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Dark Water: Part Two of Wild Water [Kindle Edition]

Jan Ruth
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Part Two of Wild Water
The tragedy and comedy that is Jack's life; is there a future for him and Anna, or is the past too destructive?
Jack Redman, estate agent to the Cheshire set and skilled juggler of complex relationships. Someone to break all the rules, or an unlikely hero?
In this sequel to Wild Water Jack and Anna return to discover that history repeats itself. Anna's long-awaited success as a serious artist is poised to happen, but her joy, along with her relationship with Jack, is threatened by old scores.
Simon Banks is a depressed and unstable man with a plan. He wants to wipe out his past by buying a brighter future, but Jack Redman stands in his way.
Will Jack ever escape the legacy of lies and deceit left by his ex-wife? Can Jack and Anna hold it all together, or will tragic repercussions from Jack's past blow them apart forever?
Jaffareadstoo (top 500 Amazon reviewer): 'There is never a lull in the narrative, the plot is allowed to evolve beautifully, and there some really lovely, light moments which offset the darker elements of the story. All too often sequels can become a bit of damp squib with less on offer than what has gone before, but rest assured that this is not the case with Dark Water.'
Other titles by Jan Ruth: Wild Water, Midnight Sky, White Horizon Silver Rain & two collections of short stories.
*Please note: these books are written in British English. Spellings and grammatical conventions are conversant with the UK and appropriate to the setting.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 767 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Celtic Connections (5 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,465 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jan Ruth lives in Snowdonia, North Wales, UK.
This ancient, romantic landscape is a perfect setting for Jan's fiction, or simply day-dreaming in the heather. Jan writes contemporary stories about people, with a good smattering of humour, drama, dogs and horses.

Jan was born in Cheshire and moved to North Wales in 1998, although she has always maintained a strong connection with the area from a much earlier age. Her feel for the Welsh landscape is evident in all of her work.

The real story began at school, with prizes for short stories and poetry. She failed all things mathematical and scientific, and to this day struggles to make sense of anything numerical.
Her first novel - written in 1986 - attracted the attention of an agent who was trying to set up her own company, Love Stories Ltd. It was a project aiming to champion those books of substance which contained a romantic element but were perhaps directed towards the more mature reader and consistently fell through the net in traditional publishing. Sadly, the project failed to get the right financial backing.
Many years later Jan's second novel, Wild Water, was taken on by Jane Judd, literary agent. Judd was a huge inspiration, but the book failed to find the right niche with a publisher. It didn't fall into a specific category and, narrated mostly from the male viewpoint, it was considered out of genre for most publishers and too much of a risk.

Amazon changed the face of the industry with the advent of self-publishing; opening up the market for readers to decide the fate of those previously spurned novels. Jan went on to successfully publish several works of fiction and short story collections. Jan is now pleased to announce that throughout 2015-16 she will be re-published with Accent Press.

Fiction which does not fall neatly into a pigeon hole has always been the most difficult to define. In the old days such books wouldn't be allowed shelf space if they didn't slot immediately into a commercial list. Today's forward-thinking publishers - Accent Press being one of them - are far more savvy.
As an author I have been described as a combination of literary-contemporary-romantic-comedy-rural-realism-family-saga; oh, and with an occasional criminal twist and a lot of the time, written from the male viewpoint.

No question my books are Contemporary and Rural. Family and Realism; these two must surely go hand-in-hand, yes? So, although you'll discover plenty of escapism, I hope you'll also be able to relate to my characters as they stumble through a minefield of relationships, family, working, pets, love ...
I hesitate to use the word romance. It's a misunderstood and mistreated word in the world of fiction and despite the huge part it plays in the market, attracts an element of disdain. If romance says young, fluffy and something to avoid, maybe my novels will change your mind since many of my central characters are in their forties and fifties. Grown-up love is rather different, and this is where I try to bring that sense of realism into play without compromising the escapism.
Jan Ruth. 2015.

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4.9 out of 5 stars
4.9 out of 5 stars
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as the saying goes. And for Jack Redman, the main protagonist in this book, that is certainly the case. As in the first book in this series, we are confronted by messy lives, terrible binds, bad decisions and their repercussions. Only this time Jan Ruth has certainly upped the ante and her characters have even more at stake. However, the pitfalls and perils are all mixed up with love––the sexual, parental, familial and platonic kinds.
Dark Water is the sequel to Wild Water. It takes up the story of Cheshire estate agent, Jack Redman, his ex-wife Patsy and Jack's new partner, Anna. What I especially like about these main characters is that they're over forty–– Jack is fifty––but they're in no way 'past-it'. And their age and experience in no way grants them wisdom. These are flawed, disillusioned people with lots of baggage, but for all of them there is hope.

But, right from the start of Dark Water, it's clear that things are not going to flow on smoothly to happy-ever-after for Jack or any of the people close to him. Jack is torn between wanting to be with Anna, and wanting to do right by his children. His decision, under pressure from his ex-wife, to move her and their younger daughter, Lottie, along with her toddler son, James, to be nearer to Lottie's new school in Wales and hence very near to Anna's home puts an intolerable strain on Jack and Anna's relationship.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent continuation..... 18 July 2014
By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Jack Redman, estate agent to the smart Cheshire set, should be living the life of his dreams in North Wales with his partner Anna. But his commute from the leafy suburbs of Wilmslow, to the rural bliss of Gwern farm on the outskirts of Conwy, is fraught with anxiety. Caught between a rock and hard place, Jack struggles to organize a life which is made all the more complicated by his increasingly demanding ex-wife Patsy, his precocious daughter Lottie, and the uncertain paternity of two of his children. Whilst he struggles to keep the peace with Anna, the phrase, oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive, springs to mind as Jack Redman tries to juggle his increasingly difficult personal life.

All too often sequels can become a bit of damp squib with less on offer than what has gone before, but rest assured that this is not the case with Dark Water. This follow-on story picks up on the threads which were left hanging at the end of Wild Water. With her usual panache and fine attention to detail Jan Ruth brings together all the pieces of a story which very quickly become a roller coaster of emotional turmoil and smouldering resentments. There is never a lull in the narrative, the plot is allowed to evolve beautifully, and there some really lovely, light moments which offset the darker elements of the story. The banter between Jack and his small daughter, Lottie, is quite irresistible and I found myself laughing out loud at some of their dialogue, and likewise the touching moments between Anna and her dog Benson, brought tears to my eyes and echoed the memories of what it feels like to lose something precious.
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My oh my. Just as Jack Redman thought things were going well for him, his life begins to disintegrate before his eyes. With spending most of his time in Cheshire, he only has the weekends usually in Wales when he goes home to Anna. The descriptions of the Welsh countryside make you feel like you're there and it's plain to see that it's a place dear to Jan Ruth's heart.

Jack is a successful estate agent and has a nice stable relationship with Anna, but sadly the status quo doesn't last long. History often has the habit of rearing it's ugly head just when you least expect it. Patsy his ex-wife and mother to his children, is always in the background as he shares custody of his children wth her. Patsy knows how to manipulate Jack and she manages to do this very well, usually appearing to get her own way most of the time or setting the seeds for situations to work in her favour.

Simon Banks is a blast from the past, and is a man on a mission. How his mission affects the extended Redman clan is revealed slowly. He is a past acquaintance of Jack, Patsy and Anna but whether he is an acquaintance that they are happy to be reacquainted with remains to be seen.

Poor Jack, just when you think things can't get any worse for him, that's just what they seem to do. He can't seem to do right for doing wrong.

Anna tries her best to keep everyone happy and often goes the extra mile to please other people in the family, but she is soon at the end of her tether with certain situations that arise.

In Wild Water I found Patsy despicable, but at times in this story I found myself feeling a little sorry for her, don't ask me why though. Leopards never seem to change their spots and this much can be said of Patsy too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first.
Enjoyed this book more than the first, it had a better story and it was nice to see that some of the characters got what they were due.
Published 4 months ago by Quickie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel
I loved Jan Ruth’s ‘Wild Water’, the first book in this series, and was really looking forward to re-joining Jack Redman and following more of his trials and tribulations. Read more
Published 6 months ago by AlisonW
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy sequel
Seamless follow up to Wild Water, which didn't disappoint.
Published 8 months ago by HelenC
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel
Dark water this is indeed. Having read the prequel, Wild Water, I was itching for more and couldn't wait to nose into the lives of Jack, Patsy, Anna ... Simon ... once again. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J D Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sequel by a master-storyteller.
Secrets from the past, untold truths, are about to catch up with Jack Redman in the form of nutter, Simon Banks, who wants to help himself to a large slice of Jack’s life. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jenny Lloyd author of Leap the Wild Water
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Water
Jan Ruth has a beautiful writing style. I can always see what I read happening in front of me and have enjoyed every book she has written. Read more
Published 9 months ago by sdk
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!!!
I won't say a lot here as most of it has already been said but what I will say is WOW!! what an ending. Totally gripping. My heart nearly stopped! Read more
Published 9 months ago by tog1
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired title for a brilliant book
Wonderful to be reacquainted with Jack and his dysfunctional but (mostly) endearing extended family again. All are a few years older but not necessarily any wiser...thankfully! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lesley Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Looking forward to many more books from this author.
Published 10 months ago by Penny Post
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up!
Oh Jack, Jack. I could wring your neck sometimes! When I started reading Dark Water I wondered why he was so cross all the time when life had panned out quite well for him,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Seren
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