Each Day is Another Chance

Between four to seven inches of rain poured in Central Maine last night.

The sound of the rain on the roof of our cabin was so deafening that for once I stayed awake for part of the night.


In the morning I put my boots on.



And got my feet wet.


The house was ready for a foot soak too.



Where was our dock?



The table and the canoe now safe and sound.





While the water continued to rise, I finished the YA novel Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos.

I’m a sucker for stories involving siblings’ relationships because with our sisters and brothers we learn so much about life.

In this novel, seventeen-year old Rachel who has always put her eighteen-year old brother Micah on a pedestal finds out that he uses drugs. She still believes he’s in control until the night he doesn’t come home.

For the first time Rachel understands that she might be more in charge than her beloved brother. With only one small lead she begins the search for her brother with the help of his best friend Tyler.

The novel is set in the suburbs of San Diego and as we follow Rachel and Tyler along the cost and through seedy neighborhoods, we also get to know Rachel much better. She is also learning a lot about herself and moreover that sometimes someone who is lost doesn’t want to be found. Even someone we love a lot.

This is a novel about love but not easy love.

Love between siblings who share secrets and lies, between teenagers who fall in love for the first time and get hurt, love of God although Rachel doesn’t really know if she believes or not.

This is a story that rings true. The dialogues sound authentic. The characters are likeable but not flawless. The situation realistic. There is also music, which is always a great addition to a story.

I like mornings, Rachel thinks, because each day is like another chance.


After the night storm morning appeared like another chance. I felt lucky that no tree fell on our home, that unlike many Maine residents we didn’t lose power, that our small neighborhood wasn’t flooded.



Tonight we got a glorious sunset.



A sense of new beginning.


P.S. Have you ever been flooded or afraid to be flooded? What is the last great book for children or YA that you’ve read?






  1. We were flooded by a small creek when I was a young child. Unlike the pristine water in your beautiful pictures, it was filthy with sulfur and other leachings from the abandoned mines upstream. I also remember being in Virginia during Hurricane Camille which dropped almost 20″ of rain. The feeling of a rain that doesn’t seem to stop can be frightening especially to children but also to adults who know what the results can be.

    I’m not sure it’s for YA or children, but I just received (from Amazon) my copy of “Trapped in Paris” – I’ll let you know how I like it 🙂

    • II’ve been through many storms (rain and snow) when we lived in MA, but this one was more a tropical storm than a New Englander. The water, you’ve noticed, is clear and clean, so it is better than the typical sewage issues that often accompany such a downpour.
      I want to thank you for your support. Trapped in Paris is for young readers and I hope you will enjoy the ride. Let me know! Writers need fedback. See you soon, Dan.

      • I’ll consider myself young at heart. I’ve only made a small start on the book but I an quickly getting engaged. I’ll report back.

  2. Wow that’s a lot of rain – I forgot how it can come down in sheets when we lived by the ocean. Love the boots, so Maine! And finally that sunset is a wonderful treat – thanks for sharing.

  3. cardamone5 says:

    Flooded more times than I can count when we lived in IL, which was up until 2 years ago. Our basement flooded with a mixture of sewer and rain water, until we installed drain tile and an overhead sewer (had to redo both several times.) Our backyard would flood too, including the garage and everything in it. There was nothing we could do about that.

    Last YA books read were the Hunger Games trilogy.

    Still working on the memoir chapters to send to you. Has much more to say than I thought!

    Fondly, Elizabeth

    • That’s a lot of flooding, Elizabeth! I have read the Hunger Games when they came out and prefer the books to the movie. I never imagined the characters the way the actors played their roles. It’s often the case with books versus movies. Harry Potter was an exception, I think. Do not rush with your chapters. We will be in touch, anyway. See you.

  4. Evelyne, i’m glad you are safe and sound. I didn’t realize you were still in Maine. I guess it was part of the same storm system that flooded Detroit (friends there). Not the kind of vacation adventure you had in mind!
    My flood story: I’ve been lucky. But in my late teens i had a temp job, cleaning out a flood damaged warehouse. It was piled to the ceiling with river water sodden clothing. I still remember the smell. Probably the dirtiest job i’ve ever had (or rather gotten paid for).
    I enjoyed the book review. Big hugs!

  5. The flooding was only the land. The house is fine, although water is licking its feet!
    I can only imagine the smell of clothes left in the water…
    The book is very good. I didn’t know the writer but I found the topic interesting and the writing is great. The pacing, which I think is the hardest part in a book, is excellent.
    See you soon, Teagan.

  6. That is a LOT of rain. Wow. We’ve gotten rain like that and we always flood. I am very glad we got just a little of the rain this time. Glad the water stayed outside your house.

    • I’ve seen big storms in the past but this one was similar to a tropical brutal downpour. I was glad that the water didn’t reach higher. At least it gave me the opportunity to finish a great book. See you, Marilyn.

  7. Glad you’re safe and didn’t get flooded Evelyne. Fortunately, our home has never been flooded, though our area did get some flash floods in the last couple of years which caused some real damage. Love the boots!

  8. More and more areas through the world experience some form of flooding at some point. It was unusual for Maine to receive some many inches in only a few hours. I like my boots too! Thank you for your visit, Andrea.

  9. Ici,où je vis, c’est le val de Saône, et la maison est à 200 m de la rivière; on a assisté à de nombreuses crues, mais au fil des années, le flux a été mieux régulé. Et avant d’acheter, nous nous sommes bien informés ! Mon mari est natif du lieu et a son premier souvenir à 3 ans ( oui ! ) , évacuation en barque de leur maison, et un long trajet sur l’eau avant de retrouver la terre ferme! Alors il ne risquait pas d’acheter une maison inondable ! Et elle ne l’est pas, mais j’ai souvent du faire des détours pour emmener les enfants à l’école.

    Pour le dernier livre jeunesse ( je préfère les albums pour les petits jusqu’à 9-10 ans ), j’en citerais plusieurs : “L’ours et l’enquiquineuse”, et puisque tu parles dans ton post des liens entre frères et soeurs, “La légendaire histoire des douze soeurs Flûte” de Vincent Cuvelier, j’ai adoré ce livre

  10. Je me souviens avoir entendu parler des crues de ta région lorsque je vivais en France. J’imagine que les expériences d’enfance de ton mari l’ont rendu prudent. Vivre si près de la rivière est genial! Y fais-tu du bateau ou du canoe?
    Notre petite maison dans le Maine date de 1920 et n’a jamais été inondée. Mais le climat change et la pluie que nous avons eue la semaine dernière était semblable à un orage tropical ce qui est du jamais vu dans le nord est des Etats Unis.
    Maintenant le niveau du lac est très élevé mais l’eau n’est pas arrivée dans notre sous-sol ce qui n’est pas le cas de nos voisins qui ont vraiment les pieds dans l’eau.
    Quant aux livres, je sais que tu es davantage dans les petits ou les grands et moins au milieu. Les livres dont tu me parles ont de bons titres et le second devrait me plaire. Merci. A plus tard.

  11. j’adore vos bottes!! je suis bien contente que tout aille bien

    • C’est amusant car j’ai hésité à prendre mes bottes en photo. J’ai bien fait car tout le monde les aime. Merci de cette visite. J’espère que toute votre petite famille va bien.

  12. Glad you were all okay after the heavy rains Evelyne. As you say, it could have been so much worse and what a mercy a tree didn’t come down.
    I haven’t read a YA book for a long time but intend to read Mike’s Eye Dancers as soon as I get an e reader. The book you read sounds very enjoyable.
    Our house was flooded when I was a little girl. We lived in a village and the river overflowed after heavy rains. This was in the 1960’s. I remember walking around the ground floor of our house and into the garden in my boots with the water up to my knees. The strange thing is I don’t have any memories of feeling frightened, only fascinated and intrigued that we should have water in our house. Strange isn’t it?
    Your place by the lake looks absolutely beautiful and I love your photos, especially the one of the sunset. Truly captivating 🙂

    • Thank you, Sherri, for your kind words. The water is slowly retreating so we can now see part of our dock. We were lucky. And nobody was hurt, which is great. Funny that you mention Mike’s book but it is also on my reading list and already in my Kindle.
      When we are children we perceive events with different eyes and what scares adults can be almost exciting for us but it also works the other way around.
      Our little place is really cool. It is where our family gathers and we all love it.
      See you soon, Sherri, in your own summer house!

  13. Our city had a major river flood that made national news last summer. I was evacuated. Some “highlights” here: http://cyclewriteblog.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/major-flood-or-disaster-do-transportation-habits-change/

    Sure some people’s homes had a foot of mud inside home, etc. Or lost entire house.

    Honest I’m not sure I could have written in such a poetic way at the time… it was actually scary at the time.

    • Thank you, Jean, for sharing your impressions about a real big flood. Since I am from CA where water is so rare, so much water in so little time was strange, even for New England. I felt very fortunate that our lttle cabin stayed dried – at least outside. See you on your blog, Jean.

  14. claireannette1 says:

    Oh, here in dry California we would welcome rain!
    As for children’s books, I recently read Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez
    This is a powerful graphic novel which tells the story of two girls in China after the death of Mao when the country undergoes tremendous changes. This is a powerful memoir and helped me to understand more about China as I prepared for my travels to China.

    • Thank you, Claire, for stopping by. Rain would be so good in CA, I agree! I haven’t read this graphic novel and I should since I’m sure to like the topic.
      Often I wish I could draw and do such a book! See you soon on your blog.

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