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Once the Clouds Have Gone

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Nine years after leaving the small Scottish town where she’d grown up, Tag Grainger is forced to return following the sudden death of her father—and back to a life she’s long since put behind her. After inheriting a share in a family business she wants no part in, Tag is overwhelmed by the dark clouds of her past: her brother can’t forgive her, the nephew she adored ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Bold Strokes Books (first published October 13th 2014)
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Dec 27, 2014 Agirlcandream rated it really liked it

I received a copy of this book from Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed reading Once the Clouds Have Gone by K E Payne.

The authors descriptions of the town of Balfour make the town another character in the book. The reader has no trouble envisioning each scene as Tag deals with the death of her father and the return to the community she turned her back on many years before when she felt she could not live by her father's expectations.

I would have loved t
Mar 31, 2016 Anja rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful, heart-warming story about leaving, being lost and finding yourself again. It's well written and you can't help to fall in love with the main characters Tag and Freddie and all the people around them and with Balfour (a wonderful town in Scotland). I want to go there and have fun at the ceilidh. I really do, and when I'm there, I will do a bread-making course ;) this book has all a good romance needs.
Oct 18, 2014 Penny rated it liked it
Good romance.
I liked the characters, but mostly the location. Scotland is one of the places that most ignites my curiosity. I would love to visit it one day. Also, the idea of family reconnection and local small business is always cozy. I just thought the plot got a little weak at some point, in the sense that the reasons that made Tag leave weren't exactly clear. It all seemed a bit unjustifiable.
The romance is pretty vanilla, which must be a remnant of the fact that the author writes mostly YA
This is a well written book with charming characters. Nothing more and nothing less than a nice story.
Sep 20, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
Note: This ARC was provided by Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Once the Clouds Have Gone" is a contemporary romance novel by KE Payne and brings the story of a young woman returning to a place she stopped considering home and a family that she moved away from. She also returns to a town that would be rich if it could profit on all the gossiping the locals did. Since the death of her mother, she's been trying to find something that she believed to be missing fro
Stevie Carroll
Nov 17, 2014 Stevie Carroll rated it it was amazing
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and the Unread:

There are times when I really appreciate stories about ordinary people in relatively ordinary situations – a setup that seems to occur more in books by British authors than in their US counterparts (or maybe I just find it easier to relate to the ordinariness of the British characters and situations). KE Payne may just turn into a go-to author for me on the occasions when I don’t want extraordinary characters in improbable situations; even
Terry Baker
Oct 25, 2014 Terry Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When eighteen year old Tag Grainger left her home in the small Scottish town of Balfour she’d grown up in, little did she know it would be nine long years before she would return. When Tag does return, it’s under a cloud after the sudden death of her father.

Tag is thrown back into a life she never thought she’d have again. The fact that Tag has inherited a half share of the family business with her antagonistic brother Blair, almost sends Tag running back to her home in Liverpool.

Tag’s brother
Once the Clouds Have Gone by KE Payne is the story of Tag, who left her childhood home when she was about 19 years old. Now she has to get back to the place she hasn’t visited in many years because her father died and left her half of their family’s historical mill. Only, Tag didn’t leave home on good terms. She left her family behind and hardly ever checked in with them so her brother is rightfully pissed with her in the beginning of the story.

But this is only the setting for the whole romance
Jan 15, 2015 Gina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, netgalley
Tag Grainger is forced to return home following the unexpected death of her father. Tag is faced with a life she thought she left behind and subjected to whispers everywhere she goes. She longs for escape when she meets Freddie Metcalfe, who influences Tag to reevaluate her situation.

Tag Grainger is probably one of my literary characters that I have encountered. And I think that is primarily because I identify so completely with her. Much like Tag, I left home at 18 only to be forced to return r
Feb 18, 2016 Melee rated it it was ok
Our library ordered a number of LGBT romance novels from Bold Strokes Books, and I keep reading them even though I don't really enjoy the romance genre at all. (But I'm also lesbian trash so I will read almost anything if it involves woman-loving women.) However this book flat-out bored me. I'm not sure if it's because it's worse than the rest or I've hit my limit. Either way I should probably steer clear from these books for a while. Until I'm driven back to them when I've exhausted my supply ...more
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KE Payne was born in Bath, the English city, not the tub, and after leaving school she worked for the British government for fifteen years, which probably sounds a lot more exciting than it really was.
Fed up with spending her days moving paperwork around her desk and making models of the Taj Mahal out of paperclips, she packed it all in to go to university in Bristol and graduated as a mature stud
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