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The Wild Water Series by [Ruth, Jan]
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Three complete novels.
The tragedy and comedy that is Jack's life; secrets, lies, long lost loves 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 tragedy and comedy that is Jack's life; is there a future for him and Anna, or is the past too destructive? Jack Redman, estate agent to the Cheshire set and skilled juggler of complex relationships. Someone to break all the rules, or an unlikely hero?
In this sequel to Wild Water Jack and Anna return to discover that history repeats itself. Anna's long-awaited success as a serious artist is poised to happen, but her joy, along with her relationship with Jack, is threatened by old scores. Simon Banks is a depressed and unstable man with a plan. He wants to wipe out his past by buying a brighter future, but Jack Redman stands in his way. Will Jack ever escape the legacy of lies and deceit left by his ex-wife? Can Jack and Anna hold it all together, or will tragic repercussions from Jack's past blow them apart forever?
The tragedy and comedy that is Jack's life; a dangerous web of lies concludes a bitter-sweet end.
Jack Redman, estate agent to the Cheshire set and someone who’s broken all the rules. An unlikely hero or a misguided fool?
In this sequel to Dark Water, Jack and Anna must face the consequences of their actions. As the police close in and Patsy’s manipulative ways hamper the investigations, will Jack escape unscathed?
With her career in tatters and an uncertain future, Anna has serious decisions to make. Her silence could mean freedom for Jack, but an emotional prison for herself. Is remaining silent the ultimate test of faith, or is it end of the line for Jack and Anna?

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  • Print Length: 769 pages
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  • Publisher: Celtic Connections; 1 edition (8 May 2016)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly, highly recommend! 31 March 2017
By A Critical Reader - Published on
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Jan Ruth is a phenomenal writer. Tension? Check. Protagonists you love, like, understand and/or can identify with? Yup. Villains to hate? They're in there! Realistic plots against a dreamy backdrop? Absolutely! There is the right balance of realism and drama with some sprinkles of humor mixed into every book.

This series is about life: the push and pull of relationships, divorce, deceit, mistakes, and how to go on when your world crashes down around you. Jack, the main character, is thrown into horrific circumstances again and again, sometimes of his own making and other times through no fault of his own, and the author has you on edge over the course of each book, wondering, hoping that everything will work out. Will he come out smelling like a rose, or will he crash and burn? You just have to read it to find out!

Highly, highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed every moment... 15 December 2016
By Welsh Annie - Published on
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I’ve been having a bit of a tough time recently, and have been struggling to enjoy my reading. And this wonderful series was everything I wanted it to be – it’s taken me a ridiculous length of time to read at a few chapters a night, but on those days when everything was just too much to cope with, I can’t begin to tell you the pleasure it gave me to escape to Snowdonia and Jack Redman’s complicated life.

I thought Jack was just wonderful. But he’s certainly not a conventional romantic hero. First of all, he’s an estate agent – now how can an estate agent be a hero? And his life is desperately complicated – he has all the trappings of the perfect life with the trophy wife, the Cheshire mansion, the three perfect (well ok, not quite…) children, the nurturing parents.

But then things begin to fall apart – in spectacular style, as the cracks in the perfect picture begin to widen and the story becomes one of a flawed but lovely man desperately trying to keep afloat as life throws everything at him. On top of everything else, he then finds himself shuttling between the Cheshire branch of the agency and the other branch in North Wales when his father falls ill. There he meets again the wonderful Anna, his childhood love, an artist living in a remote farm amid the beautiful Snowdonia countryside, who is also finding life difficult to cope with.

I read Wild Water first, and separately – and that book establishes the characters (and what wonderful characters they are).and hooks you into Jack’s life. Dark Water and Silent Water – which I read back to back – take everything in a quite unexpected direction, as lies and dangerous secrets threaten to blow everything apart. And the story really does become very dark indeed – a compulsive read, dramatic and emotional, as characters you thought you knew act in ways you never would have expected.

Jack himself is a wonderfully complex character – impulsive, quick to anger, slow to forgive, and his actions sometimes drive the story into uncomfortable places. He’s also tender, loving, a wonderful father – and 100% human, authentic and believable. He keeps your sympathy throughout – although it must be said that he does test your patience at times.

It’s not just Jack though – the author really has created a wonderful cast of characters. I adored Anna with her inner strength and outward insecurity, her confidence in some situations and her total inability to cope in others. The young people are particularly excellent – especially young playboy Oliver and his frighteningly precocious girlfriend (complete with costumes and tail…), and the wonderful Lottie with her sassiness and inimitable style. And Patsy, Jack’s scheming wife, is a magnificent creation – she creates chaos with her every action, and perpetual angst for Jack, but is never less than completely and horrifically believable. Every single character, however peripheral, is vividly real in all their actions and frailties, from the staff at the estate agents’ to the many friends and family members. And I loved some of the smaller cameos too, like Patsy’s horrendous boyfriend, and Clarissa and “the boys”…

All human life is here – the darkness, the joys, the day to day challenges, the sadnesses, and plenty of the funny side too. In fact, I should mention the humour, quite perfectly judged – much of it coming from Lottie, but I particularly enjoyed some of the situations stemming from Jack’s flat sharing.

And then, underpinning it all, there’s the setting. I remember the author’s vivid descriptions of the landscape of Snowdonia from when I read Silver Rain, and again this story is largely set against the background of that breath-taking scenery, quite magnificently described in its wild beauty and majesty.

I very rarely have the opportunity to work my way through a trilogy, but I’m so glad I did – this collection was simply wonderful, and I enjoyed every single moment I spent in its hold.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful trilogy 2 June 2016
By CathyR - Published on
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Wild Water begins the story of Jack Redman who works in the Cheshire branch of his family’s very successful estate agency business. To all outward appearances he has it all, the up market car, the big house, a beautiful, if high maintenance, wife and three lovely children. But Jack’s life is thrown into turmoil when Patsy, his selfish and materialistic wife, admits to an affair and leaves the family home with their younger daughter. Jack has felt something was amiss for a while but certainly wasn’t expecting the train wreck which was now his life. And things were getting worse. His father has had a health scare leaving Jack to run both the Cheshire and North Wales branches. Jack is run ragged and very unhappy. Meeting up with Anna, his first love, in Wales, when she lists her farm for sale is the only thing keeping him sane.

In Dark Water Jack and Anna seem poised on the brink of a life together, and Anna’s artistic talent is about to be recognised. But then the past rears its ugly head in the shape of Simon Banks, Patsy’s ex-lover and the father of her first child. He is unstable and a danger to everyone’s peace of mind, determined to be a part of his daughter’s life, regardless of how it impacts on the rest of the extended Redman family.

Anna is feeling overwhelmed and unsure in the aftermath of Jack’s decisions, and their lives become ever more complicated. As the strain intensifies they both make mistakes which causes uncertainty and misunderstandings between them, culminating in a disastrous incident which comes back to haunt them and add to the confusion and turmoil of their lives.

Silent Water sees Jack’s impulsiveness and, mostly unwise, ways of dealing with the ongoing crises continue to threaten his and Anna’s lives together, despite his good intentions. The spectre of Simon Banks is never far away and Jack’s future looks bleak and uncertain. Anna isn’t content to let Jack deal with everything anymore, and takes more control over her life and career. As Patsy’s misery deepens into depression she becomes more calculating than ever, causing havoc without a second thought. It’s seeming less and less likely that Jack and Anna will be able to achieve a happy ever after ending to their turbulent lives.

A story driven by characters who are all very well drawn and real, with deep and complex issues. Their lives are interwoven seamlessly and full of emotional ups and downs. Funny, loveable Jack, who I couldn’t help but sympathise with, while at the same time wanting to shake some sense into him. He cares about those people who matter to him above all else, and wants to do what he believes is best for them. More often than not though, it backfires and makes the situation even worse. Anna, likeable, independent and warm-hearted, never really got over her feelings for Jack, and seeing him again brings back long buried emotions. I was particularly moved reading the scene with Anna and Benson, the labrador. On the other side of the coin is Patsy, manipulative and selfish with no regard for others’ feelings, even her own children. She will go to any lengths to get what she wants. Lottie, and the humorous back and forth dialogue between her and Jack, is brilliant especially as she approaches puberty.

I love the North Wales setting, which Jan Ruth describes in rich and beautifully evocative detail, with a vivid and visual writing style.

An excellent plot which veers into darker territory, giving it an extra layer of tension, depth and drama. The complicated relationships between a great and diverse mix of characters, are credible and feel true to life, portrayed in such a way as to provide an opportunity to experience emotions from the individual’s point of view. The pacing is perfect, allowing the narrative to become continuously more gripping. A wonderfully compelling trilogy, told with humour, compassion and an understanding of the complexities of life and relationships. Great twist at the end too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Trilogy 11 May 2016
By All Things Sixties - Published on
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Having read all three novels in this series I can highly recommend this trilogy. Totally believable characters with truly wonderful Snowdonia and Cheshire settings, the author deals with the ups and downs of family life. Nothing is straightforward for Cheshire estate agent Jack Redman and his money-grabbing, cheating wife, Patsy. The series follows the couple through the traumas of marriage break-up, divorce, dealing with the problems the mess inflicts on their four children. But when Patsy's' deceiving ways come back to haunt in a way she never thought they would, the fallout will affect the whole family for many years. All three novels are a great read and you won't want to stop after the first. I can guarantee it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Women's Fiction 11 May 2016
By Shani - Published on
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I've read all three of these books and love them - they really are amongst some of the best women's fiction around - and I mean intelligent women's fiction, capturing life, love and all it's tragicomic realities. A fabulous cast of characters includes Estate Agent, Jack Redman at the helm, his devious ex-wife, Patsy, and the down-to-earth Anna, who does her best to keep him grounded. There's mayhem, there's intrigue, there's breathtaking romance and there's laugh out loud humour too, but most of it is bittersweet. All truly fantastic reads, the story flows from book to book and I, for one, am hoping there'll be a fourth in the series. Set against a suitably dramatic Welsh landscape, I can't recommend them enough.

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