Jan 9, 2015

Wild Water by Jan Ruth

 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?

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Review by Tanya
When Suzanne asked me if I wanted to read this book by a Welsh author I jumped at the chance and read it very quickly due to its easy reading style and active pace of the story, which includes many twists and turns.
The story is predominately about Jack and interactions with his old friend Anna and his wife Patsy. Jack is a kind hearted man who is boss off the family firm Redman and Sons Estate agent and property management and he is liked and respected by his staff.  He has a wife, Patsy, and three children; Chelsey his oldest and no longer living at home, Oliver his teenage son and his younger 7 year old daughter Lottie. He loves his family very much and will do anything for his children. His parents Leo and Isabel live in North Wales and this is where he is told to go to take care of some business, while they are on holiday. 
Whilst in Conwy Jack meets an old friend Anna which brings back memories of when he and she were teenagers and how he met his wife Patsy. He can see her love for the farm that she has inherited from her grandparents and tries his best to give it a fantastic brochure to get the best price. 
There are lots of events in this book which upset and distress Jack and his family and I found myself wanting him to be happy and feeling sympathy and anger on his behalf.  The change that occurs to me is for the best and I am so glad that the book ended the way that it did.  Whether the correct choices are made along the way is hard decision for anyone to make.  
I will look out for more books by this author and would love to read the follow up called Dark Water.

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