If it Rains

Reviewed by:

Mary Clapp, former church librarian


Book Title:

If it Rains


Jennifer L. Wright



Publication date:



soft cover, hardcover, ebook, and audio book


400 pages; 9 hour 36 minutes


This book takes place in the American West during the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. The story follows the struggles of one family trying to survive and stay together through out this difficult time in history. Young Kathryn, her Dad and step-mom decide to head East and stay with family in Indianapolis. While older sister Melissa cannot join them because she has been recenlty married. Most of the story takes place on the very difficult journey Kathryn makes from Oklahoma to Indianapolis, made even more difficult by the fact that Kathryn has a club foot and becomes separated from her family. Kathryn’s favorite story is The Wonderful Wizzard of Oz. This story, at times, mirrors events from her favorite book. There are many unexpected twists and turns that definitely keep the readers attention. It was interesting to learn about the possible cause and effects the Dust Bowl had on families, and how people survived such a challenging time in history. It was both educational and and a well written enjoybale story.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Readers who enjoy learning about what it may have been like to live in a different time in history, will enjoy this book. It would work well in a church or school library.

Christian Impact:

Melissa and Kathryn find themselves, at times, questioning God during such difficult times, but in the end both agree God is there during the hard things.

Other Notes:

This is Jennifer’s debut novel and she has another new book coming out in September 2022 titled: Come Down Somewhere


If It Rains


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