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Leap the Wild Water (The Megan Jones Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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My only dissapointment was at the end. I was so absorbed in the story, that I hadn't realised I was so near the end. Then all of a sudden I realised I was on the final pages. Consequently, the end of the book felt rushed and unfinished. Obviously Jenny had the intention of writing a sequel.
Finally, this can be read as a stand alone novel. It's a great story, so go ahead and read it.
Young Megan Jones seeks to break those confining chains of familial servitude by marrying the man with whom she has long been in love. Megan has secrets, though; secrets that could bring shame and shunning upon the woman and her family should news get around.
With wonderful description, Jenny Lloyd builds a tale of love and loss, of pregnancy outside of marriage in an era where such events were viewed through judgmental eyes, of hope and redemption, and the chance of a better life. But this is also a bleak story at times, sharing in the hopeless struggles women of the era often engaged in, usually ending up on the losing side.
Even Morgan Jones, the brother of Megan, fights a daily battle just to keep the family farm from failing, possibly forcing the Jones's into the streets.
This story is not a fast-pace ride; it is a steady rhythmic tale that captures the harsh living those who came before us were meant to endure. Leap The Wild Water is a fantastic example of solid storytelling, never once veering into that territory of the boring. This is well written and well researched, lending a taste of authenticity splashed across each and every page. I can and do recommend this novel to anybody who appreciates brilliant authors. Jenny Lloyd is certainly one of my new favorites.
Jenny Lloyd has a way of making the characters so real that you find yourself feeling their emotions to the point where you will lie awake thinking about them. I loved the way she portrayed not only the main characters, but also the hypocritical, bigoted church people. And Megan's mother, oh my goodness. Just wait - you will want to kill that woman! I felt hopeful, angry, enraged, shattered, endeared and many other things. I had to keep reminding myself that it was only a story, although I do think the author was inspired by the travails of her ancestors. She definitely brought them to life in Leap the Wild Water.
The book is set in Wales in the 1800's and the countryside is vividly described. That said, I was amazed at how easy it was to read and there were only a few foreign terms I had to look up. The words I did have to get defined only added to the atmosphere of the tale and my knowledge of Wales. Many of the situations in Leap the Wild Water reminded me of early America and the way people behaved back then, though the story strongly depicts the Welsh way of life at the time.
Leap the Wild Water is one of those books that gets into your blood and becomes a part of you. I think it's a rare book that does this, a book that affects you on an emotional level and that you would be perfectly happy to read more than once. It was inspirational to me and I can't wait for the sequel.
(Bought as a paperback from Amazon US.)
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