May 23, 2015

Welsh Weekend Review: Silver Rain by Jan Ruth

 Black sheep meets good shepherd - can black and white become silver, or just a dangerous grey?

Alastair Black has revealed a secret to his wife in a last ditch attempt to save his marriage. A return to his childhood family home at Chathill Farm is his only respite, although he is far from welcomed back by brother George.

Kate, recently widowed and increasingly put upon by her daughter, sister, and mother, feels her life is over at fifty - until she meets Alastair. He's everything she isn't, but he's a troubled soul with a dark past. When his famous mother leaves an unexpected inheritance, Kate is caught up in the unravelling of his life as Al comes to terms with who he really is.

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Al has reviewed his deepest and darkest secret to his wife and now she wants to divorce him. He hasn't been alone for long and has a younger girlfriend. He doesn't want to live with her though and because he has no place to stay he returns to his childhood home. Half of it is his, but his brother George is living there with his wife and daughter and Al isn't welcome. Because George can't kick him out Al is now living at the farm. Kate is visiting, she wants to stay for a week to have a bit of a holiday. The farm isn't in a good state as there isn't any money for repairs. Kate has to prepare dinners for everyone because there isn't even any food for the humans in the house, just for the animals.

Kate and Al like each other, but Al has a girlfriend and Kate has recently lost her husband. She isn't grieving any longer though and Al and his girlfriend don't love each other very much, but there are certain complications. Slowly they're becoming friends, but is that actually a good idea? And what's Al's big secret?

Al is basically a good guy. He's trying to make people laugh, he's generous and he's a loving and caring person. Things just keep going wrong for him, he messes things up without ever wanting to hurt someone. Kate is very much in control, they are very different. Al loves his children and wants to see them as often as possible. Family is everything for him. I liked that a lot, he's such a wonderful, caring, but flawed man. He deserves some happiness, but will he get it when he meets Kate?

I've read Silver Rain in one sitting. I liked it so much that I couldn't put it down. I loved the main characters, the setting and the unusual family. Everything was exactly right. Jan Ruth has written such a fantastic story. It's sweet, it's captivating and it's romantic. I enjoyed reading this book very much and highly recommend it.

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12 comments:

  1. yes sometimes especially at home and with the kids if i m not things wont get done and the kids will act wild....ty for this chance

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  2. I'm in control most of the time. However, it tires me out and I'm ok to be under someone's control sometimes.

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  3. I don't do control on either side of the word very well...I cannot abide being late for anything so I do try to control the actual need to arrive somewhere on time but beyond that I'm pretty laid back. I don't like being forced into doing anything and other than the time thing I wouldn't push anyone to do anything either as I feel that is an intrusion into someones personal space

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  4. I'm not always in control although I may give that impression, sometimes things are hard

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  5. I'm not a controlling person tbh I'm very laid back and let things go with the flow

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  6. not really- you can't control everything

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  7. In my working life I was always in control- I just had to be with full-time job, children, foster-children, disabled husband and all the everyday things that went with it. Now retired, widowed, children married my lifestyle is completely the opposite. I am now so laid back I often don't recognise myself but I laugh because I can honestly say 'Life is good'

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  8. yep, I do like to control events, though I'm quite easy going unless its important to me x

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  9. i dont think im ever in control x

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  10. I try to be most of the time, it gets things done!

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  11. Am in control at work, but at home not so much ;))

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  12. I tend to go with the flow but get things done in logical order.

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