, young adult and women’s fiction. She lives in southcentral Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom; two sons, Zach and Micah; and wheaten cairn terrier Kakita.