- File Size: 1019 KB
- Print Length: 351 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1539322513
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Drama Driven Publishing (October 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LX4GRE5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,703,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love that we had, in fact, moved on and that the main characters had matured, yet were still susceptible to their insecurities. This is a wonderful strength of Jo Lambert’s writing, she brings to life real people with distinct voices and strong narrative, not to mention the beautifully painted backdrop. Love, hope, deceit and disappointment are all part of the human condition and the author leads us through the emotions alongside the characters enchantingly. Ultimately, we want the journey to go full circle when fate brings them all back together, for Jess and Talún to find each other again after the bitterness and betrayal that ended their youthful relationship.
The question is, can they? At first glance, Lily also appears to have matured. Now a mother, she has responsibilities. She’s secured herself a steady job. Fundamentally, though, she hasn’t changed. Can anyone at the core? Knowing the deceit the woman is capable of and learning of the loss that Talún has suffered since losing Jess (trying not to give spoilers here, but imagine the worst loss a husband and father can suffer), you have an inkling of how far Lily will go to trap him and secure her future.
Watercolours in the Rain can be read as a standalone, the backstory is very cleverly drip fed throughout. I would highly recommend reading Summer Moved On, too, however. Like me, you really will want to ‘move on’ to the next book and follow the characters’ stories. A definite five star read for me. Oh, and those covers. A perfect package.
While this is the second book of a series it can without a doubt be read as a standalone. I have read the first book but would not have been left at a disadvantage if I hadn't read it. Although it is rather good so for that reason alone I'd recommend it!
I have been following Jo Lambert's writing career for a few years now and I'm always thrilled to find that I love all her books with Watercolours in the Rain being no exception. Its extremely well written in a style that really gives the reader a sense of place. Each of the characters is memorable for different reasons and I even found myself drawn to Lily whose complex personality really interested me. Looking forward to whatever wonderful bookish delights Jo offers her readers in the future! Highly recommended.
I was maybe a tad surprised initially at where the story started from – I’d rather expected an immediate continuation of the first book. But picking up the story in this way – after everyone’s lives have moved on a little – worked really well. If the writing has matured, so have the characters – although some (like the appalling Zac, who was as obnoxious as ever) seemed barely to have changed at all. Lily is a quite wonderful creation – any inkling that she has suddenly become all sweetness and light soon dispelled. And the separate stories of Talún and Jess – with a constant hope that this will become their joint story, however impossible it may seem – are every bit as engaging as was their youthful romance and betrayal.
There are some welcome new characters in this book, while others have taken a step back. I really liked Anna, the kind of strong, slightly more mature, female character I always enjoy: and, although I’m often not a great fan of children in books, young Josh was just wonderfully drawn, a young individual even I could love.
And I really must mention, please don’t get the impression that this book is only “part two” of something. There’s absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t be read as a stand-alone, with a strong and engaging story that has a clear start, middle and end. The past is very much part of the present story, but any gaps are filled really effectively for a first-time reader. A really lovely read – and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.