Maizee Hurd's life has been filled with tragedy but the love of her young husband Zebulon, and the kindness of widow Burdy Luttrell, a Melungeon neighbor, help to momentarily silence the voices that dog the troubled Maizee. For a brief time, life settles into harmony among the glorious and healing community of Christian Bend, a real place located in Hawkins County in the Eastern Tennessee mountains. But tragedy strikes abroad and the winds of war drive the Hurd's tender family apart. Zacharias, herself a Gold-Star daughter, explores the collateral damage that is part of all wars, but particularly in the case of Maizee, the mother of the deaf child, Rain. Mother of Rain is the first book in the Christian Bend Trilogy and is the 2018-19 West Virginia Common Read selection by the WV Center for the Book--One Book, One Communty.