Jump! (Rutshire Chronicles #9)
Etta Bancroft - sweet, kind, still beautiful - adores racing and harbours a crush on one of its stars, the handsome, high-handed owner-trainer Rupert Campbell-Black. When her bullying husband dies, Etta's selfish, ambitious children drag her from her lovely Dorset home to live ...more
The blurb does a good job of outlining the storyline so I can't really add much. Just to say that as always there is a huge cast of characters, lots of temperamental animals (I love how we get to hear what they're thinking) and fabulous settings of rolli ...more
That being said ... not quite as out and out raunchy as I recall, although I can't say that bothered me much, sex is more ...more
Jump! is a return to the world of horse racing, bringing back much loved characters as well as introducing a whole raft of new ones. The pace varies throughout the book, I felt that at times it plodded along beautifully giving the characters time to develop and then with the turn of a page ...more
Alas, squaring Jilly isn't all reward--there are even more characters and even more shifting and sorting of trysts, romantic and otherwise. 'Jump' will take a more careful reader than I'l ...more
The irrepressible Jilly is back! Plenty of old favourites, like Rupert Campbell-Black, along with a whole new village of characters to fall in love with. Etta Bancroft, newly widowed and completely bullied by her awful offspring is moved to a tiny bungalow in the Gloucestershire town of Willowwood. One snowy night she rescues a filly that has been horribly mutilated and while the previous owner is tracked down through DNA re ...more
Following the death of her domineering husband Sampson, Etta Bancroft is uprooted from her home by her childre ...more
I was going all right until I hit the two chapters where Etta and Dora walk around th ...more
There’s something about Jilly Cooper’s sense of humour that just draws you in. Her books are like serial dramas. You get wrapped around the characters’ lives and are fully submerged for the durat...more
Etta’s life is transformed when she finds a horribly mutilated filly wandering in the woods.She names herMrs Wilkinson and nurses her back to health. The fi ...more
1. Far TOO MANY characters. Crammed into every page too, like a traffic report where everyone is sitting what everyone is saying... just over the top. Instead of being interesting it bogged it down in too much endless listing through the rota.
2. The only thing on earth that made me want to read this book was that it was abou ...more
I asked one of my Goodreads friends for recommendations of a book with a woman who has a lot of hard luck and then it gets worse. This was the book. Poor Etta. I think she only got pure happiness on last page. That puts me off that request. Etta got walked over pretty good. Towards that end it made her look pretty dim. She only stands up to some one who truly loves her.
The name and the cover sounds pretty well, but when I started it off, all I felt was disappointment. A novel consisted of 907 pages, longer than the usual ...more
Also, I have managed to do something dreadful to my lower back and can't straighten up. So I find myself on Ibuprofen and Solpadeine Max and still lying miserably and painfully in my bed. As always, I have a huge stack of bo ...more