The story opens with a wedding but as the possibilities of love and happy ever afters start to falter, three couples are faced with the realities of life in more ways than one. Tina, Daniel, Linda and Victoria are old friends, but time has changed the focus of their lives until one fateful year when their stories collide and coalesce and life for all of them will never be the same again.
Set against the majestic background of Snowdonia, the skilful absorption of the beautiful Welsh countryside into the narrative sits comfortably alongside the close examination of personal relationships. What I loved most about the story is the way in which the author gets right into the heart and soul of what makes people tick. Totally unpretentious, these characters could be people you went to school with and the situations they find themselves in are done in such a considerate way, that I genuinely began to care what happened to them all.
This story grabbed my attention from the very beginning and held me in its grip until I had read on, in the space of a couple of afternoons, to its timely conclusion.
If you like well constructed stories within a contemporary setting, then I am sure you will love this author’s work as much as I do.
This book has it all. After 24 years of a love-hate relationship, Tina and Dan are getting married which is basically the beginning of the spiralling disintegration of their life together but also of another two couples - long time friends of theirs - Victoria and Max and Linda and Mike. White Horizon is about how everyone, including Dan and Tina's son Troy and Dan's daughter Bluebell, gradually untangle the chaos of their lives which includes separation, illness, a love affair, revenge, personal attacks, and most importantly a love story. I must admit it held me spellbound towards the end - couldn't wait to see how it all ended. Brilliantly written and very believable - most enjoyable read. Added bonus it takes place in North Wales and an area I'm familiar with.
I am addicted to Jan Ruth’s books! She is a brilliant story teller and this one had me gripped from the very first page. I love her characters because they’re all so well drawn and are totally believable, as are the tangled situations they seem to get involved in. Set amid the evocative backcloth of Snowdonia, North Wales, what more can you wish for? Reading WHITE HORIZON, I soon became emotionally absorbed in all the many character’s lives and affairs… especially those of Victoria, Daniel, Tina and Linda. But the supporting cast, including Victoria’s cruel husband, Max, and Daniel's mother Marion, and his son, Troy, are just as fascinating and all serve to enrich the story so well. This masterfully written book is basically about three couples, who all know one another, and tells how their lives slowly become emotionally and dramatically entwined. There are many surprises, lots of twists and turns, and although the plot is actually quite tight, the author’s accomplished style of writing somehow keeps you enthralled with even just the day-to-day activities and emotions of each character. All of which I easily found I could personally relate to. I also enjoy Jan’s wry humour at times, often during the many difficult, thorny situations that arise (bathos and pathos are both here in abundance). I so admire this writing ability in any author. The absorbing story line, even with its bittersweet conclusion, makes this yet another compelling read. I can highly recommend it.
Wow. Just finished. I've laughed and cried, and cried a bit more, happy tears and sad ones. Daniel is amazing. Ms Ruth's best hero yet? Wow, yes, he warrants another wow. Strong and capable, warm hearted and sensitive. Loving and sexy. Looking for Mr Perfect, here he is. Human though, and susceptible to hurt and confusion just like the rest of us. Daniel is the main character, but the other characters are vivid and captivating too. Victoria is stunning, been through hell and turning her life around. Linda is lovely, and her friendship and background story is lovely. My favourite character after Daniel is Tina, scared now to give too much away. Every single character has their place though and by the end of the book, the majority of them have also found there way into your heart, with a couple of notable exceptions!
Fabulous! I loved it. So worth the wait, I have read and loved both previous books so was waiting for this one, the authors third book. I live in the area, and have wedding photos taken at the lake featured, which makes the setting particularly special and attractive to me. Others that don't know the area though will surely be drawn in, and maybe visit. It really is this lovely round here :-) So, now begins the wait for the next one. . . . (I may read this again though)
The only complaint I have about reading a Jan Ruth novel is that I never want them to end. I get so engrossed in the lives of the characters I'm lost when it's all over. White Horizon is Jan's third novel and is a story about couples who've been friends for many years. Dan and Tina are about to marry after a very rocky relationship, with so many ups and downs you'll be dizzy, and wonder why either of them are bothering. However, love like theirs comes only once in a lifetime and is impossible to walk away from, no matter what temptations are thrown in their path. The Lakeside Hotel is pivotal to the story. It's Dan's dream and you want it to all go smoothly and it does for a very short time until Tina leaves him with little or no explanation. Linda and Mike are another mismatched pair of supporting cast; trying to patch up a rocky marriage with little hope of making it work. And Victoria, who seems to have it all with wealthy husband Max, is hiding a dark secret. A great cast throughout, some fabulous scenery, wonderful story lines and nail-biting moments, make this a real page turner. I can highly recommend this book if you're looking for something to read on holiday or simply to lose yourself in for a few days. You won't put it down, I can guarantee it.
I've read a few books lately that I haven't really got on with so I needed a sure fire hit. Having read two of Jan Ruth's books already, I thought this would be a safe bet. Well it was but more than that it was hard to put down! Perhaps my favourite so far, I loved the two main characters Dan and Tina but to be honest all of the supporting cast were great (with the exception of bad guy Max!) As I've come to expect from Ruth, the plot is tight, the Welsh location evocative and the people down to earth and therefore easy to relate to. It's a story of all-too human emotions, what can go wrong in life, dreams and expectations shattered but then rebuilt in often surprising ways. It's great to have found an author I know I can rely on.
I was drawn to this book by the beautiful front cover and was so glad I’d chosen it. The main characters for me were Daniel, Tina, Victoria and Linda and this book tells the story of their tangled lives and of the family and friends around them. Besides the main characters, which are well fleshed out, there are many others that Ruth skilfully handles, threading their lives in amongst the main storyline. I really grew to care for the characters and what was going to happen to them in the wonderful setting Ruth had created for them. I won’t give any spoilers but this is a tender and unexpected love story, warm and emotional with sadness and light in just the right measure and I didn’t want to put it down.
A contemporary novel with a difference. Where most romance books end with a marriage, this one begins with one and follows the chaotic couple to the brink of disaster. It is not escapism, this book deals with life, friendship, jealousy, hatred and celebrates selfless love. Every line of the narrative is believable, grounded in reality and totally convincing. I've read all Jan Ruth's novels now (looking forward to the next one) but the depth of character, the wonderful Welsh backdrop makes this one my favourite.
Six friends who have known each other for a long time, but no longer know each other well, are the heroes and heroines of this book. They come together again, after a long separation, all with their own secrets, points of view and memories of the past. There are many twists and turns in the story, and there is nothing predictable about the plot. My sympathies with the characters shifted a lot as the plot developed and, all in all, it is a thoroughly good read! The setting is the beautiful Conwy Valley, and, yet again, Jan brings it alive with her descriptions, which adds yet another dimension to the story. Highly recommended.
White Horizon is another brilliant book by Jan Ruth, peopled with a host of 3 dimensional and totally believable characters. There are some appalling villains – you can’t beat Max for nastiness – but the main characters all demand the interest of the reader, which gives this book its special strength, because they are, most of the time, set against each other and the confusion each of them feels about their loyalties are shared by the reader. How do they sort it all out? Painfully. And along with the characters, wonderful locations and fabulous food. What’s not to like? If you haven’t read this yet, you need to do something about that.