Watercolours in the Rain is the second (and final) novel in The South Devon Duo. When I read Summer Moved On in January last year I just knew there was one character we hadn’t seen the last of … and wow, was I right!
Even though Watercolours in the Rain is the second novel, there is enough back story that it can be read as a stand alone (although I do think you should read Summer Moved On for the history – the force of the angst and conflict between the characters).
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 994 KB
Print Length: 328 pages
Publisher: Drama Driven Publishing (5 Oct. 2016)
What happens to the future when past and present collide?
JESS: Six years ago Jess’s relationship with Talún Hansen was torn apart by one night of deception. He disappeared from Lynbrook village and she headed for university vowing never to let anyone break her heart again. Currently teaching in Oxford, Jess returns from holiday to an unexpected phone call and life changing news which eventually sees her returning home.
TALÚN: Six years on Talún Hawkeswood, as he is now known, is heir to his grandfather’s Norfolk farming empire. When he hears of trouble in the village due to Lynbrook Hall being put up for sale, going back is the last thing on his mind. But staying away is not an option either, not when someone he owes so much to is about to lose their home and their livelihood.
LILY: Splitting with her husband after her son Josh’s birth, Lily now works as part of an estate agency sales team. She has always held onto her dream of finding a wealthy husband and a life of self-indulgence. When the sale of an important property brings her face to face with Talún, she realises despite the risks involved, the night they spent together six years ago could be the key to making those dreams come true.
As Jess, Talún and Lily return to Lynbrook and the truth about what happened that summer is gradually revealed, Talún finds himself in an impossible situation. Still in love with Jess he is tied into a trade off with Lily: his name and the lifestyle she craves in exchange for his son. And when a child is involved there is only one choice he can make…
I wondered in my review of Summer Moved On how Jess and Talun’s worlds could ever come back together again with the distance between Amberleigh and Lynbrook … July 2012 and Jess receives the phone call from Rufus that changes all her plans and sees her back in Lynbrook. August 2012 and we find out the devastation that happened to Talun in the intervening five years. He’s vulnerable and lost his passion for life. Annie, his step-grandmother, sees an opportunity in Lynbrook Hall for Talun to get involved with a project … not knowing his truthful history with the village. October 2012 and we find out what happened when Lily returned to Pauli and her ambitions and hopes. So first we have Jess back, then Talun and Lily. And what a potent mix they are! Early on in the story I have to admit that I thought Lily had matured. How wrong I was!
I loved the pace of this story. In true Jo Lambert style there is plenty of secrecy, intrigue and conflict. The friendship blossoming between Anna and Jess was a beautiful part of the story and I wondered if it would weather what was coming.
Jo is skilled at creating characters to dislike and oh my! I disliked Lily intensely. She made me so angry and several times I had to put the story down (in a good way) so that I could calm down. Just when you think it can’t get any worse …
Talun HAS matured in this second novel and I loved him for his sacrifices although he’s still an alpha male and there were many times I had my head in my hands at his naivete. You just have to love his vulnerability (and of course he’s hot!).
I wasn’t sure if Jess and Talun would ever get their happy ending. The lead up to the ending was nail biting and tense.
If you like your romance drama driven then don’t waste any time, pick up a copy of Watercolours in the Rain (currently £1.99 Kindle, £9.99 paperback on Amazon).
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