Friday, 4 March 2016

Palomino Sky by Jan Ruth

Reviewer: JD Smith, author of Tristan and Iseult and the Overlord series

What we thought: Palomino Sky is the second book in The Midnight Sky series, following the lives of James and Laura. Whilst the book is a sequel, I have read it as a standalone, and found myself immediately immersed in the couple's wedding plans.

Will it go smoothly? I think we all know the answer to that.

Laura's fun and loving, she just wants to be held and to live the life she sees before them. She wants to be married and be happy. But James is still running from his dead wife, He wants to sell his farmhouse and accompanying stables, a place that seems so perfect for him and Laura, but holds too many daily reminders of his previous life and love. And then a devastating accident throws him back into depression.

Maggie's more down to earth and matter-of-fact. Deep down she desires to feel needed after her husband is made redundant and promptly turns their family home into a B&B. And with too much time on her hands she's prone to meddling. But when her daughter's liaison with an undesirable man comes to light, everything is thrown into chaos.

Jan Ruth writes with the honesty and reflection that gives a very real representation of life and the way we live. Her characters are more than 3D, they live and breathe, they are people you and I know in our own lives. They are our neighbours and our friends, and depict a life filled with the same dramas we face day to day.

You’ll enjoy this if you like: Drama, relationships, funny stories, Bridget Jones.

Avoid if you don’t like: Romance, annoying teenagers, horses.

Ideal accompaniments: Mug of hot chocolate, packet of custard creams.

Genre: Women's fiction

Available from Amazon

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