Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Wild Water by Jan Ruth (November 2012)

Wild Water 
From Goodreads

The tragedy and comedy that is Jack's life; secrets, lies, long lost loves and family ties.

Jack Redman, estate agent to the Cheshire set. An unlikely hero? Or someone to break all the rules? Wild water is the story of forty-something estate agent Jack, who is stressed out not only by work, bills and the approach of Christmas but by the feeling that he and his wife Patsy are growing apart. His misgivings prove founded when he discovers Patsy is having an affair, and is pregnant.

At the same time as his marriage begins to collapse around him, he becomes reacquainted with his childhood sweetheart, Anna, whom he left for Patsy twenty five years before. His feelings towards Anna reawaken, but will life and family conflicts conspire to keep them apart again?

This publication is written in British English. Spellings and grammatical conventions are conversant with the UK.

My thoughts

This is the first story that I've read by Jan Ruth and it won't be the last.

A well written story aimed at the female reader, this is not a light and frothy tale but it does have moments of humour and lightness in it. Jack Redman is a troubled soul, he's a 40 something chain smoking Estate Agent with troubles aplenty. His unfaithful wife Patsy has the morals of an alley cat, maybe I'm judging her a little harshly but I found her despicable. She's a very manipulative woman and I felt that Jack deserved better.

As Jack's past meets his future in the form of old flame Anna and as old feelings are reawakened. Jack has has certain choices to make. Nothing is ever as straight forward as it seems and secrets that had been kept for years can and often do get broken when you least expect it.

With believable characters and great descriptions of the countryside, the reader could almost believe that they where there. I was definitely involved in their lives for a few days while reading it.

The book was available as a Kindle read at the time that I read it.  This remains my favourite book of hers at the moment.

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