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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Al is the black sheep of his family, Kate, the good shepherd of hers. Can black and white become silver, or just a dark and dangerous grey?
Alastair Black has revealed a secret to his wife in a last ditch attempt to save his marriage. A return to his childhood family home at Chathill Farm is his only respite, although he is far from welcomed back by brother George.
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Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published November 20th 2013
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Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my 1st book by this author and I have to say I have really enjoyed it. A great mix of believable characters and enough drama and plot twists to keep you guessing.
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kate is in a position many women find themselves in at fifty; with a parent who needs extra care and a family who feel she is the one to do it. Her sister Annemarie is too caught up in her own relationship troubles to look after her own children properly and it is left to Kate to be the responsible one. Then things change and Kate starts to think about what her needs are. Tragedy strikes when Kate’s husband Greg dies in an accident after he rushes out of the door and rides off when she tells him ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Al has lost everything. He just lost his house, his marriage has fallen apart and now he must go to the one place he hasn’t been in 15 yrs. Kate lost her husband over a year ago. Though she lost him she isn’t as upset as everyone assumes. She decides to vacation at her sister in laws house to escape all the reminders of her dead husband. That is where Al and Kate meet. Though Al has brought his haughty girlfriend there is an attraction between Kate and Al that can’t be denied. Though they have a ...more
Faith Mortimer
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 consist
Shani Struthers
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having read and enjoyed Wild Water by the same author, I looked forward to Silver Rain, her latest release. Set again in Wales, it is the story of Al and Kate, both at difficult stages in their lives, meeting and finding a spark between them. Both mature people (another thing I like about Ruth's books) the path to true love does not run smoothly - as might be expected, there is baggage aplenty, including family secrets kept over the years which lead, perhaps inevitably, to animosity and heartach ...more
Cathy Ryan
Alistair Black, fifty, divorced and homeless since the house he and his ex-wife had shared has been sold, is rapidly sinking into a state of despair. His only option is to descend on his brother and sister-in-law at the their farmhouse, Chathill, where he grew up. Chathill is actually half his by right even though the brothers are not related by blood. Al and George have been estranged for the last fifteen years and Al’s edited explanation of why sealed the demise of his marriage. So, along with ...more
Sarah G
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a beautifully written story with lots of twists and turns, hidden secrets and dysfunctional families with a menagerie of farm yard animals then this is the book to check out.

This is the first book I have read of Jan Ruth’s and I have to say that I was impressed with the style of writing and how the story pulls you in so you just have to know what is going on with everyone. The art of being able to keep the attention of the reader when a secret is within the main body of th
Elizabeth Lloyd
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew on opening Silver Rain that I would be engaged by a complex family drama set in the beautiful countryside of North Wales but I hadn’t expected to have so much empathy with the two main characters Al and Kate.

Kate is a warm-hearted, mature woman with flame red hair, trying to release herself from guilt, a year after the death of her husband Greg. She is encumbered by a dysfunctional sister, Annemarie, and a frail elderly mother. Her relationship with daughter Tia is in crisis so she is loo
Jenny Lloyd
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of realistic, gritty, contemporary romance
This is the third book I’ve read by Jan Ruth and she truly never fails to deliver a rattling good contemporary romance.
The stage is set;
Going through a divorce from his wife, Helen, lovable rogue, Al, is going out with Jo who is little older than his daughter. Virtually homeless, because he has to sell his house to give his wife the lion’s share, Al turns up at his brother George’s home (which Al half owns). Al’s arrival is far from welcome, as there is an ongoing feud between Al and his brothe
Jessica Smith
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jan Ruth does it again. Complicated doesn't quite sum it up. The characters become your extended family - their turbulent relationships become your business. Sometimes you want to shake them, tell them to grow up and stop acting like idiots, but you can't help but warm to them.

This story is an endearing tale of two people daring to hope for love again. Will it be easy? Nah, of course not. Especially since lovable, immature, rogue Al is involved. Despite the fact that he clearly has his flaws, an
Gillian Hamer
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jan Ruth’s novels are all set in one of my most favourite parts of the world, so before we get onto plot and characterisation we’re already onto a winner for me.

Protagonists, Kate and Al are poles apart as people and yet similar in many ways. Both approaching middle age, with the baggage and trauma that comes with extended families. Sensible, mature Kate is the antithesis of reckless, immature Al and yet … and yet …

It’s a clichéd love story in many ways … but without any of the clichés. Instead
Alex Martin
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It took me a little longer to fall in love with naughty Al, than Ms. Ruth's other heroes. They are all delightfully flawed and none more so than silver-tongued Al. But it was hopeless, as I knew it would be, and by the end he'd won me over. Not just me either; sensible guilt-ridden Kate of the outsize conscience didn't have a chance. I'm not a regular romance fiction reader but I know good writing when I see it and this is great. Tight, nothing extraneous, emotional without soppiness, this is mo ...more
Debbie Bennett
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Eyes meet across the bathroom. Only people in Jan Ruth's books meet in such ... interesting ... circumstances and spark off unlikely relationships with such multi-faceted layers. Complex, real and genuine people. You probably know them. They have quirks and personalities, tempers and tears - and that's what makes them come alive on the page.

These people come with baggage - husbands, wives and lovers. There are secrets galore, horses, dogs and all manner of other complications. Al's left his wife
Lesley Hughes
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I struggled to read this book...because I originally got it in paperback format. As I usually read at night in bed - often into the early hours - my long-suffering partner was none too impressed! To save me from his irritable huffing I bought the Kindle version...because as with her other novels Wild Water and Dark Water I needed my nightly fix of Jan Ruth's realistic, believable, likeable yet flawed characters and evocative descriptions of their imperfect lives in North Wales.
Not your typical r
Jeannette Christer
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely fantastic. I had trouble leaving it alone and had to read full chapters before going to sleep as I couldn't settle in the middle of it. The characters are brilliantly written and well described, the reader is left feeling as if you are related to them in some way and I was sorry to finish it. If only I knew what happened next. Will there be a sequel maybe?

The chaotic lifestyle at the farm and the numerous characters involved along with their tangled love-lives was thrill
Janet Gogerty
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author, after reading an author interview I thought I would enjoy the settings and the 'real people'. I was involved straight away with the complex story and characters who we could empathise with. A cracking story and the farm central to the story has a unique character of its own.
Hannah Symonds
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book from the lovely Jan Ruth herself.With this book I would say do not judge a book by it's cover. I loved it, it had a brilliant beginning, middle and ending. I was sad when it ended. This is my first book by her and I would definitely want to read more of Jan's books. This is a modern family saga with some clever twist and turns. One not too be missed.
Lynette Sofras
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jan Ruth owes me about a week of my much-needed beauty sleep. To be fair, it's not all her fault, because I know very well that when I pick up one of her books, I'll have a long, hard struggle to put it down again until I've finished it. And 'Silver Rain' is no exception. In fact this author just continues to get better with each book she produces.

'Silver Rain' is Al and Kate's story, and though they've both waved goodbye to their forties, their love story is as fresh and poignant as Jack and Ro
Lizzy Baldwin
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the blurb suggests the book follows the struggling Ali, who going through a divorce from his wife Helen and in turn is dating the lovely Jo who is just a little older than his daughter. Struggling to find somewhere stable to live, due to the troubles of the divorce he returns to his childhood home, which is shared between himself and his brother George. Far from an easy reunion due to an ongoing argument between the two, the cracks begin to show between Al, Jo and George. Kate however is ther ...more
Suze Lavender
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Al has reviewed his deepest and darkest secret to his wife and now she wants to divorce him. He hasn't been alone for long and has a younger girlfriend. He doesn't want to live with her though and because he has no place to stay he returns to his childhood home. Half of it is his, but his brother George is living there with his wife and daughter and Al isn't welcome. Because George can't kick him out Al is now living at the farm. Kate is visiting, she wants to stay for a week to have a bit of a ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Marshmallow or nougat? A marshmallow that’s soft and sweet, easy to swallow but immediately forgotten? Or nougat that’s something to get your teeth into and you want to enjoy for a bit longer?

Silver Rain is nougat.

What a delightful story. It boasts a cast of solid, credible characters. Few of them win any medals for being perfect, but it’s precisely their lack of stereotype that makes them so believable and thoroughly likeable.

What is also rather charming is the fact that this romance’s boy a
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
There was so much I enjoyed about this lovely book - but first and foremost, the two very real main characters, Al (Alasdair) and Kate. Both damaged by life experiences, these are two people who really capture your heart. My heart ached for Kate dealing with the aftermath of the death of her husband, while juggling her demanding mother, indifferent daughter and horrendous sister. Al is quite wonderful - immensely likeable despite your initial less than favourable impression, desperately trying t ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Jan Ruth!

While Silver Rain is set in Wales it could easily be set anywhere in the world. Silver Rain tells overlapping stories of middle life Kate and Al who find themselves in very different situations in their lives. Kate's second husband has recently died and she goes to visit her sister-in-law while trying to get her head around whether or not she actually loved her husband, what she is going to do about her hopeless sister and who is going to look after her ageing mo
Billy Buttons
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recently entered and was a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title Silver Rain
Author: Jan Ruth
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 29

Readers’ Comments
‘I thought this was a charming story. I enjoyed the fact the characters were not too young; subsequently they were interesting and complicated. The setting is well described and important to the story. Very enjoyable.’ Female reader, aged46
‘This is predominantly a romance and a very good one
Jan Ruth’s novels are all set in one of my most favourite parts of the world, so before we get onto plot and characterisation we’re already onto a winner for me.

Protagonists, Kate and Al are poles apart as people and yet similar in many ways. Both approaching middle age, with the baggage and trauma that comes with extended families. Sensible, mature Kate is the antithesis of reckless, immature Al and yet … and yet …

It’s a clichéd love story in many ways … but without any of the clichés. Instead
Carol W
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-kindle
The storyline for this novel centres on the family home of Al and his brother George. George, his wife and daughter live on the family farm which has come into disrepair. George's wife, Fran cares more for her ever growing fur family than she does her marriage and home.

Al comes to stay at the farm in an attempt to get his brother George to sell the farm and give him his inheritance. As with many families there is tension between the brothers but it runs much deeper than the sale of the farm.

Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another great read by Jan Ruth.
I have devoured all of her other books so deliberatly took my time before starting this one, the time between them coming out seems so long!
That didn't last long though.
I have fallen a little in love with all of Jan's heroes so far, particularly James - but that's another story! (Midnight Sky)
Al was no different, a little older (more experienced), rugged with a twinkle in his eye. That's how I saw him - as usual with her characters - he jumped up off the page.
I lov
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely stunning read. And that is a level of praise I reserve for only the very best books. First of all you have the main characters, Al and Kate, both of whom positively jump off the page and grab you by the hand, demanding you come along with them on their respective journeys. The writing is beautiful and evocative, but never dull; the plot is tight and paced just right; the dialogue is so believable you almost forget you are reading fiction and not merely listening to conversa ...more
Debbie Young
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
A rewarding family saga blending together memorable, realistic, flawed characters in a vivid setting with a real sense of place. This is an engaging, honest novel for mature readers (the two key characters are 50ish) about normal people with baggage, trying to rebuild their lives and find new relationships after earlier ones have failed.

Labelling alternative chapters with the name of one or other of the key characters, and shifting viewpoint accordingly, added tension and suspense to the "will-t
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another absolutely brilliant reads from Jan Ruth.

What can I say about Al. I thought him very immature at the start of the book even in his fifties. He annoyed me being with Jo as although she was very much younger, emotionally she seemed more mature.

Kate seemed one confusing lady sometimes, but at a pinnacle in her life it wasn't surprising.

There's a lot that happens in this book but with Jan's sense of fun and wittism comes through I am sure of it in the naming of the animals!!! A pig named Bac
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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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