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Wild Water (The Wild Water Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B004JF4LHK
- Publisher : Celtic Connections (24 November 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 1022 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 790,851 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Wild Water #1 is written with deep and humorous empathy, primarily for Jack and Anna and the complicated situations they find themselves in, but even for Patsy, Oliver and Lottie. Every character in this story stands out for who they are, and the novel's pace varies tremendously, seeming to reflect the stress-levels being felt by each character at the time.
The dialogue is clever and witty, with a fair smattering of expert vitriolic timing thrown in. The rural settings and liberal inclusion of animals added yet further to the depth of feelings expressed. When all seemed lost at 98%, I began to wonder if I'd have to wait until book 2 for the happy ending, but there it was on the last page! Masterful - thanks, Jan!
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To say this novel exceeded any expectations is an understatement. I was hooked from beginning to end, so emotionally involved with the characters that I fell in love with Jack Redman and hoped his horrible, ruthless wife, Patsy, would die, or at least find a thread of moral fibre in herself and see the misery she was inflicting on their children. Yes, I know, it is ridiculous to feel so strongly about characters. It’s just a story! I admonished myself, every time I felt my anger rise as Patsy descended further down the road of destruction.
It is the mark of a rare and talented writer to be able to create characters so real that you root for them, cry with them, fall in love with them or hate them, laugh out loud on one page ( I loved the humour running through this book), only to be moved to tears on the next. The author’s portrayal of the characters was truly masterful.
This story was all the more heart-wrenching for being firmly rooted in reality. What happens to Jack happens to many others, far too often. I know, because it happened to someone dear to me and twenty-five years on, he is still picking up the pieces. The ruthless and heartless Patsys of this world have a great deal of heartbreak to answer for.
The story; Jack Redman, funny, loveable, successful and wealthy estate agent, can feel the ground shifting from beneath his feet every time his wife looks at him with contempt or finds another reason to criticise him. He doesn’t know how, he doesn’t know why, but he knows something has gone badly wrong and all his attempts to put things right cannot halt the slide. As Jack’s life goes into meltdown and he risks losing everything and everyone important to him, the strain takes its toll, and Anna, his first love, is the only person keeping him sane. But she’d have to be mad to have anything to do with him again, after all these years, when he’d dropped her to marry Patsy, wouldn’t she? Besides, she is seriously involved with somebody else.
Great characters, great plot, page-turning suspense and all very well written. As I got near to the end of the book, I found myself torn between the compulsion to keep reading while not wanting it to end. Imagine my delight when I turned the last page and discovered there is a sequel - Dark Water! I’ve bought it already – that says it all, really. Wild Water has bagged a place on my top-ten-favourite-books-list for this year. Dark Water, here I come!
It is one of those books that you have no idea where it is going, I couldn't even second guess which I often do with books
What a story - filled with so much to keep you hooked from beginning to end
I really recommend it, read it, follow the story of Jack, of Anna, of Patsy and all family involved
I really don't know how else to describe this without giving the story-line away and I never do spoilers
Suffice to say Read it you will NOT be disappointed
Now I am going to have to buy the next one in the serious, I have no choice. Thank you Jan for a truly great read
There are highs and lows, emotional roller coasters, a list of characters that are likeable and not so likeable, true to life in the fact that we all know people who seem to live their lives as a soap opera.
It would have been very easy for this story to become farcical but the beauty of the writing allows the story to unfold at a fast pace without losing control of time and characterisation.
N.B. I was sent a copy of this book by the author.
Everything comes to a head at Christmas, and Jack has some tough decisions to make in this charming, funny, at times heart-breaking novel. You’ll find yourself willing Jack to make the right decisions, and really caring that he finds the happiness he deserves.
Jan Ruth manages to make you care for her characters, and skilfully contrast upmarket Wilmslow with the ruggedness of the wild Welsh countryside, bringing both to life. The relationships between Jack and his children are well-drawn, particularly between Jack and his youngest daughter Lottie - their conversations will make you laugh and cry.
Recommended - I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.