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Three couple in crisis. Multiple friendships under pressure.

On-off-on lovers Daniel and Tina return to their childhood town near Snowdonia. After twenty five years together, they marry in typically chaotic fashion, witnessed by old friends Victoria and Linda who become entangled in the drama, their own lives changing beyond recognition.

But as all their marriages begin to
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Published June 2012
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Jo Barton
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story opens with a wedding but as the possibilities of love and happy ever afters start to falter, three couples are faced with the realities of life in more ways than one. Tina, Daniel, Linda and Victoria are old friends, but time has changed the focus of their lives until one fateful year when their stories collide and coalesce and life for all of them will never be the same again.

Set against the majestic background of Snowdonia, the skilful absorption of the beautiful Welsh countryside i
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Elizabeth Jasper
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book for the Awesome Indies website, where only the best Indie books with the highest quality of writing and production are accepted.

What a great read! From the very first sentence, the reader is intrigued by the events taking place. Who could not wonder why Victoria was not remotely interested in what appears to be the local wedding of the year? By the end of the third paragraph, by means of subtle signals, I was hooked - needing to know who were these rakish individuals getting
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Cathy Ryan
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Daniel and Tina decide to cement their on-off relationship of twenty-five years with a marriage ceremony in the town they grew up in, near Snowdonia in North Wales. They start their married life living in the hotel Daniel is renovating but things between the newly weds begin to crumble after just a few months. Tina is keeping an overwhelming secret and doing her best to deal with it in the only way she feels she can. By pushing Daniel away, partly to prove she can cope on her own becaus
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carol
This is a very good contemporary story about human relationships, intrigue and romance all set in a beautiful part of Snowdonia in North Wales. The place and people come to life in Jan Ruth's descriptive, very accomplished and realistic story. Her characters are well developed, plausible, as if real people, that the reader can't help but develop both affinities and aversions to, as I did. Her story begins at the wedding of Daniel to Tina with those dreaded events that gives it that black comedy ...more
Eleri
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favourites
Wow. Just finished. I've laughed and cried, and cried a bit more, happy tears and sad ones. Daniel is amazing. Ms Ruth's best hero yet? Wow, yes, he warrants another wow. Strong and capable, warm hearted and sensitive. Loving and sexy. Looking for Mr perfect, here he is. Human though and open to confusion, hurt and reacting to it, just like the rest of us. Daniel is the main character, but the other characters are vivid and captivating too. Victoria is stunning, been through hell and turning her ...more
Alex Martin
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Please, please can I order a Daniel to take home. Doesn't need gift wrapping, I'll take him warts and all. Not that he had any. Just charm, chaos, integrity and a massive loving heart. Not a cardboard cutout hero but a real, believable man. He was joined by an able cast of characters, each with their own involving stories. Jan Ruth intertwines them all with great skill, humour and compassion. Luckily for me, I know she has two other books already written and I can't wait to wrap myself up in the ...more
Georgia Rose
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to this book by the beautiful front cover and was so glad I’d chosen it. The main characters for me were Daniel, Tina, Victoria and Linda and this book tells the story of their tangled lives and of the family and friends around them. Besides the main characters, which are well fleshed out, there are many others that Ruth skilfully handles, threading their lives in amongst the main storyline. I really grew to care for the characters and what was going to happen to them in the wonderfu ...more
Patrick Fox
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
White Horizon is not the sort of book I would normally read, and, to be fair, I am not part of the target readership for the book. My usual reading consists of thrillers and crime fiction, but this year I have been trying other genres, which is how I came to read this book. And I am glad I did. There are as many twists and turns in this tale, as in the average thriller. The cast of characters are well-drawn and believable, and you are quickly drawn in to their lives. The locations are beautifull ...more
Seb
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘White Horizon’, one in a series of novels by Jan Ruth set in Snowdonia, is an expertly observed portrait of life in North Wales. I like the way the author captures the rhythm of life in the country, the wry humour of its people and their characteristic voices in the telling of tales and in their conversation.

This story of three couples, their hopes and fears during changes in their lives, is handled masterfully and will draw you in.

Jan Ruth is an accomplished storyteller, as is made clear on
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Maggie
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this, the fist of Jan Ruth's books I've read. The tale of three intertwined couples is fast paced and takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster set in beautiful Snowdonia. Ruth writes about real people who find a place in the reader's heart.
Lynsey Brennan
This was the second of Jan Ruth's novels I have read, and having thoroughly enjoyed the first (Wild Water), I was looking forward to reading another of her publications. Although I would describe Jan Ruth's novels as 'women's fiction' it is certainly not 'chick-lit' and she deals with some quite gritty and serious issues within her writing.

White Horizon focuses on the relationships of three couples - Dan and Tina, Linda and Mike and Victoria and Max. The story begins at the wedding of Dan and T
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Rosie Amber
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The essentials of life; having someone to love, having something to do and something to look forward to," advice that Daniel Woods would probably agree with on his wedding day but words which he wouldn't actually understand until circumstances force his eyes wide open.

White Horizon is a contemporary family relationships/ romance set in and around Snowdonia and Manchester. Dan and Tina are about to get married, a regular Bonnie & Clyde in their youth, they are finally tying the knot.

With mon
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Debbie Bennett
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dan and Tina, Linda and Mike, Victoria and Max. Three couples who haven't really kept in touch in all those years since school meet up at Dan and Tina's wedding and it's a catalyst for all of them. Different people, different lives and yet all are searching for happiness in their own way. For Dan, it's all about investing his inheritance - making a new life for himself and his new wife. But Tina has secrets of her own and when she won't confide in her husband, he turns to other arms for comfort. ...more
Elizabeth Lloyd
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel begins with the wedding of Daniel and Tina after they have been together in a tempestuous relationship for 25 years. It is witnessed by the whole local community including old school-friends Linda and Victoria whose own marriages are disintegrating. From the moment that Daniel walks into the church in old torn jeans, covered in plaster, it looks as if this marriage is also on the rocks but is it just the curse of the hotel which Daniel has just taken over?

Cefn Cyfarwydd, Daniel’s hote
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Bodicia
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The scene is set by the lovely Victoria who has an abusive husband Max. I felt a lot of compassion for her in the beginning but then as the book went on my feelings towards this character began to change as her true colours came to the forefront. There are a lot of emotions in this book; lives are entangled and decisions made which threaten the happiness of all. The heroine for me was Tina who showed them all what true love really is.

I found myself quite emotionally involved, particularly with T
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Natasza Waters
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Usually a story line has a beginning, a middle and an end. White Horizon has a middle and an evolution. Dropping into the every day lives of a large character cast is difficult, but Jan was able to introduce her characters quickly. Daniel the good-hearted but flawed hero, his wife and long time love Tina, who I didn't care for at all, and his rebound love interest Victoria, a woman who grew wings and left an abusive husband, were the main characters.

I personally love dialogue written by authors
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sue
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I didn't know what to expect as I've not read one of Jan Ruth's publications before.

I started this book on an evening where I could sit by myself with no distractions, I do that each time I start a new book. As I said, I didn't know what to expect, but this lived up to more, much more to my expectations than I thought. I was drawn to the cover, excellent cover, then to what the story was going to be about. Thing is, that's just the tip of the iceberg, the story g
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Joanne
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the first novel by Jan Ruth that I've read, and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the way the narrative followed three couples whose lives were intertwined, and the author didn't shy away from difficult topics, or gloss over the complications that arise in difficult relationships.

At first, the writing seems deceptively simple and straightforward, but before long I was so immersed in the lives of the characters I found myself thinking about them when away from the book, and I finished far m
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Bernadette Robinson
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The story centres mostly on Daniel and Tina who have known each other since being at School together. As we meet them we are thrown into their Wedding and given some insight into their relataionship and family. Before long though things happen and the relationship between Daniel and Tina takes a turn for the worse.

We are introduced to two other couples who are friends of theirs and before long the relationships of all six are being interwoven and at times it's hard to know where one couple ends
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Ruby Barnes
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed White Horizon. The characters are so real I can instantly retrieve them from my memory, even now several weeks after having finished reading. Daniel's touches of humour, his natural confidence and haphazard approach to life are a breath of fresh Welsh mountain air. Tina embodies a misguided self-sacrificing mentality that can be so destructive. Victoria - exquisite in her vulnerability but self-serving. It can be a challenge to distinguish between the players in a tangled web pl ...more
Jeannette Christer
I couldn't put this down. It is a real page turner. I love Jan Ruth's books as they are gritty and real and she knows how to write. The characters are so real that you can't help thinking about how they are going to end up after all the heartache. The realism and family dramas are so believable that the reader can't help but be drawn into their lives. The backgrounds and settings are all described with accuracy and the friendships which are challenged between the pages of this story are recognis ...more
Christoph Fischer
“White Horizon” by Jan Ruth is a gripping relationship drama set in the beautiful Welsh Mountains of Snowdonia. Three couples face their own respective issues as one couple marries only to fall out soon after.
Each character is drawn deeply and with secrets, affairs and some terrible issues to deal with, the book has a lot going on within the space of just one year. Ruth deals with all issues sensitively and shows the turmoil her characters are going through well.
I loved the title, which implies
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Shani Struthers
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few books lately that I haven't really got on with so I needed a sure fire hit. Having read two of Jan Ruth's books already, I thought this would be a safe bet. Well it was but more than that it was hard to put down! Perhaps my favourite so far, I loved the two main characters Dan and Tina but to be honest, all of the supporting cast were great (with the exception of bad guy, Max!) As I've come to expect from Ruth, the plot is tight, the Welsh location evocative and the people down t ...more
Carol W
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle
The novel takes place over a year in the life of these main characters and right from the outset I really cared for these characters, even when I was really not sure of some of the choices they made.

Oh my goodness, this novel, was gritty, gripping and a real page turner.It was realistic and not sensationalised. I really enjoyed the author's writing style and ability to draw me right into these relationships. I shall be reading more of Jan Ruth's novels.

One of my Top reads for this year!

5 out
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Penelope
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing


Friends drawn together decades later, at the marriage of school pals. The stories of each couple are woven together into a well told story; each showing their own weaknesses and realisations of what each of their needs now are.

For Victoria, Daniel was just a stepping stone. One that often happens after a marriage of abuse and manipulation. Tina too shortsighted to see the goodness in the man she has just married.

The characters are strong and believable. Beautiful scenes brought to life by grea
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Peggy
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


An amazing story line that is so well written and lessons to be learned as well as all the twist and turns that you will read right here in this book! Jan Ruth was a new-to-me author and I am very pleased with reading her book! Them emotions run high as Ruth takes you in and out of the lives of the characters. You get the sense as you play the role as if it's happening to you right then and there! With so many issues that lay in some of the relationships, I can't tell you that you won't scream
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An amazing story line that is so well written and lessons to be learned as well as all the twist and turns that you will read right here in this book! Jan Ruth was a new-to-me author and I am very pleased with reading her book! Them emotions run high as Ruth takes you in and out of the lives of the characters. You get the sense as you play the role as if it's happening to you right then and there! With so many issues that lay in some of the relationships, I can't tell you that you won't scream a ...more
Ey
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-loved
White Horizon has more drama than any soap opera. I loved it. There is so much life in each character you become invested in what happens to them. I read their stories wishing I had a remote to fast forward to see what would be the next thing to happen to them because the suspense was so unbearable.

Jan is a thorough descriptive writer who causes you to live right along with the characters.


(C) Ey Wade 2012 all rights reserved and all rights granted to the author of reviewed book.
Ian
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A rewarding read here from Jan Ruth. This story set in and around Wales is very descriptive of not only the characters but of the locations as well.
The roller coaster ride that is the life of Daniel and Tina is the base of this story.

The story was gradually unravelled quite expertly by the author and having got to THE END I was left hoping there might be a `part two' to follow at some point in the future.
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Deborah
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful descriptions, fantastic characters and a believable plot that holds your attention from page one to the end. This book kept me reading until I had finished it in one sitting. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the relationships between all of the main characters. Definately recommended reading for those who like a romance that isn't overly slushy.
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Jan Ruth lives in Snowdonia, a mountainous area of North Wales, UK. Jan writes contemporary fiction about the darker side of the family dynamic, often blending life in rural Wales with a touch of city business. Her style is best described as fast-paced and realistic, with a sprinkling of dry humour.

The real story began at school, with prizes for short stories and poetry. She failed all things math
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