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Jan Ruth , J.D. Smith Designs , John Hudspith
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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12 Jan 2014
Al is the black sheep of his family, Kate, the good shepherd of hers. Can black and white become silver, or just a dark and dangerous grey? Alastair Black has revealed a secret to his wife in a last ditch attempt to save his marriage. A return to his childhood family home at Chathill Farm is his only respite, although he is far from welcomed back by brother George. Kate, recently widowed and increasingly put upon by daughter, sister and mother, feels her life is over at fifty. Until she meets Alastair. He’s everything she isn’t, but he’s a troubled soul, a sad clown of a man with a shady past. When his famous mother leaves an unexpected inheritance, Kate is caught up in the unravelling of his life as Al comes to terms with who he really is. Is Alastair Black her true soulmate, or should Sleeping Beauty lie? This publication is written in British English. Spellings and grammatical conventions are conversant with the UK.

Product details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; one edition (12 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494979667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494979669
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,542,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About Jan Ruth:

Jan lives in North Wales (UK) and her books feature the rugged Welsh landscape and more often than not, her love of dogs and horses. Although she writes serious love stories with strong characterisation, she also captures the humour of modern everyday life and the endless complications of relationships.
Jan's style has been described as falling between two genres-not light enough for romance but not literature either-it sits somewhere between the two.

Please note: these books are written in British English. Spellings and grammatical conventions are conversant with the UK and appropriate for the setting.


 













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About the Author

Jan Ruth lives in Snowdonia and her books feature the rugged Welsh landscape and more often than not, her love of dogs and horses. Although she writes serious love stories with strong characterisation, she also captures the humour of modern everyday life and the endless complications of relationships. Jan Ruth.com

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A PROPER BOOK WITH REAL PEOPLE 20 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The two main characters, Al recently divorced, father and grandfather, is in a relationship with a younger woman and Kate, a recent widow with an elderly mother, a sister and a daughter.

These two characters meet due to family ties and we follow their story and the roller coaster of their relationship. Things are further complicated by Al and his brother’s long running feud or vendetta and there is always more to things than meets the eye.

There is judicial use of a swear word but always in context and exactly as would be said in those particular circumstances so this doesn’t detract from the book at all.

Al is a loveable rogue and quite endearing. He doesn't always get things right but his emotions are genuine and true and he feels he doesn't deserve happiness. For example: ‘he’d fallen so very hard for her but then he’d needed, felt compelled almost, to give her a chance to walk away. Like all the other women in his life.’

Jan writes in a way that enables you to see the settings she is describing, idyllic settings but then we get the very real down-to-earth, matter of fact, reality of life and what it is really like in the hard graft of today’s world: ‘Al went to the dirty window and looked across the greening paddocks to the outline of Snowdon’s foothills, disappearing to a distant haze beneath a sharp blue sky. Closer to home, the broken concrete yard was full of weeds, but they were flowering and it managed to soften all the edges of neglect. Elderflower was especially profuse, foaming over the walls and fences, highlighted with long tendrils of wild honeysuckle and old roses.’

I’m so glad I found Jan Ruth. It was a pleasure to read this book.

This is what I call a real book with real people.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 7 July 2014
By Gilly
Format:Kindle Edition
Jan Ruth’s novels are all set in one of my most favourite parts of the world, so before we get onto plot and characterisation we’re already onto a winner for me.

Protagonists, Kate and Al are poles apart as people and yet similar in many ways. Both approaching middle age, with the baggage and trauma that comes with extended families. Sensible, mature Kate is the antithesis of reckless, immature Al and yet … and yet …

It’s a clichéd love story in many ways … but without any of the clichés. Instead there are lots of secrets, intrigues, twists and turns along the way – guided by what feels a very competent author’s hand. It’s impossible not to bond with both of the lead characters, and like them as much for their flaws and failings as for their strengths. Somehow the fact we see both sides of their personalities makes them all so much more believable. Even the side characters – Fran, Jo, George and Maisie in particular – all leap from the page fully-formed and crystal clear.

The author uses her knowledge and love of Snowdonia and North Wales to full effect, not relying on postcard views to strengthen the scene, but showing us the area is all of its guises, from swollen rivers to windswept beaches to cloud-topped mountain landscapes.

Contemporary women’s fiction is not usually top of my reading pile but I loved this book. It was the first book I’d read by this author, but having sped through the novel in three sittings, I can’t wait to try another!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and Original 10 Aug 2014
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I was drawn to this novel, my introduction to Jan Ruth’s work, for its evocative Welsh setting but it was the strength of the characters which kept me reading. Al, the once silver-tongued charmer wondering how to take charge of his life again could have been infuriating, but he’s painfully, endearingly aware of his short-comings. And if anyone deserves happiness it’s widowed, put-upon, complicated Kate - if only she can let go of her own guilt. Kate and Al’s story is set against the backdrop of their extended families; their coming together gradually causes years of intrigue and secrecy to be laid bare. Jan Ruth writes beautifully; in less capable hands, Al and Kate and their messy, realistic lives could have made for a downbeat tale, but 'Silver Rain' is vivid, optimistic and the characters have stayed with me. I’ll definitely be reading more work by this author!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex Family Drama 20 Feb 2014
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I have to say this is not my usual type of book, I mainly read thrillers urban fantasy horror, even cookbooks and travel books.The last book I read in this genre that I enjoyed as much as this one was a book called "After River" and it too was about complex and messy family relationships, that one was set in Canada, and this much closer to home in Wales.I liked the main characters here Kate and Al, and the animals I laughed at the names Butter and Marge, just brilliant.What I liked about this book was the characterisation and authenticity of the relationships it felt very real.I cared what happened to them and I am more than happy to put aside my usual genre to read a book like this and I would recommend this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended! 14 Feb 2014
By Bodicia
Format:Kindle Edition
Kate is in a position many women find themselves in at fifty; with a parent who needs extra care and a family who feel she is the one to do it. Her sister Annemarie is too caught up in her own relationship troubles to look after her own children properly and it is left to Kate to be the responsible one. Then things change and Kate starts to think about what her needs are. Tragedy strikes when Kate’s husband Greg dies in an accident after he rushes out of the door and rides off when she tells him their marriage is over leaving her with a bag full of mixed emotions of what she should and shouldn’t feel. She visits Greg’s sister Fran, a friend and ally, for a short break to try and sort herself out but instead she finds herself drawn into their family disharmony and to a secret which has kept Fran’s husband George and his brother Al at loggerheads for years. While Kate re-evaluates what is important to her and where she wants to be things get more complicated still as she finds herself falling for the family blacksheep.

This is a modern and strong family saga with clever twists and turns beautifully synced together making it one of my favourite books this year. It has everything; strong women, human flaws, challenging family relationships, romance and skeletons in the cupboard all flowing together at a good pace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Ruth is a really good story teller - Silver Rain is full of well...
Jan Ruth is a really good story teller - Silver Rain is full of well observed characters as well as an unfolding plot which kept my attention throughout. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Angela
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, engaging family saga set in North Wales
A rewarding family saga blending together memorable, realistic, flawed characters in a vivid setting with a real sense of place. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debbie Young
5.0 out of 5 stars An introduction.
I know North Wales and Snowdonia very well and Jan Ruth's descriptions of the mountains and countryside are exceptionally well depicted, the vivid descriptions transport the reader... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Juliet G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's not about youngsters falling in & out of love but people of an age I could relate to. I just hope Jan decides to write a sequel & soon
Published 2 months ago by vicky dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Troubled Romance
I fell in love with Silver Rain as soon as I began to read! This is a story about Al & Kate, told from their viewpoint. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Silver Unicorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
What a story line, more twists and turns! Very enjoyable reading, a story that kept you wondering, would recommend reading.
Published 4 months ago by Jb
4.0 out of 5 stars A Weaver of words…Dogs; Butter and Marge and a Pig named…Bacon.
Jan Ruth's books are all set in Snowdonia, Wales and her vivid settings play a huge part of each story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. F. H. Mortimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Rain by Jan Ruth
This is the third book by Jan Ruth that I have read, and am currently reading a fourth, Midnight Sky. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. D. K. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Real people living real lives
Eyes meet across the bathroom. Only people in Jan Ruth's books meet in such ... interesting ... circumstances and spark off unlikely relationships with such multi-faceted layers. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully real emotion.
I love the way Jan Ruth draws you in subtlety and quietly so that you feel almost part of the plot. Intricate family drama at it's best.
Published 4 months ago by Miss K. H. Price
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