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I loved this book! Highly recommended!,
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This review is from: Wild Water (Kindle Edition)I read this book on holiday recently in just two days and I was so sorry when I reached the end. It has a realistic, un-put-downable quality, mostly due to its well drawn characters, background settings and Jan's expert story weaving, all of which drew me in from page one.
She has an excellent, easy writing style, which makes this book a total pleasure to read, so much so, you just have to keep on reading.
Initially, forty something estate agent, Jack Redman, did seem an unlikely hero to me, but I soon realised this guy was someone rather special. Indeed, I found myself hugely captivated by him and his developing marriage problems. I particularly loved his relationship with his youngest children, Lottie, an absolute sweetheart, and Oliver, a typical, slightly rebellious youth with lots of his father's charm. There are indeed some great dialogue scenes with them. Both children are so sensitively and humorously drawn, as is Jack's own character. They are all very real, full of depth and slightly flawed. And yet of course these flaws make them all the more believable and easy to relate to. The dogs, Benson and Hooper are lovable characters in their own right too.
However, I loathed Patsy, his typically, selfish, high maintenance, Cheshire set wife, who I knew had to come unstuck eventually! (No spoilers here!)
As Jack's marriage begins to collapse around him, his re acquaintance with his old childhood sweetheart, Anna, takes up momentum and gradually his feelings for her are re awakened. She is a lovely, warm, human character, whom you like immediately she's introduced into the plot, but will Jack eventually end up with her? You'll have to read the book to find out.
Much of the novel is set in North Wales, which is exquisitely described and adds so much to the poignancy of the storyline... all very visual and utterly captivating.
I so wanted to give this novel 5 stars, which by the way, I do not class as "chic lit" ... (It is far too deep and meaningfully character driven for that category!) ... but I personally only ever give 5 to a very exceptional book, which indeed "Wild Water" is, in its own way, because of Jan's masterful storytelling. However I did unfortunately notice a few small editing issues (grammar, punctuation etc.), but luckily it is so readable that I was able to easily gloss over them and they certainly didn't mar my enjoyment. Also sorry, Jan, I kind of guessed the denouement/outcome relating to the older daughter.
Highly recommended though, and I can't wait to read the follow up.