This is a romance in 1930's between a boarding house manager and her boarder who has cancer and is dying. The story starts with an old man in and antique shop, a couple come to his shop. After buying many things they ask for the pocket watch the old man has, he tells them he can't sell it, on it “Solly's” is written short for Solomon. He tells them the story behind the pocket watch
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Ella Barron runs a boarding house in which she lives with her mentally challenged son Solly. There are two other guests Miss Violet and Pearl Dunne.
One day Dr. Kincaid comes calling and tell her to keep a new boarder Mr. Rainwater. Her son Solly has an accident in the kitchen, the housekeeper Margaret helps them clean up. Dr. Kincaid wants Solly to be medicated because of his episodes but Ella refuses, Dr. Kincaid tells her that Mr. Rainwater is suffering from cancer and is dying. Mr. Rainwater spends a lot of time with Solly and teaches him various tricks with dominoes.
Due to severe drought in the area the people have been suffering and specially the people in cattle business. The Government had made a Drought Relief Service in which the healthy cattle will be bought by government and the unhealthy ones will be killed. There were many poor people who didn't get enough to eat, they wanted the meat of the dead cattle but a group of goons lead by Conrad Ellis who had meat business doesn't let the poor ones have the meat. Conrad is a well-known brute who tortures the poor and the blacks.
Mr. Rainwater with other ranchers decide to help these unprivileged by providing them with meat from the dead cattle. Conrad Ellis is not very happy about this and kills Brother Calvin in the church by hanging him. Mr. Rainwater and Ella fall in love during all this and make love.
One day when there is a fire Conrad tries to force himself on Ella, Solly sees that and kills Conrad. Mr. Rainwater takes the blame on himself and goes to jail where he eventually dies of his illness. He leaves everything he has in Ella's name. Ella finds out that she is pregnant with Mr. Rainwater's child, she moves to his cotton plantation.
The old man in the antique shop is revealed to be Mr. Rainwater's son.
Best part of story, including ending:
I like this story because of Ella's struggle with herself because of falling in love with Mr.Rainwater.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene is the love scene between Ella and Mr. Rainwater. The love making sweet and sensitive.
Opinion about the main character:
I like Mr. Rainwater because even if he is dying he tries to make everyone's life better.