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Palomino Sky (The Midnight Sky Series: 2) by [Ruth, Jan]
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Part Two of Midnight Sky
A golden promise for the future in a lonely palomino mare, but life deals a cruel hand for James and Laura.
James is still running from the past after the loss of his wife, and a devastating accident forces him to face his final demons, but at what cost? Laura is forced deeper into his rural world - a life she once despised - but discovers empathy and hope in the palomino mare she calls Song.
Repercussions abound for Maggie too, when the full extent of her daughter's dangerous liaison comes to light, leaving the entire family in turmoil. Will James and Laura ever find a golden future, or has life dealt too vicious a blow?
Palomino Sky is a complete novel. The story continues in Strawberry Sky. The entire series is available as a complete download: The Midnight Sky Series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1002 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Celtic Connections (24 January 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01B1O2SE4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #379,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Palomino Sky is the sequel to the wonderful Midnight Sky, where we first meet Laura and James and their siblings, and are drawn into their complicated family lives. James and Laura, both recovering from momentous and traumatic life events, are finding solace in each other, although they are not helped by Laura’s wilful and temperamental teenage niece causing no end of trouble.

This story opens with Laura and James engaged and about to be married. James is in the process of the selling the farmhouse, cottages and land as well as dissolving his equestrian business. He is hoping a move to somewhere new, without memories, will finally lay the ghost of his late wife to rest, allowing him to fully move on with his life and finally let go of Carys. For all his issues and his dark moodiness, James is just as appealing and irresistible as in the previous book.

Maggie, Laura’s sister, who now runs a B&B with her husband is trying to get used to having her eldest daughter, Jess, back home under less than encouraging circumstances. After Jess’s unhealthy crush on James had caused numerous difficulties, Laura helped her find a house share in Chester for which she stood guarantor. Not only is Jess close-mouthed about her reasons for returning home, she is affecting her parents’ business with her challenging behaviour and attitude. Jess is in a deeply troubling situation which eventually impacts on everyone, devastatingly so on James and by default, Laura.

This is a brilliant, if heart breaking, sequel. The characterisation, writing and dramatic descriptions of Snowdonia are excellent and evocative. There are several well paced threads running through which present unexpected twists and for some, a terrible tragedy to get to grips with and attempt to overcome.
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Palomino Sky is the sequel to Midnight Sky. Having enjoyed that immensely, I was really looking forward to catching up with James and Laura…and their families and exes and…woes.

There’s always a smidgen of apprehension with a sequel, be it of a book or film. Will it be as good? Will it spoil the memory of the first book/film?

Well, I can tell you that if it’s got Jan Ruth’s name on it, you need not worry. Palomino Sky is every bit as good as its predecessor.

James and Laura’s relationship continues to be dogged by problems. The memory of James’ deceased wife still continues to haunt him, and therefore their future. Laura’s ex’s (Simon) wife is still hampering the closure of Laura and Simon's past relationshIp. Laura is still having difficult adapting to a rural lifestyle. Laura’s sister still has a difficult teenager. Only now, ‘difficult’ has a serious impact on the future of James and Laura’s happiness.

As always, Ruth draws you into the embrace of her characters: they’re tangible, credible. You feel their vulnerability, their anguish, frustration. You can laugh with them and cry with them. You’re there with them. You almost believe that if you were to reach out, you’d be able to touch them.

A well-rounded story and an absorbing read. If you enjoyed Midnight Sky, you won’t be disappointed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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Palomino Sky is the brilliant sequel to Midnight Sky. Beautifully written with well drawn characters, it takes the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions. Laura, James, Maggie, Pete and Jess are real people with all their flaws and insecurities and Jan Ruth manages to bring them right into the reader's heart.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than the First 17 July 2016
By A Critical Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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In my review of Midnight Sky, I said I'd give it six stars if I could. If that's the case, this book deserves seven stars!

Jan Ruth is an incredibly gifted author who has the unique ability to bring a story to life through the characters, the setting, the plot, but more than anything, through emotion. You feel what the characters feel, hate the villains with a passion, and love the protagonists as if you know them, are them. If this were a movie, you'd watch it over and over again. Wow!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying read with plenty of twists 23 March 2016
By Amy Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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This story picked up right where the first one left off, which was great. Again, the characters were wonderfully developed, and there were plenty of plot twists I didn't see coming. The second half of the book definitely has some dark tones to it, and for a while I found myself wondering where the story was going. But the author delivers once again with a fast-paced, satisfying ending. I'll be reading more of her books for sure!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 16 February 2016
By CathyR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Palomino Sky is the sequel to the wonderful Midnight Sky, where we first meet Laura and James and their siblings, and are drawn into their complicated family lives. James and Laura, both recovering from momentous and traumatic life events, are finding solace in each other, although they are not helped by Laura’s wilful and temperamental teenage niece causing no end of trouble.

This story opens with Laura and James engaged and about to be married. James is in the process of the selling the farmhouse, cottages and land as well as dissolving his equestrian business. He is hoping a move to somewhere new, without memories, will finally lay the ghost of his late wife to rest, allowing him to fully move on with his life and finally let go of Carys. For all his issues and his dark moodiness, James is just as appealing and irresistible as in the previous book.

Maggie, Laura’s sister, who now runs a B&B with her husband is trying to get used to having her eldest daughter, Jess, back home under less than encouraging circumstances. After Jess’s unhealthy crush on James had caused numerous difficulties, Laura helped her find a house share in Chester for which she stood guarantor. Not only is Jess close-mouthed about her reasons for returning home, she is affecting her parents’ business with her challenging behaviour and attitude. Jess is in a deeply troubling situation which eventually impacts on everyone, devastatingly so on James and by default, Laura.

This is a brilliant, if heart breaking, sequel. The characterisation, writing and dramatic descriptions of Snowdonia are excellent and evocative. There are several well paced threads running through which present unexpected twists and for some, a terrible tragedy to get to grips with and attempt to overcome.

As with all Jan Ruth’s books, the ones I’ve read anyway, the narrative is full of emotion and very moving. The characters, their relationships, the ups and downs and different aspects are finely drawn and realistic, the dialogue easy and believable. The protagonists, both male and female, are attractive and charismatic with underlying personal difficulties so that nothing is straightforward, which makes for a strong and compelling read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More passion and drama in the sequel to Midnight Sky 18 February 2016
By Luccia Gray - Published on Amazon.com
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Palomino Sky is the sequel to Midnight Sky, both novels are named after horses on the farm where James lives and carries out his equestrian business.
Palomino Sky is named after another new horse. Liz (James’ bossy and independent sister) calls a ‘showy palomino’. I know very little about horses, and one of the joys of reading these two novels is learning more about them, like discovering that palomino is a coat color in horses, consisting of a gold coat and white mane and tail. Rhian, one of the staff says ‘Jamie reckons she’s a natural at hooking up, a joiner.’ James, the horse whisperer, needs horses like that to help recover the horses he heals from trauma and injury. Palomino is also a metaphor for Laura’s role in the novel. She will have to heal, or ‘join’ James in the second part of the novel.
Palomino Sky moves the story started in Midnight Sky in a much darker way, because there are various dramatic and violent events, which will seriously change the course of all their lives, especially in the case of Laura and James.
In book one, James helped Laura during some traumatic events in her life including her break up with Simon, but in book two, it’s Laura who will have to heal James from real physical injury and trauma. I can say no more without including a spoiler.
Maggie and Pete have set up a bed and breakfast to supplement their meagre income at Hafod House, the running of which brings some humorous relief to the dramatic action. I liked the way Maggie’s role as older and wiser sister is heightened, and she actually takes some very important and risky steps to help Laura with her personal issues with the men in her life.
On the other hand, Jess’s role as troublesome teenager, develops into a dangerous troublemaker. A violent boyfriend, and a new crush on James’s twenty-year-old American son, will lead to many unfortunate incidents throughout the novel, including an almost tragic event, which will rock their lives.
There are some beautiful descriptive passages, such as: ‘The sun was dying across Snowdonia, bleeding slowly through a palomino sky,’ which add to the beauty of the novel and enhance the reading experience.
Although the ending is satisfactory, at least for James and Laura, there is still a long road to happiness, and there are plenty of loose ends to tie up in book three, which I’m impatiently looking forward to reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Palomino Sky - the perfect sequel 14 March 2016
By Faith - Published on Amazon.com
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Ah! Another Jan Ruth, contemporary novel! I’ve enjoyed all I’ve read from Ms Ruth so far and I felt nervous as to whether this book, ‘Palomino Sky’ the sequel to Midnight Sky, would live up to expectations.

These books, set in wild and rugged north Wales, are essentially about the lives of James and Laura, with a colourful, handful of other characters’ thrown in. I say colourful, because Ms Ruth never fails to create full-blown three D characters, complete with a full set of failings and idiosyncrasies both likeable and not so. The titles of this book, like the original, are named after horses and are set on the farm where James, (a healer of horses) runs an equestrian business.

Palomino Sky follows on from Midnight Sky – Laura and James are set to be married when dramatic and catastrophic events threaten to overtake their lives. Throughout the first book and continuing in this one, both lead characters have ghosts which in their minds refuse to lie down. Unless this happens then neither can move on.

I won’t say any more about the story as other readers have already done that. Instead I’ll talk about the plot, storyline and overall writing.

As I’ve said, Ms Ruth can paint a very vivid picture of her characters and repeats it here. Her descriptions of the place, the majestic National park (Snowdonia), the run-down and decrepit riding school, and Laura’s family with their erratic life and often out of control lives make for compelling reading.

The plot is good – I had a very brief ten minutes when I wondered if the first few chapters were slow, but on reflection I believe it was the characters themselves who were dithering. I wanted to force them to stop messing around and get on with the wedding! Leading on to the storyline – well, it is the perfect sequel. There is very little break in story between the two, the action continues at a good spanking pace, and the events are perfectly feasible and exciting in themselves. At times, the story is heart breaking, annoying, realistic, evocative and troubling – as real life so often proves.

Running throughout the main story, is a whole plethora of other characters’ tales, including the horses. They too are often damaged and need to escape a cruel and painful past. Their stories are often an echo to the humans’ plight.

Great writing, loved the book, and can honestly say this is one of the better books, no, best books I’ve read in 2016.

Well done and I look forward to reading more of Jan Ruth’s work. Highly recommended.

I was given a copy of Palomino Sky in exchange for a fair and honest review of Jan Ruth’s Palomino Sky.

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