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Midnight Sky by Jan Ruth

on March 16, 2015

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Midnight Sky by Jan Ruth



How can we harness the future if the past will not set us free? An emotive story of love, loss and letting go.
Opposites attract? Laura Brown, interior designer and James Morgan-Jones, horse whisperer – and Midnight Sky, a beautiful but damaged steeplechaser.
Laura seems to have it all, glamorous job, charming boyfriend. Her sister, Maggie, struggles with money, difficult children and an unresponsive husband. She envies her sister’s life, but are things as idyllic as they seem?
She might be a farmer’s daughter but Laura is doing her best to deny her roots, even deny her true feelings. Until she meets James, but James is very married, and very much in love, to a wife who died two years ago. They both have issues to face from their past, but will it bring them together, or push them apart?


Firstly thank you Jan and Suzanne Smith for arranging a copy of this for me to read. Also can I take this opportunity to apologise to Jan for the long awaited review but that is due to ill-health. This is the second of Jan Ruth’s books that I have read and I was pleased to be asked to review a second.

Midnight Sky is centred on Laura and her family and relationships. Laura is a self-made woman with lots of drive and passion who cares greatly for her only sister Maggie and her family. She has a dad who lives in Ireland with whom she has a very strained relationship and through the novel you discover why this is. Simon Laura’s partner and her are property developers and own a company called “Dragon Designs”. Simon is the negotiator where Laura has the eyes for dressing the properties to their potential.

We are initially introduced to Laura at her sister’s birthday celebrations in her home in a small friendly village in North Wales. This is a big difference to the hustle e and bustle lifestyle that Laura is used to in her home city of Chester. Simon and Laura live the lifestyle of a couple who don’t want children and are happy with each other’s company, although Simon has two children from his previous marriage to Laura. During the birthday celebrations Laura is introduced to James Morgan Jones who runs the local stables and has buildings that are available to be developed. However he is the most abrupt, rude and moody man that she has had the pleasure of meeting. At some stage in the novel you realise there is a reason why he is like this and you cannot help yourself understanding and feeling sorry for the man.

There are lots of changes that happen through the book and I don’t want to spoil it by going into detail. I found myself shouting at Laura, wanting to cry for her and also encouraging her to pick herself up. I really liked her character and the amount of strength she showed throughout the book. Of course you want the magical world of happily ever after for the characters but whether this can ever happen you really don’t know.

I also liked the relationships that were shown to develop through the love of Maggie for her husband Pete and her three children; her oldest Son is in university studying, she has a challenging relationship with 17 year old daughter Jess and then the loving and caring relationship with 10 year old Ellie who has mild autism. I enjoyed seeing the progress of the relationship she had with her children and her husband. This is due to a variety of factors that in my eyes are for the better.

The chapters are told through the eyes of different characters which makes interesting reading and you begin to understand the characters at a different level.

I admit I did guessed a lot of the story line but this did not take away the joy from the story although I know for some that it may. Please give this author a try as so far I have enjoyed her books.

About the Author
Jan Ruth lives in North Wales (UK) and her books feature the rugged Welsh landscape and more often than not, her love of dogs and horses. Although she writes serious love stories with strong characterisation, she also captures the humour of modern everyday life and the endless complications of relationships.


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