The Scent of Rain, by Kristin Billerbeck

4 Stars!

When deprived of her most prized sense, Daphne discovers a life she never expected, right under her nose.
Daphne Sweeten has left Paris – and a career she loves – in order to marry a man she loves even more. But when he stands her up on their wedding day, Daphne’s left reeling. Trained as a professional “nose” or perfume creator, Daphne soon realizes that her sense of smell has somehow disappeared too.
In the days following she moves to Dayton, Ohio, to take on a job creating fragrances for household products. Without her sense of smell, she must rely on her chemistry skills, and hope her handsome new boss, Jesse Lightner, doesn’t notice before she can figure out how to get it back.
Despite her desire to return to Paris, she can’t deny the way Jesse makes her feel. But when Daphne approaches former contacts, she learns her missing ex-fiancĂ© has somehow snagged her old job.
As Daphne and Jesse work on a signature scent for their new line, she feels God at work in her life as never before. And the promise of what is possible is as fresh as the scent of rain.


Kristin Billerbeck is the author of more than 30 novels, including "What a Girl Wants" and the Ashley Stockingdale and Spa Girls Series. She is a fourth-generation Californian, who loves her state and the writing fodder it provides. Learn more at 

This was my second book by Kristin Billerbeck and it was just as cute as the first (A Billion Reasons Why). I would call this "Christian Chick-Lit" and I love Chick-Lit so - Perfect!
This story was cute, funny, quirky and romantic. It did have a couple of twists in it that kind of surprised me. The ending was a little predictable, BUT as I have said in the past - that does not bother me! I like my books to end the way I want them to and this one did! So again - Perfect! LOL

The character development was real good. I loved Daphne (love the name too BTW!) I thought she was surprisingly well put together for someone who was left at the alter! She was a great character, a little naive but still loved her. I also loved Jesse. He was the perfect leading man. I loved that he was a great business man but also a great loving father. And of course I hated Kensie, but you are suppose to.
Some cute quotes -
"First, I thought about the Palace of Fine Arts, but there will be too many tourists there on a Saturday. I think what our bride needs is peace."
"I am not a bride," Daphne said "I just play one on random Saturdays in June." She looked at Sophie. "If I ever choose to be humiliated again, remind me to pick a weekday. Fewer crowds."
"You should powder your nose, its red."
"I'm a bride without a groom; do you think anyone is going to look at my nose?"

"Doesn't a failed wedding dress have bad mojo or whatever it is you say?"
"Not if its from Paris. Besides, we don't know why the wedding was called off, right? Maybe, she dumped him because he was a total dog and her gown had magical powers that told her so and she had to shed both him and the dress to be free of his dark evil."
The storyline was original (to me at least) I had not read a book about someone loosing their sense of smell before. It really made a great premiss for the story. It was a nice little clean love story. 
It is labeled as a Christian/Chick-Lit/Romance but I would say it is more clean than christian. It does have a preacher and his wife in the book and they do pray, but that is about it. So if you are looking for a nice clean book that does not hit you over the head with religion - this would be a good one.

Thank you Thomas Nelson - "BookSneeze" for sending me this e-book to read and review!

This will not be my last book by Kristin Billerbeck!

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  1. I love the thought of someone having to regain their sense of smell after having been left at the alter. Very intriguing scenario. I would love to read this one, and loved your review! It sounds as if you really loved this book, and I imagine that I would have too! Great review today!

  2. Great review, Wendy! I know a couple of people that have lost their sense of smell so I could just imagine how this character feels.


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