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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: FeedaRead.com (13 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782994505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782994503
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,661,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Years ago I gained a BA (Hons) degree from the Open University, today I spend my time writing fiction. I have four books and one 20 minute read published: Sometimes It Happens...
Magnolia House, Satchfield Hall, Storm Clouds Gathering and Next Christmas Will Be Different

I am a Yorkshire lass and have lived in several different locations including, Suffolk, Surrey and Holland. Today, I live in the Canary Isles with my husband and our two gorgeous rescue doggies.

You can catch up with me at
www.paulinebarclay.co.uk
also
http://paulinembarclay.blogspot.com

and chat on Twitter @paulinembarclay


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Brown on 24 April 2013
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This was one of the best books I've read for a long time. Three different families' stories, interwoven and brought together by tragedy and heartbreak. Twists and turns aplenty, a complete page-turned that I found myself reading late into the night. Pauline Barclay has obviously done a huge amount of research to get descriptions perfect, including the typical 1960's dress-code and the way women were just starting to gain independence. I would feel quite confident recommending this book to anyone; old, young, male or female. It really is a novel that will fill your heart and leave you sad when it ends.
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When real storm clouds gather in our lives, we often feel it to the core. There's a physical reaction: we feel cold, the hair rises on our arms, we shiver. There's an emotional reaction, too: we worry. What is going to happen? What doom might befall us or our loved ones? The reason we have such an intense reaction, of course, is because we care about our own safety and that of our loved ones.

Pauline Barclay captures this emotional intensity well in her most recent novel, Storm Clouds Gathering. The metaphor of an approaching storm is quite apt for this wonderful novel. The storm clouds approach and hover over three families whose lives are intertwined in both direct and subtle ways. Three different families struggle with three very different issues and hardships. Three families face unique storms, and they each weather them differently.

The beauty of Barclay's novel of course involves the story itself. The storms that gather over the characters absolutely hold readers' interest. The storms are real and they are intense and any given storm could definitely happen to anyone in the real world. They all have, actually, in some way or another. Despite the fact that I have not experienced a storm identical to one in Barclay's novel, I could see myself in each of those characters, and I could directly relate to various elements of their storms. That I have not directly experienced the very realistic problems faced by the characters yet found myself understanding them and relating to them in a very real way is an indication of Pauline Barclay's talent and beautiful writing.

Yes, the story is deeply compelling. It takes more than a compelling storyline, though, to make a great novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cassam on 11 Jun. 2013
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This is Pauline's latest and best book. It is written in a slightly different style from her other books and reminded me of Catherine Cookson. Set in the sixties (my childhood) it brought many memories back for me of how simple life used to be before mobile phones and computers.Having to go to a phone box or using a neighbour's phone and leaving money for the call,all things alien to young people of today.
One of the characters, Anne Simpson was particularly special for me as that was my name before I married and it was so strange seeing it in print,thank goodness I liked her.
This story has laughter, tragedy, adultery and hardship, all you need for a good read.
It is the story of three women,two who are connected and a third who will be. One who won't listen to friendly advice and suffers the consequences and another who doesn't really know the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. The third woman puts her family before herself and what happens could be a warning to us all.
I liked the three women in the story, I cared what happened to them and that is what I look for in a book,something that makes me want to pick it up and read as much as I can before household chores beckon. Women were definitely the strongest sex in Pauline's story with the men coming second. As well as liking characters Pauline did change my mind during the book as a few I disliked I ended up actually liking or at least realising what made them the way they were.
A cracking good read and as the storm clouds gathered again for a least one of the women at the end of the story I'm left wondering if Pauline maybe has a sequel planned,but then I always want more of a good story.
Storm Clouds Gathering is a five star read.
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I loved this novel because I grew up in the sixties and many of the (very accurate) references to clothes, social mores and living conditions had a resonance for me. That aside, the interwoven lives of the three female characters were totally realistic and reflected the changes moving society forward from the dullness of the years after the war when everything (including excitement ) was in short supply, to the bright, new Swinging Sixties. But such change is slow outside London and the bigger cities and the journey which the characters undertake demonstrates this. I was so hooked into this story that I stayed up late to finish it. If aren't rooting for one (or all) of the characters I'd be very surprised. Looking forward to Ms Barclay's next novel.
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By Sara Pilling on 3 May 2014
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Didn't think I would enjoy this as much as I did. This is the second of Pauline's books that I've read, it was a pleasure to read.
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This is the first book of Pauline Barclay’s that I have read and it won’t be the last. ‘Storm Clouds Gathering’ tells the story of three families during the sixties in the North of England. Being originally from Yorkshire myself the setting immediately appealed to me and Pauline’s evocation of the era is spot-on. I particularly enjoyed the way in which the three stories intertwined and Pauline Barclay is adept at sweeping the reader up as the story carries you along. I became quite engrossed in the highs and lows that the different characters shared, running the whole gamut of emotions – always the sign of a good writer. This is a book that will stay in your mind long after you have finished the last page.
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