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Midnight Sky (The Midnight Sky Series: 1) by [Ruth, Jan]
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How can we harness the future if the past will not set us free?
Opposites attract? Laura Brown, interior designer and James Morgan-Jones, horse whisperer - and Midnight Sky, a beautiful but damaged steeplechaser.
Laura seems to have it all, glamorous job, charming boyfriend. Her sister, Maggie, struggles with money, difficult children and an unresponsive husband. She envies her sister's life, but are things as idyllic as they seem?
She might be a farmer's daughter but Laura is doing her best to deny her roots, even deny her true feelings. Until she meets James, but James is very married, and very much in love, to a wife who died two years ago. They both have issues to face from their past, but will it bring them together, or push them apart?
Midnight Sky is a complete novel. The story continues in Palomino Sky. The entire series is available as a complete download: The Midnight Sky Series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 933 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Celtic Connections.; 3 edition (12 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MDLX9I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #354,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book. Jan Ruth writes beautifully about the welsh countryside with characters the reader can relate to. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Especially for lovers of romance, passion, and complex family relationships set in Wales 4 February 2016
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Midnight Sky is a contemporary family drama and romance, with touches of humour, which lighten some of the intense moments.
The plot revolves around the lives of Laura, her partner Simon, and her sister Maggie’s family, on the one hand, and James, a brooding horse whisperer, who is dealing with many personal issues, on the other.
I loved the setting, partly in Chester, but mainly in Rowen, a small village in the Welsh countryside, and the nearby beaches, farmland, cottages, country lanes and Victorian houses, pictured from freezing January, when the story starts through to the warm summer, when the novel ends. It was also enlightening and heart-warming to watch James at work with his horses on the farm.
Laura is an interior decorator who works with her partner in a successful business. Life seems to be perfect, but really, Laura is stuck in a dead-end relationship with Simon, whose ex-wife and two children often seem to be more important for him than Laura. Laura would like to have a family, but Simon already has children, and when he finds out she’s pregnant, he tries to convince Laura to have an abortion.
Laura’s sister, Maggie, introduces Laura to James’ sister Liz, and Laura and Simon are employed to refurbish their cottages. James is unfriendly at first because he’s against any type of change on his farm, and we’ll discover that part of the reason for his moody nature is that he is still mourning the loss of his wife, Cary, in tragic circumstances, two years earlier.
Laura and James gradually connect, and after some heartache and strife, both their lives become intertwined. Their friendship slowly develops into love, and the novel has a satisfactory ending, however, there is room for a sequel, and I’m delighted to hear that part two is due out this month, and that there’s also a part three.
I enjoy reading character driven novels, and there are plenty of lively and well-drawn secondary characters, such as James’ Bossy sister, Liz, and Maggie’s stoic and secretive husband, Pete. Another vibrant character is Laura’s niece, Jess, a rebellious teenager who has a crush on James, and provokes many of the hilarious situations in the novel, sometimes on the farm, and often at the pub, leading to many memorable scenes!
I highly recommend. It was a pleasure to read. I'm impatiently looking forward to the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will be reading the sequel! Loved! 21 March 2016
By Brittney Joy - Published on
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This is my first Jan Ruth novel and I found myself engrossed in her writing and her characters. The majority of this story is set in the English countryside (at a stable) and many scenes involve horses, but you don't have to be a horse person to love this story. The true jewel of Ruth's story is the honesty in her writing. Her characters have true thoughts, feelings, and reactions -- even those that you are not "supposed" to have as a wife, a mother, or a sister. Her characters were flawed, yet beautiful and the honesty and hardships of relationships truly touched me. They resonated with me to the point of tears and the joy of laughter.

Furthermore, I thoroughly enjoyed the dual point of view. Midnight Sky rotates from the point of view of two sisters: Laura & Maggie. This helps to reveal the full story and shines light on multiple women's issues: marriage, pregnancy, raising children, body image, x-wives, depression, insecurity, death, love. I mean, there isn't much that this story doesn't touch on! My only complaint is that the last chapter is a bit of a cliff hanger, but I guess that means I'll be reading the sequel (Palomino Sky)!

Brittney Joy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love! 10 July 2016
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This book was absolutely amazing! It really involved the reader to the point where you'd want to get a part-time job at the stables (the yard) just to be a part of the scene. I fell in love with James, Laura and even Maggie, while some other characters drove me insane. And throughout the book I went through a range of emotions- anger, sadness, and happiness. I laughed and cried and was filled with love, all at the same time. The characters' pain is tangible and relatable. This is a book that deals with life and love in such a human and natural manner, with the animals playing their part as well, (some wonderful touches with a couple of them in particular.) Honestly, I'd give it six stars if I could, and now I can't wait to read the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Jan Ruth! 24 October 2013
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Midnight Sky is set between the UK City of Chester and the small Welsh country town of Rowen with two sisters as opposite as the towns themselves. Laura Brown is a creative interior designer with a swish city apartment and glamour stylish partner and the seeming "perfect life" her sister Maggie lives in a small country town with a workaholic slob of a husband, a feral almost 18 year-old daughter Jess and a younger autistic daughter her life seems to be stuck in limbo - she thinks life would be easier in Laura's shoes. But things are never as they seem on the surface and Laura's life quickly seems to be running away from her quicker than a high spirited Mare. So when the opportunity to renovate some rundown country cottages at the local horse ridding stud comes up she jumps at the opportunity - even if the broody owner Mr James Morgan-Jones seems to be causing more headaches for her than her partners soon-to-be ex-wife. Thrown into the mix a conniving ex, hormonal teenagers, some feisty horses and very present deceased wife and life is never boring for the Brown sisters.

This story has lots of emotional twists and turns, much like the amazing scenery Jan describes in her book. It has characters you will love and hate - ones you want to smack and hug in equal measures. I won't ruin the ending but have to save I was very happy with the ending!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story 23 March 2016
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There was so much I enjoyed about this book, most notably the well-developed and believable characters. The descriptions were detailed without being drawn out, and the story progressed at a nice steady pace. I was a little put off by Jess's character, though - I understand she was going through her "wild child" stage, but to me she was just a little too over the top. Overall beautiful writing though, and I immediately purchased the sequel.

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