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Midnight Sky (The Midnight Sky Series: #1)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  41 reviews
How can we harness the future if the past will not set us free? An emotive story of love, loss and letting go.

Opposites attract? Laura Brown, interior designer and James Morgan-Jones, horse whisperer - and Midnight Sky, a beautiful but damaged steeplechaser.
Laura seems to have it all; glamorous job, charming boyfriend. Her sister Maggie struggles with mon
Published (first published January 1st 2012)
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Faith Mortimer
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Midnight Skye is the third book of Jan Ruth that I’ve read…and I was not disappointed. I’ve said before that Ms Ruth writes with passion and intelligence, and as before, this book has plenty of that.

Although primarily a romance, (Laura, Simon and James) it is far more than that. The novel crosses over into other genre, relationships within families, between couples, siblings and old love just for starters. We also see how one of the main characters (James, a hor
Rosie Amber
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Midnight Sky has a lovely rural setting in North Wales near Snowdonia, with a smaller minor setting in Chester. Laura Brown lives with her partner Simon and together they run Dragon Designs. They are property developers.

Laura's sister Maggie lives at Hafod House in North Wales and invites Laura to her birthday party where she meets locals Liz and James Morgan-Jones who run a stable yard. They have some cottages that need modernising and making profitable, Maggie hopes Laura can land
Luccia Gray
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Midnight Sky is a contemporary family drama and romance, with touches of humour, which lighten some of the intense moments.
The plot revolves around the lives of Laura, her partner Simon, and her sister Maggie’s family, on the one hand, and James, a brooding horse whisperer, who is dealing with many personal issues, on the other.
I loved the setting, partly in Chester, but mainly in Rowen, a small village in the Welsh countryside, and the nearby beaches, farmland, cottages, country lanes an
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All
This is a a lovely novel, but note, it is a roller coaster ride on your emotions. It made me cry, angry, say aah, but also made me laugh, and even see bits of myself in one of the characters, then another person I know related to another character. This is what makes Jan Ruth's novels so strong, they have very realistic characters that you can so easily relate to.
This story's main setting is in beautiful Snowdonia, North Wales, and much of it relates to a riding stable/school that young widower
Cathy Speight
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a romance, and although it doesn’t take too long to realise who is going to get together with whom, the predictability that is inseparable from romances ends there. This novel has a Welsh and equestrian setting.

Laura, a talented interior designer, loves her boyfriend, Simon, (who has an ex-wife and two children). James is still in love with his wife, who has been dead for two years. Apart from being
Julie Eberhart Painter
Laura is pregnant and brimming with emotions. In love with Simon, a divorcing man whose wife doesn’t want to let go completely, she struggles to hold on. Simon is more interested in money and their interior design business than in her. In the course of her work day, she comes upon James, a horse-whispering sensitive widower, who's teaching her sister Maggie’s out-of-control teen to ride. Laura and her sister are very different. Maggie’s problems are more to be expected. She supports her sister, ...more
Alex Martin
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait for Jan Ruth to write another love story for me to consume in one satisfying gulp. Midnight Sky has a charisma to it, partly based on the beauty of the horses and their horse whisperer and partly due to the countryside that Ms Ruth paints so vividly. Ms Ruth's work is always evocative of place and season and none more so than in Midnight Sky. The difference between town and country living is well drawn without being obvious and the characters are broad, funny and contemporary. There ...more
Kate Wyland
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Midnight Sky is a romantic family saga set in contemporary Wales. Two sisters face quite different challenges and manage to find their own answers. Laura, pregnant with her lover’s child, must make a difficult choice, while her sister Maggie deals with a drama-queen teenager and a husband going through a mid-life crisis. Add in a handsome horse trainer still grieving for his dead wife and a damaged steeplechaser that he is trying to rescue and you have a fascinating picture of a life in a lesser ...more
Valerie Poore
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I haven't got much time to write a review, so this one won't be long, but I have to say I have found this book totally compelling. From the first page, Ms Ruth's characters draw the reader in and I became completely immersed in the story, the wonderful Welsh setting, and the complexities of the charcters' lives. I loved the 'secondary characters', being the dogs and horses too. The author knows her four footed friends so well! Another winner from Jan Ruth, and I know I'll definitely be reading t ...more
Kirsteen Price
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Jan Ruth book and I can't wait to read more, Midnight Sky combines some of my favourite things, strong sassy women, complicated men and horses all set against the wonderful Welsh countryside. A very modern love story, give it a try.
Shell Baker
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read by Jan Ruth and is also the first one in the series and it certainly won't be my last. First of all I have to say Midnight Sky isn't my normal kind of read but I thought I would give it a whirl. Has they say you don't know until you try it. To my surprise I really did enjoy it. Infact I cannot wait to read the next one in this stunning series.

Mainly set in North Wales we meet Interior designer Laura Brown who lives with her partner Simon. Her s
Becky Prunty
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written, especially lovely was the location. I love a book that accurately can portray horses and horseman. It is a rare skill if you don't live that love and share that passion. James is that character than all women are drawn to. Strong, sensitive but flawed and often hard to understand. I found this book series on a Goodreads group for horse books. Thanks for that book promotion or I would never have found it. Most books with horses and romance are beyond disappointing. This one i ...more
Tanya Phillips
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second of Jan Ruth’s books that I have read and I was pleased to be asked to review a second.

Midnight Sky is centred on Laura and her family and relationships. Laura is a self-made woman with lots of drive and passion who cares greatly for her only sister Maggie and her family. She has a dad who lives in Ireland with whom she has a very strained relationship and through the novel you discover why this is. Simon Laura’s partner and her are property developers and own a com
Cathy Ryan
4.5 stars

James is a widower and, in the two years since his wife’s sudden death, has built an impenetrable wall around himself and is in a very dark place emotionally. He runs an equestrian centre with his sister, Liz, and finds it hard to do much else other bury himself in work until he, literally, drops with fatigue.

Laura and her lover, Simon, run a property development and interior design company and are working and living together. Laura and Simon had an affair while
Georgia Rose
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Jan Ruth for gifting me a copy of Midnight Sky which I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. I chose this book because of its countryside setting and its romantic and horsey themes. The main character in this story is Laura who is living with Simon and the guilt of breaking up his marriage. His ex-wife (though they are yet to divorce) is irritatingly demanding of Simon and his time and I wished both he and Laura would stand up to her more. Maggie, Laura’s sister, is very differe ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horse-books-read
I was in the middle of a flight and the middle of this book, welling up with tears and wiping my nose with my sleeve. I thought I was being discreet with my sappiness, but the woman next to me (who was also reading) noticed my sniffles and offered me her napkin. I then proceeded to gush over Midnight Sky while patting my eyes with a tiny cocktail napkin ... yes, it's that good! And, I'm certain the woman next to me purchased her own copy as soon as she got off the flight.

This is my first Jan Ru
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My memories of how I first came across the author Jan Ruth are I am sorry to say confused in my mind, the year I have had I think I can be forgiven. It was I know early in the year when I discovered that she is based in Wales and that Midnight Sky is actually set in Snowdonia National Park, which I am now living right on the edge of. Well I just had to read it as the locations of a novel are always of great interest to me. It was very evident from her writing that the author has a strong connect ...more
Vanessa Wester
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if it was the cover or the blurb, or both, but something drew me to this one. I can tell you I was not disappointed!

It's difficult to explain a story like this in a review, because it was so real! There were a lot of characters who I loved and a lot of issues discussed, which I consider really important. Also, the fact that I know so little about horses added an extra depth to the plot.

So, let's start with the characters. Laura is a pretty, talented home desi
Elizabeth Lloyd
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If any book can convert me into a horse lover it will be this one. I am still frightened of horses but I now have an idea of the empathy experienced by some people with special horses. Midnight Sky has a magical quality but she is a damaged horse, desperately in need of a sensitive horse whisperer. James Morgan-Jones, with his sad green eyes, is the one person who can restore her confidence, even though he is incapable of recovering any sort of personal life since the tragic death of his wife Ca ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from Jan Ruth!

Midnight Sky is set between the UK City of Chester and the small Welsh country town of Rowen with two sisters as opposite as the towns themselves. Laura Brown is a creative interior designer with a swish city apartment and glamour stylish partner and the seeming "perfect life" her sister Maggie lives in a small country town with a workaholic slob of a husband, a feral almost 18 year-old daughter Jess and a younger autistic daughter her life seems to b
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jan Ruth writes excellent novels, full of real belief live living stories with real emotions coming from each turn of the page.

I LOVED this book, I am from the UK and just over the bridge from Wales, and not that far from Chester, so the dialogue in this book was excellent and a good breather for me to read. I've been reading a lot of US based writers lately, so this was a breath of fresh air.

This is a case of 'the grass looks greener on the other side' but is it? Her sis
Elizabeth Jasper
As someone who loves horses, this romance had everything for me. Fabulous settings, wonderful horses, interesting characters and a lovely Celtic background to the whole story.

Jan Ruth has a real gift for bringing together disparate characters and drawing out the very best in them, with their conflicts, desires, secrets and loves.

Laura is in love with her business partner, property developer Simon, but he has baggage in the form of a rapacious ex-wife, Alice and their two demanding c
Shani Struthers
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having loved Silver Rain and the Dark Water series, I've been keen to get on with Midnight Sky for a while and, as per usual with Jan's work, I loved it. A slow burn romance as well as a look at life and people in general, we follow the threads of interior designer, Laura's life, that of horse whisperer, James Morgan-Jones and Laura's beleaguered sister, Maggie, who's trying to hold her family as well as herself together. There are romantic moments, comic moments and poignant moments, moments th ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laura is in a relationship with Simon, who is more attentive to his ex-wife and his balance sheet than he is to her. When she falls pregnant he shows his true colours and isn’t there when she needs him most. James, a widower of two years, is the perfect gentleman but with a deep sorrow of his own which encompasses his whole character and stops anyone human really getting close to him. Maggie, Laura’s sister, has problems of her own and thinks the grass is greener on her sister’s side of the fenc ...more
Kate Hanney
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book just gets better and better with every turn of a page. The reader is totally drawn into the lives of the characters, who are so real they could live next door. Complex and convincing, you can't help loving them all - the whole cast - because they have flaws and feelings, and their lives are a mixture of highs and lows that ring completely true. I especially love the equine themes that run through the book, and the author's description of setting is fantastic - I've never been to that p ...more
Jessica Smith
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished this book and WOW! Jan Ruth is a master of portraying the magic in the humdrum of the real world. When I say the real world I mean the stunning, rural landscape of Wales and the very real, complicated characters that inhabit it. She takes you there - an eavesdropper at their private conversations, sharing in their trials and their joys. A truly lovely book, beautifully written and packaged up in a stunning cover (I have the paperback). The characters stay with you; you root for them, yo ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author's books are just wonderful - a beautiful love story, lovely descriptions of the Welsh landscape, humour and wonderful characters.

Back Cover Blurb:
Opposites attract? Laura Brown, interior designer and James Morgan-Jones, horse whisperer. And Midnight Sky, a beautiful but damaged steeplechaser.
Laura seems to have it all, glamorous job, charming boyfriend. Her sister, Maggie, struggles with money, difficult children and an unresponsive husband. She envies her sis
Siobhan Daiko
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read the blurb for “Midnight Sky” and saw that the hero is a horse-whisperer, I just had to read it. The first word that springs to mind now I’ve finished it is, “Wow!” I absolutely loved it. Fell in love with James Morgan-Jones and really wanted him and Laura to get together. Won’t give any spoilers, though. For me, the best thing about losing myself in a romance is the ‘Will he? Won’t she?’ element, which Jan Ruth exploits beautifully. There’s a whole host of realistic characters in thi ...more
Christoph Fischer
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I heard so much good about Jan Ruth's writing that I feared I would be disappointed. Turns out, I was not. The book is really well writte and has characters with substance and bite.
There is a dark tone to it that befits the setting in North Wales and Chester. You immediately picture dark and moody 'Hinterland' scenery. Knowing the area well personally has helped me to visualise is and feel the setting.
There is a lot of drama in the family and romantic relations portrayed, tough choices, c
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favourites
I didn't want this book to end. I loved it!
I love how the writer builds up the chemistry between the main characters so slowly, yet paints them in so vividly. I fancied James immediately!
We live in Snowdonia, so enjoyed the local references.
I wish I had discovered Jan Ruth when she has 20 books out! I have devoured both her books - LOVED Wild Water and was a tiny bit scared of not loving Midnight Sky. I needn't have worried, I was immediately hooked and loving it completely. Sa
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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