#TuesdayBookBlog ‘Strawberry Sky’ by @JanRuthAuthor #Amreading #Amreviewing

“It’s a satisfactory and realistic ending to the series, because there are no perfect endings; life goes on, we fall, we get up, we survive, we struggle…Especially for lovers of intense family drama, set in the stunning Welsh countryside.”

Rereading Jane Eyre

Today I’m posting my 5-Star review of Strawberry Sky, by Jan Ruth, a contemporary British family drama.

Reading Strawberry Sky was a pleasure. It was like meeting old friends once again. It is the third and final novel in the Midnight Sky series.

Strawberry Sky is more fast paced than Midnight Sky and Palomino Sky, and as I already had the background and setting, I was quickly involved, once again, in the two sisters, Laura and Maggie’s, complex lives.

The same engaging characters we’ve already met in books one and two, make their appearance once again with an important new addition, Enid, a motherless teenage girl, who applies for a job at their farm bringing both positive and negative consequences.

After a series of unfortunate mishaps and ups and downs, it would seem that James and Laura, are finally on the road to a ‘rosy future’ of marriage and children…

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Strawberry Sky (Midnight Sky #3) by @JanRuthAuthor Contemporary #Drama #TuesdayBookBlog

James and Laura continue to please!

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  • Author: Jan Ruth
  • Published: April 2017 by Celtic Connections
  • Category: Contemporary, Drama, Fiction

A rosy future seems certain but Laura has some tough decisions to make.

Maggie is devastated by her daughter’s plans, but Jess is determined to remove the past from her life no matter the upset it will cause. James is no longer running from his past, but a multitude of unresolved issues are set to catch up with Laura.

Although the Carneddau ponies have shared ancestry with the Welsh Section A pony, they exhibit genetic signatures demonstrating that the population has been isolated for at least several hundred years…

The third in the Midnight Sky trilogy, Strawberry Sky continues James and Laura’s story. Despite the terrible life changing accident James suffered several months previously, things are at last looking up for the two of them, despite Laura’s overwhelming desire to be a mother. Work is progressing on…

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Strawberry Sky by Jan Ruth #newlypublished #bookreview

Lizanne Lloyd reads and reviews STRAWBERRY SKY

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James & Laura

After the momentous events in Palomino Sky, the previous book of this heart-breaking trilogy, the opening paragraphs of Strawberry Sky promise contentment at last for Laura and James as they complete the improvements to their equestrian business and plan a happy life together. However, the continued disruption to their lives by Laura’s niece, Jess, and her erstwhile partner, Callum Armstrong, keeps them on an emotional roller coaster.

This time the story is told in turn from the point of view of Laura and her sister, Maggie. Maggie is in torment over Jess’s lack of affection for her daughter Kristle, and her anxiety over the success of the B & B she is running with her husband Pete, is causing her to neglect her younger daughter, Ellie. Meanwhile, Laura is anxiously hoping, each month, that she will become pregnant.

Rob, the local vet, has added a strawberry roan to the…

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Celtic Connections ~ Literary Event at #Conwy Library @JanRuthAuthor @GillyHamer #Books #wwwblogs

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Conwy library recently hosted two local authors, Jan Ruth and Gillian Hamer.

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After an introduction by Tracey Mylechraine-Payne, head librarian in charge at Conwy, Jan and Gillian talked about their books, the inspirations and passions which motivate and compel them to write.

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Jan and Gillian’s books are set in North Wales and Anglesey but differ in subject matter. Jan’s books are contemporary and very much character driven with family and relationship issues, the landscape featuring vividly, while Gillian’s writing incorporates history, the paranormal and murder mysteries, again with beautiful backdrops.

Jan read passages from her books Silver Rain, a compelling family drama, and Dark Water, the second book in the Wild Water trilogy which features an element of crime and veers into the darker side of human nature.

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Gillian also read from her books Crimson Shore, the first story in The Gold Detectives series, and The Charter, a story based…

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#Conwy Mountain Ramble with @JanRuthAuthor ~ fabulous views #Photography

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Having seen Jan’s posts about her 6+ mile hikes I admit to being a teensy bit apprehensive when we made arrangements to go for a walk on Conwy mountain. I’m more of a three (or four… possibly…on a good day) miles, and mostly on the level walker.

After going round, up and over, the pedometer app on my phone told me we’d done just over six and a half miles and climbed the equivalent of 79 floors! So, does that mean I qualify as a (mini) mountain climber?! ;-D  It was definitely worth it, and a walk I’ll do again.

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The views were incredible from all directions.

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Dwarfing the Great Orme…

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Views over the Great Orme and Little Orme with Llandudno and the bay in the distance

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Looking towards Snowdonia

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And Conwy far below..

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Jan’s photo of Finn to finish off. I think he enjoyed it too!

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