Monday, November 4, 2013

Midnight Sky by Jan Ruth

Kindle Edition: 485 KB Paperback has 261  pages.
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Fiction
 ebook published 
December 20th 2012 by Celtic Connections.
Source: The author in return for an unbiased and honest review. 
First Paragraph: 'Her biological clock started it. Before it sounded its alarm, Laura had been perfectly content. Maybe she should have taken the battery out sooner, but then it was more likely it ran on hormones and they could be tricky.

Review Quote: 
ROMANCE REVIEWS MAGAZINE AWARD. 'A unanimous vote for romantic content and well-paced authentic plot. The characters were so believable they drew us utterly and completely into their world.'
My Opinion: Delightful read

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 connection with the Welsh landscape. I will definitely be reading the rest of her novels.

Midnight Sky is a sensitive romantic novel with characters that are so realistic, you feel immediately drawn into their lives. When you have loved and lost it is often very hard to let go and move on with your life and is just such situations that our protagonists are facing. Laura Brown born a country girl but now living the lifestyle of a successful designer finds herself pregnant with some very difficult decisions to make. She turns to her sister Maggie whose own lifestyle she envies, however her on the surface idyllic lifestyle is not all it seems either. Add to this the male protagonist James Morgan-Jones a  handsome widower trainer to Midnight Sky the damaged horse of the title and you have the basis for this delightful read. Regular readers of my reviews know I do not like spoilers so if you want to discover what the future holds as they face their demons you will have to read it for yourself.

Recommended to all fans of Contemporary Romantic Fiction, if you also enjoy country life, Wales and horses you really must read this one. 

Author Profile

Jan Ruth was born in Bowden, Cheshire, England on November 23rd the year has not been revealed. She has felt a strong connection to Wales for many years and in 1998 she moved there to live.  Her novels 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.

She has been writing for more than 30 years and despite various dalliances with the more traditional publishing routes, she is now pleased to be an independent author.   She now writes contemporary women's fiction. Love stories with strong, identifiable characters, about family life and relationships

The biographical information and photo used in this post are with thanks to the following websites, where you can also find more information about the author and her writing. 


  1. Very enticing review Linda, and I'll look out for this one (at a slightly lower price!) - not sure if you know, but Snowdonia is "home" to me and it's so rare to find books based there. I have Jan's Wild Water already on my Kindle, and must give it a try... Cheers, Anne x

    1. Thankyou Anne, you will be pleased to see in comment below that Midnight Sky will be available at a promotion price next month. I do not think I did know that you consider ' Snowdonia' home. Look out for titles I will be reviewing set here. :)

  2. Thank you for a wonderful review Linda!

    PS: Blog followers may be interested to know that this title will be running at a promotion price of 77p/99c for kindle (reduced from £2.50) throughout December...

    1. Thankyou so much for letting me know, also for info about the promotion.

  3. If a romantic novel is also realistic, I would say the author has done a great job. I don't like overly romantic novels, but this one sounds very interesting. I'm also looking around your blog, so much to see and read here. Great job!

    1. I do not like overly romantic novels either Inger as you have probably discovered in your browse around the blog, It is great to have you aboard hope you continue to find it of interest.

  4. Replies
    1. Yes it was and if you have an eReader will be on special promotion next month, it is also available in paperback.

  5. Thanks for the comment for my Blue Monday post. :)

    This review of yours makes me miss reading novels on my Kindle. But I just really have to focus with my academic readings for now...

    1. How lovely you have called by and commented here, thanks it is appreciated. You will have to start a TBR list for when your academic reading is finished. :)

  6. Hi Linda,

    I have a book mid way down my review pile, which is set in the Welsh Marches, however that is about the only book I will have read set in Wales, so 'Midnight Sky' may be a good one to look out for. I took note of the price reduction in December and have made a note to stop by and purchase the Kindle download then ... bargain!

    Thanks for the considered review and for not giving away too many spoilers. My own reviews tend to be a bit more rambling and I often find myself having to do a quick edit, to remove potential spoilers which have crept in!



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