Jan Ruth's books are all set in Snowdonia, Wales and her vivid settings play a huge part of each story. Ms Ruth throws the sometime harsh, sometime benign weather at us, adding some gorgeous scenery, and a rural life which often includes horses.
Silver Rain is a story of bewildering family relationships: main protagonist Kate is in her fifties and recently widowed, her selfish and dipsomaniac sister Annemarie, and their confused aged mother. The other family which is equally dysfunctional consists of Kate’s sister-in-law, Fran, husband George and daughter. Plus George’s brother, Alastair (Al) the black sheep of the family, and in the middle of a messy and bitter divorce and - a relationship with a much younger woman, Jo.
Disharmony in these families completely rule! Arguments, fights, sex, greed – they’re all there to read. If you enjoy a good domestic, laced with some mystery (which has kept George and Al at each others throats for years), then you’re in for a treat.
My only problem was I could not relate with Al in any way. Jan portrays her characters well, but I found him to be too indecisive, too casual and not manly enough for my likes – a personal thing I’m sure, and it was Kate who fancied him after all! I just worried that he had enough staying power if and when Kate and he finally got it together.
But all in all, Jan Ruth is a good writer; her books are filled with passion and are not overdone soppy romances, but often gritty and show life as it really is.
4.5 stars out of 5 for Silver Rain.
Faith Mortimer (author of mysteries, suspense and romance)