Water Colours in The Rain By Jo Lambert #GuestReview By J A. Warnock #BookBlog

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Book Synopsis 

WATERCOLOURS IN THE RAIN

What happens to the future when past and present collide?

JESS: Six years ago Jess’s relationship with Talún Hansen was torn apart by one night of deception. He disappeared from Lynbrook village and she headed for university vowing never to let anyone break her heart again. Currently teaching in Oxford, Jess returns from holiday to an unexpected phone call and life changing news which eventually sees her returning home.

TALÚN: Six years on Talún Hawkeswood, as he is now known, is heir to his grandfather’s Norfolk farming empire. When he hears of trouble in the village due to Lynbrook Hall being put up for sale, going back is the last thing on his mind. But staying away is not an option either, not when someone he owes so much to is about to lose their home and their livelihood.

LILY: Splitting with her husband after her son Josh’s birth, Lily now works as part of an estate agency sales team. She has always held onto her dream of finding a wealthy husband and a life of self-indulgence. When the sale of an important property brings her face to face with Talún, she realises despite the risks involved, the night they spent together six years ago could be the key to making those dreams come true. As Jess, Talún and Lily return to Lynbrook and the truth about what happened that summer is gradually revealed, Talún finds himself in an impossible situation.

As Jess, Talún and Lily return to Lynbrook and the truth about what happened that summer is gradually revealed, Talún finds himself in an impossible situation. Still, in love with Jess he is tied into a trade off with Lily: his name and the lifestyle she craves in exchange for his son. And when a child is involved there is only one choice he can make…

 

The Review by J A. Warnock 

‘Watercolours in the Rain’ by Jo Lambert is a lovely if slightly old-fashioned, novel centred around the inhabitants of a small, rural community. On the whole an enjoyable read but I had a couple of niggles with the book. While I certainly don’t want to put off prospective readers, they do bear mentioning.
To explain the first I have to talk about the structure of the book which I like a lot. The story is told from multiple perspectives and jumps around in terms of timeline. This has the effect of giving the reader more information than each individual character and makes for a more active reading as we mentally implore the characters not to believe things we know to be lies or to say out loud things they only say to themselves.  Lambert does not give up everything at once and leaves some of the connections to the reader. My only niggle with this is she had me re-reading passages and occasionally doubting my sanity. Sometimes characters make oblique references to events past which have been alluded to by other characters but other times they are oblique references to things that are yet to be explained. It is not a huge criticism but I found it difficult to tell the difference.
The second slight niggle is the plausibility. In order to maintain the story’s  tension right to the end, a few rather unlikely fibs and events have to take place. I can forgive this because it makes the book interesting to the very last page but there were a couple of ‘REALLY?!?!’ moments.
All in all, this is a very enjoyable read. As long as you remember to pay attention and trust that the story is taking you on a journey through time and life, you will get along just fine.
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Thank you to Jo Lambert for our ARC copy to review. All review opinions are J A. Warnock’s opinions. We use Amazon links in this feature.

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