- 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: #1,879,865 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.
I don’t give spoilers away in my reviews so I’d just like to say why I so liked this novel.
First of all Watercolours in the Rain is written in a style that I love; different points of view presented by each of the characters. In this case, Jess, Lily and Talún, all with their own voice There is no doubt whose dialogue it is and as the story progresses the characters are given greater depth; leaving it to the reader who to have empathy with… and who to detest. And, believe me, there are one or two really detestable characters that I became angry with. (being so involved that I still feel some emotion, whatever it is, when I’ve put the book down, is always a good sign that I’m reading a brilliant story) .
Both the internal and the spoken dialogue is realistic and, as I say above, distinctive to each character.
The characters are rounded and believable without unnecessary detail of how each looks; this is drip -fed throughout the book..
The descriptions give a great sense of place.
I thought the plot line both clever and, sometimes, surprising.I liked the author’s style of writing; so easy to read and yet constantly throwing up tantalising twists and turns.
And, best of all, it’s a good story. I hope to read more from Jo Lambert.
So, as you may gather, I would thoroughly recommend Watercolours in the Rain
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.