Three novelettes with themes of home.Home Sweet Home. Only it's not always sweet, or homely. Callum doesn't do sweet. Mel doesn't do homely. Sometimes the world of fantasy is actually the right one, and the facts are less important. A Long Way from Home. A wedding in Wales doesn't turn out as the father of the bride expects.Mal's a good bloke really, surely it was his timeThree novelettes with themes of home.Home Sweet Home. Only it's not always sweet, or homely. Callum doesn't do sweet. Mel doesn't do homely. Sometimes the world of fantasy is actually the right one, and the facts are less important. A Long Way from Home. A wedding in Wales doesn't turn out as the father of the bride expects.Mal's a good bloke really, surely it was his time for some karma? Home is Where the Heart is. Unless it's out of town.Never mix love and business. Just when Morgan thinks he's lost it all, he finds a happy ending....
|Title||:||A Long Way From Home|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||82 Pages|
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A Long Way From Home Reviews
I was given an advance copy of these short stories by the author. 'A Long Way From Home' is a collection of three short stories, all written in Jan Ruth's eminently readable style and all about the vagaries of relationships. Jan Ruth always manages to uncover the deepest and most complex aspects of her characters, which makes for a great read. In addition, the beguiling setting for all her stories, Snowdonia in North Wales, always plays its part in imparting an atmospheric aspect to her work that charms me as a reader.
I really loved this collection of three short stories based in Wales.Home Sweet Home – The build up with its twists and turns was really gripping and just when I thought I had it all figured out I then realised how wrong I was when I turned the page. Mel packs up her bag and leaves her fiance and his interfering mother behind her as she heads out on the road. She ends up at Callum’s sister’s bed and breakfast and he offers her a place to stay. His place and what a place it turns out to be…A Long Way From Home – Mal comes back from Australia to his native homeland to give his eldest daughter away at her wedding. The ‘Yes’ man his ex-wife left him for is holding court with the guests and playing the perfect step-father but is life really as rosy as it seems? Mal’s youngest daughter gives him a question to ponder in this thought provoking story.Home Is Where The Heart Is – A romance between those who live on opposite sides of the pond looks over before it begins in this tale of an instant attraction between Morgan and Casey.Jan Ruth really does know how to tug at the emotions of her readers and I’m not just talking about the romantic side. Two of these stories have a darker touch with the cleverly written Home Sweet Home in particular being one to make you think.I have yet to meet a story penned by Jan Ruth I didn’t like. Fabulous!
This is a trio of short stories all on the theme of being far from home. One shows us a young woman, living with her boyfriend’s family, escaping the claustrophobia. In this story I loved the way I didn’t know what I thought I knew!In the next, a father travels back from Australia to give his daughter away in marriage. The mother’s new relationship muscles in and things don’t go the way he would have liked. The man who goes back to Australia isn’t the same as when he came. He has additional baggage.In the final story a single businessman meets the woman of his dreams but sadly, she’s a business contact from the US and she goes home. Once again, the author lets us think we know what’s going on.This is a lovely collection of stories with a romantic theme though they aren’t all heart and flowers. Very nicely written and short enough to be a good filler between longer books – I read them on holiday.
Loved these stories from Jan Ruth, have loved her full length novels in the past and when I started reading the first story I was worried I would be disappointed at short stories, and want to know more about the characters, but actually there is just enough detail painted in and the stories work really well. It must be hard to be able to write a full length and then have the discipline to then be able to reign the characters in to a short story.I enjoyed the setting of the stories as the areas mentioned are local to me.I really enjoyed all three stories, I enjoyed the unexpected twists, the last story was my favourite, but all three were really great.Now looking forward to the next book :)
As always, Jan Ruth delivers three beautifully written long/short stories. I loved every one of them and found the open endings on a couple of them quite intriguing. I'm not going to spoil the endings for other people as I hope they will make up their own minds, but I think these stories show how Jan has grown as a writer and is using her own experiences to fire her imagination. This can only be good news for her and her readers. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and look forward to another full-length novel asap!
I was given an ARC copy of A Long Way From Home by the author.Using the Welsh countryside as a canvas, Jan Ruth weaves her stories while exploring complicated relationships. The book consists of three short stories of a good length, each meaty enough for a good read. The twists and turns had me reading faster and faster as I tried to uncover the truth. The wedding story was my favourite, leaving just enough threads untied to keep the story in my head for days afterwards. Highly recommended read.
Though a short read, just three short stories, Ruth's well observed characters and scene setting transport the reader, in a few sentences, to the amazing Welsh countryside.Ruth's style is easy to read but eloquent and I thoroughly enjoy her portrayal of 'middle aged' characters.The first two stories finished a little abruptly for me but it's a great ploy to encourage the reader to seek out more of Ruth's most enjoyable stories.
Bought this book yesterday and finished it in one sitting. Loved the characters and the Welsh settings, but especially loved the twists, turns, and surprises Jan Ruth provided. I'm not only recommending this book to friends, I'm going to re-read it a number of times to catch the nuances I may have missed. Good stuff all the way around. (Sorry I posted this earlier under the wrong title!)
Three gripping storiesMy plan was to read one story a night, but that idea went out the window as soon as I'd finished the first tale. I ended up reading the whole book in one go. I was captivated.I loved these stories. They're like tales of the unexpected and give you a 'light bulb' moment at the end.Very cleverly and well written and a definite recommendation read.