Friday, 28 August 2015


The Cephalopod Coffeehouse: August 2015

Welcome one and all to the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, a cozy gathering of book lovers, meeting to discuss their thoughts regarding the works they enjoyed most over the previous month.  

Pull up a chair, order your cappuccino and join in the fun.  

If you wish to add your own review to the conversation, please click on the above link where you can then sign on to the link list.

This month I would like to recommend a fabulous book detailing ordinary life and its ups and downs.

About the Author

Jan Ruth lives in North Wales (UK) and her books feature the rugged Welsh landscape and more often than not, her love of dogs and horses. Although she writes serious love stories with strong characterisation, she also captures the humour of modern everyday life and the endless complications of relationships.
Wild Water
(The Wild Water Series Book 1)
Jan Ruth
Approx. 324pages

Book Description from Amazon

Will life and family conspire to keep these lovers apart again?

Wild Water is the story of forty-something estate agent, Jack, who is stressed out - not only by work, bills, and the approach of Christmas, but by the feeling that he and his wife, Patsy, are growing apart.

His misgivings prove to be true when he discovers Patsy is having an affair, and is pregnant. As his marriage begins to crumble around him, he becomes reacquainted with his childhood sweetheart, Anna, whom he left for Patsy twenty-five years before.

His feelings towards Anna reawaken, but will life and family conflicts conspire to keep them apart again?


On the surface Jack Redman is a successful man, his estate agency is doing well, he has a great family and a beautiful wife who runs a beauty salon.  

Then his life begins to unravel at an alarming rate.  His wife admits to an affair and the fact that she is pregnant.  The stress of managing the business, his father’s health is not good which means he has to take on responsibility for the office in Wales as well as in Wilmslow, so he finds himself travelling up and down a motorway.  

He meets up again with his first love, who is engaged to be married, who wishes to place her ramshackle farmhouse on the market.

There are highs and lows, emotional roller coasters, a list of characters that are likeable and not so likeable, true to life in the fact that we all know people who seem to live their lives as a soap opera. 

It would have been very easy for this story to become farcical but the beauty of the writing allows the story to unfold at a fast pace without losing control of time and characterisation.


  1. This sounds like a sweet book. Thanks for the review :)

  2. Great review, The Cephalopod Coffeehouse is something I should consider since I have several books I need to give attention too. Amazing how these things pop up and I'm never prepared. :)

  3. I do love second chance romances. This one sounds pretty complicated!
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Your review has me intrigued. I might be checking this book out at the library. Thank-you.

  5. Sounds like a bumpy ride. I do admire an author who can manage pace as you have described.

  6. Nice; a romance not geared towards 20 somethings. I might actually enjoy this book.

  7. Hi Sally. This sounds like a rollicking good read with lots of maybe unhappy twists and turns. Thanks for your review. I have joined this meme again too.

  8. Hi Sally. This sounds like a rollicking good read with lots of maybe unhappy twists and turns. Thanks for your review. I have joined this meme again too.

  9. Another interesting book.
    This months books have been all over the place.
    I like that.

    cheers, parsnip