The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng

Honestly, this is a difficult one for me to write about. I know it won't be some people's cup of tea - it's slow-paced, a little confusing at times, set in a first-person PoV, and isn't afraid of exposition.


But I loved it. It was just a good read that I thoroughly enjoyed from cover to cover, especially as I picked it up entirely on a whim, thanks to a Kobo sale. I got into the book without knowing what it was about, having only barely skimmed ratings for it to see if it might be worth the money.


I'm glad I got this. It left me rethinking my life and the choices I make, and whether those choices are entirely my own or not. That all sounds awfully heavy and life-changing of course, but it was more like taking ten minutes with a cup of tea, no telly, no book...just ten quiet minutes to think and reflect with something warm to drink.


Normally historical fiction isn't really my beef, but this surprised me and left me wanting to read more books like it.