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Wild Water (The Wild Water Series: 1) by [Ruth, Jan]
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Length: 324 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Part One of the Wild Water Series.
The tragedy and comedy that is Jack's life; secrets, lies 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?
The Wishing Shelf Award: 'A totally engrossing, powerfully written family drama. A finalist and highly recommended. Bookmuse Magazine: 'You'll enjoy this if you like nosing into other people's lives, gossip and descriptions of the Welsh countryside. Avoid if you don't like, secrets, family difficulties, or you are going through a divorce. Ideal accompaniments: Wine and plenty of it, a big bubble bath, a cigarette if you are so inclined.' Romance Reviews Magazine: 'Jan Ruth ruthlessly puts her hero through the grinder and God only knows how he retains his sanity. I'm literally breathless from reading this novel in one go in order to know Jack's fate. Wild Water is a damn good read'
Wild Water is a complete read; the story continues in Dark Water.
The entire series is available as a complete download: The Wild Water Series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1346 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Celtic Connections (24 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JF4LHK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #430,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book! Visiting Jan Ruth's website, I knew immediately that her work would appeal to me, and I was absolutely right! This was the first book I have really enjoyed for quite a while, and I shall jump online and buy #2 immediately after writing this review.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 20 November 2013
By Barbara Silkstone - Published on
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There’s an old saying in real estate: “Location, location, location.” In this case it was not about the location but about the estate agent that first drew me in when I read the blurb. Most of my characters are Miami real estate agents so I was curious. It was amusing to see that the business is pretty much the same no matter the country or the setting. Two pages in and I identified with Jack and his business and family pressures. Then author Jan Ruth piles on Jack’s burdens. The poor guy valiantly puts one foot in front of the other, not living the life he wanted but rather driven by a sense of honor and a warm heart to do the right thing. Just when I thought Jack’s life would sort itself out… in come the villains dressed as family and friends. This saga reminded me of Rosamunde Pilcher’s classic, THE SHELL SEEKERS. I highly recommend this page-turner. The characters are well drawn, their motives clear, and their challenges very realistic. Bravo, Ms. Ruth.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Water goes on my favorites list 24 February 2014
By Dannie Hill - Published on
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I've just finished WILD WATER by Jan Ruth and I’m in the afterglow of a very good book.

Wild Water is a story about a family experiencing strife, joy, tension, a breakup and a woman from the past entering the story to save Jack, the husband. That is a very over-simplified version of a truly wonderful read. Find out for yourself and you'll be happy you did.

The dialog is perfect. Jan Ruth has a real talent for writing words that pull you into the story. She put me in the same room with the characters.

Another great part of this book is the story takes place in Wales. A place I know little about but have always known I would like to visit. I can now visualize the countryside, feel the cold wind and the beauty of the summers.

I highly recommend Wild Water and its author to anyone who enjoys reading about real life and taking part in a story.

WILD WATER goes on my favorites list!
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 5 March 2017
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No one captures the emotional trials and triumphs of love, family and adulthood in general like Jan Ruth. Perhaps I’m biased as a forty-something myself, but these characters are relatable and their situations so realistic.

The author paints a detailed portrait of love, betrayal, heartache, stress, grief, divorce, parenthood and everything involved in those sometimes catastrophic events in the story of Jack, Patsy, Anna and their families and friends. And much like Ruth’s Midnight Sky series, there is a villain you hate so much, you’ll clench your teeth while reading. But it all works toward something, and you simply cannot stop reading to find out what it is.

Jan Ruth has solidified her spot as my favorite author. Now onto Dark Water!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended... 24 July 2013
By P. J. B. - Published on
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Wild Water has been such an enjoyable read. There is very little separating the fictional day-to-day existence of Ruth's characters from our own and therein lies the novel's charms. We all know people who may have gone through exactly the life's events that occurred within the novel. The theme itself is not unusual - a wronged partner, life regressing and then improving - but very quickly one becomes so invested in events that it is easy to read on. That's the sign of a naturally good storyteller. I found myself thinking of Joanna Trollope, of Mary Wesley, of Rosamunde Pilcher.

Ruth also has a subtle ability to manipulate emotion without overdoing it which enables one to read on without fear of emotional exhaustion.

In addition, Ruth's depiction of her setting shows her deep love of Wales. It drifts from her novel like a mountain mist and it's that great sensitivity that will encourage me to seek more of her books. Wild Water is a recommended read at 4 stars on Amazon's scale, but on my scale its 4.85.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Water - Great Ride 25 August 2013
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This is the first of Jan's books I have read and I have to say I'm already looking forward to reading more.

The characters in Wild Water are so realistic you could imagine buying real estate off Jack, eating cakes and gossiping with Anna & Hill and wanting to smack some sense into Patsy. Jan's vivid descriptions of the locations help bring the story to life and reading Wild Water it's like the movie is playing in your head.

Wild Water is the story of over worked Real Estate Agent Jack Redman, who suddenly finds his idyllic life falling apart around him. Just when all seems to be lost bumping into his childhood sweetheart Anna things start to look up for Jack. But life is never that easy and this story will take you on the emotional rollercoaster of Jack's life.

Wild Water will have you holding your breath with anticipation of what will happen next, and sometimes wanting to give some characters a good "clip across the ear" - just like your own family.

I thoroughly enjoyed Wild Water and look forward to reading more of Jan Ruth's stories in the near future. While ultimately it is a love story - you wont be embarrassed to let your mum borrow it after you have finished.
If you haven't already look out for some of her other books -Midnight Sky The Long and the Short of it.White Horizon

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