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Storm Clouds Gathering Paperback – May 13, 2013
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About the Author
My passion is to write about events that happen in life and change everything for those involved as well as those caught up in the maelstrom. I want my characters to sit at your side, steal your attention and sweep you up in their story. Stories that will bring tears to your eyes, have you laughing out loud and sometimes, what they share with you, will stay in your hearts for a very long time. I am a Yorkshire lass, but have lived in several different locations including over the years; Suffolk, Surrey and Holland. Today, I live on one of the beautiful volcanic islands of the Canary Isles with my husband and our two gorgeous rescue doggies. Years ago I gained a BA (Hons) degree from the Open University, today I spend my time writing fiction. I have five books published, plus a 20 minute short festive story. I am busy working on book six which is scheduled to be published in September 2016. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top customer reviews
This book was perfect to come home to for the past few days. I lost myself in these women's lives and each time I had to put the book down I couldn't get their stories out of my mind and couldn't wait to return to find out what happened next to them.
Pauline Barclay captures this emotional intensity well in her most recent novel, Storm Clouds Gathering. The metaphor of an approaching storm is quite apt for this wonderful novel. The storm clouds approach and hover over three families whose lives are intertwined in both direct and subtle ways. Three different families struggle with three very different issues and hardships. Three families face unique storms, and they each weather them differently.
The beauty of Barclay's novel of course involves the story itself. The storms that gather over the characters absolutely hold readers' interest. The storms are real and they are intense and any given storm could definitely happen to anyone in the real world. They all have, actually, in some way or another. Despite the fact that I have not experienced a storm identical to one in Barclay's novel, I could see myself in each of those characters, and I could directly relate to various elements of their storms. That I have not directly experienced the very realistic problems faced by the characters yet found myself understanding them and relating to them in a very real way is an indication of Pauline Barclay's talent and beautiful writing.
Yes, the story is deeply compelling. It takes more than a compelling storyline, though, to make a great novel. For me, the characters and the extent to which I connect with them are what really make or break a story. In real life, we have an emotional reaction to gathering storm clouds because we care about the people affected by the brewing storm. In Barclay's Storm Clouds Gathering, I absolutely had emotional reactions because I cared deeply for the characters. Barclay has created realistic, vulnerable characters, characters who, like real people, have strengths and weaknesses. Her characters, each with a distinct personality, are human. Barclay brings them to life in a very powerful way, and as I read I felt very connected to each of them in different ways.
Find shelter, hunker down, and brace yourself for Storm Clouds Gathering.
Tanya J. Peterson
Shirley Burton works at the local mill but finds herself in trouble when her marriage to Jimmy goes through a rough patch and she is drawn to bad boy Billy.
Kathleen Mitchell is happily married to Joe, and they have a young family, she is good friends with Shirley, they work together at the mill, and they enjoy nights out together at the Bingo. Kathleen is lucky to have a win at the Bingo. But is her luck about to change?
Anne Simpson is a caring and good teacher who goes out of her way to help her young pupils. Engaged to school master Paul Betham her future seems to be all planned out for her. But will it be a happy ever after?
I have nothing but praise for author Pauline Barclay, who knows how to write wonderful and moving emotional stories. The story really draws you in for the start, and the excellent way each chapter is written makes this a real page turner. This is a book you just cannot put down, and you will not be able to resist reading on to see what will happen.
Three families all with a story of heartbreak to tell. I think this is my favourite of Pauline Barclay's books so far. A real page turner, wanting to know what happens. I loved it, and would recommend it to anyone who has a love affair with the 1960s ...