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Silver Rain by [Ruth, Jan]
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Length: 308 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Wishing Shelf Award Finalist 2015
Al is the black sheep of his family, Kate, the good shepherd of hers. Can black and white become silver, or just a dark and dangerous grey?
Alastair Black has revealed a secret to his wife in a last ditch attempt to save his marriage. A return to his childhood family home at Chathill Farm is his only respite, although he is far from welcomed back by brother George.
Kate, recently widowed and increasingly put upon by daughter, sister and mother, feels her life is over at fifty. Until she meets Alastair. He's everything she isn't, but he's a troubled soul, a sad clown of a man with a shady past. When his famous mother leaves an unexpected inheritance, Kate is caught up in the unravelling of his life as Al comes to terms with who he really is.
Is Alastair Black her true soulmate, or should Sleeping Beauty lie?

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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.; 1 edition (20 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GS87VW8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #698,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Beeshon on 19 February 2016
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Marshmallow or nougat? A marshmallow that’s soft and sweet, easy to swallow but immediately forgotten? Or nougat that’s something to get your teeth into and you want to enjoy for a bit longer?

Silver Rain is nougat.

What a delightful story. It boasts a cast of solid, credible characters. Few of them win any medals for being perfect, but it’s precisely their lack of stereotype that makes them so believable and thoroughly likeable.

What is also rather charming is the fact that this romance’s boy and girl are not that. Kate and Al are fifty-ish been-theres. So they’ve been through jobs, marriages, children—grand-children, even—divorces, deaths and learnt a thing or two along the way, perhaps with a little cynicism. Neither is looking for love, especially. Al’s in a sort of relationship, mainly physical, while Kate, after two husbands is rather sceptical and well, who’s going to want a middle-aged, twice-married woman, anyway?

Not only charming, this story is a well-woven tapestry of unhappy pasts, secrets, untimely revelations, strength of character, lust, fun, humour and good old-fashioned romance.

It’s is a story you feel you want to jump into to get to know Kate and Al. It’s real, it’s earthy, it’s sensible. You want to help Kate with her problems. You want to shake the lovable, but slightly frustrating Al. You want to knock some sense into his brother. You want to offer help to Al’s kind-hearted, animal-loving sister-in-law. You just want to make them all your family and sort them out. And as far as the reader is concerned, there’s no predictability about Kate and Al nor any guarantees. Their outcome isn't revealed until the very end...literally...but what an enjoyable ride to find it out.

I absolutely loved it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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While Silver Rain is set in Wales it could easily be set anywhere in the world. Silver Rain tells overlapping stories of middle life Kate and Al who find themselves in very different situations in their lives. Kate's second husband has recently died and she goes to visit her sister-in-law while trying to get her head around whether or not she actually loved her husband, what she is going to do about her hopeless sister and who is going to look after her ageing mother. Poor Al couldn't be more different, while he is still finalising his divorce this ladies man has found himself a young professional girlfriend and thinks life is all good. They cross paths in the ramshackle farm her sister-in-law calls home, which happens to be Al's family home 'Chathill Farm' but his (adopted) brother George is none to happy to see him. Will these too opposites become friends (or even more) or are they just too different (I'm not going to spoil it and tell you!)

Jan skilfully tackles many issues faced by middle-aged people everywhere such as dealing with aging parents, downsized jobs, failing marriages, and awkward dates in Silver Rain and she does this so realistically, even with a few well placed laughs as well as some heart in your throat moments.

This story does change between Al & Kate's stories but there is no overlapping boring bits like some in this style do and flows quiet easily. I wanted to sit and just read it but kept getting rudely interrupted, but it was quiet easy to just pick up where I left off.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here's what I liked: good writing 14 January 2015
By Malla Duncan - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's what I liked: good writing, well-delineated characters, lovely 'put you right there' descriptions of the environment, some nice twists and turns, mystery and the unexpected. An authentic middle-aged love story about people who have travelled a little on the road of life and have learnt what to hold dear and what to let go. This was a natural, earthy family drama which holds your attention all the way through. The author knows how to write and enjoys her writing - you can feel it through and through - and she never forgets her reader. Real, honest, mature and well-structured. If you enjoy romance without the frills - and the genuine ups and downs of family life, this one is not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 30 March 2014
By anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
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Definitely worth reading and highly entertaining. Good book to discuss in a book club. There were some philosophical points and many psycho-social problems. I highly recommend this book. I am going to check some of her other works.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peek into the the community of well defined people 17 January 2014
By Julie E. Painter - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved this book for its logic and characters. Jan Ruth is good at family gatherings and odd situations, believable, yet unique. Al reminded me of guys I've met throughout my life. You just know he's got to rise to the occasion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 20 January 2016
By Judith A. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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good book and the writer kept it moving
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended! 14 February 2014
By Bodicia - Published on Amazon.com
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Kate is in a position many women find themselves in at fifty; with a parent who needs extra care and a family who feel she is the one to do it. Her sister Annemarie is too caught up in her own relationship troubles to look after her own children properly and it is left to Kate to be the responsible one. Then things change and Kate starts to think about what her needs are. Tragedy strikes when Kate’s husband Greg dies in an accident after he rushes out of the door and rides off when she tells him their marriage is over leaving her with a bag full of mixed emotions of what she should and shouldn’t feel. She visits Greg’s sister Fran, a friend and ally, for a short break to try and sort herself out but instead she finds herself drawn into their family disharmony and to a secret which has kept Fran’s husband George and his brother Al at loggerheads for years. While Kate re-evaluates what is important to her and where she wants to be things get more complicated still as she finds herself falling for the family blacksheep.

This is a modern and strong family saga with clever twists and turns beautifully synced together making it one of my favourite books this year. It has everything; strong women, human flaws, challenging family relationships, romance and skeletons in the cupboard all flowing together at a good pace.

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