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The Rink

The Rink [Kindle Edition]

Robert Partridge
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Since the death of her husband, Ruth Chapman has lived an increasingly lonely life, despite her job in the university. Her son lives away, she has just one person she might call a friend and certainly no lover, not after what she has learned about Frank since he died. But the arrival of a temporary ice-skating rink outside her window one November morning begins to change her life in ways that she could never have guessed. A literally accidental meeting with Jean, its enigmatic French owner, leads her to question her ideas about the meaning of her twenty five years of marriage, about men and about relationships in the future. By the time the rink leaves The Close, the ancient square of green outside her city centre flat, her life could be heading in an entirely new direction. This novel is an exploration of one character's thoughts and feelings - sensation-seekers should download elsewhere.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 403 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Partridge (14 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AENI898
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #496,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After too many years telling others how to do it, I decided that it was time to write something myself; taking a somewhat early retirement has enabled me to do just that. It's harder than it looks (sorry students) but once you've started, you don't want to stop. When I'm not writing, I'm often reading. Occasionally I get distracted and go fishing, bird-watching or pursuing obscure insects. Music matters too - I'll listen to almost anything that isn't repetitive or obscene! But Dylan, Cohen and John Martyn aren't likely to be replaced by any newcomers at this stage in my game.

It's fair to say that I am more interested in character and style than I am in complicated plots that rely on coincidence - people who just want to know what happens next should download elsewhere. Similarly, I must leave vampires, alien invasions, plane crashes, fantasy, exhausting sex scenes and happy endings to others - real life as lived by ordinary people is quite enough for me to deal with!

Recently, I have published under another name two novels in the traditional British detective genre and some readers have asked for details of those - so, here they are: 'An Accidental Death' and 'But For The Grace' by Peter Grainger. That's a name you'll recognise if you've read 'Afon'!

Thanks for looking me up.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What Great Insight 23 Dec 2012
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I thoroughly loved this story and can't believe it was written by a man as the depth of insight into a woman's mind is truly amazing. I could totally identify with Ruth and her fear of entering into another relationship after discovering the sordid facts of her deceased husband's sexual needs.

The language is very evocative of the run up to Christmas and you feel you are there looking over Ruth's shoulder at the Rink and feel all the emotions that are running through her head as she tries to "take the right course" with her life now.

All in all it was a joy to read and was well proofread. I will now watch out for more by this author
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Journey 11 Dec 2012
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I have been looking forward to reading this, ever since reading and enjoying Rob's excellent first novel, AFON.

This, his second novel, takes us on another journey, this time through a more urban landscape. We accompany the heroine, Ruth, from the bleakness of her recent widowhood to a much more hopeful place in her life. The people she meets, both men and women, are a warm and vital part of the story.

The author has an uncanny ability to get under the skin of his characters and show us how they think and feel, but particularly how they react to each other. It is this which makes his work so satisfying to read. A rare treat indeed.

On a more pedantic note, it is refreshing to find an independently published e-book which is both literate and properly edited and formatted. This one is both.

My compliments to the author and his editor!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rink 27 Dec 2012
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Great romance was a easy read that I couldn't put down. A good winter story.......enjoyed it right to the end.
5.0 out of 5 stars Written with sensitivity and a real understanding of a woman's heart and mind 16 May 2014
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Ruth Chapman has been released from a 25-year-old loveless marriage. At 46 she feels she is "well on the road to a place called invisibility in a land called middle-aged." But she also realizes that she is now free "to find herself, or at least someone inside whom she can live with comfortably." But first she has to confront the pain and anger caused by her dead husband's shocking deceit and betrayal. Rather than block it out, she seeks to understand and accept it in order to move on without bitterness or blaming herself.

As the world around her opens up in unexpected ways, her quiet life suddenly changes without her consent and she must make her own choices and decisions. This is both liberating and confusing as she wonders where her future may lead.Should she take a wild ride with a charming stranger she just met or is she better off with the comfortable friendship of a man she only thought she knew?

While The Rink is not a traditional love story, it is nonetheless full of love: the love of a son for his wheel-chair bound mother; the love of a mother for her disadvantaged son; love that stems from honest friendship; and finally, the joy that's possible as you learn to love yourself.

Mature readers will appreciate and recognize the thoughts and feelings, insecurities and regrets Ruth experiences. This journey of an ordinary woman becomes luminous in this writer's hands. This is a lovely novel. Well done! C. Bishop
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