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Silver Rain by [Ruth, Jan]
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'This was a love story with a lot of twists. I really enjoyed the characters of Al and Kate. It was definitely a story where you could see the influence each character had on the other. The twists added a wonderful element with the development of their love story. The story was strong and the love natural. You will definitely love Al and Kate.' The Book Mavern:

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Jan Ruth writes contemporary fiction about the darker side of the family dynamic with a smattering of humour, dogs and horses. Her books often blend rural life with city business, exploring the endless complexities of relationships.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1961 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494979667
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Celtic Connections.; First edition (20 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GS87VW8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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This book was recently entered and was a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title Silver Rain
Author: Jan Ruth
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 29

Readers’ Comments
‘I thought this was a charming story. I enjoyed the fact the characters were not too young; subsequently they were interesting and complicated. The setting is well described and important to the story. Very enjoyable.’ Female reader, aged46
‘This is predominantly a romance and a very good one too. The author’s writing style is lovely; it flows well and she works hard to bring the characters to life.’ Male reader, aged 48
‘There are a lot of twists to this story and the family life of the two characters was interesting. I liked the setting very much. Although the two central characters were well formed, I actually liked the brother, George, the most. I’d recommend this book to anybody looking for a sweet, well-told, often romantic, story.’ Female reader, aged 49
‘Al is fantastic. A bit of a scoundrel, sort of reminded me of Han Solo!’ Female reader, aged 37
Stats
Editing 8/10
Plot 9/20
Cover 9/10
Writing Style 10/10

Of the 29 readers:
28 would read another book by this author.
26 thought the cover was good or excellent.
18 thought the best part of the story was the characterisation.
11 thought the best part was the setting.

‘A compelling story populated with wonderfully well-rounded characters. A finalist and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards
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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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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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